I just now read Titanium Dragon’s post about his day two and three experience at Everfree Northwest. Which had the usual two layer reaction in my head. First, I always enjoy reading someone had a good time at any event, but especially a fan convention. I might have not been to one in a while, but I had been going to scifi/fantasy and anime cons for a good portion of my life and they are kind of just part of my mental view of the world at this point. So it is always nice to hear someone enjoyed one. However, the other side of my reaction is a bit of sadness and/or melancholy due to my social complications. I suck at meeting new people and I kinda suck at maintaining a conversation. Give me a good topic and I can probably keep going, and I always like to listen to someone talk about a subject they are passionate about, but I just can’t seem to manage the basic prompt/response rituals that keep a conversation going whenever all involved don’t have much to say at that moment. So I’m always a bit anxious before meeting new people because I feel like I’m a terrible conversationalist.
Which in one respect is a bit silly. I’ve been told that I’m pretty neat to talk to and most of my friends (back when I had a in-person social circle) repeatedly told my that I was really cool to have around. The anxieties we all carry around in our heads I guess. Anyway, to wrap this back around to the subject of cons, that particular mental glitch kicks in and compliments the fact that I just can’t initiate social interactions. Sure, if I make a plan to meet someone ahead of time I’ll stick to that, but no way will I go around at a con to meet people. Which sucks because the social bits are around 80% of why a person should go to a con.
- Princess Celestia is Just Riddled with Bullets by Protopony350
- The Moon, The Flower, And The Door by Bucking Nonsense
- Trav(ap)est(r)y by Estee
- From Her Cowboy Boots to Her Down Home Roots by Sherlocked-Dawn
- Smugling by KingMoriarty