Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it. ~ John Green
I don’t mean to generalise here, but most of us who blog are introverts.
And I’ve got some statistical data to back it up. Please don’t slam me for my amateur way of collecting data, but Twitter Polls is the nearest-to-decent thing I have to collect data, unless you want me to stand in the middle of nowhere and scream out loud for some answers. (Which is basically the same thing as Twitter Polls)
As per this poll, 7 out of 12 bloggers are introverts. But from personal experience, I know that the numbers could be way higher than 7. Who knows, maybe some introverts were too shy to answer? #JustKidding
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not implying that extroverts write badly, or that they don’t blog, or that introverts are fit for nothing but blogging.
All I’m saying is: expression of thoughts, emotions, words and everything in between comes easy to us introverts in the written format. And we feel highly confident about expressing our thoughts via writing something down, instead of getting all confrontational and physical with it.
Blogging gives us introverts a safe environment to share our innermost feelings, without fearing an immediate ‘keep-your-mouth-shut-you-don’t-know-anything‘ from some loud extrovert who always wants to hog the limelight.
If someone criticizes what we write and does not offer any feedback, we introverts won’t know if the person disagrees with what we have written. Because, no non-verbal cues! I am assuming that the (sensible) person will immediately click the ‘x’ button, go search for something else to read, and not offer to spew venom on us sweet little introverts. Plus, we don’t have to have an immediate reply for any positive/negative comment. We can reply to comments as we please, taking time to frame up a suitable reply.
More often than not, introverts have a fear of public speaking. But here on the blog, we don’t have to panic. Never. Not even if a post we have published has a typo. We can always go and edit that!
Most importantly, we can make friends without that awkward problem of having ideas to make small talk. *chucks book on ‘How to Make Small Talk’ out of the window*.
Blogging helps us understand so much about other bloggers. Twitter Q&As, Instagram feeds, Facebook statuses can help us know more about someone without asking questions. (I know, some people consider it stalking, but hey, we aren’t creepy 100% of the time. We also come forward to reply to tweets, share some personal info and react to statuses!)
I’ve saved the best for last: Introvert bloggers are more likely to check up on their MIA blogger friends, because they ‘remember‘ that someone is missing in action! Again, I know this from personal experience 😀
Here are three tips for introverts who blog, so that you can enjoy being in your happy space more!
1. How to network: Networking for introverts is a bit of a task. We always need to force a beautiful smile on our face and boast extravagantly about our blogging achievements just to get noticed. But after you read this article by Entrepreneur India, you will have a new action plan to use!
2. How to stay unaffected by trolls on social media: Do you remember the game hide-and-seek? Well, here’s a fun game to play with your phone: hide-and-don’t-seek. Simply speaking, log off from your social media sites while working on a blog post, or when you are not using the social media site. And if you feel this isn’t compatible to your social media strategy, this cool article by Economic Times will convince you more than I ever can.
3. How to make some me-time from the blog: It’s the easiest thing in the world to get sucked into the blogging rigmarole: log on to WordPress with the objective of writing a quick draft, instead get sucked into the Comments section, spend half an hour fretting whether the replies you sent were correct, get distracted with making teeny-weeny changes to your blog theme, then head over to someone else’s blog where you had seen a particularly nice way to arrange widgets, then come back and hunt for the same widget, blah blah blah. The best way to not get sucked into this, is to prepare an editorial calendar. Work on photos on one particular day. Work on drafts on another. Work on publishing the third day. For a quick way to jot down inspiration, try out apps like Evernote, and not Quick Draft on WordPress. To get some detailed info about what an editorial calendar is, read Blogchatter’s Storified version of the Editorial Calendar chat!
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Does being an introvert give you an extra edge in the blogging world? Share any instance where being an introvert acted as an advantage. Feel free to add to the tips I’ve given today!