I’m an introvert with a blog.
I love the chance to write, and I’m not alone. The Internet was built as a playground by and for introverts.
I started blogging in 2009, and after six years, I still like coming back to this space to get creative or to get out of my head. I like it better than social media because it is a little quieter, but these tips could just as easily apply to Twitter, Instagram or Periscope, if that’s your jam. If you’ve been playing around with the idea of your own space online or you have one and it’s been sitting dormant for awhile, here are some reasons to consider it:
1. Introverts often express themselves best through writing.
Introverts are frugal with words and appreciate the opportunity to edit their thoughts. Speaking extemporaneously may not come easily, but it doesn’t mean your voice shouldn’t be heard. In fact, you probably have something incredibly valuable to add to the table. Writing – whether a blog post, or ebook, or tweet – allows you the chance to process and express your thoughts. You can be as thorough, light-hearted, or well-versed, as you like. By limiting what you say your words carry weight.
2. When left alone, introverts are reflective.
We sit around wondering, imagining, recalling past events, and making future plans. With just these four categories, you could write endless numbers of insightful posts, articles, stories. If left untapped all the observation and reflection can make you feel a frazzled, so having an outlet, whether a personal journal or a public blog, is so helpful.
3. Introverts can act extroverted for a time.
The Internet provides a level of control and safety for introverts that can be really energizing. It is a platform to express your individuality and write down all those thoughts buzzing inside your brain. If you need to network or exchange ideas, you can quickly and easily connect and socialize with other like-minded people around the globe. If (when) you become over-stimulated, close your computer. The screen provides a safety barrier, allowing us to more freely express ourselves. It also provides enough solitude to remain creative and individual.
ps. If you’d like more tips and insights for introverts, I wrote a book just for you.