T-Minus One Month

Life is strange when you are both an introvert AND and extrovert. First off, some people don’t believe that is even possible. But it is true. I love being around people, but then I absolutely, positively NEED to retreat and get away. Part of it stems from my bad memory, and inability to remember stuff. That’s when I just smile and nod along politely, grasping for straws, when the other person seems to remember everything about me, down to my favorite drink, but I can’t even remember their name. Sometimes I come off as aloof when I hit a party during an introvert period, just because the shyness has taken over. Bryan can absolutely tell when I need time to crawl inside my own head; I get jumpy and very, very nervous in social situations – when other times I might be laughing my head off in the middle of the crowd. So I certainly can be silly, boisterous and loud – a complete extrovert with complete strangers. I have even been known to dance on tables before.

So, guess what is going down a month from now?

Guess who is going? For work? With a coworker?

Guess who signed on 3 months ago, thinking how interesting it looked, after hearing about it within the web development community for, well, forever?

Guess who must have had her head up her ass the past few years and didn’t realize a shitload of bloggers go to this event too?

Guess who is now nervous as hell?

But the extrovert side is also really excited.

So, anyone else going?

Other than Heather, of course, who arrives exactly 2 minutes before me and has promised me a pillow fight to end all pillow fights.


P.S. Also, if you like ThatNight, go over and donate some dough so she can come to SXSW too. Cause as far as I can tell, I am the only one going for our Bloggies category and I will REALLY feel like a big schloob as I stand there alone while they call someone else’s name.

This article has 21 comments

  1. zipper

    I’m not but I wish I was.

    I am more of a introvert in social situations.

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Netroots Nation – very cool!!!

  3. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    aww, thanks Carrie. 😉

  4. Lauren

    I have no extrovert. All introvert. That’s why I like the internet. 🙂

  5. Sizzle

    i’m the same way- both extro and intro and people have a hard time believing me until they know me really well. if i don’t have my retreat time or if i am in an intro mood, you best just leave me be. it’s better (and safer!) that way.


  6. Mamma

    I totally understand your dilema. I can be a huge extrovert and then other times…

    I’m very jealous of your trip to SXSW. I don’t think I’ll ever be a big enough blogger to feel comfortable at a thing like that–even though I know I’d love it.

  7. MRW

    I am completely the same way, in fact I have taken the myers-briggs thingy a few times and the introvert/extrovert indicator – exactly in the middle. Glad I am not the only one!

    Have a great time at SXSW!

  8. zenrain

    You’ll have a great time!! I wish I could go with you and cheer you on when they call your name, but that’s the day i’m leaving for Paris… 😉

  9. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Mamma, lucky for me I develop web sites at work, so it’s a work thing for me to go!

    And mrw, Have you have done DISC? I come out a high C with a very strong secondary I, which freaked the coordinator out. Very rare. But my Meyers Briggs reflect the bipolarness too.

  10. Anonymous

    that looks like a great conference!

  11. Rachel

    That was the nicest thing anyone’s ever done ever. Thank you so much!

    I really hope I can get it together and make the trip. I think it would be absolutely incredible. I’d also like to be there to cheer like mad when they announce your name. 🙂

    I’m an introvert all the way. I can envision myself going and just staring silently at all of the bloggers and techy people. In awe.

  12. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    I told you Rachel, I have your “Rachel was unable to attend, but I will gladly accept this award in her absence” speech all prepared. Or maybe Becca. One of the two of you! Either way, it would be fun to meet you!

  13. Keely

    I’m not… but I’m pretty sure I’m going to BlogHer in San Francisco. 🙂 I’ll be the one freaking out because I am SO much more outgoing on my computer than in person.

  14. Christina

    I go through those phases too. After a couple of nights out, I absolutely need to be home alone to recharge. Preferably buried in a book.

    That looks cool! I am going to Austin, but not until July for Netroots Nation. While you are in Austin, I will be in Vegas also for a work conference. Jello shooters will get me through it all :->

  15. carrie

    I know what you mean – but YOU, you are going to knock their socks off Aimee!

  16. Sandy C.

    Wow, reading your post made me realize how much we have in common. I feel I teeter with being an intro and extrovert as well.

    I think you’ll have a blast! I look forward to reading all about it here 🙂

  17. soccer mom in denial

    I wish I was going. You completely deserve to be there, and not just for the Bloggie award. You are an inspiring, amazing presence in the world (cyber and beyond).

  18. moosh in indy.

    How is it that I know nothing about this? I really need to get out more.

  19. Sarah O.

    Have fun!

    Yeah, I’m an into/extro, too.

  20. Heather B.

    We’re going to have so much fun. I can feel it.

  21. imaginary binky

    I’ll be in Texas the week before the conference for family reasons. I may need to extend the time I’m there. If I do, I’ll let ya know. After all, why not get together in Texas when we live within the same area code already? Heheh.

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