The Naked Truth | Facing Your Blogging Fears

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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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Rainer
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Michele Norris
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Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada

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
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Sandy Acevedo
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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
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Rebekah Radice
Social Media Marketing, Coaching & Training
Manager of Industry Engagement, Better Homes & Gardens RE

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
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Rebecca McArdle
Stunning Staging & Redesign, LLC

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
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Carol Gifford
Madison and Dane Cty. WI
Creative Edge Home Staging

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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