We’re always looking for good content to share with our audience. You don’t necessarily have to be INFJ, but you do have to write the sort of things we like to publish to our site which is basically the sort of things these guys and these guys wrote about.
If you are interested in writing for us, take a few minutes to read through the below as it will explain what we are looking for and the process involved, as well as answer commonly asked questions.
Below I’ll give a brief overview of the thought process and purpose behind INFJWriters.com. If you are interested in contributing, please first take the time to give it a read then fill out this form or contact us here or message us through our Facebook page with any questions.
Since learning that I’m INFJ and spending a fair amount of time online researching and participating in discussions with others, here are a few things I have learned are generally true of INFJ’s:
- When we are interested in something, it easily becomes an obsession. Rarely are we mildly interested in something. It either bores us or consumes us. And when something consumes us, we really thrust some powerful mental energy towards it.
- We’re passionate about advocating for causes we believe in. INFJ’s are often known as “the advocate”.
- The internal world of the INFJ is deep and mysterious. This is a double-edged sword in that we want to share our world and insights with others, but we are often afraid to. Afraid others won’t understand, that they’ll criticize/reject us, think we’re weird, etc.
- We love and are usually good at counseling others. INFJ’s are also often known as “the counselor”.
- Many INFJ’s are really good writers. When we write something, we tend to pay close attention to every word to make sure we are taking whatever complex abstract thought in our mind and articulating it in such a way that someone who does not live inside our head will be able to understand. I once saw another MBTI type comment in an INFJ group saying something like “I asked an INFJ friend of mine his opinion on something. He said nothing in response, but then came back a few days later with a thoroughly researched 30 page paper. Lol.” A lot of INFJ’s laughed as they were able to relate to this this guys friend. (I once did the same, except my paper was over 60 pages.) 🙂
- That we are good writers is further evidenced by the fact that many of us have a habit of immediately going to our “sent” items after sending a long well thought out email and carefully reading it through to make sure we said everything correctly. And perhaps to marvel at our own eloquence of speech. 🙂
- J.K. Rowling is INFJ (she actually took the test a tweeted her type about a year ago), and according to Celebrity Types we also supposedly have Plato, Carl Jung, Dante Alighieri, Agatha Christie, Spinoza, Schopenhauer, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky. Clearly some great thinkers who have left their mark on the world through their writings.
All of this got me thinking – it would be good to have a website/blog made up of INFJ writers. A place where current and aspiring INFJ writers can share their wise counsel, advocate for causes, pour out their creative energy for their latest obsession, share their thoughts and insights related to psychology, philosophy, mysticism, religion, politics, etc.
After floating this idea out there to a few other INFJ’s, several have said they think it’s a good idea that they would like to see come to fruition. Thus INFJWriters.com was born.
Mission & Vision
This project launched in January 2017. Right now we are in the early stages. Here is the intended mission and where I envision it being 2-3 years down the road.
The mission is to create a blog featuring the writings of articulate INFJ’s who enjoy sharing their thoughts via the written word. This would include any that are currently writers and willing to contribute, aspiring writers looking for a place to get started blogging without having to go out and start and manage a solo blog on their own, as well as occasional writers who have written a one-time piece they’d like to share. This will be a blog written by INFJ’s in their unique INFJ style about topics that interest them. However, although written by INFJ’s, the material will be intended for everyone. We are not writing for an exclusively INFJ audience any more than Plato, Rowling, Tolstoy, and others did.
A couple years from now, I’d like for INFJ Writers to have established a fairly solid fan base of readers as well as a decent reputation in the online MBTI community. A couple years from now I would like INFJ Writers to have a somewhat decent online following through channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. I would like for a few folks who have often wanted to write but have been hesitant to do so to have used it as a platform to get started. I would like a few of them to not only have been regular contributors to the site through their blog posts, but to have found the energy and inspiration to write that book they’ve always thought about writing. I’d like to have a section of the site where we feature books (most likely in Kindle) written by INFJ’s. My idealist vision here would be to look back 2-3 years from now and see that this project helped serve as a catalyst for a writing career of a handful of INFJ’s out there.
Question: Who is this good for?
Answer: This would be good for anyone who identifies as INFJ* (* – see next question) who has written things they would like to share with the world or who is aspiring to be a writer.
Question: Is this restricted only to INFJ’s? Are other MBTI types be allowed to contribute?
Answer: Good question. Obviously there are a lot of good INFP authors as well and we certainly welcome their contributions. You really don’t have to be a specific MBTI type, but just have to write in a way that helps the site maintain a somewhat “IN” feel.
Question: I like the idea, but cannot commit to much. How much commitment is required?
Answer: That is totally up to you. If you’re excited about the idea and want to be a regular contributor, great. If you’d like to share just an occasional post every now and then when the mood hits you right, we’ll gladly accommodate that too, provided piece follows our guidelines.
Question: How is this different from other INFJ blogs?
Answer: This will be different from other INFJ blogs in a couple of notable ways. For one, many INFJ blogs out there are the project of one person. It is a lot of work for one person to create, manage and sustain a blog that gets a decent number of readers. Especially for those who tend to get really excited about something, pouring all their energy into it, only to then suddenly run out of steam and lose interest. INFJ’s tend to do this, and if you’re a blogger, this can spell death to your blog. Another way in which this site would be different is that it would not focus solely, or even primarily, on MBTI stuff. There will certainly be some of that, but I want a lot of content from a wide range of topics. Which leads to our next question.
Question: What topics can I write about?
Answer: For the most part you can write about anything you like, as long as it is substantive, has somewhat of an “IN” feel to it, and is something you feel passionate about. (By “substantive” I would exclude things like “Why I Like Cats”.) Take your obsession and pour your passionate creative energy into it.
Are you a Christian and want to share your testimony or your latest epiphany from a scripture you’ve been meditating on? Perfect! Are you a vegan and want to tell the world about the evils of factory farming and your journey towards veganism? Awesome! Are you a mystic and want to tell of a transcendental moment when you experienced the oneness and interconnectedness of all? Bring it! Are you a political activist who wants to share your well-thought-out reasons for supporting a certain candidate? Sweet! Have you helped counsel a loved one through a tough time? Tell us about it!
You get the idea. We’d like to see posts on things like politics, religion, spirituality, paranormal, mysticism, philosophy, psychology, etc. Basically, the sort of things these guys and these guys wrote about. Controversial topics are welcome – just keep it civil.
Question: Will I get paid for my writing?
Answer: Monetizing the content you contribute will be up to you. I would definitely not look at this as a way to make money, and certainly not enough to live on, at least not any time in the near future. However, if you got a book you’ve been wanting to write, then get it done and upload it to Kindle. We can link to it in your author bio on any posts you make, as well on a section of the site featuring Kindle books by INFJ authors. I do not want to do any advertising on the site other than advertising the books and other works of our contributors. As such, I am making no money on this myself, unless and until I get a book of my own written and decide to advertise it on the site. In other words, I’ll be in the same boat as everyone else.
Question: I have things I want to share, but am afraid to put my name out there. Can I be anonymous or use a pen name?
Answer: Author A. A. Milne once said “Even now when I see my name in the paper, I feel that the world is intruding unduly on my privacy. I ought to be anonymous.” We feel this and empathize, so absolutely, you are free to write anonymously or use a pen name. Kindle allows for Pen Names also, so you can use the same pen name for both so as to link to your book from the content on the site and be consistent.
Question: I’m interested, but I’m not sure my writing is good enough.
Answer: If you are hesitant for this reason, you’re not alone. I’m right there with you. INFJ’s can be such perfectionists when it comes to things we really care about. This can be a good thing in that it makes us put our best foot forward, but it’s bad when we become too critical of ourselves and never take action because we’re afraid we’re not good enough. If you’re interested, I encourage you to join and give it your best shot. It may or may not be a pleasant cakewalk, but it promises to provide an opportunity for growth and improvement.
Question: What are the rules/guidelines/requirements for posts I write?
Answer: The rules are not going to be strict, but we do need to have a few guidelines. We of course can’t allow this to become a free-for-all with any Joe Schmo putting any terribly written piece of crap on the site. You do not have to be an expert writer, but it does have to be fairly well written. You can probably tell by reading this that I am not an expert writer myself, but that I am taking the time to carefully think through what I’m writing, to provide a few relevant hyperlinks where appropriate, to list things out in a way that’s easy for others to read and understand, to make sure the grammar is not terrible, etc. That’s all we expect. We expect a level of maturity and professionalism. If you submit something that comes across like it was written by a whiny entitled brat with terrible grammar, don’t expect to see it published to the site. For the most part though we’ll be pretty lenient, at least in the early days.
Beyond that, try to follow these basic guidelines:
- Try to keep the post between 750-2,000 words in length. If it goes over 2k, consider either breaking it down into two or more parts, or expanding it into a short book (maybe 10-15k words) you put on Kindle which we can then advertise on the site.
- Ask yourself “if someone wanted to find an article like this online, what would they type into Google?” Take that phrase and try to use it 2-3 times throughout the article. Make sure it seems natural and not forced through. This will help with SEO.
- Try to have a title that both incorporates what someone would Google and that grabs the reader. Make sure the title is relevant though. No clickbait! I hate clickbait! I don’t want anyone clicking on the link because it sounded intriguing and then thinking “that was not what I was looking for and was a waste of time.”
- Like I’m doing here, use numbering and bulleting where appropriate. Google likes this, because readers like it.
- If possible, find a relevant image to go with your article. Again, readers and Google both like this.
- Sorry, no foul language or adult content.
- Try to write in a way that encourages interaction with the reader. Ask thought-provoking questions, ask for their opinion, etc. And be ready to hear their opinion, which may very well disagree with yours.
- It would also help if you come up with a short engaging Facebook post and Tweet to include when sharing the post through those channels.
Question: How do I get started?
Answer: If you are a first-time contributor, follow the steps here.