Facing Fears And Putting Yourself Out There

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Six months ago today, I began this blog and started on a crazy journey of revelation and frustration. I wanted to share my travels and my food experiences with anyone who wanted to read about them (preferably besides my family). I never traveled when I was a kid. My parents were self-employed and the business came first. Their hard work and dedication put me through college, and for that I will forever be grateful. After graduating college and joined the workforce and I simply didn’t take the time to travel the way I wanted to. Fast forward a few years (ok, 14) and now I have this incurable desire to see the world and to share it with people who share the same desires. This post is about sharing my goals, my fears, and the things I have learned so far.

My Goals:

1. To share tips and tricks about the places I have visited and the places I have stayed.

2. To share my experiences with culture through food (sometimes with those who are not as adventurous as me).

3. To provide a place where readers can share their thoughts and fears on travel as well as their goals.

4. To have a creative outlet to share my thoughts.

5. To create a place where readers keep coming back and that people will actually subscribe to my blog (this is a BIG goal).

6. To have time to work full-time and run this blog.

My Fears:

1. Facing People – People are social beings, some more than others. I am usually a pretty private person so creating this blog and putting my life out there is a huge challenge for me. I know people judge and you can’t please everyone and I’m not even going to try.

2. Facing Rejection – Wondering if anyone is out there, reading my blog and scared that they don’t like it. What if it sounds stupid? What do people think of me when I have a typo (hey I’m not perfect)? Is it as funny as it sounds in my head? Can people detect my tone of voice?

3. Self Promoting – You can’t start a blog and not tell anyone about it. It’s hard for me to promote myself because we all know what it’s like to be cornered by someone and had to listen to how great they were. Luckily for me, my husband has been helpful in promoting my blog!

4. Not Sharing An Original Thought – I have never been a super creative person. I have a hard time drawing a stick figure (I’m not kidding). I am fearful that my thoughts and ideas are not original and that people will wonder what I could possibly have to add.

Things I Have Learned:

1. It’s okay if you do have a typo (embarrassing, but okay)

2. It’s okay if people don’t agree with you.

3. It’s okay to reach out to other bloggers to ask for guidance.

4. Social Media is a bitch

a. I never had a Facebook page until I started my blog. I haven’t done a lot with it because it has been difficult for me to figure out (because I am not a 13-year-old girl).

b. Twitter was easier for me to adjust to. I have been slowly gaining followers and I enjoy connecting with other travel bloggers.

c. I signed up for Pinterest and Instagram too!

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5. IT’S OKAY TO PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE

For all of you bloggers out there, I would love to hear about how you got started and what you found helpful.

For my faithful readers (the handful that you are), I would love to hear what you think of my blog so far. What would you like to see more of?

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7 Responses to Facing Fears And Putting Yourself Out There

  1. Shelia gray says:

    I enjoy your blog and all the interesting places you have been too, as well as the different food you have tried. I especially enjoyed your article on the Cajun restaurant in St. Joseph, my old stompin’ grounds. Please let me know if you need an international traveling partner. Of course I’ll need a financier. Lol! I’ll look you up on Facebook. I do have a Twitter account, but I don’t do much with it. I’m sure you will figure it all out. After all, I have and I’m just barely over 14. “Wink” “Wink”

  2. Nicole says:

    As an introvert and overall private person, I appreciate this! I’ve had anonymous websites since 1995 and in December of 2013 I finally attached my name and face to a blog. It’s liberating and scary at the same time. It has been worth it though because I have already met some amazing people. I’m more afraid of people I already know than I am of strangers on the internet. Is that strange? 🙂

    • Valerie says:

      Nicole,

      It is great to connect with others that are like minded, isn’t it? Thanks for your input, it sounds like I could learn a lot from you!

  3. Wow, Valerie, you ARE putting yourself out there to even write an article like this! I love your foodie articles; you’re expressive and funny at the same time! Sometimes, people just want to “get away” and your blog is a great read for that. As for blogging, my blog needs to be more focused because of several interests. Whichever “big dog” wins is what gets posted each week!

  4. Pablo says:

    I’ve been blogging for three years now and was/am just like you. I enjoy writing and exploring, but find myself hesitant to share with people. Not that I don’t want to, I just don’t want to be a bother. haha

    I can totally relate to number 4 on the things you’ve learned. Before the blog I didn’t have anything. Now I’m trying to keep up with Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/blah blah blah. I need to just have somebody to do it for me that can come across in my voice. lol

    Hope the best for you in your blogging voyage!
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    • Valerie says:

      Pablo,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with blogging. It gives me hope that if I keep plugging along, it will get easier! It can be very time consuming, can’t it?

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