Thursday, June 2, 2011

an introvert prepares for blogher

 {photo taken by my awesome friend Rhiannon}

Hi, I'm Christa and I am an introvert. *Hi, Christa...*

Yes. It's true. But I am not too nervous about going to BlogHer. Until recently I didn't know how to explain to people what being an introvert meant in terms of me and my behavior. My friend Tim sent me a wonderful article that outlined everything and provided me with a great way to explain to people why I do the things I do. I even sent the article to Steven and now he understands why I need more than a day's notice before we host a party. :)

I'm not necessarily shy or timid, I don't have social anxiety. I'm not afraid of being with a group of people or meeting new people. I am still outgoing. I just need time to be able to 'turn-off' and recharge my batteries. I might just need more than 5 minutes to decide if I am going out to the bar tonight or not. That's not saying I can't be spontaneous, I just prefer to plan.

I have already broken one rule in the article - 'Room with the right person'. I have three roommates, two of them are 'strangers'. {hi Lindsay & Krystal!} Instead of spending a fortune on a hotel room that I will barely be in, I opted to fill up the room and just let them know about my introvert-ish tendencies. And I reserved a roll-away bed so I will have my own sleeping space. Usually I wouldn't care, but given the tight schedule for the conference, I figured it would be best for me.

I also plan on loosely scheduling breaks in my day. Since I'm staying in the hotel where the conference is located, I will probably retreat to my room instead of the BlogHer serenity suite {that article is from last year's conference}. While I would love to attend every single session, I know how important my sanity is. :)

I want to absorb everything I have the opportunity to learn and I want to remember the people I meet! Now that I know to take 5 minutes to catch my breath when I need to, I feel confidant that I will overcome my introvertedness {yes, I made that word up.} and have an awesome time.

Are you an introvert? Or an extrovert? If you're like me, what do you do to refresh yourself? Any tips are welcome!

xoxo, christa

8 comments:

  1. introvert here. even as blogher staff, i need some time to retreat to my room and recharge (i took an afternoon nap during the farmers market excursion at blogher food last month).

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  2. Interesting blog post, Christa! I'm an extrovert who has introverted tendencies. When I am around people that I find intimidating (oftentimes people who I think are older and better than me) I tend to shut up and sit back. But when I am around a true group of friends who I feel don't judge me, then I'm my loud, true self. :)

    What is Blogher all about?

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  3. Thanks, Amanda!

    BlogHer is a blogging conference! It's a place to learn all about blogging, meet fellow bloggers, and generally have a good time. :) This year it's in San Diego!

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  4. Sounds like you are I are a lot alike. Actually, sounds like Amanda and I are a lot alike because she pretty much just described me (hi Amanda). You definitely aren't alone!

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  5. oh sweet friend... you are going to have a BLAST! Wish Iwas there to join in on the fun! :)

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  6. Oh, I can totally relate to this. I am a total introvert too. You hit it right on the head--I'm not shy, I don't hate being around people, but I just need time by myself to recharge from time to time! Anyway, I'm totally jealous you're going to BlogHer! I hope you have a great time! Maybe one of these years I'll make it too!

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  7. I am soooooo definitely an introvert! I need alone time to recharge so I can be friendly and outgoing again :). And I'm jealous you're headed to Blogher!! :D

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  8. Christa...you are so in the right family....We understand you perfectly!!!

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