I commited to write for at least 15 minutes everyday this year. I also joined the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog Challenge. My purpose for doing these things relates back to today’s assignment: write the post that was on your mind when you decided to start a blog.
Alicja Pyszka-Franceschini’s “It was lonely there (about blogging)” originally posted November 30, 2013 & reposted January 2, 2014 on her blog Postcards Without Stamps put into words many of the anxieties and insecurities I have about publishing. She also expressed the compassion we should extend to ourselves as writers (yes, I called myself a writer). I am working to incorporate this into my own thinking. Her words were so powerful, that I am including a link to the post here so you can read it for yourself.
My primary purpose for my first blog, which morphed into this one after only one post, was to overcome my fear of being creatively exposed. The secondary purpose was to somehow make myself known as someone who could help others overcome the fears that keep them from participating in their own lives and becoming fully who they want to be.
So back to the assignment… Here is the post I was that was on my mind when I decided to start a blog:
Today I begin blogging because I am afraid to write. No, I am afraid to let you read it. And the things of which I am most proud, are those that have brought me fear before I accomplished them. I take great pride in being brave.
I was afraid to sing, so I performed in churches, clubs, and coffee houses. I was afraid to ride a motorcycle, so I took classes and got my license. And I am afraid of your reaction to my writing, so I am baring my soul on the page. I will feel the fear when I hit the “publish post” button, and I will do it anyway.
What are you afraid of? And when are you going to do it?