I don’t think it’s any secret that I love stories. And the only thing better than telling a good story, is being told one. I love nothing more than when in conversation, someone starts with “So, I’ll tell you the story”. I settle in and enjoy it.
The problem comes when you’ve heard it before and then, particularly if it’s not a very exciting story, you groan on the inside and toss up whether to tell the person that they have already told you this specific adventure of theirs. If you know them well enough, it’s easy to say “Oh yes, I remember you saying that! It was soooo funny!” and thereby avoid the re-telling.
Now, here’s my problem. On this blog, I tell the stories of my life, the little snippets that are funny, sad or in-between. Then, when I see people in real life, I’m not sure if they have read it or not and there begins the awkwardness.
When I first started this blog, I used to forget, and sometimes still do, that I had written something on here, and that people were reading it, and I would be very surprised when someone knew something that I was sure I hadn’t told them before!
So, if I say, before launching into a ‘story of the week’, “Have you read my blog lately?” I sound terribly pretentious, and there then begins a tricky, always embarrassing conversation in which the poor person feels they should apologise for not having read it and give me all sorts of reasons why, which I really don’t need to know, because no-one should feel any compunction to read my blog, just because they know me.
And even when I am with people who I know read this, I don’t like to assume they have read the latest one because, you know, people have other things to do besides sit around reading about what little ‘ole me is up to.
If, on the other hand, I don’t ask if they have read it, and they have read it, I run the risk of being one of those boring ‘story-repeaters’, who everyone soon begins to dread having around.
So. Here’s the deal:
People who see me in real life and also read this blog – tell me when I am trying to tell you a story you have already read on here.
Please, please, please, do not try to be polite and suffer through.
Just tell me, nicely, of course, that you have seen it on the blog, and we will move on. It will only take a few minutes for me to think of a story I haven’t written about and launch into that, so don’t worry 😉
PS. Bloggers – do any of you have this same problem? Do tell. It will make me feel better 🙂