Here’s a secret. I’m shy.
You may not get that impression when you read my posts, exchange emails with me, or see me on social media – but it’s true. I’m an introverted blogger and I get nervous meeting new people and tense when I don’t have time to recharge my social battery.
So, how do I manage my blog when it’s reliant on communication and networking?
Let’s break down some easy ways for the introverted blogger to handle the stress of blogging and turn it into the super fun and super amazing experience it should be!
Plus, we’ve got a brand spankin’ new social media cheat sheet in the resource library!
An introverted blogger does not equal an unconfident blogger.
Just like there are cats and dogs, there are introverts and there are extroverts. That’s just the way it is.
One is not better than the other (though you’ll meet people who disagree), and both have advantages and disadvantages in the blogging game.
You’re either one or the other, and you can’t do too much to change it. It’s the way you’re hardwired, and so you’ve got no choice but to seriously ROCK your introverted blogger talent.
At its core, being introverted just means that you live a little more in your own head than others. You might be shy. You might become exhausted by constantly having to communicate and network with others. You are probably a conglomeration of introverted traits that make it a little harder to blog due to the pressing social aspect.
Let me say this, and this is something that I want drilled into your head by the end of this post:
It’s okay to be introverted. It’s okay to be shy. You can STILL rock your blog, rock your introversion, and rock your success!
The best thing you can do is follow some amazing and inspiring blogs. Look at what they do and how they do it, think about how you can incorporate some of their tips and tricks when your brain is socially fried.
When you start your blog, no matter if you’re an extrovert or an introvert, you’ve got to do it with pride and confidence.
Put up reaffirming sticky notes all over your bathroom mirror if you have to, but if you lack confidence, your readers are going to pick up on that and feel disinterested.
Email is the introverted blogger’s best friend.
Email is basically the best thing since nachos.
You can plan out your words, your syntax, everything! Email has largely taken over the contact game when it comes to getting sponsors, connecting with readers, and reaching out to other bloggers.
That means that it’s our time to shine! It’s way easier to be bold and put yourself out there in the form of a perfectly constructed email over a nervous phone call.
Plus, it’s a great way to up your communication game for when you’re ready to take the next step to courses or webinars! You can practice your pitches in written form while you gear up to take the verbal plunge.
Dealing with social media aversion.
The most daunting part of blogging for me personally is managing social media.
I absolutely dread having to go on every single channel and post every day. For me, it’s a mix of feeling awkward and strange promoting my content so much and just plain feeling zapped from so much social work.
When talking other introverted bloggers, I see this come up time and time again.
They get fed up with having to go on social media and eventually give it up (I know I’ve been there), but they’re missing out on SO MANY potential readers, contacts, and even friends.
You can reach people so much easier when you’re active on social media. It’s more or less required in order to get decent traffic to your blog.
A quick and easy way to remedy this sticky situation is to schedule your social media posts.
I use Hootsuite to schedule my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook posts. This way, I only have to log in about once a day to reply to mentions or comments, and I can get through a mass schedule session in about an hour or two a week.
To help all my introverted blogger buddies, I’ve thrown together a social media cheat sheet to help you stay on top of your game.
Plan time to interact.
I’m not going to be blunt with you. In order to be a successful blogger, you have to interact with your reader base and other bloggers. It’s par the course, my dears, though there are ways to make this a bit easier.
Going hand in hand with scheduling my social media is scheduling my time to be interactive with everyone needing and wanting my attention.
In my planner, I block out specific times to check emails, reply to comments on the blog, and craft my newsletter. That way, I can get through all of the necessary social obligations of being a blogger without getting burned out from feeling like I’m constantly having to talk to other people.
(Here are some handy-dandy tips to help you cope with blogging stress!)
Put in work behind the scenes.
There are days when I just want to do as little as possible socially. I don’t want to put up a post, I don’t want to send out any emails, and I don’t want to go on Facebook. (Fortunately I can skip that every now and then because I’ve got it scheduled!)
There are always things that you can do for your blog. You can check that your backlinks still work, you can tweak the design, and you can read other blogs for research.
The best, best, BEST thing you can do as an introverted blogger is to MAKE FRIENDS with your fellow bloggers and readers!
The second that you start thinking of them as your buddies is the second that staying in contact with them becomes a fun and easy part of your day rather than a chore.
You’ll look forward to connecting with them, sharing their latest interesting post, and having them do the same.
This is so, so easy to do too. Comment on their blog, friend them on Facebook, tweet them every now and then, and they’ll return the favor tenfold. Your tribe builds you up, keeps your spirits high, and makes you feel supported.
Not only will it make being social every day a little easier to handle, but having that wonderful support system will also help your confidence skyrocket.
Having healthy blogging relationships is the easiest way to increase traffic and put you on the right track towards success.
Just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean that you can’t make friends or that it will be tricky to do. You have to have confidence, remember? You’re amazing. People want to be your friend, they want to ready your content.
Your readers will soak up your posts and your blogging buddies will help you learn and promote.
It is so worth it to try and make friends, you’ll see a difference in your feelings towards being social and in the traffic to your blog.
The last thing I want to suggest is this amazing book (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking) by Susan Cain. She’s got some brilliant words for us introverted bloggers, and I think you should check her out. It’s a really empowering book that will help you see things just a bit differently.
So, are you an introverted blogger? What tips and tricks do you use to face your social calendar every day?