Introverts unite

“Many people believe that introversion is about being antisocial, and that’s really a misperception. Because actually it’s just that introverts are differently social. So they would prefer to have a glass of wine with a close friend as opposed to going to a loud party full of strangers.”
– Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

I think my introversion is evident on this blog, as it’s something I talk about pretty openly. The amazing Hanna over at Excelsior Lady—an introvert herself—picked up on that. And then she had a rather brilliant idea, which I’m psyched she decided to share with me. Fellow introverts, you, too, should be psyched. Because now Hanna and I share this idea (which we hope will spread in the blogosphere full of introverts) with YOU.

Introverts unite!

(All the pretty things! Read on to learn about the message behind these badges and how to score these awesome designs for your own blog.)

Personal Space is Good for You

Introversion is a character trait of someone who is thoughtful. Someone who is quiet. Someone who is introspective. Not necessarily shy—although they may be—introverts crave solitude and time to reflect. Unlike our extroverted counterparts who are so celebrated in today’s culture, introverts don’t need to be constantly occupied and entertained. We have existed and thrived this way pretty much since the dawn of humanity. But for some reason, we are so often perceived as people who need to be worked on, brought out of our shells, because of this trait that is inherent to who we are as people.

“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” – John Green

It’s no coincidence that many bloggers are introverts. We take the time each week to sit down and express what we’re thinking or evaluate where we’re headed in life. Some people—people who don’t get it—have this stereotypical image of bloggers in their heads: a hipster with nerd glasses in a chain coffee shop waxing poetic and ignoring the world around them. This person they’ve drawn up in their heads is antisocial and strange, and not at all a true depiction of us bloggers who are so much deeper than that. (Though there’s nothing wrong with nerd glasses. If you rock ’em, you go on with your bad self.)

We all know that stereotype is a lie. Just look around at all the blogs we read. The communities we’ve built. The connections we’ve established. The friendships we’ve made. And all of this through our writing! We are, in fact, very social people. What Hanna and I mean to say is: we introverts are—gasp!—complex individuals who are capable of being introverted and social, intelligent, self-starting, and opinionated.

So here’s where you come in. If you’re an introvert, and you feel as though you’ve been misperceived as shy/slow/weird/irrelevant because of who you are, we invite you to put one of these badass badges (Style 1Style 2 – right click and “save as”) designed by Hanna on your blog and write a blog post based on the following prompt:

Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean…

From there, the rest is up to you. We hope you will share this with your bloggy friends and, in the process, reveal your inner awesomeness that might not be immediately evident. (Because shoving said awesomeness in other people’s faces isn’t your style.)

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
– Carl Jung

As for me? Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean…

…I’m not full of ideas. I am. It just takes time and thought for me to properly express them, which is what my blog is for.

…I don’t know how to have a good time. Boy, do I know how to have a good time. My version of a good time is music on the stereo, homemade pizza in John’s kitchen, and wine aplenty. Add some Key & Peele on Comedy Central to the mix, and I’m golden.

…my success is limited. Back before reality TV, charisma wasn’t the end-all be-all in terms of indicators of success. There are a lot of famous, accomplished introverts in our history, and they didn’t have to entertain others with their charm to achieve their status. I’m not saying I can’t fake it, but small talk with strangers ain’t my thang. When I’m a big success, it’ll be due to the words I put on paper (or screen), rather than connections made at some cool party.

We hope you’ll join in and spread the love with this idea, and please send us a link if you do. Whoever sends me a link to their post will be added to a list right here. Introverts unite!

 

Participating bloggers:
Steve Earley
My Perfectly Imperfect Life
My Quarter-Life Crisis
Delightfully Awkward Brit
A Sowing Season
Snow, Glass, Apple
Whim of Whimsicality
Blackberry Lips
The Introvert Files
Hella Quirky
All Things Lena
Lyss.me
A Little Serendipity
There’s Only One Box
Imani’s Lounge
No Map Provided
Becoming Bailey
Rockwitch.net
This Muse is Taken
Awash With Wonder
Kristology
My Name is April
It’s a Geek Life
Mariella Hunt
The Introvert Ideal
Tangerine Meg
6birds
Whimsyical
Her Silent Musings
A Free Spirit From Jersey

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Comments

  1. Really great idea, both of you. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard that John Green quote before but I’m diggin’ it!

  2. I love this idea!

  3. Can I be your secretary???

  4. This is such a great idea! And how opportune, as I have been brainstorming a blog post on this very topic. 🙂 Now, I have even more incentive to get it written! I will definitely put the button on my blog for this venture. Oh, yes, I am so there.

  5. This is awesome. I’m like… beyond introverted. My friends are either extroverts or less introverted than me, so they don’t know what to do with me half the time. There are definitely a lot of misconceptions.

    I may have to write my own post, although it will have to be next month since I have my December entries all blocked out! Those badges are gorgeous, though.

  6. As a fellow introvert, I love this post and the quotes you featured, as well! The John Green one made me smile. 🙂

  7. LOVE and agree with your observation that introverts are not necessarily shy!

  8. Anyone who hasn’t seen Susan Cain’s TED talk (http://goo.gl/AkHE3), you owe it to yourself to watch the full 19 minutes.

  9. Hi, Cassie. I wrote a little about this project in my latest post: http://smallcharming.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/page-339-ribs-introverts-and-progressing/

  10. You are right! We do know how to have a good time – it’s just not the same as what extroverts might consider a good time.

    And, I’m sorry I didn’t give you co-credit on my blog for this. Oops – I’m new to your blog.

  11. “personal space is good for you” – i LOVE that. what a novel idea 🙂

  12. Here is my response to the prompt: http://www.delightfullyawkwardbrit.com/2012/12/just-because-im-introverted.html

    Thanks so much, I’ve put up a button also 🙂

  13. Power to the introvert indeed. Thanks for writing this.

  14. this idea is so wonderful! i love the graphics that you guys created, too. i’m working on my blog post for this right now!

  15. That awkward moment when you realize you are an introvert after all. 😐

  16. I am a semi-accomplished introvert who has been certified as awesome by the author of this award-winning blog!

    In fact, Cassie and I made a ceremony of it at the finest coffee shop in captivity this past week, wherein I was treated to a deeply likable cappuccino.

    For the record, Cassie and I did not confide our introversions to each other. Sometimes we just know ’em when we see ’em!

    Cassie, please keep setting the world on fire, one spark at a time….

  17. I am actually reading Quiet by Susan Cain right now and it’s a pretty great read to figure out how an introverts mind works! I love this idea, too, and okay the quote by John Green? Amazing. Yes. I get it.

    Yay introverts!

  18. Yay! I’ve completed my post, and here’s the link: http://www.hellaquirky.com/2012/12/introverts-unite.html

    I’m so excited to be a part of this, and I look forward to reading what all the other introverts have to say themselves. Thanks to you and Hanna for coming up with this awesome idea and the adorable badges!

  19. Also, I was wondering if you were aware of the fact that your feedburner icon doesn’t seem to work? The email part does, but the rss feed doesn’t seem to send you anywhere except to the main feedburner url (I think). Or at least, when I tried to subscribe via your button, it didn’t work, so I just manually entered your site into my google reader. Just an FYI in case you were not aware. Thanks again for sharing the awesome Introverts Unite idea!

  20. Yes! It totally works now! 🙂

  21. I love the idea of a badge. But, more than that, I love that there’s a community of introverts out there like me. I still feel weird in an extroverted society, but at least there are others like me.

  22. I’m all over it. I remember doing the Myers-Briggs and being borderline E/I when I was in my early 20’s and realized when I re-did it in my 30’s and found myself a solid “I” that before I was trying to be an extrovert like my mom rather than be the introvert that I really was. Ever since I embraced my introverted self I’ve felt sooo much better.

  23. I love this!!!!

  24. This is a late response, but I love this post! And I wrote about it here: http://lyss.me/2013/01/28/introverts-unite-and-a-pet-peeve-of-mine/

    Yay! 🙂

  25. This is such a great idea! I know I’m late to the party, but I blogged about it anyway: http://www.rockwitch.net/personal/introverts-unite/

  26. Thank you for starting this! I can’t believe I didn’t see this sooner. *grabs a graphic and goes to plan a post*

  27. I LOVE THIS, CASSIE. I am writing a post and publishing one soon! This idea of yours makes me so happy. 🙂

  28. I hope it is not too late to join, but i finally posted about being an introvert. 🙂 (http://kristology.com/journal/i-am-an-introvert/)

  29. Can’t believe I just found your blog — don’t know how I missed it before! Thanks so much for spreading the word about who introverts really are. Off to share this on my Facebook page!

  30. I’m not an introvert — at least I don’t think I am, but even so, I can definitely appreciate this. I really crave and need my time alone — and I’ve found I probably spend more time alone than most introverts I know! It’s good to know there’s a movement that’s presenting a whole different perspective — one that says, it’s okay if I spend time alone, it’s okay if I’m not always with other people, it’s okay if I’m not always speaking, it’s okay if I’m introspective. I think introverts are making waves and speaking up more (by speaking less sometimes, too) and it’s good to hear/see.

  31. Hey Cassie,
    What a welcome post, and well-written. I love the badges and what a great way to make an environment for all us introvert bloggers to comfortably network, too!
    My take is here:
    http://tangerinemeg.com/2013/05/07/live-bold-list-34-i-heart-personal-space/
    Meg x o

  32. I put mine up! 🙂
    http://6birds.net/archives/1592

  33. Just finished writing mine! On the blog now. 🙂

    http://www.coffeeringsandsouthernthings.com/2013/08/introverts-unite.html

  34. Ah, love love love this. I feel like the best blogs are written by introverts but I *may* be biased…

  35. Love this idea so much that I wrote briefly about it! AND adore the badges except I think the links for the different styles are not working. I wanted a black one anyways, but I thought I should mention it.

    http://www.theflyingcashew.com/2014/01/05/the-introverted-teacher/

    Karina

  36. I just posted about being an introvert! Thanks for this idea and for doing this. I’ve added your button to my blog.
    http://jerseysfreespirit.blogspot.com/2014/02/on-being-introvert.html

  37. You’ve just become one of my favorite bloggers. Uniting introverts AND including a John Green quote? Here’s the introvert section of my blog http://daniellezeigler.com/category/introverts-2/ I’ll be writing a post about this and adding the badge. I’m so excited to check out the other blogs, too 🙂

  38. Hi! I’m not sure if you’re still updating this or not, since it’s such an old post, but I wanted to say that I recently found this and loved it!

    I wrote my own post for this cause so I wanted to share the link here!

    http://hyperactivedaydream.blogspot.ca/2014/07/introversion-its-not-bad-word.html

  39. Changed domain from kristology to krisophical. http://krisophical.com/journal/i-am-an-introvert/

  40. Really informative blog article.Really thank you! Want more. afecdgfckdfdfbed

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