Blogging as an Introvert
Blogging as an introvert is wonderfully terrifying. Instead of going on and on and on in paragraphs, I'm going to try and dot point it into 9 things about blogging as an introvert. All the positives and negatives, in no particular order, are below.
It make meeting people so much easier. Canberra is so small and making friends as an introvert is hard enough! The thought of going up to a stranger and saying hello makes me feel sick. It's just not something I enjoy. With blogging you meet people online and become friends first, you keep up to date with each others lives and then you generally end up meeting at an event and theres no pressure at all, you'll have a million and one things to talk about!
Arriving at events alone is horrible. But you've gotta do it.
Socialising in-person is inevitable. Eventually you'll have to go to an event, that's just the way the cookie crumbles. But it's up to you when and where, you don't have to attend everything you get invited to. Some events are just too big/overwhelming so I generally don't stay too long or just try to choose the smaller events.
It's a creative outlet and it's judgement free. Not 100% judgement free but most of the time if someone doesn't like your content, they stop following you. And if they are judging you it usually isn't so direct as someone judging you in person. It gives introverts, or me at least, the ability to post what I want freely and not be shy.
You'll meet people with similar interests, and thanks to hash tags, it's easy to find these people.
Events are exhausting. Sometimes it takes me a day or two to recover but I always reflect and am happy I have attended an event.
It helps you build confidence. I think a lot of introverted bloggers come across as extroverted online because of both the social aspect of blogging (e.g. attending events) and because they post content they are proud of with confidence.
It allows you to achieve something/succeed at something without being constantly drained. Yes, the events are draining, but sitting down and writing a post or taking photos for instagram is something you can do at home in your PJ's and not feel exhausted after. You post the article or photo and are proud of yourself for achieving something but you still have energy to do other things.
Once you've been blogging for a while, you actually have something you're really proud of. This is something that helps me keeping going on days when I'm beyond drained from multiple events or before I have to do a photoshoot in public. I hate taking photos is public, but the photographer that takes my photos is an absolute gem and makes it fun/quick so I don't have any worries.