You know what i enjoy?
This Introvert Blogger loves reading, curling up on the couch with Showmax, a hot beverage, deep conversations, or you know WINE.
And, what I avoid?
I typically don’t enjoy a lot of chit-chat or small talk. I don’t like meeting people I don’t know, long phone conversations, public speaking or being around a large group of people for a long period of time.
Alone time energises me and I am at my best in less stimulating and quieter environments. Shout out to my fellow tribe!
As we all know the world of blogging can be noisy & distracting and it is no longer the same as it was a decade ago or even a few years back when blogging mostly attracted people from the first category: the ones who basically like to hide behind their computer screens all day, because they communicate better in writing than they do in person. Now blogging is as much about the events and the meetups as it is about the writing and the photos.
For most people, this is a dream job, you basically get to attend parties and other special events, meet LOTS of new and interesting people (most of whom will have a whole lot in common with you) and then you get to write about it too. Who wouldn’t love THAT?
*Awkwardly raises hand*
The Introvert Blogger
An Introvert according to the oxford dictionary is a person who is shy and reticent. However I believe it is more complex than that. According to research, there are 4 types of introverts — social, thinking, anxious and restrained. It further suggests that many introverts are actually a combination of all of the 4 types — instead of identifying as just one of the types. The type of Introvert that I am is an INFP (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving). Personally we are known to be artistic, flexible, caring, and creative (hello!, blogging). We despise conflict, and often prefer to interact with people one-on-one, rather than in large groups.
I am an Introvert in every sense of the word but I AM NOT SHY!, which means i do sometimes enjoy a group exercise class but in small doses. There was a time during my younger years when I’m sure I’d have really appreciated all of those parties and other invitations that come my way, but the older I got, the more introverted I became.
But with that being said, I discovered that blogging is about expressing yourself and as an introvert it helped me come out of my shell and open up to the world. Scary?, YES! but so so rewarding.
Can An Introvert Run A Successful Blog?
For the most part, I just stick to myself. I don’t like keeping up appearances with those that pretend to like me and try to cause me to fall. Others could care less about what I do and they don’t get at all why I do what I do. It just seems easier to stick to myself. That may not be right. It may not be the best idea, but it is me. That is who I am.
The challenges that introverts face, I understand them.
Being an introvert causes many problems in life…but none of that matters when I’m online.
When journaling, I feel free to just be ME. To just be who I am inside. To let my mind run free without any barriers and no problems.In that way, I can keep my world happy, choose who I spend time with and it makes ME more happy and content with my life. I control things more. That’s why I love my blog so much. It’s an expression of who I am and I can fully be 100% ME, The Introvert Blogger.
Even though I am a huge introvert, I open up to the people I consider loved ones and on my blog. It’s a GOOD thing when an introvert starts a blog, it allows us to be in our comfort zone, while still making our comfort zone bigger. It stretches us, little by little, over time and helps us to grow. So if you are part of the introvert, over-thinker and anxious tribe, get a paper and pen or in this case start a blog and express yourself. See how freeing and helpful it can be.
So, yes, I would say wholeheartedly, if you are an introvert, don’t let that stop you. You CAN go for your dreams. You CAN run a successful blog. Be the introvert blogger. Always remember that the only thing that can stop you is yourself. You tell yourself you CAN’T do it because of this or that. THAT’S what stops you, not that you’re an introvert!
Let’s thrive!, and to join me again next week for Introvert With High-Functioning Anxiety.
Until next time…
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