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In my last Blogging 101 post I addressed one of the main reasons why you may not have started your blog. Fear. Today I’m going to talk with you about something else that may be holding you back without you even realizing it. It goes hand in hand with fear and is quite possibly just a by-product of it. I’m talking about embarrassment.
Let’s take a look at this using me as an example. I have been a stay at home mom for years with a short-stint-outside-the-house job more recently. It’s easy to answer the question, “What do you do?” when you have an actual job like being a library secretary. But if someone asked me that now, do I really want to answer with, “I run a blog”? A lot of people I know would be wondering what a blog is and I find it excruciating to have to explain it to them. And what about the folks that do know what a blog is, will they compare mine to ones they follow?
Remember how I said that maybe embarrassment is a by-product of fear? Imagine what I’m thinking they’re thinking. What if they went to my blog and thought the content was horrible? What if they thought my blog looked sloppy? I would feel so embarrassed! But here’s the thing, not everyone is going to want to visit my blog. Not everyone is going to relate to the content and I know there are tons of gorgeous blogs out there that may appeal more to some readers but I also know that the opposite is true. Of course you start a blog with the hope and expectation that you will find an audience, otherwise is it really worth it? For some maybe. I went into this hoping to be able to gain readers by offering compelling content but I also want to try to make some income from it.
Now that we realize that a fear of what others might think of our blog is what’s holding us back we can either let it keep us from working on our dream or we can accept it and move forward. Will it ever get easier to tell people what I do now? Hopefully. And as long as you create content you are proud of and you know others can benefit from it you are well on your way to overcoming the embarrassment.
There’s one more thing I had to
overcome, put up with, deal with, work on before committing to blogging full time, my husband. I’ll cover this in my next post.