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Chat: Introverts Make Great Bloggers

 

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You don’t have to be a social butterfly to blog. 

Introverts. The dictionary definition of ‘introvert’ is a shy and reticent person. In my opinion, this is a narrow definition. Anybody who enjoys their own company and unwinds by being alone is an introvert.

When I figured there were other introverts, I realised being one wasn’t a bad thing. 

Blogs – especially lifestyle blogs – can give the impression that everybody in the blogosphere is confident and sociable. From blogging squads to pictures of beautiful people at parties, it can be easy for introverts to think that blogging is not something they would be successful at.

This impression is misleading. Blogging has plenty to offer introverts, and introverts have plenty to bring to blogging. 

Blogging starts with a computer. That makes a difference. To be successful at blogging, you need to network.  With online networking, there is less instant judgment, and we are screened from people’s reactions. Although I am an awkward conversationalist, I find online conversations easier. Networks are built on shared interest. This makes it easier for introspective people to share their thoughts. 

The second thing which helps is the chance to edit. Before I post this, I will read this over and think about what I have said. I have a chance to change my thoughts. Even in a fast-paced Twitter chat, I take a moment to scan over what I have said before I press ‘send’.  Every picture I take goes through my quality-control before it reaches my audience. Unlike in face-to-face situations, blogging and social-media allow us to edit our thoughts before we share. 

Blogging helped me to find like-minded people. Bookish people. Kidlitters. Aspiring writers. It is not that I dislike company, but I am so happy in the company of a book that I sometimes forget to seek out other people. It turns out we can be bookish together. Literary festivals have become popular on this principle, that we can make a party of reading, and book-buying and talking about our favourite books. My blogging friends have added value to my life, and their conversation has added value to my reading. 

Reading blogs might give you the impression that bloggers are outgoing party-people, but creating one teaches you that blogging is about hard work and editing. Introverts can thrive in a world where self-motivation and reflective feedback are key.

 

Louise Nettleton

Would you describe yourself as an introvert? Do you think introverts make great bloggers? Let me know in the comments below. 

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17 thoughts on “Chat: Introverts Make Great Bloggers

  1. I always used to say that I was 100% an introvert, but since coming to college I’ve realized that although I do enjoy spending time alone, I get a lot of my energy from being around friends and family. I think I might be a bit of both? Anyways, great post!

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  2. I am myself an extrovert and hence feel that both introverts and extroverts can make great bloggers, but I will say that introverts are more likely to be drawn to the blogosphere 🙂

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    1. Great point Priyasha. I kind of thought it was taken for granted that extroverts make great bloggers, but I didn’t make that clear. 🙂 I guess anyone can make a great blogger. We all have different strengths.

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  3. I’m an introverted blogger and before I started I thought it wouldn’t be for me, because everyone seems to be so social and I’m the complete opposite. But blogging works for introverts for so many reasons like you pointed out! Great post!!

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    1. That’s how I felt. It didn’t even occur to me that people were managing their online content to show particular things. That networking online might suit me. I wouldn’t want anyone to be put off by those fears. Blogging has been the best thing I ever did.

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  4. YES! I’m a classic introvert, and blogging is the area where I can be social with ease. Sometimes I feel like it’s easier for an introvert to blog than an extrovert, personally. Not that extrovert’s can’t blog, and I’m sure there are plenty of them in this blogophere. I just find that people I know who are extroverts would rather go out and be social in the world. 🙂

    Wonderful blog post.

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    1. So glad you related to this. ☺️ Blogging made me realise there is nothing wrong with being an introvert. I can find my way to connect with people, and I have made some lovely friendships as a result of blogging.

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  5. Sometimes I even don’t manage to interact that much with other bookish people, but I think that from people outside my life I look like more social than what I’m.
    I like being by myself or with selected people, but also, I can be open if I feel into the right group. In other cases I’m definitely going to be silent one of the group.
    But yes, for reasons is much more easy to be outgoing on the web instead than real life.

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  6. Ooh thankyou for linking this post to me! I’m a 100% introvert until my boyfriend’s home then i’m not, I enjoy his company or my sister’s company. But always find myself hiding from my friends who I’ve grown up with for a long time. I was born deaf so socialising is our weakness as we don’t know how to speak or how to even hold a conversations so we end up hiding instead. I find blogging easy to do, but the whole aspect of actually ‘talking’ to people even online, are difficult for me

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    1. Hope to see you around – do you know about the chats? Friday is usually #UKYAchat at 8pm, #SundayYA is 6pm and there are many other chats throughout the week/as one-off events. Memes are another good way in. Top Ten Tuesday is one of my favourites.

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