This week I led a Twitter workshop at a clients conference. The aim was simply to teach the basics of how to sign up, find some peeps to tweet with and then to let them loose.
I was prepared. I had slides and everything.
They listened, asked sensible questions, asked not so sensible questions - but that was the point... right?
Then I lost them...
Someone asked how you can be sure that the people you are tweeting with aren't crazy axe murderers....
"Well...." I answered... "obviously there are a certain amount of nutters out there but I feel that personally I have found an amazing group of people, with whom I have become very good friends."
Then someone at the back piped up.... "What you have actually met them?"
"Oh, yes - lots of times, I 'speak' to them everyday and I had some of them come to stay over the holidays..."
I looked around and it was that point that I realised that the whole room thought that I was a total and utter freak.
The lesson to be learned here people is that the general population clearly pitch blogging and tweeting on the same scale as internet dating (not that there is anything wrong with that - before someone attacks me!).
Not surprisingly the workshop kind of wrapped itself up pretty quickly after that.
Was it me? Did I imagine their narrow minded response?
I came away feeling a little odd. I questioned myself and my feelings but I'm confident that I've found a pretty amazing group of friends online. Yes there are spats between bloggers - but we are all very opinionated and we do spend a lot of time talking to each other!
Have you had similar experiences when talking about your blogging or tweeting?
Can you imagine what they would have said if I'd told them that all my buddies are turning into Blythe dolls? Straight jackets for sure!