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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?
“I am a software engineer by profession who is passionate about DIY and crafts. In one way the artist inside me is stuck. My blog, Side-Business.org, is a way where I am trying to find myself and give my inner soul a bigger platform to express. I blog about DIY, paper crafts and blogging books or tips that helped me as I go.”
2. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
“I cannot say blogging as just a hobby. It gives me a creative outlet. I want it to be my profession. Right now I cannot afford leaving my full-time job. But I definitely do when I can.”
3. What is the hardest part of blogging as an introvert?
“As an introvert, my biggest problem in blogging is communicating with other bloggers. I know it is really important to build relationships with bloggers for any blogger to share their views and discuss the problems they face everyday. But trust me, I was hiding behind my screen for almost 6 months and joined few blogging Facebook groups to know about professional blogging. Finally one day I started my own blog and it took me two whole months to interact on Facebook. I am still working on communicating with others.”
4. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
“The most challenging moment about blogging is where to start and how to start. I have decided to share my views with others. I want to share everything I knew. But the hardest part is the budget. I earn in rupees and I should spend in dollars. Somewhere down the line, what if no one reads my blog? Like not even one! I think every blogger face this at some point so am I.”
5. How do you network as an introverted blogger? Social media? Blogging conferences?
“I communicate through social media as of now.”
6. How many of your friends and family know about your blog?
“Only two of my family members know that I blog. Honestly they don’t care what I write there. Few of my friends knew that I blog.”
7. Why do you think introverts make great bloggers?
“Introverts are good at expressing themselves with whom they don’t know. Confused? It’s just like you’re talking to your own computer while we blog. It doesn’t react to what you are doing. It just responds to the commands that we are giving. In the same way, we just speak our hearts out while blogging. And the reason behind it is, the other person may or may not be knowing who we are. It is easier to interact with people we do not know rather than going and interacting with people whom you know and say hey it is my blog.”
8. Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to give you a big hug 🙂 xo xo 😉 I just feel that I am not alone when I started interacting in the group. There are other groups I am part of but I never dared to leave a comment. But the moment I started interacting I feel encouraged. A big thank you to everyone in the group specially Abby who gave us the platform to interact 🙂
Author’s note: The group she is referring to is the Facebook group you become a member of when you purchase Abby Lawson’s fantastic blogging book Finding A Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook
Are you an introverted blogger? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in this series.