I’m not what you would call an extrovert, at least not in person. That’s probably one reason I’m drawn to the Internet and writing. Online, through my blog or on social networks like twitter, things are different. It’s not that I’m hiding, but there is some sort of barrier, some sort of separation or comfort zone for me. Behind my computer screen people don’t know how uncool I am and believe me, I’m pretty uncool.
I can tell a joke or share a link with some amazing people online. I can have conversations and these amazing people will converse back. It’s kind of cool, which makes me feel kind of cool.
But what happens when the online world crosses into the offline world. That’s what happened to me today when Erica Ehm, founder of the Yummy Mummy Club (@yummymummyclub) wanted to talk to me about my writing, on the phone. I read the e-mail twenty times and each time I felt my pulse quicken. I mean we’re talking Erica Ehm, from Much Music fame.
I remember watching her on TV, talking to musicians like they were her best friends (some may have been). I mean, she’s like a celebrity to me. And now she wanted to talk to me. No wonder I was a little anxious.
I paced back and forth thinking about the email. Then I thought about a post Caroline from ParentClub (@parentclub) made about stepping outside your comfort zone and taking risks. And really, what’s the worse thing that could happen over the phone. Erica Ehm might discover my dark secret; she might discover how uncool I really am.
But I did it, I called. And you know what she’s really nice. I didn’t expect her to be nasty but somehow I just envisioned her being different, more celebrity like. She was personable and casual and cool. It was a great call and I think I kept my secret intact. That is until the moment comes where I get to meet her in person. Then the pacing and hyperventilating will probably start over again.