I experience this range of emotions and question myself prior to publishing a blog/vlog. Every. Single. Time. And although I have seven months of experience blogging it has not gotten any easier. But I can say one thing, my final words to myself are always “Stop being silly! Do your thing girl and don’t worry about the rest!” This affirmation and confidence in publishing is based on my experience as an avid participant in the blogging community.
By being true to myself each and every time I interact with this community my fear of posting is washed away. Because like it or not, by being Renée all day, every day, everyone that I connect with knows what to expect. I write about my family, my life, things I like, and social responsibility. My blog has been referred to as a Mommy Blog that is a hodge podge of things. I believe that aptly describes my blogging style.
Yes, I am a mother but I am person too! In my space I write about all the facets of my personality. As a result, my blogging community is vast and wide – I don’t exclusively interact with bloggers from just one niche. I (virtually) hang with Mom Bloggers and Tech Bloggers, Marketing Bloggers, Fashion and Entertainment Bloggers, Conservative Bloggers, and Liberal Bloggers, Daddy Bloggers and strictly Video Bloggers, the list is never ending for me.
And this is my greatest reward – relationships. Blogging has enabled me to connect with people in a way that I haven’t done since my school days. My world has opened up to include fabulous people from all walks of life and corners of the world. I have the benefit of finding commonality with people where on the surface there is none. For that I am grateful. On a daily basis I get to enjoy the rewards of interacting with new and interesting people. And although we may not agree on all (or even most) things, we share a love of blogging and I recognize that I can learn something from every person/blog I encounter.
And so, when I finally hit the magic button and publish my posts, I do so without trepidation. My community accepts me just the way I am and has taught me a valuable lesson.
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