One of my introvert friends has been blogging for a while, and only I just found out. When I read his work for the first time, it gave me goosebumps. He has the gift, and I’d wager you do too.
As an introvert, you are especially well equipped to write. In The Introvert Advantage, Martin Olsen Laney, Psy.D. explains that the pathway from an introvert’s brain to her mouth is longer than the same pathway in an extrovert. Extroverts are wired to talk, while introverts are born to reflect, and reflection is essential to good writing.
Jennifer Kahnweiler, in her book Quiet Influence, also underscores the fact that introverts are writers. She says writing gives introverts time to get their thoughts together and present them exactly how they want to. It incorporates research too, which is another introvert strength. Introverts excel at finding and incorporating ideas that make their work both interesting and compelling.
Check out these seven reasons YOU need a blog – even if you don’t think you do.
1. Demonstrate your expertise.
Most introverts hate self-promotion. We expect everyone to recognize and appreciate our contributions without us having to say anything. Unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works. In order for people to recognize your strengths, you need to bring your work to their attention. This is especially true for introverts: we do our best work in the world of thoughts and ideas where no one can see it!
Blogging is a great way to show the world what you can do without having to get too far out of your comfort zone. The internet is public enough that anyone with access to a computer or mobile device can read your work, but it’s also private enough that people will only see what you share with them. You can take as long as you need to organize, polish, and present your best ideas. A blog lets you promote out of your introvert strengths.
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2. Clarify your thinking.
There’s no doubt about it: One of the best ways to get clear on what you think is to share it with the world. Furthermore, when it comes to sorting out and remembering what you know, there’s no better way to do it than by writing.
You start by typing out your thoughts. Then, you critique, revise, and edit them. Finally, you delete superfluous words like a sculptor chiseling a statue. Once you’ve completed the process, you’ll grasp and communicate your ideas as you never have before.
3. Explore your passion.
Many people don’t know this, but introverts can and do talk a lot. They just have to be discussing the right topic. Introverts can go and on and on about their passions. They’re virtual experts, and they love to go deep!
Have you ever wanted a formal excuse to regularly research and discuss your passion? Try blogging about it! Your knowledge will expand exponentially. You’ll also…
- Meet other people who share your passion…
- Connect with experts…
- Uncover new places to learn…
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4. Show others what you’re contributing.
Are you tired of your coworkers underestimating you? A blog might be the best way for you to share your gifts with them and the rest of the world. It’s a platform where you can present your unique thoughts, ideas, and expertise to the world in a way that honors your introversion. Blogging gives you influence and a voice that others can hear over the noise.
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As you share your ideas and people take notice, new opportunities will materialize. Jobs offers, relationships, speaking engagements – the list goes on. Even if your sole desire is for people to recognize and appreciate what you’re already contributing to the team, try blogging.
5. Let your voice be heard.
“The blogosphere is saturated. No one would care to hear what I have to say.” I hear those words all the time.
The truth is that there are 7.5 billion people in the world. That’s BILLION with a capital B, and the number is still growing. If you’re worried that you won’t have an audience, think again. You are the only you on this planet, and you have a unique voice, perspective, and set of experiences that the world needs to hear. But the only way others can benefit from your ideas is if you start sharing them.
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6. Earn extra income.
On top of all the other benefits, you can also make money with a blog. If you show up consistently and solve people’s problems, readers will come. Prove yourself trustworthy over time, and they’ll start looking to you for answers.
That’s when you can help them with…
- Speaking engagements
If you’re looking to earn side income while helping people solve real problems, blogging is a great way to do it.
7. Go pro.
Do you love writing? If you’re like my friend, whom I mentioned in the introduction, your heart’s desire is to write. You’re good at it, but you got a “real job” because that what everyone told you to do.
If you could never figure out a way to earn a full-time income writing, blogging could be your answer, and there are knowledgeable guides to show you the way. Just don’t quit your day job – you’re going to need it. Instead, get ready to hustle because it’s going to take a lot of work. But you can make the transition to work you love, and the reward will be worth the effort.
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Whether you want to write professionally, help other people, or garner wee bit more recognition, blogging is a great way to do it – especially if you’re an introvert!