The more I blog, the more I come across doubts and difficulties. Don’t get me wrong, I love to blog–I’d be happy if I could one day do so professionally. However, as an extreme introvert, blogging has it’s uncomfortable moments. While I might not be physically surrounded by my readers, it’s sometimes very hard to keep up such a steady stream of communication.
It doesn’t help that successful bloggers are most often seen as up-beat individuals who live life with constant pops of color. As you can see from my blog design and growing brand, my personality is a bit more subdued. Yet, these differences in bloggers is something I don’t often see addressed, which is why I want to share these confessions as I talk about some of the struggles that introverted bloggers face in a highly extroverted scene.
1. Social media presences and strategies are a HUGE struggle– the pressure to be witty and attention grabbing is often quite stressful for introverts.
2. Networks and blogging groups are intimidating–full of peppy and vibrant bloggers, these places of socialization are wonderful; however, it can be extremely overwhelming.
3. The tendency to lurk in the corners transfers to blogger life–being the spotlight is scary, and it’s tempting to stay on the fringes of the blog-sphere where it’s “safe”.
4. Making friends with other bloggers can be hard–I honestly don’t know how so many bloggers comment on dozens of blogs every day without wanting to crawl into a blanket-fort.
5. Receiving comments on our own blogs make our day–we want blogging friends, but it’s less intimidating if someone else makes the first initial contact.
6. Marketing and reaching out to other brands–again, it’s so much easier if they make contact first, because being the one to make the official contact is terrifying.
7. Asking your peers to take pictures of you for a post–honestly, I’ve resorted to self-timers or waiting until going home (hence the recent lack of fashion posts).
8. Talking about blogging in real life just doesn’t happen–it’s extremely personal, and it’s stressful when people don’t understand that it isn’t just an online “diary”.
9. It’s easy to get discouraged when our blogs doesn’t grow as quickly as those of more outgoing bloggers–we’re not inclined to throw ourselves into the middle of crowds.
10. Vulnerability feels awkward, especially since introverts tend to be very private–talking about myself in lifestyle posts always feels strange, and I always worry that I’m not interesting or exciting enough.
What are some struggles you face as an introverted blogger?