Fight the Fear, Blog Boldly
I recently have had discussions with a few people who commented that they had thought about starting a blog but were afraid of being judged by people who will read it. Politely I replied,”People judge you all the time. Get over it.” Okay, I didn’t say that last part. But the statement is completely true. If you are in contact with another human being they are sizing you up, if they like what they see or not. And we do the same to them.
Turn It Into An Opportunity
Here we talk about blogging as it relates to telling your farm story. So if you are talking about you and your farm life, you are the expert. You know what is going on in your life. It’s your experience to share. Barring any out and out lies, who is going to argue with you. Sure some readers might question some activity you report on but see it as a way to further explain yourself. Talk about the why and how of your reasons.
I was nervous the first time I asked someone to be a Featured Farmer when I was just starting this site. I had all kinds of negative responses going through my head. “Whose this wierdo wanting me to answer questions about my blog?” “There’s hardly anything on her site. She doesn’t have a clue what she is doing.” I think you get the point. I fought against all the doubts and negativity and clicked send anyway. And Paul emailed me back, then Dave, then Liz. They were all happy to help me out. If I had given into this fear, I wouldn’t have got to know the 21 featured farmers that have contributed to my site.
Writing a blog does put yourself out there; your ideas, your opinions, your choices. It all depends on how much you share in your posts. As long as you are writing about your story (what you know) who can honestly criticize what you have to say. Since you are thinking about starting a blog, there must be something you have to say. That is the driving purpose of your blog. Grab hold of that reason and leave the fear behind. If you continue to let fear drive your decisions, you’ll never know the amazing rewards that you are allowing to pass by. So blog boldly.
What do you have to say? How would you encourage these timid would-be-bloggers? What experience would you have missed out on if you didn’t have your blog?