This morning, completely by accident I came across an old post on The Story Siren’s blog. She wrote it way back in January 2009 and it’s about why Kristi still loves to read Young Adult fiction even though she is no longer a young adult. The post is interesting and funny and although I am older than Kristi, it reminded me quite a bit of myself, which got me thinking about me as a reader, as a person, and you!
Just recently in the YA book blogging community there has been a trend growing where bloggers are putting more detail about themselves, as people, into their posts. We are learning about their thoughts, their likes and dislikes, their emotions and their personality, and not just whilst they are reading but in ‘real life’ too. I think this is great because we all love to get to know our friends better don’t we?
Anyway, as I was saying, it got me thinking about my blogging friends and their personalities and certain traits that seem to arise more frequently than others. Shyness is one trait that stands out to me more than anything else. A lot of the more personal posts I’ve read mention the writer being shy, or a preference to staying close to one or two best friends and not being very confident when it comes to joining in with a group (in real life not online) or meeting new people. Quite often I think “these people are writing about ME!”
I am a shy person. I am not confident in social situations and I much prefer to stay home with a good book or film than go out clubbing, drinking or meeting new people. I’m not even particularly confident when I’m writing my blog posts, which is why I’ve never done a discussion post before. Will people read it? Will I come across all wrong and upset people? Will people get involved and leave their responses? Maybe they don’t like me. Maybe they don’t like what I write. Am I being a dork? Am I too old to be reading and blogging about YA literature? These are all questions that go through my head when I’m sitting at my computer. The same questions come about in real life too and here is one ‘for instance’. One blogger I follow works in a bookstore in my town. “Come on over and see me” she says ... and I’d love to! But I’m shy and all the above questions and more go through my head, and if I do meet her I’ll probably end up babbling about the weather or something equally stupid, but I digress.
Whilst reading the In My Mailbox posts, and especially the vlogs, some of you have mentioned how nervous you’ve been whilst filming them. I think they are awesome and you’re very brave - I’m not sure I could ever do one. On the other hand I’ve seen some vlogs by bloggers who are obviously totally outgoing and not at all shy, but not nearly as many.
So, I was wondering if you’ve noticed any connection between being a bookworm and being shy? Does this describe you? Or are you totally the opposite and outgoing? I’m interested to find out if I’ve just picked up on these particular bloggers feelings because they mirror my own so much, or if this really is a trait that the majority of serious readers share? What do you think?
If you’ve got this far, thank you! Please do leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts and I will do a follow up post next week.