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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Good for Introverts

5 Reasons Why Blogging is Good for Introverts

If you’re an introvert, you can attest to the fact that we’re not all social butterflies. For some, it’s a difficult task to talk face-to-face with strangers and a nightmare to be stuck in a crowd.

Many introverts still have a lot to say and great ideas that come from listening and learning in social situations. While you may not feel comfortable speaking out loud about your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in person, you do have the opportunity to speak your mind online. Behind the computer screen, you can be a voice with an authoritative blog. You can express your creativity or your humorous side. It may even instill a confidence in you as people begin to give you feedback about your character.

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To get your word out there in the blogging world, take note from the various authoritative blogging sites that exist. A personal blog may just open up your world to new ideas and views, allowing you to express all the great ideas that you have tucked away in your head. Here are some of the top reasons why starting a blog is a good idea for you.

1. You Will Have The Opportunity To Speak Your Mind Freely

As an introvert, you may have something important to say but your fear or uncertainty can cause you to freeze. Perhaps your mind won’t work properly as you begin to panic in the social situation you’re in.

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Some of the most brilliant people alive were shy and reserved introverts. When you blog, you can say what you want without the pressure of being in a social situation, which is not just a gift to yourself but for others also. You have the time to create your message and reach people with your knowledge.

2. You Can Show The World Your Brilliance

Thanks to the internet, you now have the opportunity to break out of your shell and show the world how brilliant you are. There are many opportunities to communicate with people and write blogs that can inspire, teach, and maybe even change the world. Your interests, hobbies, or strengths may be relevant to many people out there, and you have the opportunity to show them what you know.

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3. You Can Build A Friend Base

If you’re an introvert, you likely have a small amount of friends you choose to spend time with. You are probably picky about this and want to know people that share similar ideas with you.

Being a presence online and having your own blog allows you to expand your base of friends that are more in alignment with your interests and beliefs. These days, there are massive amounts people online, which pretty much means that you have the whole world to pick and choose your friends from.

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4. You Can Build Your Confidence

As an introvert, you can safely network and communicate online to others with your blog. This allows you to build confidence to put your personality out there. The support and feedback you receive online is going to allow you to see that you do have something important to say and people are listening. It could even assist you when you’re dealing with real-world situations because you know you really are interesting, captivating, and entertaining. Perhaps this newfound confidence can eventually lead you to feel more comfortable in groups of people in the real world.

5. You Have The Opportunity To Be An Authority

Like everyone, you likely have that one thing that you’re really knowledgeable about. Perhaps you spent years in university studying a certain subject, or maybe you have a hobby you know a lot about.

Up until now, maybe you haven’t felt like you could teach the world what you know best. Blogging is your tool to get your message out there in ways that speaking face-to-face never could. You get to talk about your interests to the masses, which may evoke even more passion in you for those things that you’re an authority on.

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

6 Reasons Why You Should Think Before You Speak

We’ve all done it. That moment when a series of words slithers from your mouth and the instant regret manifests through blushing and profuse apologies. If you could just think before you speak! It doesn’t have to be like this, and with a bit of practice, it’s actually quite easy to prevent.

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” – Napolean Hill

Are we speaking the same language?

My mum recently left me a note thanking me for looking after her dog. She’d signed it with “LOL.” In my world, this means “laugh out loud,” and in her world it means “lots of love.” My kids tell me things are “sick” when they’re good, and ”manck” when they’re bad (when I say “bad,” I don’t mean good!). It’s amazing that we manage to communicate at all.

When speaking, we tend to color our language with words and phrases that have become personal to us, things we’ve picked up from our friends, families and even memes from the internet. These colloquialisms become normal, and we expect the listener (or reader) to understand “what we mean.” If you really want the listener to understand your meaning, try to use words and phrases that they might use.

Am I being lazy?

When you’ve been in a relationship for a while, a strange metamorphosis takes place. People tend to become lazier in the way that they communicate with each other, with less thought for the feelings of their partner. There’s no malice intended; we just reach a “comfort zone” and know that our partners “know what we mean.”

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Here’s an exchange from Psychology Today to demonstrate what I mean:

Early in the relationship:

“Honey, I don’t want you to take this wrong, but I’m noticing that your hair is getting a little thin on top. I know guys are sensitive about losing their hair, but I don’t want someone else to embarrass you without your expecting it.”

When the relationship is established:

“Did you know that you’re losing a lot of hair on the back of your head? You’re combing it funny and it doesn’t help. Wear a baseball cap or something if you feel weird about it. Lots of guys get thin on top. It’s no big deal.”

It’s pretty clear which of these statements is more empathetic and more likely to be received well. Recognizing when we do this can be tricky, but with a little practice it becomes easy.

Have I actually got anything to say?

When I was a kid, my gran used to say to me that if I didn’t have anything good to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. My gran couldn’t stand gossip, so this makes total sense, but you can take this statement a little further and modify it: “If you don’t have anything to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

A lot of the time, people speak to fill “uncomfortable silences,” or because they believe that saying something, anything, is better than staying quiet. It can even be a cause of anxiety for some people.

When somebody else is speaking, listen. Don’t wait to speak. Listen. Actually hear what that person is saying, think about it, and respond if necessary.

Am I painting an accurate picture?

One of the most common forms of miscommunication is the lack of a “referential index,” a type of generalization that fails to refer to specific nouns. As an example, look at these two simple phrases: “Can you pass me that?” and “Pass me that thing over there!”. How often have you said something similar?

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How is the listener supposed to know what you mean? The person that you’re talking to will start to fill in the gaps with something that may very well be completely different to what you mean. You’re thinking “pass me the salt,” but you get passed the pepper. This can be infuriating for the listener, and more importantly, can create a lack of understanding and ultimately produce conflict.

Before you speak, try to label people, places and objects in a way that it is easy for any listeners to understand.

What words am I using?

It’s well known that our use of nouns and verbs (or lack of them) gives an insight into where we grew up, our education, our thoughts and our feelings.

Less well known is that the use of pronouns offers a critical insight into how we emotionally code our sentences. James Pennebaker’s research in the 1990’s concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.

Starting a sentence with “I think…” demonstrates self-focus rather than empathy with the speaker, whereas asking the speaker to elaborate or quantify what they’re saying clearly shows that you’re listening and have respect even if you disagree.

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Is the map really the territory?

Before speaking, we sometimes construct a scenario that makes us act in a way that isn’t necessarily reflective of the actual situation.

A while ago, John promised to help me out in a big way with a project that I was working on. After an initial meeting and some big promises, we put together a plan and set off on its execution. A week or so went by, and I tried to get a hold of John to see how things were going. After voice mails and emails with no reply and general silence, I tried again a week later and still got no response.

I was frustrated and started to get more than a bit vexed. The project obviously meant more to me than it did to him, and I started to construct all manner of crazy scenarios. I finally got through to John and immediately started a mild rant about making promises you can’t keep. He stopped me in my tracks with the news that his brother had died. If I’d have just thought before I spoke…

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