I’ve been blogging, albeit inconsistently, for a few years now. However, I would never call myself a blogger. I would be even less likely to admit that, I would like to see if I could transition it from a hobby into a business. Gasp.
Right, I have said it out loud now. Please don’t judge me. I do enough of that.
I am my biggest critic. When I think about trying to see if I could make a living out of this, my mind comes up with a million reasons why it won’t work.
Firstly, do I even know how? Secondly, my content just doesn’t have enough ‘reach’ and thirdly even if it did, who would actually want to consistently read my content and lastly how do I do this without ‘selling out’?
It is exhausting having this mindset and it has stopped me from moving forward with my blog. I am very lucky that I have a great set of friends and family who support me and believe that I can do whatever I choose to with My Mama Musings.
I bought tickets as Harriet the creator of the super successful parenting and lifestyle blog Toby & Roo was going to be there and there was free food. Win Win. I hoped I might get some tips and a full belly too, but to be honest I got so much more than that.
Anyway, I have been following The Norm on Instagram for quite a while and it wasn’t until right at the end of the event I realised exactly who Natalie was, I was a little start struck, but I think I hid it well. Any way I digress.
The point was I spent most of my time talking to Natalie and Lovely Helen from The Mini Finns. Natalie actually already followed me on Instagram. We spoke about a recent change in my content and the reason I have more than one account.
As we were talking I spoke about the blog and how I worry I have no authority to write about anything. That I worry that people will judge me and think, I think I am so great putting my time thoughts and feelings out there.
They both encouraged me to just write, to write what I know and said that learning to have confidence in myself and the value/worth of my content was my biggest obstacle, they encouraged me to just do it.
After Harriet’s talk, which was both hilarious and informative. I was suddenly really inspired and enthused. I felt a little voice inside saying “you can do this”. I felt really encouraged by the conversations I had and also from listening to Harriet’s story.
The biggest thing that I came away with, was that it is OK to be me. Flaws and all. I don’t have to censor myself out of fear. Fear hasn’t be got me very far.
I need to step out of my comfort zone because that is where growth happens. Hopefully the growth will manifest both internally and within My Mama Musings.
Going to Kayla’s event really opened my eyes up to the fact that there are a lot of women who are there to support and guide other women. I am sure that Helen and Natalie are both unaware of the influence their support and encouragement provided me.
So, if you a difference in the style of the blog. Please know it is coming from me and it is a way for me express the many sides of me.
♥ Do you struggle with putting your content out there? What did/do you do to over come it? Do you have any tips? Also please feel free to leave any links to your work below in the comments, would love to see what you do.
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Much love and many thanks