Blogger Doubts – Learning
|December 30, 2013||Posted by Carrie under balance, bloggers, family|
When I first started blogging, I read an article about how blogger should be confident in their words and not be worried to hit ‘publish’. And that after a little bit of editing, you shouldn’t go second guessing everything and should stop revising and revising and revising.
At the time I didn’t truly understand that problem.
Three years later, I totally get it.
I’ve been having lots of blogger doubts lately. Questioning my written voice quite often. And partly why I haven’t posted that often lately. I have so many thoughts running through my head and then I write posts and re-read and re-write and re-read and re-write and over and over again. (in fact, I started this post 3 weeks ago and haven’t been able to love it enough to hit publish)
I started my blog as a way to share my story. Partly because I wrongly thought that I had some answers. I had adopted a healthy lifestyle and wasn’t going to look back.
But, I didn’t have the answers, hardly.
When I began to pursue an education in the field of dietetics, I thought my blog would be a professional outlet and community building tool.
Now, life has shifted again and I’m a working mom trying to be a good role model for my family and friends and to be a part of a community of support. I see my blog as a way to stay motivated, share thoughts and things I learn as well as reach out to the Healthy Living Blog community as I continue to learn and grow in my own life.
But, I still doubt myself. Who am I to say that I have answers? I don’t. At. All.
Many times I write a post and then question every single word that I’ve written. Who am I to tell anyone how to live their lives? I’m just a person. As a parent, as a person, I’m just out here doing the best I can. What works for me, obviously won’t work for everyone.
I wouldn’t feel genuine as a blogger who always seemed to be promoting x, y or z product. However, I do like sharing products that I enjoy. Some of the perks of those freebies and blogging are kind of nice. And, I personally love getting recommendations of products from other bloggers.
Besides, part of my real job is working in social media and I learn a lot with my blogging hobby that helps me in my professional life.
I love the community of blogging. There are bloggers that I read daily and consider my friends. I am thankful for the many that I’ve met in person.
But, I don’t have the answers. I’m just here with my little blog and plugging along. Sharing my thoughts, my fitness and health ups and downs and goals. I’m really thankful to everyone that I’ve met on this journey and I really appreciate all of you who read my thoughts. Thank you so much.
As we kick off 2014, I’m not going to do the typical “Year in Review”. This was a year of change for me. I’m wrapping up a full year of being a working mom. I’m learning how to parent a teenager and hoping that the confidence that she has right now will carry her to success with her dreams. I’m working with my younger guy on the balance of being cared for and taking responsibility for himself. I’m working on enjoying my own imperfections and looking for ways that I can grow. In all of that, I’m also learning to make sure that my husband gets equal attention in the busy-ness of our lives. Oh yea – and I’m learning how to be confident in my blogging and to not doubt my voice.
It appears that I’ve found my word for 2014 – Learning.
(and, I’ll stop editing this now and hit ‘publish’ – full disclosure – I edited this about 100 times and I really still don’t think I captured all of my thoughts, but I’m learning to let it go :-))
To my blogger friends: any tips on overcoming my doubts? Anyone else have a word for 2014?