I've never been excessively handsome, good at sports, or good at making friends; but I am smart and funny, and that has to count for something.
So why is it that I am not funny on this blog? I wonder. When I visit other blogs, I leave comments behind that have people laughing for days afterwards. I get messages about how funny I am, really I do. (No, seriously. I can show them to you if you don't believe me.)
So why, when I post on this blog, are my posts so serious and lacking in humour? I don't know. When I used to have the Reef on facebook, before I was deleted, I used to have good-natured banter going with each post. I used to make (bad) puns about my name, I used to use sarcasm and irony to make my point.
Now, not so much.
At first I thought that it was because no one actually read The Reef on Facebook. Except for a few friends, it was pretty much me talking to myself. Out here, in the wild water as it were, I feel like people are watching me all the time. Like a goldfish in a bowl I suppose. I am afraid people might take my humour for flippancy, or disrespect, when talking about a serious topic. So I tone myself down.
Then I realised that actually it's not my fault. It's all your fault. That's right. YOU.
I need banter to be funny. I need to feel like this is a conversation, not a performance. But you just sit there quietly and watch me. Judging me. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!! SAY SOMETHING!!
So drop me a comment, disagree with me, tell me I have cute fins. Engage, and we can have us some fun.
Let me know you are out there.