Yesterday marked my 7-month anniversary as a book blogger. 🎉 A weird milestone to celebrate, but I honestly can’t imagine my life without my blog, books, and beautiful community of friends. 💖 For today’s SBPT post, Stephanie and I decided to write about how blogging has changed us. I could honestly talk for hours about how blogging changed my life for the better, but today, I wanted to focus on one area—how blogging made me more introverted…in the best way possible. Now, I know what you might be thinking: how is this even possible? Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Well, I think it’ll be easier to explain if we start from the beginning…
For all my life, I have identified as an extrovert. 🌟 If you’re interested in Myers-Briggs, I’m an ESTJ, formerly an ENFP. I’m definitely not the most energetic, talkative person in the room, but I am someone who thrives on social interaction—I recharge by being around other people. ✨ At school, I would always make an effort to stop by lunch tables or extracurricular club events to see friendly faces as a way to get an extra surge of energy to take on the rest of the day. When I’m by myself for too long, I get extremely bored and start to feel very lonely.
Being social definitely doesn’t equate to going out and partying every night. Truthfully, I get my little boosts of energy just by being around my friends whether it’s going on a food adventure or just sitting around on our laptops. 🤷♀️ I just had this constant desire to always be around people so that I didn’t feel alone. It was a reassurance to have someone by my side for whatever reason. Maybe it’s an only child wanting attention from others thing? 😂That being said, I’ve seen myself exhibit more introverted tendencies in the last couple of months since I’ve started blogging. 🙈 I’ve started sitting at my own table with a laptop and chai latte instead of pulling up a chair at an already crowded group. If I’m sitting with a group of people for lunch, I’ll have my headphones on, playing an audiobook for me to listen to while I eat. Instead of going out to club events, I’ve found myself tell others that I rather stay home.
Blogging taught me to be more comfortable by myself.
I still loved my friends and being around others, but I was starting to appreciate my alone time so much more. 💞 One of my closest friends even told me, “Tiffany, you’ve really mellowed out this year. You seem so much happier and at peace,” and it was true! I was finally understanding what my introvert friends meant when they said that being too social was draining and that they recharged by being alone. I was enjoying the time that I had for myself, and I could focus my attention on the activities that made me happy. Book blogging was something that I could truly call my own, and I was wholeheartedly invested in making my little corner of the internet flourish. I was reading more than I had been in years, and that’s not even the best part. 😉 The best part was that I was still getting my little doses on social interaction, but it was through my blogging platforms with my blogging friends! Hello, Twitter and Goodreads!
I used to hate alone time. I always felt lonely. I felt isolated from the outside world where others were having fun, and I was a sad little potato all by myself. 😢 Starting Read By Tiffany has made me more comfortable with being by myself because honestly, blogging is a lot of work! There are books to be read, reviews to be written, and random rambles to be discussed. Sometimes, you just need to sit your butt down, isolate yourself from the world, and finish the tasks your blog requires from you.
Yes, I am still an extrovert. I still love hanging out with my friends whenever I can and being a little overly energetic when meeting new people. 💘 However, my growing introverted-ness has definitely made me more happy and confident in who I am.