So, when I blogged two months ago about my little mingling disorder, I thought, that’s okay, it’s just on my blog and the blogging community will be the only eyeballs on this little nugget. Well, I learned a valuable lesson my friends … when it’s “out there” it’s really out there!
My mingle phobia not only made an interesting post on my blog but it was good enough for the New York Times! Yes that “paper of record” picked up my blog from outer space and made it into the Style section of the Sunday Times.
The reporter, Bob Morris, called me last week to discuss my little problem as he was developing an article on Xmas parties and how difficult it was for people to mingle and interact at social functions. He cites a book called “The Art of Mingling” just released last month in paperback form and needed some real world examples to feature in his article. So when Mr. Morris did his due diligence and googled “fear and mingling” .. you guessed it … my blog shows up and the Maven offers a full-on blog confession. Who knew it worked that well? Silly me. He interviewed me via phone for more gruesome details on my social phobia and I turn up numero uno in the real life case profile section.
Now I must admit, I have always wanted to be in the New York Times but for maybe something like smart, savvy, woman running a cool PR agency … not the Julie Fear Factor moment! Ooooops!
Well, a lesson for the kids out there, blogging is a great form of expression, a wonderful medium to talk to your audience (and listen to them too) ... but one thing is for sure, the blog is not about containment. It’s for the world to read and interact with.
This experience has truly made me a believer in the power of blogging.
I’ve been baptized.