I wrote my 300th post two days ago. Now, I’m not into numbers, but this number makes me a little nostalgic. Nearly four years back, I was struggling to get this blog up and working. My first blog, on random musings, hadn’t done very well. To be fair, I had shared it with only 5 people (my siblings and friends) at that time. My brother was sweet enough to actually read a post and say that he liked it. Honestly, I was having doubts of being a writer. Those doubts never go away.
I had also been toying with the thought of writing a travel blog. I had one problem though. Back then, or at least here’s what I thought back then: travel blogs were only about picturesque locales, extreme extroversion, happy people with toothy grins, and intrepid travel. Did the internet or the travel space have a place for introverts and socially awkward people like myself? I struggled for 3 months with that question. I finally made my posts public after much thought and some sleepless nights.
Now, how many of us have expected instant fandom and got crushed by deafening silence instead? That’s the undeniable reality of blogging. And as a socially awkward person, you don’t know if you’re happy when you get the attention or sad — if you don’t. It’s been a struggle to just keep writing and avoid thinking about quitting.
The torture of baring your soul to the world will be difficult. But the true reward lies in connecting with kindred spirits like yourself. I’ve learned that it’s possible to be socially shy (even awkward), reticent, and have a travel blog. You don’t have to be too experimental. Just follow these simple rules!
1. Deflection is a good idea.
Try to focus on someone (travel partner or fellow traveller) other than yourself. It takes away the pressure of being in the frame.
2. Make it about you and umm…not about you.
How do shy people get noticed without showing their face? I think, I’ve just discovered a way to do that!
3.Keep it real!
Unlike my travel partner, I’ve never been the intrepid traveller and I’ve never lied about it. In the real world, you can get persecuted for such honesty. In the virtual world, the support and encouragement will give you confidence to conquer your fears.
4. Comments are a necessary evil.
I’m equally awkward when it comes to leaving a comment. Building a rapport with your readers makes it easier to overcome this challenge.
5. Try to forget who’s reading your post!
If you are truly able to do this, tell me how!
6. Don’t make it about numbers.
Many people like to reduce a blog to likes, follows, and page views. That’s where the problem lies. If you’re not doing well, you’ll only get dejected and want to quit. Seriously, try not to get caught by numbers. Stick with the posting instead!
If you’re not having fun, you shouldn’t be blogging. It will show and sooner or later your readers will know.
8.Don’t be shy!
This is how I start every post of mine. It works if you say it more than once.
9. Keep it Simple.
Don’t try to overcomplicate things. Simple works just as fine.
10. Stick With it!
I think this is the hardest thing to do. It’s easier said than done. Take breaks, do something else, and come back.