And yet I know the heartbeat of my anxiety: I forgot that I was rescued, and in that rescue, given grace. – Katie Blackburn
When You Are Deathly Scared To Push Publish
Your finger reaches for the publish button. Last second doubts swirl around in your head and you hesitate. Some days this causes you to never share what you started out believing could help someone. Other days you erase most of what you have written and you water it down a bit in hopes of not making any wayves.
Some days you publish it but are left with a lingering wondering.
If you feel like this describes you, know that all of us have probably been there at some point. It takes time to get comfy in our own skin, with who we really are.
There are a myriad of ways to combat anxiety. You can pray for help, you can write your blog posts out in a “for my eyes only” folder so you can get out all the crud before finding what you are really trying to say. Those work and are important. Below are 5 specific tactile ways you can also combat common blog fears, especially if you are newer to writing in the public domain.
5 Ways To Combat Blog Anxiety
- You begin by acknowledging that the reasons are never going to go away. (so the solution can’t be “never blog”)
- You can write down all the reasons you should blog.
- You can always contact someone who is more experienced than you. (reaching out is brave itself)
- You can contact a person to double check you are not infringing on another’s property, or make sure to cite and source accordingly. (ease your conscience)
- You can put your head down, turn off everyone else’s voices and write from your own experience.
Opening Up About Our Anxieties
Every good writer has some form of doubt. There is such a thing as a healthy fear. This fear would be the kind that makes you shake in your boots not because you haven’t done what it takes to write and share valuable work, but rather because you have.
Fear from taking risks is better than fear from not taking any.
For the month of October I joined the Write 31 Days Challenge and dared to write about some anxiety I have faced in my own life. It wasn’t easy to open up, especially unedited poetry form, about things in my heart. Plus poetry has a way of bringing what we really believe to the surface. There was no hiding behind any walls — eek!
When we decide staying isolated in our fears is worse than coming clean, we will see progress.
Blogging is always more fun when you have a few close people you can share your main concerns and celebrations with. If you get an chance, find a small in person or online community to join. I bet you’ll find you are not alone in your issues.
Learning How To Blog Brave
In the book, Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do, Christine Caine says, “We’re roused to do something, and then we immediately forget the one reason that we are capable of doing anything at all.”
When we dwell on what we don’t have, it takes our eyes off of what we do have to offer. And God is more than able to fill in the gaps.
When I started out blogging, I did not have all the answers, nor do I now. But with each day I sit down to share what God lays on my heart, my faith is being built up and the library of experiences I have learned from and are being added to my storehouse of wisdom.
From that very personal place with God, I can share out of the abundance with others who may not yet be where I am.
Where are you in your blogging journey?
- Just starting out?
- At an uphill battle point?
- Rolling downward and can’t keep up?
Try one or a few of the points above, surround yourself with proper support, and even paste some affirming truths next to your work space. And then move forward bravely. Meaning: Do it afraid, but do it anyway.
Bishop T.D. Jakes said he went on a trip overseas where they visited a very high point on a peak. Monkeys seemed to be everywhere! The tourist guide told him in the winter their tails used to freeze off. Eventually over time when those monkeys would have babies, they stopped even being born with tails!
T.D. Jakes talks about letting our tails (of fear etc) freeze right off just like those monkeys.
We will adapt to where we are called to be my friend. It will take time, and we will always be learning how to get more and more out of comfort zones once they go from scary to comfy. Over time we can grow (or cut off) what is needed to move forward. To go in the direction we know we need to go.
It just takes time + action + accountability.