Self-improvement is a big industry. Heck, sometimes IFB fits in that category. We work diligently on our perceived flaws that bring us challenges in our daily lives. One thing is for certain, no one is perfect. We may put on an air that everything is perfect and beautiful at times, but no one actually lives a life of perfection. Heck, even “perfectionism” is a flaw to some people.
For most of my life, I had a difficult time fitting in. My work ethic always seemed a bit off. My socialization skills are a bit wonky. My sense of humor is a bit dry and offbeat. It didn't seem like I would find my place until I started blogging. Here I've noticed there are several personality traits that bloggers have that don't always work on the “outside” but work surprisingly well in the digital space.
One thing I've noticed over the years, especially from coordinating the IFB Conference, is that many extroverted bloggers online are actually introverts in real life. Myself included. To be honest, if I could hang out behind a computer instead of going to a party, I would probably choose the former. Why is this a good thing? Dammit, we should get out of the house!
There is a phenomenon called “Keyboard Courage” where people get more bold behind a computer than they are in real life. Sometimes this can be a bad thing (aka, Trolls) but for the most part people who are introverts in real life channel their social energies online. Besides the people who are partying all the time…where would they get the time to blog?
The internet loves all things quirky. I mean, why else would the most popular internet cat look so grumpy? Many bloggers have their own quirky style that may come off as strange in the analog world, but online it's pure gold. Let your freak flag fly!
Why else would you spend all your time working on a project you may never get paid to do, just for the fun of it, unless you were COMPLETELY OBSESSED? The only people who would do that, are ones who are extraordinarily passionate about what they do.
Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. However, I think a little bit of all the deadly sins serve anyone just fine. If bloggers did not have a tinge of greed, we as a community would not be able to figure out some way to finance ourselves so we can blog all the time. Greed plays an interesting role in motivating people to try whatever means to earn their living…which is great in a world where the publishing industry is suffering, we need some motivated people to make our ends meet.
Who else would just start going down a road without knowing where it's going? Not only going down a road, but doing so with a full heart and a great passion for heading into the unknown? Crazy people. There is nothing that says blogging is going to be around in 10 years time. Heck, a few years ago, people didn't even know if you could make money doing it. But we're all here, because we're crazy. Fortunately, things worked out for the most part! Who knows where the next crazy adventure will take us!
What other character flaws do bloggers have, that actually work?
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