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!