Uncomfortable Visibility (or, An Introvert’s Woes)

With each passing year I am increasingly surprised at my endurance here. This morning WordPress reminded me today is this blog’s eighth anniversary. My 1,086 posts during those years average more than two-and-a-half posts a week.

My Bio warns that musings here may wander through my assorted realms of interest, and they certainly have, although most have ended up relating in some way to a writing theme, because writing was my initial reason for creating this internet residence. After writing devotionals and occasional magazine articles sporadically for years, I finally moved into fiction and needed a different audience — a new kind of visibility.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.10.56 PMI don’t have a huge following here — WordPress tells me the total is 667 — but I’ve appreciated the cyber friendships that have developed both here and on Facebook.  The visibility that I referred to in that first post eight years ago, has been relatively painless because of them.

Other writers might understand the reluctance with which I embarked on this online journey. I’ve discovered many, like me, are introverts. Like my backyard ursine visitors, we’d prefer to remain unnoticed … to view the world’s activity from a safe and somewhat unobtrusive distance.

Bear

The very definition of visibility indicates why it isn’t a welcoming situation for us. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary explains it as…

  • the ability to see or be seen
  • the quality or state of being known to the public

But I’ve forced myself into other beyond-my-comfort-zone situations through the years, knowing that in order to achieve a particular goal, I had to overcome my hesitancy. When I think about some of those situations, I am encouraged  by the realization that I can do things I once believed weren’t possible.

  • establish a business that involved interacting with and being depended upon by hundreds of people
  • accept public accolades from an astronaut, and subsequently be interviewed by newspaper and magazine reporters about my role in his life
  • act as a consultant in the making of a major motion picture
  • be the theme speaker at a community youth convention

Life is all about growth. I may not have actually ‘enjoyed’ every growth opportunity, but I recognized the necessity of stretching to do a job; plus there were benefits. I gained satisfaction from getting involved in something new and from doing the job as well as I could.

So now I continue on my writing journey, blogging my way into another year while also working on assorted writing projects. My thanks to those of you who have stayed connected with me here and on Facebook. I truly appreciate your faithfulness and support.

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8 thoughts on “Uncomfortable Visibility (or, An Introvert’s Woes)

  1. Darlene says:

    Congratulations on your 8the blogging anniversary. Yours was one of the first blogs I started to follow when I got into blogging 6 years ago. So glad I did.

  2. Mary Helen says:

    Good for you, Carol! An impressive summary of a job well done. By the way, I taped the movie “Best in Show” and enjoy it every time I get time to watch it, always remembering your role in getting it out there. I enjoy your blogs, and love your photos. The bear peeking out of the bushes is especially apt in this blog!

  3. Hail Koombes says:

    I love your photos and words. Congrats at eight years. How time flies for all of us.

  4. Jenn Hubbard says:

    Happy blogoversary!

  5. Carol says:

    I appreciate your comments. Thanks to all of you. 🙂

  6. Your blog matters, Carol. I’m so glad I found it. Congratulations on 8 years. One thing, your blog isn’t updating in my blogroll. I signed up for email because of that, but I haven’t been getting the emails either. Anyone else mention this?

    • Carol says:

      No, sorry, nobody has mentioned it. After commenting on your blog today (via Chrome!) I did an OS update as well as a Safari update, so it’ll be interesting to see how that may affect things.

  7. Laura Best says:

    Congratulations on making it 8 years, Carol! 1086 means a lot of words and ideas! I really liked what you had to say about life being about growth. You’re right, we don’t always like those growth periods yet they are usually beneficial in the long run. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

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