Over a year ago, I began thinking about creating a blog that would provide me with an outlet for various topics I wanted to write about. I started off thinking I would write about movies; I have this obsession with knowing everything about a movie I’ve recently watched (although I don’t want to know anything in advance), and I thought I would enjoy researching and writing about these pieces of film trivia. However, once I started down this path I realized my tolerance for film trivia was lower than I’d thought. I do love movies, but it wasn’t an overwhelming passion.
As this approach fizzled, an idea that my husband Joe and I had previously talked about started bubbling up to the surface: a blog about introverts. It seemed to make sense; how many times over the years had we complained about being misunderstood by non-introverts? Too many to count. I knew I had a huge amount of personal experience to draw on, perhaps a slight chip on my shoulder, and a personal goal to live my life without fear of what others thought of me. But was it enough? Would anyone want to read a blog about introverts?
As I started to look into it, I found there aren’t really that many resources on the Web for introverts, and what there is tends to address more psychological or career-related topics. I didn’t find much written from the point of view of an average introvert, about what life really is like for us.
I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised; if the hallmark of an introvert is to be more inwardly-directed, it makes sense that we are not trumpeting that very quality throughout cyberspace. For that reason, a blog about introverts may seem like a strange idea to most people. But I think it’s time to start one. If this blog can make even a small difference in generating greater compassion and understanding between introverts, extroverts, and within ourselves, then I will have accomplished my goal. And if I can make people laugh in the process, that’s even better.