I don't really like small talk anymore. I'm not good at it. I don't really like meeting new people anymore either. At big parties you go from one person to the next asking and answering the same questions. "How are you doing these days?" "You still working at the same place?" "How's that large growth on the back of your neck doing?" Couple those questions with trying to be interesting and it's exhausting. I don't begrudge people for asking these questions. I ask them too. We all do. I think there should be more awkward silence in life.
It's weird being an extrovert. I love people. I love networking. I love getting to know new people...but then sometimes I don't.
I guess at the end of the day you just have to be yourself even if in being yourself you risk people finding out you're really not that interesting or funny. Of course everyone is interesting in their own right, but that's a different blog post.