Blogging was initially thought to be the ultimate introverted activity; a virtual diary in which to share personal thoughts on a plethora of topics - whatever tickled your fancy really. It was this way for a fair amount of time, long before the takeover of the beauty blogger, but soon enough social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram started to take off and what was once an introvert’s hobby soon transformed into an industry that very heavily depends on being loud and proud, for lack of a better phrase.
That, for me, is when things started to get a bit harder. Introverted to my core, I’m typically the girl who listens and nods in a group chat - I very rarely am the one to lead a conversation (unless we’re talking politics, but that’s a different kettle of fish!!) So, imagine my trepidation when I woke up one day to discover that blogging success had become intricately intertwined with social media, self-promotion and building up an online presence. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely no problem with self-promotion (and people being super chatty and bubbly on SM) because I do think it’s vital to the blogging business, it’s just not very me. Since this vital shift in the blogging industry, I’ve had to push myself to interact more on a platform that I would naturally scroll through, occasionally liking a post or two. This change isn’t necessarily bad - it’s pushed me to become a more social person which I consider to be nothing but an improvement, but the point still stands - it’s become much harder to be a successful blogger if you’re more introverted like me.
The point of this post? I’m not really sure. Because it’s on my mind? Because it’s part of being a blogger for me? Or maybe just to enlighten those for whom this kind of thing comes a bit easier. For now, I’ll keep trucking on, trying to contribute and engage as much as I can because if I want any chance to compete with the big boys of the blogging business, I don’t really have a choice, do I?