I have noticed a great many bloggers I meet are introverted. This is something I can well empathize with as I have had to train myself to be more outgoing. Perhaps communicating online gives us introverts a less intimidating means to connect? The tricky part though is for people who find it hard to connect offline and on.
Fact is, if you want to get anywhere online, increasingly you need to break out of that bubble and connect with people. I am not talking about schmoozing or using people, but talking, doing favors and getting known.
My friend Damian has learned this the hard way. He is a brilliant WordPress plugin developer but until recently nobody knew who he was. Once he put himself out there his traffic has increased and people are now talking about his plugins. The lesson, it doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do if nobody notices. You need the technical skills and the social skills.
- Join Twitter
- Participate in forums
- Comment on blogs
- Take part in carnivals and memes
- Link out – a lot
- Guest post
- Create something useful for the community, for bloggers this would be a widget, theme or plugin
What are you doing to make yourself better known?