If you’re thinking about starting a blog, tell your insecurities to step aside.
Thank you to Every Wear Edmonton for the Best of 2015 style feature. This got me thinking about how 2015 was such a special year because I finally started my blog, after years of humming and hawing. This may sound ridiculous, but starting a blog absolutely terrified me. I remember posting the first blog-related Instagram post, and my heart racing. “This was it, there’s no turning back now”, I thought. Making a Facebook page? I had an adrenaline rush the entire night. Changing my Instagram name? The horror!
Ultimately, it was scary to share with the world because I wanted to commit to blogging, but was scared that I would get bored or run out of ideas (or clothes). But I also knew that I had been thinking of blogging for 2 years (blogging is kind of like shopping in that sense…If you can’t stop thinking about that blouse, you should probably buy it). After brainstorming a name for several weeks, I bought the Pink Pencil Skirt domain a year before I went public with it, and posted some posts on it sporadically throughout the year and kept it a secret from most people I knew.
One reason I kept it a secret for so long: I was really nervous that people would judge me, especially since my blog focuses on personal style. What if people think I’m not fashionable enough? Do I have to dress up every day now? Do I know enough about fashion to blog about this? But the truth about blogging is that you can re-invent yourself as a guru. You don’t have to be an expert to blog, but you can become an expert while blogging. And the truth is, blogging has made me become more knowledgeable about fashion, more style-aware, and I continue to learn more every day. You can learn as you go, you don’t have to know anything and everything about your chosen topic when you first start out.
Going public with blogging has been what’s kept me writing. When it was a secret, it’s like I wasn’t held accountable to anyone. I could post every couple of months and it didn’t matter, because no one was reading it anyways. Even now, it’s hard to post regularly (because yadi yadi yada), but I am still motivated to keep going with it. After all, Pink Pencil Skirt is my baby… and because I’m secretly afraid that everyone will judge me if I don’t keep going. I wish I could say I’m solely motivated by my internal will-to-power, but the truth is, sharing your blog (or whatever it is that you’re working on) with your social network is a great means of support, but also an incredibly powerful accountability mechanism.
I’m still trying to figure out what exactly I’m doing, how often I should be posting, what I want to write about…basically everything, but it’s been an incredible adventure so far. I was so scared to start at first, but I’m glad that my fears didn’t stop me from blogging forever. So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, I’d say do it: definitely do it, and don’t take two years like I did. Don’t let the fear of judgment, the fear of not being “expert enough”, or other silly, inconsequential insecurities you have stop you. Trust me when I tell you that it was one of the best things I did in 2015, and that I wish I’d done it sooner. Do your research, take your time, but at a certain point: just jump in and start writing/photographing/drawing/etc. And another thing: don’t keep it a secret like I did, because your social network is the best launch tool you have, and a great pool of support. And so far, the only people to insult my blog to my face were in my nightmares. Everyone in real life has been quite swell.
If you’re interested in blogging and have any questions/comments, leave a comment or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org