i can't keep conversations going. not in real life, not even on the internet. i'm very awkward and anxious.
Part of the conversation rests on the other person as well. Don't assume all the responsibility of a conversation. If you can get people talking about themselves then you will do very little talking. Getting people to talk about theselves is what Dale Carnegie says is the secret to winning friends and influencing people.
The only way to fix that is to just talk more. I know it seems strange but it's true. I am also awkward and suffer from social anxiety, so I know what it's like. I'm very good at letting people talk and staying interested for the most part, but it's hard for me to think of things to talk about that I would think the other person cares about. I've learned to just say things anyway whether I think they'll care or not, because sometimes I'm wrong and they do care.
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