I read this guy’s blog quite a bit. I am inspired by his ambition to blog everyday for a full year, and I enjoy following his journey. I aimed to blog for just 90 days straight, but I stopped at one point because I wasn’t in a good place at the time. I felt awkward speaking out on any issue, let alone my own.
I find it scary to blog some days. I always try to ask myself: Would I be OK if anyone in the world read this post? Hmm….not exactly. I can count on one hand how many people know about it in the first place. I blog because it gives me strength, and while I sometimes feel paranoid about wearing my heart on my sleeve, I still click “publish” with a sense of satisfaction.
Yesterday I had dinner with my partner’s family, which began just fine but gradually digressed into a debate about vegetarianism due to the smorgasbord of fake meats his mother had lovingly prepared for us. ; ) We don’t eat meat, and his brother and father find it ridiculous. I usually don’t try to convince others of my philosophy, but this time I spoke up. I asked his brother if he know why we chose not to eat meat, to which he replied that he didn’t care. I explained it to him anyway. I asked him if he had ever watched a video about how chicken is grown and processed. Upon graphic description of what happens to male chicks right after they’re born, I guess I ruined the festive atmosphere. The point is, I’m getting used to stating what I think even if it makes people feel uncomfortable. Progress.
I’m sometimes insecure, but I guess that makes me human. Blogging is a catalyst for me to be clear about my ambitions. It’s also something I do with happiness. Writing is fun, like a puzzle to explain things as clearly as possible.
In case they help someone out in the blogosphere, below are my own mantras to reduce the fear of blogging.
- Stop worrying and just do it. You’ll never be smarter or more witty than you already are.
- Have someone you respect edit before you publish.
- Let go of post-post regrets (especially if you have followers because they’ll get it in an email, too late!)
- Try to remember that most people don’t care about your stuff nearly as much as you do. They have their own lives, and that’s a good thing!
- Spending time perfecting your first and only clay pot is going to be inferior to making mistakes on many clay pots but ultimately improving your craft. Practice makes….awesome.