We fear the unknown.
And why? Humans fear what they cannot control, or do not know how to control. For example, think of sharks. A widely feared animal. Much due to the fact that we feel in little control in the ocean. It’s vast. It’s unknown. A domain suited perfectly to sharks.
On another front, when settlers came to the Americas, there was a fear for the native people. Why? The people were unknown, and thus, not trusted. Many felt the only way to overcome the problem was to bully, push and exterminate. Just take a moment to look back in history, and you’ll notice we’re very good at destroying what we fear.
When we fear, we turn our back.
I sit here talking with a new blogger. Her blog is setup, and she’s determined to begin blogging. She walks to her office, sits down poised to type, with the intention of blogging. A stumbling block.
What, might you ask, is the stumbling block one faces when blogging for the first time?
- Opening your soul to the public.
- Not writing well enough. Especially those in the teaching industry, to know that your writing capabilities will be critiqued.
- Words will be read out of context.
- Expectations for self are high. Vision is huge and afraid to tackle it.
- Afraid of technology.
Here are a few thoughts for those of you with some of these “fears.” Fears that keep you from starting your blog. You have something to share with the world! Something grand every person needs to hear.
It’s not that you “can’t” blog. It’s that you’re afraid you won’t do a good job of it.
Inch by inch. Foot by foot. Mile by mile.
Often when you begin planning for your blog great expectations are developed, and the task becomes overwhelming. In one’s mind you start to build up a grand menagerie of success, and wonder where you might even begin. I’ll tell you one thing now. If you don’t start, you’ve failed.
The general rule in blogging is that you won’t see the fruits of your effort until after six months of continuous work. That for one, is just one reason why you must choose to blog about your passion. Otherwise, you won’t make it to the six month mark. And where does that six months success start? With the first blog post. Inch by inch and post by post, you’ll craft a beautiful tapestry of words. Your blog will become an archive of “self” where, within, your soul has been unveiled.
You think too much about what other people think.
In my opinion, a small dose of criticism helps to push you to work harder. Michael Jordan didn’t make his 7th grade basketball team. Stephen Spielberg wasn’t admitted into filmmaking school. We see these stories around us constantly.
I remember when I was ten years old, and had just started Smart Boy Designs. I posted information online about HTML, my thoughts & how I was growing. There were a few individuals specifically, you told me to give up. Their exact words were, “You will never amount to anything online and should give up now.” I remember pushing past the hurt of those words and doing my best to reach deeper.
I don’t know the exact reason as to why we’re so concerned about the thoughts and opinions of others. Do we place too much of our value in the respect and admiration of others? Although I feel we need to be good, virtue filled individuals; we shouldn’t let the fear of other’s thoughts keep us from producing our most beautiful work.
Our creative work and thoughts from the soul.
You’re about to jump into the blogging world. A world filled with the most beautiful, supportive, kind and loving people I’ve been able to associate myself with. These are people who know the object and opportunity of giving. It’s amazing to see direct competitors share one another’s work. A true indicator of a friend is someone who can be happy with success you’ve found.
Those are the types of people you’ll be surrounded with in the blogging world. Don’t let them wait too long. Do your best to push past your fears, and jump right in.
If fear is still a concern of your mind, know that there will be many bloggers who will be happy and willing to help you get past this stumbling block.
You can and will do it.