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Are you an introvert thinking about starting a blog? You’re in good company.
I am incredibly shy around people I don’t know and will rarely speak up in a group of people. Online has never felt like an oasis to open my mind up to the world either because I still feel like the socially awkward tag-along friend.
When I decided to start a blog I had been reading post after post of all of the potentials blogging could bring to my life, I was obsessed with reading income reports. I thought it would be cool to be able to build something I could do from the comfort of my home that would provide supplemental income for when we made the transition to a one income household. This was enough for me to take the plunge and carve out my own piece of the internet.
But there were a lot of doubts.
My life isn’t photogenic. I don’t have a beautiful interior to photographic with props, heck I don’t even feel very pretty much of the time- not much of a selfie person. My personal Facebook page is barely posted to unless I have something going on. My personal Instagram is all but abandoned. I didn’t even have a Twitter.
If I couldn’t live this beautiful life everyone else online seems to be, how in the world would I have a blog that was enough to make anyone interested in what I was saying.
How would I promote my content with any confidence when I feel so weird conversing with people online?
The startup for doing this thing isn’t free and it all takes a lot of time and work. If I didn’t like it or I wasn’t succeeding would it all be a waste?
I found that joining the blogging world brought on surprises that I hadn’t anticipated.
If you’re the kind of introvert that blossoms behind the computer screen, this is perfect for you!
If you’re not (like me!), it takes a lot more work but there are still some things that can be gained.
I only have a few close friends in real life. These friends have been established for at least a decade, but now that we’re adults we all live far away from each other and don’t get to make many visits. I’ve found it’s incredibly hard to make new friends in the adult world which causes me to feel lonely. Having connections with others and having an outlet for my thoughts and life stories is still something I needed, but I wasn’t sure how to get it.
Blogging has really helped me feel less alone.
Many have said it, but getting hooked into the blogging community is incredible.
Twitter has been my number one source for this. There’s a group of ladies I like to follow who genuinely just support one another.
You have doubts about your abilities? Other bloggers are there to tell you you’re doing awesome. Have a question? They have answers.
It’s nice to a place online that can feel pretty safe. Not to say there aren’t mean girl bloggers out there, but I think it’s pretty easy to shift the nice ones from the rest.
Social Media and Driving Traffic
As a blogger you’re encouraged to have several different social media platforms open, active, and engaged. After all you have to network to be successful, right?
Social media is hard work for me. It’s exhausting.
My tweets aren’t full of emojis and super enthusiastic. It’s a struggle for me to get to that place. Chatting with others, reading and commenting on their work, and forming relationships is how you gain readers on Twitter. But because of the nature of Twitter, you have to be present and engaged constantly to get any clicks. After the first month of blogging, I took a step back from Twitter because the results were just too hard for me to see. For all of the time and personal energy I put into trying to stay relevant to these people I just met, I’d gain followers but not clicks. I realized I didn’t want to drain myself over a follower number that meant nothing if it wasn’t pulling traffic.
Now I occasionally go on and try to interact the best I can, but if it feels strained I jump off. And I don’t think there’s any harm in that.
I have found that Twitter is best for connecting with other bloggers and not as great of a tool to drive blog traffic (at least for me).
Pinterest has become my favorite way to spread the word about my blog because you don’t have to talk to anyone! Engaging with others works for them and more power to them for that. But this is supposed to be fun for me and sometimes chatting with others isn’t what I want to do.
It gives you a place to share your world
There’s something about people that makes them want to be known by others. I definitely feel that way. But when you feel more comfortable being at home snuggled up with a book than you do at a social gathering, having many others who know a lot about you is difficult.
Blogging gives me a voice in a comfortable setting. Thousands of people have read something on my blog since starting. That’s just cool!
I get to share my values, my stories, my life lessons with people who are going through some of the same things.
Never in real life would I have the same opportunity.
Here I’m able to dictate who’s allowed to respond back to me and create a safe environment to talk about what I want to talk about.
Spending too much time reading what other bloggers are telling you you have to do, you have to buy, etc.. really makes you feel like what you’re doing isn’t enough. And if you’re just looking to start, it makes you feel like you shouldn’t because you’ll never be enough.
You want your blog to be a fun experience. You don’t want to feel like it’s work all of the time, especially if you hold the hope like many of us that one day you can leave your day job behind and work for yourself online.
So as an introvert to another introvert, if you want to do it. Do it!
Do it on your terms, on the social media platforms of your choice, and embrace who you are.
Now if I’ve got you inspired to start a blog, here’s a few of the resources I used when getting my blog started.
If you’re looking to go big, you probably have already heard that self hosting your site is best for you.
I chose to buy my hosting and my domain separate from one another, so I could have more control over my domain name.
I got my domain name from Namecheap. It’s cheap and it’s super quick and easy to get set up. A domain is included for free in most hosting packages, but should I want to choose a new host I didn’t want to have any issues in switching my domain registrar. With Namecheap, you simply point your website name to your host and you’re good to go. If the host changes, you just make the change and you’re done.
For hosting, I went with a lesser known company with a great reputation for up-time. GreenGeeks provides all of the things the better known companies provide and they give back to the environment. Plus you can add a cute “This Website is Green” Badge, that you can find in my sidebar. So far I’ve had no problems with them being my host and I would recommend checking them out.
I’d also love to get connected with you if you’re looking for a blogger friend you can connect with me via the comments below, email, or any of the social media icons under my about me picture on the side of the page (or below the article if you’re on a phone!).