You’ve been thinking about it for a while, haven’t you? Blogging.
Maybe you’ve already started one but you’ve been posting inconsistently (and even less of late).
You might be thinking that you’ve missed your chance, that there are SO MANY BLOGS out there, that if you start one you’ll just get lost in all the noise.
What do you possibly have to say that hasn’t already been said?
Why would anyone want to listen to you?
I know, this sounds harsh, but are you also nodding your head in agreement that this is exactly what’s been going through your head every time you think about getting started (or getting back to it)?
Well, I can assure you that you’re not alone, but also that you haven’t missed your chance. Blogging is still huge – it’s just changed over the years and evolved but you will learn and understand it as you go.
And, if you’re worried about getting lost in the noise, guess what? It’s a great opportunity to find your feet and find something to blog about while no one is really paying too much attention.
Can I get a hell yeah?!
The biggest thing I can suggest, if you’ve been thinking about it is this:
What have you got to lose?
You might be thinking, “Oh but what will people think?” Or, “What if I suck at writing?” and I want to tell you that it doesn’t matter.
I don’t need to reinvent the wheel here, there are plenty of articles online to convince you that I’m right here:
- On Problogger, Stacey Roberts gives some pretty compelling reasons why you should start a blog this year;
- Jeff Goins writes about why you should start a blog, even if you’re not a writer;
- And on The Huffington Post, Michael B. Fishbein (author of The Ultimate Guide to Blogging) gives you 10 reasons why you should start a blog
Okay, so now that you’ve maxed out your browser’s tabs, here are some reasons why you blogging is great for introverts.
Introverts often feel more comfortable writing
It’s not always true but, generally, more introverted people feel that they express themselves better through writing instead of speaking. You might have lots of ideas and thoughts and they’re just desperate for a creative outlet.
Back when I first moved to Sydney to work in television, I started blogging mostly to keep my friends and family back home in the loop about my life and experiences in my new city. It quickly became my escape from the fast-paced industry I was working in – a time to quietly reflect on my life, share photos, stories and ideas without actually having to talk to anyone.
It’s a great way to grow you confidence to ‘put yourself out there’
If you’re worried that people might judge you – as I know many private introverted types are – don’t worry! There are billions of websites out there and the chances of someone stumbling upon you randomly are pretty slim. This gives you a great opportunity to get into a habit of just showing up and writing.
What feels scary at first will quickly become pretty easy and in a short time you will wonder what you were ever worried about in the first place. As you become more comfortable with sharing your work, you can start to expand gently by sharing it on social media, with close friends and family, or by joining one of the many blogging communities on Facebook to share with total strangers (sometimes that’s even better).
The best thing is that it’s all on your time.
You can explore whatever you like
Maybe you’re still trying to work out what you’d like to do with your life. Blogging is a great way to start because you can just follow your curiousity. Write about what you love. Write about what you know. Write about things you’re learning or are interested in. The more you focus your energy and attention on the things that interest you, the more you will hone your creativity and interests and who knows what might come out of it.
When I started my lifestyle blog many years ago, I had no idea that it would lead me onto a completely different career path. I’ve always loved writing and so it felt easy for me to get started, but I could not have predicted the amazing friends I have met, the experiences I’ve had, and the business I’ve created just because I got started.
You might find a whole new passion or career
Building a blog and business online can be slow. So often I see people forcing themselves to blog because they think that’s what they should do. That it’s the key to fortune and happiness and success.
The truth is, that if you love it, it will feel fun and exciting.
And if you don’t, it won’t.
If you are into it, commit. Show up regularly and – more importantly – consistently. Don’t disappear for three months and then post four times in a week. Pace yourself. If your creative process works in bursts, run with it, but schedule your posts in to cover the times when you’re not writing because consistency is key.
And, if you decide it’s not for you. Don’t worry, but don’t force yourself to do it because that isn’t fun for anyone.
When I was starting out, I was posting five times a week even though I was working 50-60 hours a week. I loved it so much, I would stay up late crafting my latest post. I’m not saying you have to be obsessed, but make sure you check in and ask yourself if you’re having fun.
You are in total control of what you put out there
Another concern that many private innies have is that they don’t want to overshare so that makes them not want to share at all.
There are a few ways to look at this. The first is to actually ask what’s the point? Why are you sharing it? What are you hoping will come across or that someone else might get from it? If you don’t know and you’re just letting off steam, it might be best to shelve it until you’ve worked it out.
The thing is, you’re in complete control of what you share. If you think there’s a possibility that another human on the planet might be going through what you’ve been through, or might get some insight from something you’ve found useful, there’s a good chance that it’s worthwhile.
And even if you feel like you don’t have anything new to add to the conversation, nobody is you. The way you phrase something or the experiences that you’ve had are yours and no one will write exactly as you do.
It’s an introvert-friendly way to meet people
I would be lying if I said that I have more ‘real life’ friends than online friends. In fact, almost all of my closest friends have come in some form or another through starting my blog. Whilst it would be nice to be able to catch up with my beautiful friends for a coffee sometimes, it’s actually much more manageable to be able to chat to them online or send emails and silly gifs to each other.
If I had to catch up with all my online friends each month, I would be exhausted and I probably wouldn’t have as many lovely souls in my life.
So what do you think? Is blogging for you?
Tell us in the comments below if you’re thinking of starting a blog or if you’re going to recommit to the blog you maybe started a while back and have neglected! We’d love to check it out.
And if (and when) you’re ready to be seen and heard but you don’t know how, check out my free 5-day eCourse on How To Be Seen And Heard here.