The decision to return to blogging was a difficult one. I love writing for so many reasons but the idea of sharing that with the internet was stressful. Even now the nerves set in when I hit that post button. But one of my son’s favorite baseball related quotes reminds me how important it is not to let fear hold us back from pursuing our goals.
Blogging brings up a slew of adjectives that all relate to fear. Judgement, ridicule, failure, and writer’s block. Stopping those thoughts coming through is not easy, so what is working for me is to replace them as they appear. This trick works in any situation btw. Fear can be a good motivator, so do not automatically dismiss it but do make changes to find the part that will not stop you from moving forward.
Uncertainty when it comes to developing content and how that content will be received makes me take a pause right before posting. I read and re-read for grammatical and spelling errors and check any facts making sure the information is accurate and that credit is given. Despite all these measures I hold my breath as I prepare to hit the post button. As I exhale I remind myself that I tried my absolute best and that my goal to help at the very least one reader is more important than judgments that may come my way. Look at the bigger picture instead of using your energy to discount your abilities. You are meant to be doing what you are doing right now. This is true because why else would you have made the conscious decision to do it. Find the certainty in that statement.
Learn From Others
In addition to always writing I am always reading. I read the work of so many other bloggers and am inspired by their methods, materials, and knack for expressing their thoughts. I also read the words shared by various authors. Take the opportunity to explore the writing of genres you like and some that are new to you. There is so many opportunities to learn. Take them!
Take a Chance!
Remembering that the only lost opportunities are those that were not taken. It is worth taking a chance on something that may not work out because it is a guaranteed chance to grow.
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts, the health of my family and friends, and Reese’s Peanut Butter cups.
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