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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?
“My name is Jasminder and I’m a mental health blogger on Confessions of a Reborn Girl. Basically, the title of my blog serves as an allegory for my life. I was bullied a lot as a kid and it destroyed my self-esteem, ability to trust people, and sense of purpose. Once the bullying stopped, I tried to brush what happened to me under the carpet. There’s no use living in the past, I figured, and honestly I felt it was somehow ugly and wrong to have that pain inside of me. Obviously, this act didn’t work out too well in the long run and, come high school sophomore year, I decided I had to make a change. I started writing poetry everyday to express my emotions and I read a lot of books about mindfulness and mental health that year. That was probably when my love for psychology ignited and it’s just been getting stronger ever since.
Anyway, at this point, I want to teach people how to achieve their full potential. I want to encourage people to be who they are, feel all of their emotions, and do all the things they want to without concern for what others may think. I try to serve as a role model in this respect and that’s how I’m reborn. I don’t allow my past to define me; I’ve grown from it and I’m better for it.”
2. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
“Blogging started off as a hobby for me, but I think I can do something really good with it. I get people telling me quite often now how my blog has changed their outlook on life and how much of an inspiration I am to them. I want to continue spreading my message across the Internet and if that turns into a career, so be it.”
3. What is the hardest part of blogging as an introvert?
“Honestly, my introversion doesn’t impact my blogging all that much. I’ve always been able to express myself more confidently and truthfully through writing so there isn’t much holding me back. I also love commenting on other people’s posts because their writing is just so inspirational and interesting.
I guess my advice to introverted bloggers who have trouble doing these things is to focus more on what you can learn rather than the fear factor of sharing your story online or interacting with other bloggers. Also, the WordPress community is super supportive, it’s truly amazing how it’s intimate and yet mainstream at the same time. Everyone knows each other on there, but the size of the community is definitely in the millions.”
4. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
“The most challenging part of my blogging journey has to be promoting on social media. I know that all the pro bloggers say that Pinterest drives the most traffic to their blogs and the best times to post on Twitter is 12-2 PM, but I get very little traffic from social media. I’m not sure if it’s just because my blog is free or because I’ve only been on social media for a couple months…or both. Anyway, I’m trying to work out a strategy that works and I think I’m on the bare cusps of something that may work.”
5. How do you network as an introverted blogger? Social media? Blogging conferences?
“I wish I was important enough to attend blogging conferences. The biggest way I network is through linky parties. Seriously, they’re the best way to find a bunch of people inside or outside your niche all in one place. It’s worth the half hour to click through people’s blogs and Like and Comment on their posts, I swear. I can’t think of a single blogger who doesn’t like it when their post is read and interacted with; I know I’ve attracted plenty of followers just by Liking and Commenting on THEIR blogs.”
6. How many of your friends and family know about your blog?
“My brother knows about my blog because I can’t really make up what I’m doing on the computer all the time. My parents don’t know, but a handful of my friends and one of my favorite teachers from high school know about my blog. Actually, they were the first email subscribers to my blog!”
7. Why do you think introverts make great bloggers?
“Introverts make great bloggers because they think about, and notice, everything. Also, they don’t get bored sitting at a computer screen for several hours furiously typing away their thoughts.”
Are you an introverted blogger? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in this series.