I am honored and excited to have received the Blogger Recognition Award! I was nominated by myspiritedlifestyle.com. Go check her out, she has great tips to offer!
Why I began blogging
I have already written the story of how I began blogging on my “about” page. You can visit it to read more. However, here are some more thoughts as to why I have begun blogging.
Blogging is a unique way to share your thoughts, ideas, and tips after you have had time to think them over. Having time to process your thoughts is valuable because in most situations you are forced to think of a response or idea in a single moment. This regularly happens at work and at school. Not only is this situation embarrassing, but it also leads to shallow replies that have not been thought out. Additionally, being forced to speak is limiting because it only promotes workers or students who are extroverted. It causes extroverts to be seen as brilliant and introverts to be categorized as stupid or outcasts simply because they did not think of an idea quickly enough or stammered when they spoke.
As a high ranking introvert (92% according to the Myers Briggs), I struggle with this myself. I dread being called on in class because I do not prefer to speak when I am not ready, and feel uncomfortable to do so. Many teachers call their entitlement to make students speak “participation” and their students receive a grade for it. Worse yet, extra points are awarded to students who “speak up” in class. Ironically, it is the students who are constantly “speaking up” that are often not the most brilliant ones in the class because they have missed out on listening to the lecture or the valuable discussions going on around them.
In Susan Cain’s book Quiet, she emphasises that being introverted is different from being shy (Cain 12). This is one of the most true things I have heard. Like I said, I am very introverted, but I am far from shy. I do not like to be around large groups of people, or people in general for extended amounts of time. When I am alone, which is often, I am always thinking. I am not afraid to share my thoughts, yet at the same time, I sometimes have trouble getting them all out or figuring out what I mean. Writing has always helped me process what I am thinking and have time to revise and reflect.
Near the beginning of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet , she has an informal test to see whether your are more introverted or extroverted (Cain 13,14). One of the questions on the test asked if you prefer to write then speak. That clicked for me. I prefer to write. So here I am.
Advice for bloggers
I am supposed to give some advice about blogging at this time, which is funny because I have little experience. So all I can say, is that, if you are introverted that does not mean you cannot share your thoughts: be brave and take your time. Perhaps you have chosen to begin blogging because it is the right outlet for you, but if not, I would keep looking until you find it. It is very rewarding.
I would also have to recommend that you read Quiet, wether you are introverted, extroverted, blogger or not. It gives amazing insight to the way people think, communicate, processes, and behave. Wether you are just starting a blog, or have already been blogging for some time, this book is a great resource and will help you understand your readers, customers, coworkers, and even friends and family better. And lets be honest, we could all use to understand people better and stop making harsh judgments about them.
Bloggers I have chosen to nominate:
(Please make sure to check out these blogs and comment or follow if you are interested!)
Instructions for nominated bloggers:
*Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide the link to their blog.
*Write a post to show your award.
*Give a brief story of how your blog started.
*Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
*Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
*Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Cain, Susan. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that cant stop talking. New York: Broadway , 2013. Print.