It’s a funny thing how people assume that, because I have a blog, I must be an extrovert. The truth is, this blog is my way of working around my introversion – it is how I deal with my desire to connect with people, without enduring the exhaustion that comes with doing it in person.
There are a lot of bloggers who are extroverts – so I understand why people are shocked when they meet me and find out I’m actually pretty quiet – but those bloggers tend to have blogs that are about nothing but themselves/selfies. That’s the easiest way to tell the difference.
If you read a blog that is actually about something rather than just about the blogger – they’re probably an introvert leaning on their blog as a way to engage in the self expression they find hard when surrounded by attention seeking extroverts.
It has nothing to do with not wanting to be around people – I need to see my friends regularly or I get really sad – it’s that I get incredibly tired after a day spent around a lot of people. This has become even more obvious to me since starting to work in an open concept office again, after working from home – all alone – for the past two years. My energy is drained by the end of the day and I need a nap once I get home.
There’s nothing wrong with being either/or, and ambiverts are the best. But introverts definitely get misunderstood the most – this beautiful animated video explains it well: