I am not a social person in the best of situations. I can pull it out when I need to but my preference is to be at home (in a bubble bath reading, but that rarely happens)(oh, and if you ask people they will tell you that I am very social, that's because I can pull it out when I need to, but I don't love it).
I hardly ever participated in discussions in college classes and hated when participation was part of the final grade. And when I started doing online classes and was required to comment on other people's work it about did me in.
So the fact that now I feel I have to advertise my blog over Facebook and Goodreads and Twitter makes my stomach hurt a little bit.
I don't mind tweeting about a blog post and have a blast last week tweeting with Carrie Harris and Joanne Levy (two published authors!) 80's hairstyles, but overall I am mostly not active on twitter.
And now people are adding Google+ into the mix (oh and don't even get me started on Klout--does anyone understand that?!)
And then, even when I put myself out there it feels like no one is listening because I have to fight for my spot among much bigger book blogs. I just don't want to. So, sometimes I wonder who is reading because I have a couple very loyal commenters, but overall it feels lonely here on this blog sometimes.
Then I discovered something: on the new Blogger dashboard it shows the view count for each post. I am not sure how accurate it is, or what good numbers are (I know what really good numbers are but for a blog like mine I am not sure what realistic numbers are). All I know is that there are people looking and coming back and some posts have gotten way more views than I would have thought. So I feel pretty good about that.
I may not be the best hostess but there are people coming to my party!
(I also like seeing what the most popular posts are and then realizing I need to do more of those kinds of posts!)