April letter from the editor

Jenn Granneman
Jenn Granneman, creator of Introvert, Dear

I got pretty frustrated a few weeks ago. I was at a blogging workshop and the woman across the table from me asked what I write about. “Introverts,” I replied, smiling. “Oh!” she answered with enthusiasm. She had been working the table with ease since she arrived and was clearly an extrovert. “So you teach people how not to be introverts?”

I cringed. Moments like these remind me that “introvert” is still a dirty word to some people. But it also reminded me of why I started Introvert, Dear–to help people understand what introversion really is. Apparently there’s still plenty of work to be done.


Before I could answer, another woman seated near us piped up. “I’m an introvert!” she proudly declared. “And I don’t want to be anything else!”

Amen to that. I’d like to carry that woman’s confidence with me everywhere I go.

Anyway, I have some exciting news–our Facebook group recently reached 10,000 members! It’s a great group of introverts from all over the world. I especially want to thank our admins, who volunteer their time to manage the group: Irene Krasinski, Sarah Campbell, Matt Parrish, Kashaf Zubair, and Mike Wittmann. Our group wouldn’t be what it is without their help.

Our Patreon campaign is still going strong. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed last month. You can see their names here. We quickly reached our first two goals–running Facebook ads and occasionally purchasing photos–and now we’re working on the next goal. It’s a big one: I’d like to hire someone to manage our social media part-time, so I can focus on writing and publishing posts from more contributors. Our social media coordinator would post memes, share articles, and respond to reader’s comments. I already have someone in mind for the job–she’s someone who has worked closely with me on Introvert, Dear from nearly the beginning. Now we just need the funding!

As I write this, I’m pretty worn out. It’s been a busy week of work, work, work, and people, people, people (in addition to managing this site, I teach full-time). This isn’t the kind of tiredness that a nap can cure–I’m in desperate need of some solitude. I’m finding myself zoning out, as if my body is trying to force some “inward” time. Good thing I’ve got a low-key weekend planned.

What are you doing this weekend? How do you recharge after a busy work week?

Quietly yours,

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Jenn Granneman is the founder of IntrovertDear.com and the author of The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World. She also cohosts The Introvert, Dear Podcast and blogs for Psychology Today. For most of her life, Jenn felt weird, different, and out of place because of her quiet ways. She writes about introversion because she doesn’t want other introverts to feel the way she did.