Looks can be deceiving. Despite appearing outgoing, deep inside, I am an introvert. I recharge through quiet activities like reading, writing, cooking, home spa, doodling and daydreaming. Though I enjoy being with people, I prefer their company through meaningful conversations instead of rowdy activities. This TED talk ‘QUIET: The power of introverts’ by Susan Cain, striked not just one but many chords:
It’s an irony that I choose to be in the media; an industry that shouts “Look at me!” through any means i.e annoying link baits and gossips. I didn’t expect this at all. I didn’t know that media is essentially a game of popularity. I just had an idea and I wanted the idea to be known.
As naive as it may sound, I believe if you have something important and truly useful to say, people will naturally and gradually listen. Sure there are a lot of quick and easy ways to get clicks and coverage, but no thanks. I want to attract the kind of people who find value in my ideas and trust what I say.
Though it took much longer time than usual, sticking to my ideals is slowly working out. Google analytics showed that we have built a readership that is on par with popular print magazines. I plan to continue to grow the numbers through nothing but compelling content and positive messages.
Slow, steady and quiet win the race!