When I first began writing a blog I quickly came to two conclusions. First, blogging takes up a huge amount of time (just like everyone said it would) and second, blogging is just like going to your first dance.
For the longest time, I thought about blogging but I was resistant. There are already millions of decorating, color, and design blogs out there. I was held back by self limiting thoughts that kept popping into my head such as… I’m not a writer, and, what do I have to say that is any different, smarter, more insightful, or better, than everyone else already blogging?
What if no one ever reads my blog? Kind of like….
I want to go to the dance but I am scared. There are already SO many kids going. I don’t know how to dance and I’m not as pretty, smart, athletic, or popular as everyone else going to the dance. What if no one asks me to dance? What if I stand in the corner all night?
You think about your first blog topic for weeks…You write your first post… you hit Publish…you feel a little sick.
You think about what you will wear to the dance for weeks…your Mom gives you a ride…you walk into the school gym…you feel a little sick.
It happens! You get an email that you have a comment on your post….your heart races… who is it?… what did they say? You see it’s your friend who commented, the one who has been encouraging you to start a blog for months. You’re happy for the comment even though you know it is a “good for you” kind of comment. It’s okay though, you feel good, at least one person has read your blog. Kind of like…
It happens! You get asked to dance… by your cousin. You’re happy for the dance even though you know your aunt bribed him to ask you. It’s okay though, you’re on the dance floor and the other kids see you dancing. You have made it out of the corner and onto the floor.
Then…A few more blog posts and another Designer/Blogger comments on your post…OMG!! You are SO excited. Someone who you follow and have been following for years actually took the time to read your blog. All day long you feel great! Kind of like that Sally Field acceptance speech…you like me..you really like me!
Then…A few more dances with your cousin and the really cute boy on the hockey team asks you to dance…OMG!! You are SO excited. Someone who you have had a crush on for years asks you to dance. All night long you feel great…he likes me…he really likes me!
Then reality hits….
What am I going to write about for my next blog?… How am I ever going to continue coming up with fresh ideas, photos, text? What do I have to say that is smarter, more insightful, better, than everyone else already blogging?
Kind of like…
What am I going to wear to the next dance?… how am I going to come up with new dance moves? I’m not as pretty, smart, athletic, popular, as everyone else going to the next dance.
Yup…starting a blog is just like going to your first dance.
Now if you are STILL interested in starting a blog I urge you to read this blog post by Maria Killam of Color Me Happy.
Oh..and by the way…Just know that if you leave a comment I’ll be dancing all day long!