Like many bloggers when I first started out it was basically out of curiosity, and a simple way of virtual socializing. The great part of it was I found that I could participate when I wanted to, and didn’t have to sit there and try and make small talk amongst a group of people like you do in a standard setting.
It has only been recently though that I have come to realize just what a difference blogging has made to me in several different areas of my life. I came to that realization when an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while, commented on how I had become quite the “chatterbox”. I have always had the reputation of being the quiet silent type. I guess now that I am somewhat of a full time blogger those days are gone, and I can’t say that I miss them. Life is a lot more fun this way.
It still got me to thinking though, about the real changes that had taken place. Let me give you some examples because to me they are really important, and I bet if you are just starting into blogging yourself you are going to start noticing some changes in yourself, and for the better!
My relationships with people changed
I found my relationship with the “love of my life” who will soon be my future wife, was beginning to change. They say that opposites attract, so where I was the shy guy she tends to be the more outgoing type. Now that I am a bit more outspoken and comfortable talking with people, we tend to go to more social gatherings which she is thrilled about. I attribute this to blogging because I am so used to being able to give my opinion now, knowing that I am of average intelligence and the majority of people are interested in what I have to say.
Thanks to blogging I have gained this confidence. In addition to this though, I consider myself far more knowledgeable. Being somewhat introverted meant I was limited in my topics of conversation. Once I started blogging it was like being in school, only this time I was enjoying everything I was learning. It was like a whole new world to me that encouraged me to research into topics that I didn’t even know I was interested in. Then in addition to all of this I didn’t even realize how much I was retaining until I found myself engaged in
lengthy conversations both at work and socially.
If I ever had to recommend to anyone what is the best way to crawl out of an anti-social shell it simply would be to start blogging!