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Welcome to the Introvert Blogging Series!
If you’ve read one of my interviews before, skip down to the juicy part. If not, keep reading. 🙂 I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a people person. I’d much rather read a book then go to a party. I’m much more comfortable with a small group of people I know then I am in a big crowd trying to make small talk. Don’t get me wrong. I can talk the talk. I’ve worked in management and made small talk with your groups, but it was absolutely exhausting for me. I would much rather make a huge excel spreadsheet that calculates all sorts of scenarios…and then email it to the person it’s for.
If this sounds like you, you might be an introvert.
Will I ever be a successful blogger or will my introverted tendencies keep me from marketing myself to the fullest? So, I started the search for a few introverted bloggers who would be willing to share their tricks of the trade………
1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?
“Hi there. I’m Sandra, the girl behind Wundertastisch.com and I’m very excited to be here today and share my thoughts on a topic that impacts us daily, with so many like-minded people. I write on my blog about Bullet Journaling and how you can use this wonderful system to become more organized and create the life you always dreamed about. I want you to live up to your fullest potential. I believe that you are amazing and that you can achieve anything you set your mind to!”
2. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
“I treat blogging as my profession, even if it doesn’t cover all my living expenses yet. I think the only way we can make the switch from hobby to a profession is when we give it the attention it deserves. To support this financially I also design websites and I just launched my Etsy Shop. It sells Bullet Journal Stickers as an addition to my blog and the content I write about. But I make sure that website design takes up maximal half of my work time, so the main focus is still on blogging. The perfect ratio I want to work towards in 2017 is 50% blogging, 25%-50% Etsy and 0-25% web design. Let’s do this! <3 ”
3. What is the hardest part of blogging as an introvert?
“The part where I feel the most uncomfortable is when I get asked what I do for a living (in real life). I just seem to be unable to pitch my business. I can do so very well online. Because I can think about it and lay out my thoughts clearly before giving an answer. But in those ‘now’ moments I just can’t express myself clearly. This is the reason why I love blogging so much. I can write about the things that matter most to me, without any pressure. I don’t feel like I have to give the perfect answer right this second. I can do everything in my own time and way. And this makes blogging so special to me as an Introvert. I can be my true self without worry.”
4. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
“I think I don’t have this one moment, where I was like, damn! It’s more of a constant struggle with myself. I’m a perfectionist. And this is more bothersome than helpful most of the time. When I look around at all those amazing bloggers and they just seem to produce content none stop. Around 2-3 blog posts a week. I always feel insecure. I mostly write 2-3 blog posts a month (except for the last couple months where all my energy went into my shop and it was just one blog post per month). For me, quality is more important than quantity. Which sounds great on its own, but you need to produce great content on a continuous basis to grow. So someone with two blog posts a week has 104 new ones per year. I with two per month have, 24 per year. And the gap is growing each year! That for me is the hardest part of blogging. Finding the right balance. And this definitively is one of my goals for 2017, producing great content once a week.”
5. How do you network as an introverted blogger? Social media? Blogging conferences?
“Uh, this is a tough one. And directly hits the mark. Haha. Social media comes way more natural to me than going to a blogging conference. It’s hard to put yourself out there for the world to see. But actually going somewhere where you don’t know a soul and start a conversation, is killing me. Since I blog in English I don’t know any German bloggers personally. So this is a really big challenge I haven’t tackled yet and also feel very insecure about. I’m sure at some point I sign up for one. But starting a couple of days before the actual event I suddenly find a lot of reasons not to go. And on the day, the prickling of my skin sets in. The throat gets tight, my stomach feels sick. But the great thing is, I know I will go. I don’t know if I will talk to anyone, or just be there and listen to the speakers. But I’m so far with dealing with my insecurities that I will go. No matter how terrible I feel. Because I know I will get home, with way more knowledge and a tiny bit stronger than before.
And this is something I want you all to understand. Being an Introvert is hard because the world wants us to be more open and outgoing. Being extrovert is cool right now! But that doesn’t give us the right up to use it as an excuse to miss out on wonderful opportunities. You are a blogger because you have something to say. So say it in your own way. Every person in the world is unique and has something unique to offer. You don’t need to compare yourself to your extrovert best friend. As much as she doesn’t need to compare herself to you. Everyone has insecurities. Everyone has moments of jealousy. But as long as you are yourself and treat others with respect, everything is possible. Just go for it, one teeny tiny baby step at a time!”
6. How many of your friends and family know about your blog?
“Everyone important! I shared my plans and goals with them before my blog even went online. BUT this is not because I feel all warm about it inside. But because I went through this phase already with my YouTube Channel two years ago. Back then I already knew I wanted to build up something of my own. But I hadn’t found my niche yet. So I started a beauty and lifestyle channel. It was a great experience since it not only taught me a lot about makeup and fashion but also because I had to learn to talk freely in front of a camera. I think I spend 6 months speaking to it before I posted my first video online. So I totally understand when you are still struggling with telling the people you love. But the funny thing is, we don’t have a problem telling strangers about our thoughts and feelings. We want people to read our blog. But not friends and family? Not the ones that are always there for us and support us no matter what? I did so too back then. Keeping it from friends for the first couple months. Don’t do this to yourself. You will be surprised how supportive they are! And how awesome they will find it! When friends found out about my channel back then, they came to me and told me how great it is. And they even bought products I recommend. I was blown away. Especially because some of those friends, where people where I thought I could learn something make-up wise from them.
Because of it, this time I was open up-front. And it was amazing! First off, they read and corrected my first blog post before it even went online. So I had great feedback before I shared my thoughts publicly. They were rooting for me. Having someone(s) cheering you on and asking about your progress gives you the strength and motivation to go through with it. We also celebrated my shop launch with a nice dinner. And they even brought me a gift 😀 The last couple weeks were very tough. I worked until 2:00 am in the morning every day and tried to get everything ready for my launch. When I felt burnout I called one of my friends, we talked and the next day I had the energy needed to keep going. My boyfriend did the housekeeping and was there for me through it all. Just so I could focus all my energy on my launch. That is what your friends and family do for you! They root for you, they help you, and they give you motivation and strength when you feel like giving up. Don’t miss out on any of this!!!
PS: If someone of your ‘friends’ is an a** about it. He or she is not really your friend. And you don’t want this person in your life. Trust me! I don’t say everyone needs to completely understand what you do and read every blog post. But they should be happy for you. Even if it isn’t their niche or topic.”
7. Why do you think introverts make great bloggers?
“Before answering this question I want to say that I don’t put an Introvert about anyone else. Some of my best friends are introverts, some are extroverts and they are all amazing! We need both kinds of people in this world <3 Having said that, I think my advantage as an introvert is that I like to be alone. I’m happy being alone with my thoughts for hours at a time. Planning, learning, working. I get a kick out of it 😀 Having talked with my friends about this topic multiple times. I can tell you that some extroverts (! Everyone is a bit of both. No one is a pure introvert or extrovert. Just one side is mostly stronger than the other. ) need outside stimulation continuously. They need someone to bounce ideas with. They need music or TV in the background. They need to go out every day talking to people. When you are a full-time blogger you mostly work from home alone. So this I imagine is very tough for some extroverts. Since I’m the most comfortable in this situation, blogging is just right for me. I sit between lot’s of loose sheets of paper (I love planning on paper) on my bed and imagine changing the world. I have a big cup of tea, a snuggly blanket and get working. ”
8. Anything else you would like to add?
“Firstly, don’t feel bad about yourself. Being an introvert isn’t a disease. You have as much to offer as the person next to you! You are a unique snowflake who can change the world one blog post at a time! Secondly, don’t compare yourself to others. We tend to compare our shadow sides to the light of others. Don’t do this! Especially online everyone tries to share their best side. That is NOT the reality!
And nobody is exactly like you. Nobody has 100% your ideas, goals, and thoughts. So pull strength out of your uniqueness and stay strong! Also, there is a most wonderful book named ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain and I highly recommend it. Also thank you so much, Michelle, for putting this blog post together. We all have tough days where we struggle and I can’t wait to open this blog post then, and read the thoughts of my fellow introvert bloggers as well as comments to get motivated to keep going <3 ”
Are you an introverted blogger? Comment below or email me at email@example.com to be included in this series.