I’d be willing to bet that at some point most writers feel their work isn’t good enough to share. Feelings of self-consciousness arise almost out of no where and we want to hide or delete our work immediately! This is especially true of bloggers, who know that with the click of a button their words will be shared with the entire world.
I remember many times when I felt like I just didn’t know what I was talking about, or I was worried that someone would read my blog post and think I was stupid. If that sounds like something you can relate to, read on for four things to keep in mind when you’re grappling with these sorts of feelings.
1. Acknowledge Them
Acknowledging that you’re experiencing a certain feeling can go a long way toward working through it. Feeling apprehensive about sharing your perspective on life and work can be scary because you’re putting yourself out there in a meaningful way.
As humans, we’re social creatures and we’re biologically programmed to fear being ostracized. Back in the cave man days, if the group didn’t approve of us and cast us out, that could mean death. Fortunately that doesn’t really apply to us anymore. No one’s going to die if your blog post isn’t well-received!
When fearful emotions come up, just let them percolate for a minute or two. Really feel it, let the emotion rise up and fall away as it needs to.
2. Write Anyway
Whether you’re writing about your latest actor updates, or coaching your readers through handling a tough family situation, your perspective is 100% valid. You are a unique individual and you’ve been drawn toward making a blog for a reason: someone needs to read what you’re sharing.
Just because you’re questioning the value of your content doesn’t mean that someone else isn’t searching for exactly the answer your provide. Buckle down and write what’s in your heart despite any doubt that comes up.
3. You Can’t Control What They Think, But You Can Control Your Presentation
This is what I love about blogging: you have all the control! Now, this is a technical point, because there’s nothing worse than a blog entry with poor grammar or sloppy presentation.
We’ve all seen the blogs written in purple font on a black background that are near impossible to read! Make sure that your blog layout is clean, easy to read, and visually appealing. If you’re using WordPress (my favorite blog platform), there a a plethora of online tutorials for all of their themes.
Proof read your work before you publish it. I always get scared when I warn people about grammar and spelling errors, because Murphy’s Law says that’s just about when I’d have a blaring error! Read your article out loud to catch most mistakes.
4. Get an Outside Perspective
If you’re still feeling uncertain about your content, send it to a friend or colleague before you post it. It’s always great to get feedback before posting, not to mention the confidence boost that comes when you realize that your doubt was all for naught!
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