Many bloggers, no matter if they are journalists or writing about personal experiences that intrigue them, are afraid of what other people are going to think about their work. Journalists have an edge. They either write or broadcast and put themselves out there. They chose to be critiqued and it was a conscience decision. Many times, if they can’t stand the heat, they move on.
However, non journalists who have decided to start blogging have a different dynamic.
I heard a new blogger the other day say “I want to blog, but I don’t want to look stupid.”
I decided to write about this because I think that is a common sentiment.
“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
First of all, if you feel like you have something to say, be fearless about it. You are as much of value as the next guy. I’m currently trying to figure out how to shoot video of interview subjects. It’s not natural for me and I’m worried about the editing. Should I keep it raw? Should I edit the bejeezus out of it?
But I’m going to try. And honestly, that’s all you have to do is try. Well, that and take action to put yourself out there.
And there in lies your answer.
All bloggers from those intrigued by citizen journalism, journalists, knitters, mommy bloggers, whomever, must fall a little bit in love with what they are doing.
This may not necessarily be a journalist perspective but it applies as we move into this new and changing age of technology.
Whether you are a business owner, a journalist or a creative free spirit, don’t let your worst enemy be yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask the questions if you don’t know the answers.
The only one holding you back is you.
This is your Hump Day moment of Zen.
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