Are you an introvert blogger?

22/05/2016 Discussions, Personal 26

Are you an introvert blogger?I’m a major introvert, and by that, I mean that I find being around large groups of people or people I don’t know particularly well absolutely exhausting. Unfortunately I work in a shop, and so I am pretty much forced to interact with other people for 9 hours a day (you can tell by the word ‘forced’ just how much I love that!), and so when I come home all I want to do is have some me-time, or spend time with people I’m 100% comfortable around (so my family, my housemate and my boyfriend…quite a select group!).

In that way, I think reading and blogging are pretty good pastimes for an introvert like myself. Reading, is by nature a solitary activity, so I get to have some well deserved me-time when I have my head buried in a book, whilst blogging allows me to participate in the parts of socialising I do actually like and skip a lot of the bits I don’t. Whilst I can discuss my interests and thoughts with like-minded people, at the same time I don’t have the mentally draining aspect of being face to face and having to keep up a conversation, or engage in the dreaded small-talk.

I therefore got to wondering about how many other bloggers identify as introverts. As an introvert-friendly form of socialising it stands to reason that a lot of people will be drawn to it for that purpose, and especially with the book blogging community, it’s full of people who enjoy the solitary activity of reading.

However, at the same time blogging would definitely appeal to extroverts for much the same reason. Extroverts draw their energy from other people and socialising, so when they are alone, socialising through blogging and the internet would surely be very appealing. Getting to share their interests with such a wide range of people across the globe would probably also be fun for extroverts, and it does also open up a world of blogger events and things that they can go to and meet other bloggers.

It did also occur to me that different blogging niches might have different predominant personality types; for example, as I say, all book bloggers obviously enjoy the solitary act of reading, so does it stand to reason that there are more introverted book bloggers than beauty bloggers? And how about lifestyle and fashion bloggers? I know for a long time I was very nervous about sharing anything of my life on my blog other than my opinions on books (and I didn’t put up a photo of myself for ages!), so does it take a more extroverted person to be comfortable with that right from the off, or is that just a strange quirk of my personality?

So are you an introverted or extroverted blogger, and how do you feel your personality type helps or hinders your blogging? Do you feel like your choice of niche was in some way informed by being an introvert or an extrovert? I did do a post a while back called the Pros and Cons of Blogging for Introverts, so if you’re interested, be sure to check that out!

26 Responses to “Are you an introvert blogger?”

  1. Heather

    Totally introverted. I think reading excessively (in most people’s opinion) is an introverted way to spend your time,

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Interesting post. I’m a massive introvert. I’ve gone weeks without seeing another person, and I was totally okay with that. I think being an introvert helps with blogging because reading and writing posts are solitary activities. I don’t mind spending a lot of time inside my own head.

    • Laura

      I’m like that too – I like spending time in my own head, and I do really need that sometimes, so blogging helps a lot. You get to just spend some time alone, thinking a topic through, and then you can post it and get other people’s opinions, which is great 🙂

  3. Jackie

    I’m definitely introverted (although once in a blue moon, I have extroverted tendencies). You know, like when the stars align, I enjoy going out with co-workers to grab a beer after work or something. But, for the most part, I prefer solitude or just the company of my cat and boyfriend. I even go as far as having no sound in the apartment. It’s just so peaceful.

    I don’t think my introvertedness neither hinders or helps my blogging. But, I do feel that blogging helps me mind my introvertedness. I think it allows me to have an honest voice, one that I often hide in “real life”.

    • Laura

      Very occasionally that happens to me too, where I suddenly get the urge to be social, but only very, very rarely! 🙂
      I feel the same about my blogging though – it allows my true voice to come out, the voice that only my close family and friends usually hear.

  4. Olivia

    I think I’m definitely introverted when it comes to “real life” stuff, like going out and how I act in my classes at school, but when it comes to blogging I’m a lot more out going than I would be anywhere else. I just love finding new blogs to follow and reading all kinds of reviews on my favorite books, and my favorite part is definitely discussing opinions with people. I mean, reading is my favorite past time and that’s a very alone thing to do, but discussing those books with other people who loved, or hated, them makes it something that I can also do with other people.

    I don’t think my introvertedness really affects my blogging all that much, only because I don’t think it’s to a point to where I’m afraid to comment on other’s blogs and talk to them. I definitely used to be like that though! Although, this is all referring to book blogging. I don’t think I could be a fashion or beauty blogger, there’s just too many times I would have to post pictures of myself or go to events and things that like. I’m good with talking about books to lots of people, but not so much with talking about myself.

    • Laura

      I’m a lot less introverted in my blogging life than in my real life, but I still do get kind of nervous whenever I try and strike up a conversation with another blogger. I do love that you can take a solitary hobby like reading though and turn it into a social activity through blogging. I like getting to have the alone-time whilst I read the book, and then getting to have the stress-free socialising afterwards where I get to discuss it with other bloggers.
      I definitely feel like fashion and beauty blogging would be quite a bit different than book blogging in that regard. You probably do have to be more extroverted for that kind of thing! I’m not that comfortable talking about myself either, so I don’t think I’d be very good at fashion blogging (plus i’m so unfashionable!) 🙂

  5. verushka

    My mum was talking to me about my social anxiety the other day — I think it might’ve cost me a second interview for a job I really wanted. I don’t know if I qualify as introverted, but I relate to what you said about introverted blogging here. Really wonderfully thoughtful post

    • Laura

      I’m so sorry you don’t feel your interview went well! I am terribly shy, and it has proved really problematic for me during job interviews as well, and I know how frustrating it can be. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  6. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Whenever I’ve taken a personality test, I’m always right in the middle of extroverted and introverted, but always slightly to the side of extrovert. It’s funny because I seem to have traits of both. I’m more of a one or two close friends person, but I do like big events (like BEA) and will stand and chat with anyone who will put up with me! Still, if I had to choose between going to a party with people I don’t know super well or don’t absolutely love or sitting and reading, I’d choose reading easily. I find blogging to be a great way to get social interaction with people who think like me. So, I think you’re right that blogging can be great for introverts OR extroverts – it just serves us in slightly different ways. Never thought about that before!

    • Laura

      I like what you said about blogging allowing you to interact with people who think like you – that’s one of the things I love about blogging too! Sometimes I read a post, or write something and people are like ‘I feel like that too!’ and it’s so nice to be round people who you can relate to like that, even if it’s only virtually.
      I definitely do feel like everyone can benefit from blogging, whatever their personality type, it just provides them with different things (eg. an outlet for their thoughts for introverts, or another way to socialise for extroverts).

  7. Jenna- JK I'm Exploring

    I am and always have been introverted. For me it carries over into my blogging because I don’t really go out of my own blog that much, it takes quite a while for me to feel comfortable to talk to other people on Twitter as well. However, on my blog posts I’m a lot more open about things. It’s a weird combination.
    At the same time it helps because sometimes I just need to be away from people and then I just read for hours on end or I feel like just writing up posts all day.

    • Laura

      I feel exactly the same! I’m more outgoing in my blogging life than in my real life, but I do still find it hard to approach other bloggers on twitter, or to comment on a new blog.

  8. Greg

    I’m an introvert and I’m sure that has something to do with my taking up book blogging. I need down time after spending large amounts of time in large groups so that seems to fit. 🙂 And yeah small talk- having to break the ice at work gatherings or stuff like that is not my favorite thing. So I think you’re right, book blogging seems to be the best of both worlds. Plus if one doesn’t have anyone in real life who wants to talk books constantly it’s a good outlet for that too. 🙂

    • Laura

      You make a really great point! I don’t know many people in real life who are readers, so blogging is a great outlet for all my bookish ranting, and is a great way to find other people who love books as much as I do too 🙂

  9. Silvara

    I’m definitely an introvert. Dad’s an extrovert, and constantly bemoans the fact that I hate going to ‘family’ gatherings. I’m fine with actual family, and small gatherings of like 10 or less people. But the thanksgiving gathering is always upwards of 50+ people, only 5 or less of which I know.

    I’m also a horribly homebody. On my days off I’m perfectly happy to sit around at home reading, playing games on the computer, or doing laundry/cleaning. If we make plans and I know we’re going to go somewhere it’s fine. But once I think I’m staying home all day and suddenly Dad or a friend want me to go out I’m always like… but my house! I like my house! *snickers*

    • Laura

      Wow, 50 people is a lot! I would totally hate going to a gathering of that size too!
      I’m exactly the same though on my days off. i just like to chill out around my house, and get some peace and quiet. In fact, if I have any kind of social event scheduled on a day off work, I basically don’t count it as a day off in my mind!

  10. Lia

    I think I’m a bit of both, but most of the time I’m an introvert. I was always awkward at work, and it would get worse when I didn’t have a small group of friends, which what happened in my previous job. I’m also still self-conscious when publishing my blog posts on social media. I recently started a YT channel for my travel vlogs, and there’s no my face in it. Ha.
    Perhaps if I weren’t an introvert I would start a booktube, but I also like writing more.

    • Laura

      I was painfully awkward when i first started at my job (which was 6 years ago, when I was even more socially awkward, if that’s possible!), so I know what that feels like!
      I always feel weird about publicising my posts on social media too, but I don’t know why because everyone does it! I have recently started thinking about starting a book tube, but I’m not sure whether or not I’d be able to do it because I’m such a introvert. Just posting a picture of me on here seemed like a big deal!

  11. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    Hehe, I knew it. There are a lot of introverted bloggers (like me!) here 😀 While I can “act” like an extrovert to get through social gatherings – my country is a very extroverted country, like large parties, chitchat here and there – I really like my alone time, especially when it involves books!

    • Laura

      I’m so awkward at parties and rubbish at chitchat! I much prefer my alone time too, especially when it involves a book 🙂

  12. Ufuoma

    I found this post via google search and I am glad I did.

    I think I am in between extroverted and introverted but one thing is sure, I have definitely gotten “better” over the years. Better with social interactions and gatherings and this has come as a result of consciously putting myself in situations I would have otherwise thought was awkward. Hate public speaking? I’ll volunteer to do it. Scared of a crowd? That’s where I am headed! I have been making effort to step out of my comfort zone and that has really paid off. I still need hours on hours to cool off from the exhaustion that is social interaction! Phew. So exhausting. I started a travel blog five months ago and even though I am still so nervous about blog post promotion on social media, I do it anyway. “Do it Afraid” is my motto for the year and so far, so good!

    • Laura

      I love your motto! I have found the best way to tackle my fears is to just try and do the things that scare me too, although I do always need some quiet time afterwards as well to get back my energy levels. Socialising sure is exhausting! 🙂
      I’m glad you found my post! 🙂

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