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Are You an Introverted Blogger?

Micah Sparacio’s “A Guide for the Introverted Blogger” on the Blog Herald is getting quite a lot of attention. As it should.

Only about 25% of the population are introverts, so we’re clearly in the minority. I’m not sure how well that percentage translates into the blogosphere, but I’m sure it’s probably a bit higher because of the good fit that blogging offers for the introvert’s tendency to work in physical isolation.

What I want to do over the next few months is explore what it means to be an introverted blogger, how bloggers can use their introvert tendencies to enhance their blogging, and how to overcome the most common stumbling blocks that an introvert faces when writing material for public consumption and comment.

Over the next month, Sparacio will be building a guide on the Blog Herald to help introverted bloggers blog.

Do you consider yourself an introverted blogger?


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13 Comments

  1. Posted January 28, 2007 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m 100% an introverted blogger but I was an extrovert at a young age. Even since I started blogging fulltime, my social life just wasn’t that fun anymore. =)

    I agree that the figure (25%) is not “accurate” in blogsphere.

  2. Posted January 29, 2007 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Yeah. Even though I now draw my inspiration from life, it doesn’t go without the shift in perspective that I’m known to have. There are some things the outside world can tell you. For everything else, there is still you and only you alone to define and otherwise speak out.

  3. Posted January 29, 2007 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I’m introverted. In fact, I think that’s partly what drove me to blogging. I could share what I know and do it without facing other people.

    Of course, the advent of Web 2.0 has been something of a small shock to my introvert system, and I’ve had serious problems adapting to the conversational direction blogging has gone. So far, I’ve tried repeatedly to force myself to try to participate in the conversation by trying to slowly build myself up into a commenter, but it’s been a failing effort. (For example, the last time I left a comment was roughly a month ago.)

    It’s like being an INFJ. We’re supposed less than 1% of the population, and yet somehow, you can’t throw the proverbial stone online without hitting ten of us.

  4. Posted January 29, 2007 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    I always score very high as an introvert.

    I would guess the vast majority of bloggers are what Myers-Briggs would call INFP, as this personality type has the strongest writing skills and a natural ability to convey ideas in ways others understand. Most commercial writers come from this type.

    I’m willing to bet the majority of tech bloggers are NTs and the how-to and personal bloggers are NFs.

  5. Posted January 29, 2007 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    The article is really disappointing. To suggest that introverts, as a group, are “extremely sensitive” to criticism and that they have lower-than-average self-esteem is so misleading. I am a very proud ISTJ. I think I take criticism as well as the next person and my self-esteem is just fine, thank you very much. And is the idea of introverts being attracted to blogging all that new? I just wish the article had not intimated that introverts have something wrong with them that they need to overcome.

  6. Posted January 29, 2007 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Yes, Yes, YES!!! I’m an introvert (IST/FJ)…

    Part of the reason I started blogging in the first place was so that those who know me but whom I’m apart from geographically could keep up with me, to lessen my quilt about not picking up the phone (which I just hate doing…)

    It was also an easier way for me to thoughtfully work out and say what’s on my mind about particular issues and concerns.

    I love blogging, but I’m with Susan though, my introversion does not lead me to be ultra-sensitive to criticism. And my self-esteem is quite fine thank you.

  7. Posted January 29, 2007 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Kirylin. Yes, I am totally introverted. There are times when I really feel naked and powerless when I post out there. I always wonder what my visitors are thinking when they read my posts. Even a small bit of appreciation helps :)

  8. Posted January 30, 2007 at 4:44 am | Permalink

    I am INTJ, and yes, although I enjoy having an colorful and busy social life, I need to be alone, on myself, to focus and reload my batteries.

    The blogosphere is not representative of the “real life”, this is why populations’ representations are diferent.

  9. Posted January 30, 2007 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    I’m an INFP with a strong I, and I blog. I guess I qualify.

    My blog doesn’t get many comments, leading me to wonder whether anybody is paying attention to it. I really wish I could get people to leave more comments so that I get the affirmation that I need.

  10. Posted February 1, 2007 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    I am one these extremely introvert people – but I really don’t see myself as an introvert blogger as the web is a great tool for introvert people to express themselves. At the web we always have a choice when to deal with other people, and it fits more with the one on one socialization that we prefer.

  11. Mika-Katsu
    Posted February 28, 2007 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I am very introverted around many…though with my family, I can be a more comfortable…

  12. Jean
    Posted May 31, 2007 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    I write for a living and I’m an introvert (happened upon this Googling INFP because I was feeling such the weirdo today after thinking about how I can only stand to talk to other people for so long). I don’t blog, but I used to be addicted to a topical message board. I considered it my community. I lurked for a long time, and when I finally got the courage to start posting anonymously, I would often have long, drawn out posts that were far too expressive and revealing. I was overly sensitive about the reactions (or lack of reactions) from other board members.

    Even though we are inward types, I think we still long to connect with others and have our thoughts and ideas validated in a way we can manage. Boards and blogs allow us to do that in a safe way — we can reveal ourselves in bits and pieces, and, if we need to, turn off the computer when we’ve had enough of others.

  13. gel
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    I’m an introvert eversince I was a kid. INFP. But sometimes I try to be what other people are — “outgoing”. And I end up tired… ^_^
    My blog doesn’t get much comments… ^_^ but they are read by my close friends.


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