That quote has got to be one of my all time favorites, for so many reasons. Those words really resonate with just about every aspect of life. That fear of not being good enough. Especially when trying something new and stepping so far out of your comfort zone. I definitely feel that I’ve connected with this quote so much more while starting this blog. Ya’ll I’ve been wanting to blog for so long, and for whatever reason I just kept putting it off. I’ll do it next year, next month, next week I’d say. That nagging pessimistic voice in the back of my head would ultimately stop me from ever going thorough with it.
Would I be able to produce quality content? Would people like or connect with what I post? Am I in over my head?
Recently, I ran across a post on twitter from a fellow blogger who was contemplating on whether or not to make their blog public. They were struggling with the idea of people who know them in real-life finding their blog. Scrolling though the thread I began to realize that this is a common fear among bloggers or anyone who chooses to open themselves up on the internet. What is it about the people who intimately know us finding our online presence that’s so unnerving?
I admit that I myself had a few moments when I was like, do I really want people that I went to high school with finding this blog? People that I work with? Heck, even some of my closest friends and family. What would they think? So many thoughts swirled in my mind on this, and I’m sure that others can relate.
Something about putting yourself out there, and allowing complete strangers to see into your life and read your published thoughts is admittedly a little scary. But, it’s even more so when people who actually know you in real life catch wind of it. There are so many negative Nancy’s out there who take pleasure in picking apart things that they just don’t understand. Blogging is by no means as simple as some may think, and it’s not for everybody. Some may even find it a waste of time. And let’s not forget the folks who think that you’re simply starting a blog to get ‘internet famous‘. Whatever your reason for starting a blog, you can’t let others dull your shine.
In the words of Taylor Swift, ‘Cause the players gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.
Did you or do you still dread people you know finding your blog (or other socials)? Or, does it not bother you? Let me know your thoughts on this! I’m curious to hear another prospective on this topic. Personally, I made the decision very early on that my blog is essentially for me. I post content that I’ve worked super hard on, and that I am proud of! If someone finds fault in that, then let them. You can’t please everyone, ans that’s a fact.
Until next time,