Daily Prompt: Notorious

I am notoriously bad at attending social events. I don’t ever mean to be so flaky about it all,ย  but although my intentions are generally honourable when I initially say to people ‘Yeah, sure, I’ll come if I can make it…’ I frequently find myself finding a last-minute excuse that allows me to back out of whatever it is I’ve agreed to, and I just don”t go.

The thing is I truly want to feel OK about large gatherings, whether formal or informal. So I keep agreeing to attend in the hope that this time it will all be fine. I tell myself that it’ll be OK so the thought of looking lost and lonely and stupid standing in the corner all on my own won’t freak me out too much. But usually I freak out anyway and avoid the risk.

Yet here I am for the second year in a row planning to attend the Annual Blogger’s Bash to be held in London next month – and I’ve even bought my ticket, so I’ve committed myself to putting my money where my mouth is. I stressed and fretted so much before going to last year’s bash, but in spite of my reservations once I got there it was absolutely fine, everyone was really friendly. I met so many lovely people, and this year I hope to meet many more.

One of the things I found most heartening was that everyone in person was just like they were on their blog – in one sense we were complete strangers, but in another we knew each other quite well. So blogging for me has become so much more than just an online space to explore my creativity – it has turned out to be not only about being an individual blogger but also about belonging to a wider blogging community, which is an amazing gift.

So hopefully I’ll be seeing some of you at the bash next month – you’ll easily recognise me, I’ll be the one standing alone in the corner freaking out, slightly flushed with nervous red blotches, waiting for the floor to open up and swallow me whole… ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Prompt: Notoriousย  ย 


11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Notorious

  1. rythaephua May 19, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    “I am notoriously bad at attending social events”. Goodness, you can find your other half in me. I’m your replica hun. You definitely won’t get me when it comes to Social Events, most especially weddings. Heaven must come down first, lol.

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  2. Hugh's Views and News May 19, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    So good to see your name on the guest list, Ruth. Standing in the corner, waiting for the floor to swallow you up? I don’t remember that last year. It will be great to see you again, and you can always stick with me. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. authensible1357 May 19, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    As an introvert, I find myself often caught in a similar flakiness.

    Rsvping for events then backing out at the end. However, when I have found the courage to go, I have tremendously enjoyed the event. Do go and have fun! And come back and tell us all about it. Cheers!

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    • Ruth May 19, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      I guess that’s why there’s never an introverts convention anywhere – none of us would ever turn up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • authensible1357 May 19, 2017 / 6:27 pm

        Lol. Sure wouldn’t. There was a funny meme sometime back with an empty room and a sign Introverts group or something. Lol.

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  4. TanGental May 19, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    looking forward to seeing you Ruth – though i have no idea what colour beard i’ll be sporting – Sacha hasn’t told me yet. Whatever, i think you’ll spot me!

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    • Ruth May 20, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Last year’s purple beard was wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Sacha Black May 21, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Ahhhh me and Hugh will give you hugs again ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ can’t wait. Not long now ๐Ÿ˜€

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