Being Social? I’m Doomed.If you become super terrified when you hear someone say that it’s important to build relationships in the blogging world, then this video and blog post is for you. I was once, and still am, an introvert… I mean for real, does THIS look like an extrovert to you? Early on in blogging, I’d sit and listen to podcasts, watch blogging how-to videos, and over and over I’d hear extroverts say “Get out there, build those relationships. Go to conferences, meet another blogger for lunch, attend networking events, etc.” I thought I was doomed, and panicked, thinking I’d never grow as a blogger if I didn’t get out there and be social. So, I sucked it up, scheduled lunch with other local bloggers, bought tickets to conferences all the way across the country, and dealt with my anxiety with faking inside that I was an extrovert. But, I quickly learned that faking being an extrovert wasn’t for me. There HAD to be a better way to build relationships, without leaving my house. Because really, there was nothing more I loved, than sitting behind my computer and communicating with others, only when I “felt like it”.
“Wait A Minute… I Can Network From Behind My Computer?”A couple of years in, I finally realized that I could build relationships in the blogging world, all while staying true to myself as an introvert, and it was as if the clouds parted and the heavens opened up.
Now I will say that through the years, I’ve actually changed on the introvert/extrovert scale, (there’s nothing more that I’d love right now than to get together with some gal pals I’ve never met for a weekend retreat at the beach for some much-needed girl time… but that’s a story for another day) but I do still find myself an introvert the majority of the time.