My fingers are shaking as I am typing these words. The proverbial first post on my blog. I am about to embark on an adventure for the whole wide world to see. Shouldn’t fireworks be going off or trumpets sounding? Honestly, my mind is racing with the what-if’s and warning me with ‘Kercia, are you sure you’re ready?’ The truth is no, I’m not ready. Even though I’ve done the research, spent my time rounding up the how-to’s and blogging tips (I mean, hello, I even read a book about blogging), I was scared to type my first post. I wanted to be sure from the moment I starting posting that I would make an impact. After weeks, er months, of trying to devise the best marketing plan and drum the most original content ever, only to end up in a web of frustration and questions, I began to realize that I will ever fully be ready. With the wise words of Amy Poehler repeating in my mind, I decided today that I would begin. No one great started off as an expert. No matter the amount of how-to’s and tips I have in arsenal, nothing beats experience. I can’t gain followers or share my creativity, if the fear of falling flat on my face keeps me from posting. It isn’t a matter of if I’ll make a mistake or write a less then superb post, but a matter of when. Honestly though, creating this blog wasn’t about having a ton of followers or how repins my post can get on Pinterest. For me this is all about connecting with other inspiring individuals and creating an outlet for my interests and creativity. So here goes nothing…
In the honor of the fear that has been keeping me at a safe distance from my own blog, I’d like to share with you (hi, mom and dad!), some of the reasons I’ve put off this post. Looking fear in the eye, if you will.
1. I’m not ready. The truth is I am all sorts of a perfectionist. I don’t like to begin something unless I know I can knock it out of the park. Although being a perfectionist can be a good thing, more than one time I have missed an opportunity because I didn’t feel like I had the expertise or didn’t think I would be good enough. I am finally beginning to realize that done is better than perfect and sometimes it’s the little imperfections that make something great. Jumping right into something even if you don’t feel you’re quite ready will force you to learn along the way. There is no perfect time to start something new, just go for it.
2. With so many other amazing bloggers out there, who is going to want to follow me? This tortured me for a long time. What’s the point of blogging if no one follows you? One day it just hit me. I have a story just like everyone else and if I feel compelled to share it then I should. It doesn’t matter if no one follows me. Who knows where this blog could take me or the amazing friends I could make from all over the world. My focus isn’t on followers, but on connections.
3. No time. Isn’t this the greatest excuse? Everyone is busy, so they understand how somethings are put on the way side. Truthfully, I have time. Just a little bit of rearranging and prioritizing (Blog trumps that next episode on Netflix) and I’m sure I could squeeze blogging into my schedule.
4. Not finishing what I started / not enough content to consistently post / completely falling off the face of the blogging atmosphere. This might happen. Maybe blogging isn’t for me…but hey, I’m here today and I’m going to learn, and share and connect, but if I happen to need a blogging break for a few weeks, that’s totally okay, everyone needs breaks.
5. Not having a brand established / changing styles. I’ve read that you everything you do should represent your brand and all your content should revolve around your brand. It’s true, it should, but that also shouldn’t hold you back. This blog is part of my brand and right now my brand isn’t doing much of anything. This is where the blog comes in – using it to help me find my style and create a strong brand. My brand doesn’t need to be established; I am working on establishing it.
6. Failing/making a mistake. This scares the hell out of the perfectionist in me. Avoid the fail, avoid, avoid, avoid. As hard as it is for me to accept this, I need to realize that fear of failing has been keeping me idle. Take the risk, make the mistake, and most importantly learn and grow from it.
Ahhhh, my first post completed. It feels good, it really does. I am excited to start this journey and can’t wait to see where it takes me. What about you. Do you have a blog? Were you fearful of anything when you started?