I just participated in my first chat on Twitter. I should say it's the first one I was able to keep up with until the end without getting overwhelmed and bailing. When I first started seeing these #wineparty and #fitblog and #runchat group invites I thought, "Why would anyone do this?". It seemed like another way for people to escape their lives. Or something for people with too much time on their hands. I've come to realize that these chats are a good way to measure yourself.
It kind of reminds me of how as parents we like to hear other parents complain about their kids. Not because it makes us feel superior, but because it assures us that our kids are normal. In fact the other day one of the parents on my son's water polo team was complaining about his son. He told us about all of the horrible things the boy had said that morning to him. And while we agreed it was terrible, it made us feel that at least our son's outbursts were a little more normal.
The same thing goes for these chats. I've discovered that even though there are a lot of people out there that are more fit, better runners, etc than me, there are also others that can look up to where I'm at. It is a way to gain information and tips as well as brag a little about things I've been doing. So while the timing may not always work for me to participate in these chats, I will jump in when I am able.