I wonder...often. Some people say they don't, others are adamant that they do. I sit a little uneasy on it myself because part of me thinks yes, and the other part thinks no. I'd like to think we have 'friendship circles' in the blogging community because a) it sounds nicer, and b) we are bound to be more friendly with some bloggers than others. But I'm afraid I'm seeing evidence of cliques recently that makes me feel a little uncomfortable - not to mention left out. I don't do cliques. I have many 'friends' in the blogging communities and some of those friends I've met, but I haven't attended conferences or events or had the chance to meet the majority of bloggers I interact with and unless I'm about online it means my presence simply isn't felt. I don't consider myself part of a clique and if I was told I was part of one, I'd back off. Neither do I consider myself important enough to be in a clique. As far as I'm concerned, no blogger is more important than another. Whether you're at number 1 or number 1001, you are still only human. Some bloggers chat to me all the time, on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus. But many don't. I don't know why that is and can only think it has something to do with the fact I'm shy, and maybe a little paranoid. Perhaps people find me over-opinionated, abupt, rude even. Maybe people think I'm boring and not worth spending their time on. Who knows. Who really cares.
Well as a matter of fact, I do. Care, that is. It's so easy for someone to say something in the blogging community on social media and be shot down in flames for having an opinion. Some people are good at the shooting, some are good at taking it. I'm not good at either. I've been a part of social media for quite some time now and even though I see great things happening, I also see negativity. I hate being told what to do in any circle of life, though I do understand there are certain areas of our lives that warrant suggestions and advice, and I'm not one to turn down good advice if I think I need it. There have been times when I've put my point across, be it on Facebook or Twitter, or even in a blog, and the conversation has ground to a halt. Writing this blog post makes me feel uneasy but as this is my blog where I write my own stuff, I suggested to myself that I just get on with it. I won't dwell on this post but I just needed to write it, get a few things off my chest. I can't help who I am. I can't help being opinionated behind a computer screen and shy in real life. I can't help that I live hundreds of miles away from venues and find mixing in groups particularly intimidating. That's me. And I'm going now. So bye then. See you.