5 Character “Flaws” That Actually Make a Great Blogger

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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.

Introverted

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?

Quirky

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!

Obsessed

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.

Greedy

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.

Crazy

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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  1. Arash Mazinani

    I’m a total introvert, in fact I worked hard over many years to overcome it. Funny as I do a lot of public speaking in my job but when I meet new people I’m a bit rubbish.

    So much so that at a recent blogging event I was a bit frustrated at how little I spoke to the other bloggers. I don’t know what happened I just got all shy. I’m going to another event this Saturday so I’m hoping to put that right.

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  2. monique

    Cool post! I was extra excited to see my biggest pet peeve about myself at the top of the list… introverts unite (lol)!

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  3. Oksana Radionova

    Oh goodness, so funny and so true!

    I find the first one a bit complicated. Most introverts do, indeed, have a more rich and vivid imagination, but on the other hand, introverts usually are more sensitive and closed off in social situations, which makes networking/reaching out to brands/promoting yourself REALLY, REALLY hard. You have to find a fine balance, I think.

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    • Jennine Jacob

      So true, I think back in the day, much networking was done online, these days as bloggers gain higher profiles, a lot of the networking is done in real life. Which in the end, I think is a good thing because it kind of forces bloggers to get out… I know it has for me!

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  4. Abby

    Love this post! So many bloggers are introverts in real life and I have found that we all are quite shy of eachother when meeting face to face. Especially as we feel as if we “know” eachother.

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  5. Sarah

    Wow, great article! This makes me feel a lot better about my introverted-ness (if that’s even a word). 🙂

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  6. Ameerah

    I laughed out loud when I read the sentence about picking being in front of your computer instead of at a party. I have in fact made that choice! I am SO not a party person. I love being at home with my two cats and my laptop! And it is one of the things I love about blogging!

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  7. Nathy

    Hey, I think style blogging will be around for a long, long time. I think it’s revolutionizing the way we buy, the way we shop, the way we dress! Why would something so fantastic go away? I certainly won’t stop being passionate about it. I’m passionate about the internet in general. I don’t ever see myself quitting my blog. And I bet there are a ton of other bloggers out there who feel the same way. So the future is bright. Maybe not for blogging for money (competition will continue to increase), but definitely for blogging for fun.

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  8. Zoe

    I agree with all of these, what a nice article, it’s good to be aware that these “flaws” are not always a negative thing.

    Zoe xx

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  9. knivesliao

    lovely article. i think another trait is a good sense of humor. being able to throw in a humorous story and even a joke yourself (ex: embarrassing incident that actually led you to find a great new pair of shoes) makes you more human and likable to readers.

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  10. juliet

    according to this, i am a perfect candidate for blogging. maybe i should start that blog i’ve been to scared to start for years!

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  11. Tara

    I disagree wholeheartedly with “keyboard courage”.

    Here is the difference between extroverted people and introverted people.

    In person, introverted people need time between conversations to take in information because they are doing 2 things at once, actively listening and talking with lots of external stimuli.

    When introverted people are online, they can take in the information, sit and think about it and type out their inner thoughts to convey their inner world.

    This is not “keyboard courage” it’s a way of operating. The only difference between extroverted people and introverted people is their way of operating and I really hope people start understanding that.

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    • Jennine Jacob

      Hmm… I don’t think so… “external stimuli” exists online too. Think how “noisy” Twitter is… And what you are saying implies that introverted people somehow take longer to express their innerworld, and from what I know of a lot of introverts, that really isn’t the case.

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    • Bike Pretty

      I agree with Tara.
      She’s fighting the good fight and trying to dispel the misconception that introversion = shyness. It’s not the same thing!

      The external stimuli that can overwhelm introverts in social situations are stuff like facial expressions, body language, background noise and movement. In that case, Twitter really isn’t a good analogy. Even though it is distracting as all heck.

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  12. Emily Friday

    I definitely think the fact I’m an introvert has a huge benefit to me blogging – heck, if I wasn’t, I doubt I would have even started my blog in the first place!

    I think ‘Crazy”s another great one. When we show our quirkiness, we’re showing a bit of our personality, and we’re no longer ‘just another blogger’. It helps the audience to really get an idea of who we are!

    Another ‘flaw’ I think could be a good thing is simply being imperfect in general.. having a sense of vulnerability, admitting to your mistakes, and being humble about things can be a very attractive thing and reminds us all that we are down to earth human beings.

    Great article!

    Emily x

    http://emiliciastyle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Sandra Costa

    i wish i could take some workshops to overcome my shyness, because this is something i can’t stand anymore about myself. i feel like i lose so many good opportunities because of that, and i still don’t feel this is a good point. thanks god i’m not the only one, but it doesn’t make me feel better about it.

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  14. Nadya N.

    I can relate with the introvert flaws xD it’s so much fun ‘meeting’ new people on the internet!
    On a totally unrelated subject, you need to do a post on how to form a community of new bloggers!

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  15. Kenneth Jacobs

    I’m more of an extroverted character so that cancels one of the five. The rest I completely agree with.

    Do you find that introverted personalities have a deeper, emotional connection with readers than extroverts? Take the show “Awkward!” (if you’ve seen it) Jenna is quite the introvert, but her thoughts are so profound, thoughtful, and quite relatable …Thoughts??

    Kenny
    http://www.thefashionatefotobug.com

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  16. Evamaria

    I have never considered myself as an introvert, because I’m really talkative and I’m comfortable with being around a lot of people. Then I realised that I’d rather spend time on the computer, for example looking through blogs and searching for inspiration, then going out to party. So there’s definitely a little introvert hiding inside me, and I realised it’s a good thing!

    I think being crazy is one of the most important ‘flaws’. We need to have the courage to stand out from the crowd and that is something that many people wouldn’t chose. It’s hard to be different just because you blog about yourself showing your clothes and style, and you have to be crazy to start doing something like that.

    http://despite-the-style.blogspot.com/

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  17. Clever Little Buttons

    I’m definitely a bit odd and very over protective of my blog and writing in general. I think it is my ability to vocalize my oddness that has made be a better blogger but more importantly a better person.

    Thanks
    C x
    http://www.cleverlittlebuttons.co.uk/

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  18. Jible

    Love this post! So many bloggers are introverts in real life and I have found that we all are quite shy of eachother when meeting face to face. Especially as we feel as if we “know” eachother.

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  19. Aimee

    Introvert? Quirky? Obsessed? Greedy? Crazy? CHECK! 🙂
    This post kind of described me perfectly.
    xoxo Aimee
    bowsandbeau-ties.blogspot.com

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  20. Maya

    So true! I’m quite social but if I don’t know people I have the habit of being shy, over the last few years I’ve always taken steps out of my comfort zone and this year with blogging HUGE steps. I must say it has helped me shine and becoming the person I am on the inside, to the outer world as well 🙂 I still have shy moments on events but I’m getting there step by step

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  21. Jennifer

    These are all so true! Every one of my favorite bloggers has at least 3 of these attributes, and that’s what make me love them. I guess I kind of relate to them as well, which isn’t bad at all.

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  22. Khadijat Yussuff

    I think the one about extrovertedness and introvertedness is a little tricky, simply because being one or the other doesn’t necessarily dictate your activities. I know many introverts who party twice a week, every week, and I, an extrovert both on and offline, just happen to dislike parties. I like socializing, but I am picky about when and where I do so. Being introverted or not has little to do with the number of social events you attend (just because you’re there doesn’t mean you meet new people), and nothing to do with the content you produce on the internet.
    In addition, Merriam-Webster defines an extrovert as: “an outgoing person; a person concerned primarily with the physical and social environment rather than with the self.” On a blog, one can still be primarily concerned with the social aspect of things (as I am personally) than necessarily self-reflecting all the time. I have to remind myself to reflect back on the things I’m doing every so often. And THAT is what makes a good blogger. The ability to see the world from both a personal perspective and a big picture perspective, and then being able to relay those points of view in the best way possible.

    The rest I pretty much agree with. 🙂
    -Khadijat of Youth Savage

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  23. MuffinCannibal

    Well, I think that a great blogger should be self-confident too. We must encourage people & brands to our blog, so if we weren’t self-confident, how we could do this?
    This article is great! 🙂

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  24. Amber Renee

    Love this article. I actually have quite a few flaws and often blog about healthy ways to overcome the ones that aren’t beneficial. It’s good to hear that others have similar flaws — we’re not alone! xx

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  25. Melanie Sutrathada

    I really loved this post! I definitely agree that these types of characteristics make a great blogger. However, I also think they make a great friend and person in general. Sometimes we all spend so much time knit-picking at certain “flaws” that we don’t realize how these “flaws” are exactly what make us who we are. I love these things about myself and I especially love them in the people I associate myself with!

    Melanie
    http://laceandcombatboots.com/

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  26. Barbara

    LOL, now I know I am not strange at all even though everyone around me thinks I am. I definitely have all these down pat and I guess that is why I surely make a good blogger.

    Barbara
    http://www.barbara1923.com

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