I have always been an introvert. I used to think I was weird when I wanted to spend so much time by myself. I grew up in a social family where it was almost expected of me to have an endless amount of friends. To me that felt draining (not that I don’t love people it’s how I am!) so when I didn’t I would get poked fun of. Networking’s not easy for me. I’m quiet when I first meet people and it takes ALOT of time for me to warm up. I’m pretty sure Aaron did most of the talking for the first 5 months haha. But with blogging networking is one of the greatest things you can do to grow your blog! So how does one network as an introvert?
For one be thankful there’s the internet! No human contact needed 😛 In all seriousness though here’s how to network as an introvert:
Be genuine – When you find the courage to approach someone be human and be yourself. I see so much fluff on social media it makes my eyes roll. I love when I actually feel like I know someones personality over social media and blogging.
Build a relationship – You need to find your people. Online it can be hard to understand someones personality because a lot of bloggers censor themselves. Or they try to be that over-the-top high-on-life-kind-of-personality which can hard to talk to. For me at least. It can be so hard to decipher between excitement and fakeness. But, that’s where building a relationship comes in. Example Chelsie and I! I’ve known her for a while know and she’s coming to Canada and I am legit excited for her!
Know what you want – If you are just going to approach someone make sure it’s worth their wild. People generally don’t like feeling used but a lot of the time people are happy to help! Some of the greatest feelings are when I get emails or messages from strangers and they’re asking ME for travel advice. I mean that’s pretty cool so I’d love to help!
Reply to comments – This is really important. I suck at replying. Emails, texts, comments, doesn’t matter. It’s something I reallyyy want to work on. It’s not that I don’t want to reply but I have some anxiety so I kind of freak out and don’t want to sound stupid when I do. Which I feel like I do most of the time anyways after I reply haha! I don’t know why I’m like this. Aaron still has to do all our takeout ordering and he called AMA for me when my car broke the other day lol. But we need to reply to comments to build relationships. And trust me you start to recognize names (Lucy!) and get to know people so others will feel the same way when you comment!
Join Facebook groups – My favourite group is Girls vs Globe. You have to join if you haven’t already. I have written for Sabina and a few others here and it’s a good way to get to know people. There’s also collaborator opportunities which is also a good way to break the ice between people.
Don’t be embarrassed – I feel like people I know in real life still make fun at the fact that I have a blog. But there’s nothing to be embarrassed about! Blogging’s great and fun and there are so many opportunities. When people ask you what you do just tell them, you have a blog. Most people are genuinely interested or will tell you they always wanted to start a blog! So tell people you have one, it can be that easy. And who knows, they might know someone who has a blog as well or even has a job for you!
Over to you! Any tips on how to network as an introvert? Sharing is caring 🙂