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The Naked Truth | Facing Your Blogging Fears

The Naked Truth | Facing Your Blogging FearsI relate the fear of blogging to a crazy dream I have every now and then.  In it I find myself standing naked in front of an audience.  How I came to speak in front of a large audience without knowing I had forgotten to get dressed is neither here nor there.  The point is that for me, the fear of blogging and the thought of the nightmare of standing naked before a crowd leaves me feeling exposed and vulnerable.  It can, obviously, be a complete show stopper.

Finding the freedom within ourselves to write "authentically" is not something that comes naturally to all bloggers.  Whether it's the fear of rejection or the fear of creating a "situation" (as my mother used to call it) can be debilitating.  But I believe that social media and blogging is all about being true to who you are, and the only way to convey that is through authentic writing

Blogging authentically is about knowing who you are as a writer.  How do you feel about a certain subject?  Would you take a stand one way or the other, and if so, are you willing to write about how you truly feel?  For many, being a bit controversial or putting our neck on the line for something we firmly believe in can be intimidating. What if no one agrees and hates my blog?  Or worse yet, what if no one cares or even comments?   Do you really care?  Your opinion is exactly that - your opinion.  OWN IT.  People will relate to you being true to yourself and those that don't - they have to be true to themselves.  It probably means that they weren't your target audience anyway.

So how do you overcome your irrational fear of blogging?  Just like anything else, you need to understand it.  Give yourself some time to really analyze what it is you're afraid of.

Face those fears by putting pen to paper.  Start with a simple blog about who you are, what you do for a living, where you live and why you're blogging.  Is it for fun, for business or a little bit of both?  In this article I encourage you to have some fun.  If you're funny, then show some humor.  If you're serious about life, then convey that through your writing.  Whether it's through a silly anecdote or a relatable true story, it's that side of you that will engage your audience.

The most important part is that you dive in and get started.  So pick a topic, grab and pen and get into the conversation!

 

The Naked Truth | Facing Your Blogging Fears was written by Rebekah Radice.

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Rainmaker
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Michele Cadogan
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Good post- im still learning the ins and outs of the process but I find that whole thing interesting. 

May 18, 2011 03:50 PM #33
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Michael's Commercial LLC - Woodbridge, VA
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Rebekah, excellent post for overcoming the fear of blogging. I thought the audience was supposed to be naked not the speaker. LOL

May 18, 2011 04:04 PM #34
Rainer
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Cory Barbee
San Diego, CA
Broker (760) 563-4022

One way it to through AR University and

May 18, 2011 04:19 PM #35
Rainmaker
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Virginia Dean
Keller Williams Realty - Visalia, CA

Seems to me you are doing a great job.  Keep up the good work.

May 18, 2011 04:31 PM #36
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Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
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You are doing great! Don't be afraid to blog and show your true colors. Be yourself. You're going to be JUST FINE

May 18, 2011 09:26 PM #37
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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Rebekah -  I think you're right.  It's easiest for most people to start with simple easy, getting to know you blogs.  After you find "your voice", you can move on to harder topics.

May 18, 2011 10:35 PM #38
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Aaron Seekford
Arlington Realty, Inc. - Arlington, VA
Arlington VA Homes 703-836-6116

ActiveRain is a great place to dive in to the blogging world. People are usually pretty nice and hold back from harsh comments.

May 18, 2011 10:45 PM #39
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Tammie White
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TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville

I've seen many here who rank very highly. Their efforts consist mostly of market reports, wordless Wednesdays or silent Sundays (both of which they post enough words to get the obligatory points). I want more from my blogging efforts than that. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't.

May 18, 2011 11:57 PM #40
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
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Gretchen - You have the right idea.  You don't have to cater to everyone, just the people buying and selling in your area!

Renee - You hit the nail on the head! It's all about being committed to consistently blogging.  It's like anything else, if it doesn't excite you - you won't keep doing it and its a worthless venture. 

Debb - Passion is super imprtant, especially when it comes to consistency.  Don't force the topics.  Just keep at it with what you're comfortable with like your favorite restaurant or a fun place to visit in yoru city.

Mike - Yep - I am definitely my own worst critic.  If you can get by yourself - you're good to go! :)

Rich - That's so true!  The engagement and pat on the back is a great push forward!

May 19, 2011 03:09 PM #41
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Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV

Rebekah,

Ok, I feel better now! This blogging thing has really been a challenge. It shouldn't be, however. I've created weekly newsletters, I've worked in advertising and design, I love to communicate via email with friends and clients. But blogging is differenct. I'm going to keep at it!

May 19, 2011 06:09 PM #42
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Every time a Realtor answers a question asked by a buyer or seller - their answer is a verbal blog. Just put it in writing.

May 19, 2011 11:51 PM #43
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JM Padron
REMAX PREMIER-COMMERCIAL ASSOCIATES - Miami, FL
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Confidence is what is all about

May 20, 2011 07:06 AM #44
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
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Congrats Michele on sticking with it!  I just take it one day at a time and try not to overwhelm myself with the big question of "what am I going to blog about today??"  Just let it come naturally.

JM - Confidence definitely takes time and comes with support from those around us.  That's what makes this community so terrific!

May 20, 2011 09:18 AM #45
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William (Bill) Zoller
U.S. Inspect, LLC - Loveland, CO

I do believe blog postings have to provide benefit to the readers.  It can't be just about a post made in frustration, just to get it off your chest.  It's got to be educational, entertaining, or beneficial in some manner to the recipient.  Drafting a blog must consider 'take-aways".  Thanks for your 'helpful' thoughts!

May 20, 2011 12:04 PM #46
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Jon Cagle
Northwest Community Credit Union - Eugene, OR
Lane County Oregon - Direct FHA, VA, USDA Lender

I agree that every time I answer a question, the answer and information is worthy of a blog. I guess being a teacher in my past helps.

May 20, 2011 12:07 PM #47
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Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV

Rebekah,

You've done a great job commenting on responses! That's so much a part of this! I thank you for your words of encouragement. Cheers, Michele

May 20, 2011 12:59 PM #48
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Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Rebekah, I found that the May challenge is extremely helpful. If you are going to do something like that you do not have the luxury of overthinking. You just start writing.

May 21, 2011 06:31 AM #49
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Rebekah Radice
Imagine WOW! Digital Marketing Agency - Burbank, CA
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training

Dave - You've got the right idea...just take the everyday questions you're asked and turn them into a Q&A type blog.

William - It would be nice if we could just vent every once in a while, but you're right - our blogging needs to be constructive and beneficial to the reader.

Thank you Michele and please email anytime you have a question or need a little encouragement. It's what this community is all about!

May 21, 2011 09:59 AM #50
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Rebecca McArdle
Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC - Fort Wayne, IN

Great post Rebekah, as a newbiew you've inspired me to get a little more personal and not be afraid with my next blog...which I'll do tomorrow after I get some sleep! ;-)

May 22, 2011 01:03 AM #51
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Carol Gifford
Creative Edge Home Staging - Madison, WI
Madison and Dane Cty. WI

Rebekah - As another newbie to AR, I just attended a workshop last evening through a local womens business association and I realize that I need to get over the fear of putting myself out there and just start blogging.  Usually great content runs through my head while driving so I guess I just need to start recording myself as a drive so as not to forget when it's time to jump on the AR.  As posted, it's just time to dive in.  Thanks for all the advice AR.  

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