I had about 3 different blog posts written that I had planned to publish as my very first blog post, I just couldn’t decide. What do you want to know?
Since we’re all about challenging our fears here and getting to the good stuff I decided that the best way to start this off would be to share a snippet of an interview I had with a “friend” of mine. She’d like to remain anonymous so we’ll call her “Marie”. She decided that creating a community of courageous women to encourage and support other women was what her heart was asking her to do – so she did.
Marie, this new adventure of yours is unlike anything you have done before. How did you get from accounting to blogging on the internet?
Yes, accounting and blogging feel like they couldn’t be much further apart and it took me awhile to get past that idea. I realized that I actually have a lot of experience in creating communities; in the business we run, in my circle of family and friends, and in my children’s communities. When I looked at it from that perspective it felt like I was drawing on experience I already had even though it wasn’t directly related to what I was doing in business.
Did you know anything about blogging? How did you find your topic?
NOTHING. Nada. Zilch. I followed some blogs but truly I had no idea where to even start.
I found my topic because it was what I needed. I needed some inspiration, I needed to hear from women that were doing brave things. How did they do that? Why did they do that? I figured if I needed that kind of community maybe other women would too.
What was your biggest challenge and how did you move through it?
Technically my biggest challenge was the technology learning curve but the hardest for me to overcome was the fear of putting myself out there. That was FREAKING SCARY. It took me 2 years of coaching, journaling, and thinking to actually pull the trigger and do this. 2 freaking years. I had a lot of fears – failure, other people’s opinions, giving up my time, what if I didn’t like it, financial concerns, etc. I finally just had to make the decision to take some kind of action and see where it took me so I started by taking consistent small steps. Things like coming up with a business name, thinking about colors for my branding, researching other blogs, and reading…lots and lots of reading. Each time I did something small it led me to another small step without me even realizing it. And then, 2 years later, I have a blog!!! I also had to keep reminding myself that I would regret it if I didn’t at least try. I knew in my heart that there was something more out there for me and it would be a shame if I never got to find out what it was. So fear of missing something big actually gave me the motivation to move.
What was your scariest moment?
Hitting the “invite your friends” button on my newly launched FB page. I sat at my desk and stared at the page for probably a good 30 minutes trying to decide what to do. I finally just said “screw it” and clicked the button. My heart was pounding so hard I literally thought I might faint. I laid my head down on my desk and thought “what have I just done”. I was praying for an “undo what you just did” button. Probably 2 minutes went by and that little red notification popped up – a like!! It was my bff but that’s okay. Seriously crazy and lame. Apparently I survived ;)
What would you tell your “pre-blog” self now that you’ve gone through the process?
Have more faith in yourself and please don’t wait 2 years!!! Remember that to get to the really good stuff you have to smile and say hello to the fear and even give it a big ‘ol hug. It really is worth it☺
How many of you can relate to our friend Marie’s story? That actual physical feeling you get before you do something big and then the exhilaration after you’ve done it? Share your scary and exhilarating moment with us below in the comments. It really is so much better knowing someone else has done it…and survived☺
Thanks so much for reading,