I started publishing online during the pandemic in 2020, leading to me starting this blog. I've had fears throughout about posting, imagining negative judgement to my writing, such as:
- I'm not interested in what you have to say
- I'm tired of seeing so much about mental health
- Your writing is rubbish
- the list goes on...
It's tempting not to risk anything. Keep my thoughts to myself or wait until I have the perfect topic or can write the ideal article.
I don't know whether people view my writing negatively. But I know what I've written over the last two years has helped people. It has also helped me.
Whenever the fear builds and prevents me from writing or pressing publish, I have a mantra to give me the nudge and encouragement I need.
When I imagine the doubters or the naysayers, I imagine saying to them:
It's not for you
These are just four words, but they are immensely powerful. It reminds me that I'm not writing to please the whole world, and I'm not seeking universal approval.
My writing helps me, and if just one person acts differently, thinks differently or feels less alone through something I write - that's all the success I need.
Next time you have doubts, why not give this a try?