Can you be an introverted blogger?

by - 3/21/2017 08:00:00 pm










Recently, I've been reflecting on myself and my personality, to be honest this isn't a new thing. I often think about my position within society and within my friendships and family. I've always thought of myself as an ambivert, meaning someone who possesses traits of both an extrovert and an introvert. This can be misconstrued as 'two-faced' due to the conflicting natures of the personality types. Now, I've realised that maybe I am more of an introvert (perhaps wishing I was an extrovert). So, does that mean that I don't make a very good blogger? The blogs I love reading are written by thrill-seeking, social butterfly, charismatic type people - extroverts? Or just well hidden introverts?

First of all, are you an introvert? The issue with direct classification of introversion is that not all introverts are the same - there is no one factor that links introverts together. Everyone assumes that introverts are socially inept, quiet and reclusive people which isn't true. I can declare myself an introvert but still love going out with friends, having a laugh and socialising in general. Maybe you've never thought of yourself as an introvert for this very reason? 


Now when it comes to introversion in blogging there is a lot of confusion. Every blogger wants to draw an audience and produce interesting material, but that means drawing the public eye and putting yourself in the spotlight which is generally assumed to be the nightmare of an introvert (hence the what kind are you). But actually introversion gives you so many advantages in blogging:

→Introverts are better at reflective and introspective work meaning they can produce really gorgeous pieces of writing about the world from their perspective.
→They ask the bigger questions rather than small talking so producing better interview content.
→ Blogging allows a lot of alone time as well as a lot of time out in the world, characteristic of an introvert who needs time to recharge after social experiences.

Introverts definitely have overlooked powers. You don't really hear about the disadvantages of being an extrovert whereas being an introvert is made out to be a disadvantage in itself. But here's a secret for you introverts, you are super. To be honest, I didn't really accept my introvert identity till I listened to Susan Cain's famous TEDtalk about 'The Power Of Introverts' and then I realised how exhausted I was pretending to be more confident than I was.

Now I invite all you whether introvert or extrovert to consider what qualities of an introvert you have, and how they actually make you a better person. Remember that not all introverts have the same qualities, and also remember that extroverts can have introvert qualities as well.
→ Good listeners
→ Self-sufficient
→ Focused
→ Observant
→ Trustworthy
→ Committed

Being an introverted blogger may mean that you're not so good at the adventurous experience pieces but that could mean that you write really great self-care posts. Don't waste time trying to write posts that you don't enjoy creating just because you think they will be more exciting for your readers. I found Leta's post about blogging niches particularly helpful in realising this, specifically the bit about leaving the 'beauty' niche. Find your own niche but don't be afraid to explore outside of it as well. 

P.S I am totally loving my 'Urban Outfitters' light box at the moment, can you tell?




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28 comments

  1. Ah I love this post, I can definitely relate to this! I am so glad I came across your blog, you are doing amazing with it.. keep it up! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you! Pleased it's relatable.
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  2. Yes, you can totally be an introvert and a blogger and actually I think its the most perfect way for an introvert to get their thoughts out.

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  3. This speaks to me on so many levels!! Thanks for writing xoxo

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  4. I think there are definitely introvert bloggers. Blogging could serve as a diary and help get your thoughts out if you're not using to sharing that kind of stuff out loud!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  5. I'm definitely an introvert and so can relate to this a lot! Very well written. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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  6. I loved this post. It was so relatable. I loved being expressive whenever I was with my friends but I loved being alone at home especially on Friday nights. My friends would go out clubbing or drinking but I cuddled up in bed with a book or series. I find it difficult to explain to them that although I love being with them but I also love being by myself at times. Anyways blogging is great because it allows me to socialise while being alone. Thanks for the lovely post.
    x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

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    1. Thank you for reading so thoroughly! Feel you on such an emotional level about this - space is super important for introverts and it's hard to keep your social circles because of that.

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  7. Love this post Kate, I want that light box but we sell one to ;)

    Darriyan xo
    www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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    1. I love it, it's actually so bright though. I don't even need a lamp when it's on ha!
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  8. I think it definitely depends on the type of blogger you are! I'm a bit of an introvert and I can't imagine being a fashion blogger. Really interesting post x

    Beauty From Katie

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    1. I think fashion blogging is actually so brave! I don't think I could ever do it either. I do love reading them though! x

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  9. I absolutely love that you tackled this subject! I think I fall into the same category!!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! Think it's something that's overlooked.

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  10. I definitely consider myself to be more of an introvert, which makes blogging feel perfect for me! especially because I don't live in an area with a ton of other bloggers

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    1. Totally understand where you're coming from, gives you a chance to be alone with your thoughts.

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  11. I thought I was reading about myself :) Here's another introvert like you. It's nice of you to write about this, it just confirmed who I am. Great post!

    www.busyandfab.com

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    1. Haha glad you think so! Really wanted to reach out to other introvert bloggers. Thank you.

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  12. You took me by surprise when I saw my name being mentioned! I really didn't expect that, so thank you. Also, I am an introvert for sure. I need my alone time to recharge and although I enjoy socialization, being out and about, I need a break from all of that once in a while. Being a blogger who is an introvert is definitely possible! If anything, I think it gives quite a few advantages as you mentioned :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Haha, it felt necessary since it was your post that stimulated this one! Thanks for reading.

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  13. Lovely posts. In my opinion(apologizes if I offend others), I like introvert bloggers more than extrovert bloggers because you see a difference in their blogging because they tend to open up to new activities,meet new people. Besides, they seem very grounded and down-to-earth. That could just be me or all introvert bloggers,in general.

    Ps: My introvert side is when I am reading. I shut everyone else out and can be the most unsociable person with a book open, in my hands.

    #sweetreats xxx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh no I totally agree, I think you get much deeper and more sincere posts. Definitely, I hate when people try to talk to me when i'm reading. Thanks for reading! xx

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  14. Yes i think you can be an introvert and a blogger. I am like you, yes, and introvert but I also love to go out and socialize and find strength in that too. I looked at the list of 9 traits of an introvert and 3 of them did apply to me. Thanks for the info:-)

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  15. I am just like you in a way! I tell people all the time I am not anti social I am just an introvert! Being around people drains me..so I need to be alone to recharge myself! Prime example a phone! After so long of being used, it dies and you have to recharge in order to use it again! I, on the other hand can handle people but after being in their presence for so long I get tired and exhausted and have to be alone for some time !

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  16. I definitely don't think there is anything wrong with being an introvert! I like to consider myself as something in between an introvert and extrovert, and I definitely recognize the advantages to both. Valuing time to yourself and your alone time is so important and are work perfectly with the lifestyle of a blogger. You definitely proved your point by saying that introverts are better at reflective and introspective work and that they produce gorgeous pieces of writing in this post. Great article girl!

    Ciara
    www.ciarasalloum.com

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  17. I consider myself as an introvert and it sometimes does reflect in my blogging....but that's how and that's who I am.....loved reading your post ...
    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

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