Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

I take part in the UK Blog Awards #bloghour chat (almost) every Tuesday on twitter. Last week I asked a question that had been lingering in my mind for a while, and some very interesting opinions were offered in response.

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Read the conversation below

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When we see bloggers interacting with one another online and openly sharing their thoughts, we instantly expect them to be bold and somewhat confident. However the thoughts above and feedback from my blogger friends, clearly states otherwise.

Extrovert: An individual in whom exists a diminution of the thought processes in relation to directly observable social behavior, with an accompanying tendency to make social contacts.”

The twitter conversation left me thinking about the ‘Anti Social Network’ put together by Shawn Bellon via YouTube. People are actually becoming rather unsocial, due to the fact they can purely operate online. Blogs have enabled us to have a “voice” without showing our face or having to interact with people in a close social situation. I’m not suggesting this is the case between friends but I am pretty sure the option of networking and meeting people face to face will often be avoided, if everything can be done at the click of a button.

Introvert: An individual in whom exists an exaggeration of the thought processes in relation to directly observable social behavior, with an accompanying tendency to withdraw from social contacts.

Why do we find it easier online? Is it the fear of speaking out loud and then being challenged on the spot? At least on twitter we can edit our thoughts before putting them out there. A friend of mine once told me she attended a networking event full of travel and fashion bloggers and hardly anyone wanted to mix and share ideas. Yet online, we always notice people adding comments to their favourite post or screaming about an award they have won.

Jessi from Novel Heartbeat wrote a blog post earlier this year, explaining how she can be both an Introvert and an extrovert depending on the circumstances. Jessi said she can be an introvert around strangers, in big crowds and when reading but an extrovert with friends, bookish people and in the evening after a few drinks.

“I am not a people person. I clam up around strangers and I would rather go invisible in a big crowd than draw attention to myself.”

Read the full blog post here

I think PR’s who are organising events and participating blogger outreach should definitely familiarise themselves with the bloggers they wish to invite, to gain an understanding of how they feel in social situations. Brands and bloggers need to work in harmony and making someone feel uncomfortable for the sake of a quick fix, is definitely not the way forward.

I would love to hear any more thoughts on this topic and best of luck to everyone who has entered the UK Blog Awards 2015!

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