I have always been a shy person and have had a hard time starting a conversation with anyone. I also.have a problem carrying on a conversation for very long. My visiting get very awkward two minutes because it is dead silence between me and the people I talk with.
So I combat this by telling jokes, making fun of myself or others as long as they know it's coming. I wouldn't do it intentionally to hurt anyone ( which I haven't) but I am careful that I don't do it to people that I know wouldn't like it. We as people need to learn to laugh at ourselves as we do towards others jokingly. I have anxiety speaking to people and in front of many people. I appreciate the ones that do chat with me one on one here. I love it. If I suddenlynstop chatting its because I ran out of things to say but I try to follow cue to the person I am speaking to and draw off them. Hey everyone have a great nite. I know some of you will be getting up soon and going about your day again. Godspeed.