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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Have I Mentioned that I'm an extrovert?

I just got back from Phoenix last night.

Whew! I'm exhausted. They tell you that you should use this time as rest and rejuvenation. Whatever. I stay up late talking to people. I'm running around all day, trying to make connections between my youth group, the college where I work, and their own ministries. I've done this for three years, and I always come home exhausted. I guess exhaustion is when I know that I've done a good job and that I've had a good time.

Yes, I'm a conference freak. I love seeing how the workshops and keynotes go. Even more, I love talking to people. Sometimes they are old friends, and sometimes we have a fresh new connection. I've also become a conference snob. I tend to evaluate the conference as we go along. I'll tell you what is working and what should be changed. But I really like networking at conferences, and that is what we did in Phoenix.

So, I'll unveil a little of my anonymity. My program is called The Naming Project. As Jay mentioned, we have a movie coming out soon about our camp. So, we spent a lot of time at this conference talking to people about The Naming Project. We did a workshop, so we got a lot of good conversations out of that. We also had a booth, where we hung out most of the time. It was great!

Here's hoping that these conversations will mean a continued ministry for The Naming Project.

On the same theme of being an extrovert, here's my frustration with blogs. There is community gathered. I read your blogs and I assume you read mine. We comment on each other's posts (occasionally - but I wish we commented more). I feel like I know you people. You are real, genuine people. I want to meet you and have a conversation in real time. But, I know that anonymity is a part of this whole blogging experience. We can never gather in one place to meet each other. For some, that's an impracticality. For others, that's a breach of appropriate on line interaction. I mourn the fact that I'll never be able to converse with you.

Hey, maybe we can plan a conference, just like the one I attended. We could all be there. You know, web lurkers unite!

Of course, how do you get to do that when some people won't even comment?


Blogger Vic Mansfield said...

Ross, perhaps we could have an "anonymous conference" and all wear bags over our heads!

I share your feelings. This "unreal reality" of blogdom is frustrating. My anonymity comes from necessity at this point. One day, I hope to make more known.

For me, this blogosphere connection is life-saving. I'm so far in the closet and so desirous of coming out, that even long-standing str8 relationships seem stilted. This is the only place I can talk about an important part of who I am.

I am still discovering much, and will probably calm down, one of these days. Like we used to say about new converts (to Christianity): Lock 'em up for six months till they get over being so obnoxious.

In the next year or so, if it becomes possible,(on many levels), I'm going to arrange a "grand tour," going around to visit some of of you blog buddies.

Cheers, Joe.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Vic Mansfield said...

Oh, yeah, by the way. Did I mention that I am an EXTROVERT!, too? ESFP
So, i'm great at talking passionately about a lot details, looking at all the possibilities and taking forever to make a decision. Let me tell you about it . . .

Cheers, Joe.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog is read on a regular basis by this reader. However I rarely add any comments, not because I don't find anything of interest but because so often my own words are quite likely to put the reader to sleep. A proverbial case of many words but not much substance. Secondly I could be a poster-child for the seriously introverted which often renders me dumb-struck when reading the words of an extrovert. Apparently we occupy the same planet, but only in a physical sense.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Bob Bussen said...

INTJ here - and love your blog. I too would welcome a chance to know one another better. That's not to say that blogging isn't also wonderful. Without it we would never know each other as we do. Thanks for sharing yourself as you do.

Fr. B.

10:09 PM  

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