It's hard, no, really it is! Introverts are known for being quiet! Not saying too much. Avoiding small talk and keeping only a couple of close friends and and staying away from social interactions.

To be successful in the online world it seems interactions are crucial. Commenting on posts. Asking questions about unfamiliar topics and territory. Be encouraging but constructive. Can I leave an emoji? How about a meme? Can I put a meme in the comments?

I'm finding that I'm elvolving or expanding outside my comfort zone. I'm doing the best I can. Please just bear with me.

Best of luck to each of you. I'm happy to be on this journey with you, but you may need to drag me thru some interactions.

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terryvandal Premium
It's all right, just take your time! I'm an introvert, and along with depression and PTSD, I suffer with social anxiety...lol I find that WA had helped me in more ways than one! Just take baby steps, and if you ever need to talk about anything, I'm around!!!
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JohnWRaleigh Premium
I know how you feel. I'm an introvert, but for some reason, I am letting loose here in the WA community. Maybe that's what will happen to you. Letting loose and being heard.
Much wishes,
JWR
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mickeyb123 Premium
I thought when I saw that question about the people who are doing all of this writing and I came to a conclusion, based on nothing but my own observations, that there ARE no introverts blogging! Regardless of what they were before they got their first blog up and running, they are extroverts, now.

I have always been a ham and took advantage of that during several years on the live stage. Then I spent several years as a corporate trainer, in front of tens to hundreds of people at a time, so this is just all home week for me!
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lindsee Premium
i wondered the same thing and that's why i avoided doing this for such a long time. i'm actually a good writer but i am so self conscious to share my thoughts and opinions with others which is why i got a degree in journalism so i could just write using facts that had nothing to do with me. it helps to know i am not alone with these feelings. good for you for pushing through! :)
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TheDad Premium
I can completely relate to this blog! Even though my career choice has me performing in front of thousands of people as a ballet dancer, I have always found personal interactions and social situations to be a challenge. The way I look at marketing is that it's like a performance and the internet is my fourth wall. I get to be who I want without the personal confrontation that scares me. In any case, I have noticed that I have started coming out of my shell more personally so perhaps, internet marketing is actually the best way to conquer being an introvert.
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FTurner8032 Premium
Absolutely. In fact this may just be one of the best business environments for an introvert. While you are writing content for your sites and you should be answering questions and responding to comments on your sites, you really never have to be face to face with anyone if you don't want to.
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DBSpinz Premium
Thank you!
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FTurner8032 Premium
Something else to remember Ranae, you are not now nor will you ever be under any kind of pressure to work in a manner that is uncomfortable to you. If you want to gradually expand your horizons that is great, but only if YOU want to do that. Also, this is not a race. Take your time and work at your own pace. This is your business, no one else owns it. You can do it however you want. Good Luck
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terryvandal Premium
This is why I can do this!! :)
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