Hermits with Social Media

We huddle inside, hide from other people, and only come out when a trip is unavoidable. Talking to a stranger is an exercise in pain. Eye contact, something one should refrain from. Physical contact, only if it’s an emergency responder, even then, only if it involves the loss of a limb. So to recap, stay in, go out only in dire need, no talking, no looking, no touching. That’s a hermit’s life, and that’s what’s comfortable.

If that sounds dreadful to you, this post is not for you. You are an extrovert. Congratulations! Now go mingle and make new friends. To those that this sounds comforting, well tip of the hat, pleased to make the acquaintance of a fellow traveler. I keep my social circle small. I tend to stay in isolation left to my own devices. So why am I on social media?

I’m a hermit with social media; you may be as well. Necessary evils are, well, necessary. Writers write, and they want to be read. Social media gives me an outlet to tell people about my work, to share the craft, and maybe help me learn a thing or two that elevates my writing. Nothing happens in a vacuum except hairballs. So writers, while not all, seem to be socially awkward introverts. We can share ideas and work in a safe space and never leave home.

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