Challenges of the Introverted Blogger
When I was a regular contributor to Introvert Retreat, I’d often do a Google search on ‘introvert’ to see if I could find something to blog about. One day my search led me to A Guide For The Introverted Blogger.
In his fascinating article, Micah Sparacio explained that introverts are often sensitive to criticism, which may cause us to hold back from blogging and to avoid controversial subjects when we do blog.
He then went on to discuss the positive attributes of introverts in terms of blogging:
Introverts usually bring a long term vision to their blogging. They tend to plan things out meticulously and speak only when they have something important to say.
Introverts tend to think twice before blogging an idea, and this can be a filter against junk.
Introverts also tend to offer positive feedback to other bloggers, something our community certainly needs more of.
I agree with all of these statements. I also think we have the advantage of enjoying writing and other tasks that allow us to work alone for chunks of time. I fell in love with blogging the first time I tried it.
Sparacio promised to devote future articles to overcoming introvert-specific roadblocks to blogging, but unfortunately, they don’t appear to have been published. Which got me thinking…
What introvert-specific roadblock to blogging have I run into?
My biggest obstacle is my reluctance to self-promote, which is surely an introvert thing. I always feel pushy if I share a new blog post several times, even though I know that not everyone will see it the first time. And for the longest time, I was so afraid of sounding salesy, that many of my regular readers didn’t even know that I offer Website Care Plans and Web Design!
Am I still struggling with this? If not, what did I do to overcome it?
I’m still hesitant when it comes to self-promotion, but I write much more about my business than I did in the past. Here are a few posts where my main goal was clearly to promote my services, but I did it in a way that was comfortable for me.
- Do you need a Website Care Plan?
- Is it time to break up with your hosting service?
- A Website Makeover for one of Canada’s Top Resume Writers
I tried to get on board with sharing my blog posts multiple times on social media, but I realized that very little of my traffic comes from social media, regardless of the amount of effort I put into it. I’d rather use my social media time to engage with other users than fill up their feeds with links they won’t click on. In other words, I just don’t sweat it anymore.
Are you an introverted blogger?
Please help me make up for Micah Sparacio’s missing follow-up articles by answering these questions in the comments:
What introvert-specific roadblock to blogging have you run into?
Are you still struggling with this? If not, what did you do to overcome it?
Your comments may help other introverted bloggers to get better results and enjoy the process more.
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