See, I am one of those totally socially inept people. Part of it is my social anxiety. Crippling fear compounded with a desperate desire to not appear afraid interferes with the natural censoring process built into a person's brain. This results in more conversational "oops"es than I care to admit too.
Secondly, I have trouble hearing people. It's not that I have a real measurable hearing loss, or anything, I just can't hear voices. Especially if there is background noise. So a lot of the time, I just smile and nod, because how many times can you ask someone to speak louder and s-l-o-w-e-r before giving up? It is just embarrassing and frustrating for both parties. This is probably part of why I love working with the elderly so much. When everyone around you is just as deaf as you are, there is no shame in yelling "WHAT?????" again and again.
Another reason I just can't seem to get along socially is because I have absolutely no interest in what passes for current events these days. "Paris who?" and "Nope, I haven't seen that show" punctuate almost all conversations I have with "normal" people. To make things worse, they have no interest in the things that I like to talk about. I don't understand why Little Sprout's latest antics and my garden's infestation of cabbage worms don't excite everyone in the world, but I have to accept reality.
I also have an odd sense of humor. Evidently it is one only funny to me. DH sometimes gets it, and my folks usually do, but the rest of the world? Not so much.
So that's why I blog. I actually usually have a lot to say, and this way I get to say it. The best part is I can pretend that what I write is fascinating, and no one who thinks otherwise needs to read it. I also get the chance to (most of the time) think about what I am saying before it gets sent out into the Great Void of the Internet, so I can usually construct sentences that make sense grammatically. And thank the gods for spellcheck!
The other up side to blogging (wow! 2 upsides, this blogging thing must be great!), is that I get to actually hear what others have to say. Without the worry of figuring out how to respond appropriately and in a timely manner, and without the hearing issue, I have the rare opportunity to actually process what others have to say. That is pretty darn cool to me.