Lately I’ve been finding out there’s a large pool of people out there, especially business owners, who want to start a blog . . . but it’s all mysterious and rather scary for them to contemplate. They may have a website but they’re not active online every day the way most of us are. And they have fear of writing.
I’ve been asked to develop a workshop to help those who need or want to blog but who will admit they’ve been putting it off. It’s going to be fun for me to help them with their fears.
I’ll be calling it the Fear of Blogging Clinic and my first two will be held near Akron, Ohio on September 29 and October 6.
It struck me how encouraging it would be to provide my workshop participants with an overview of others who overcame their fear of blogging. From the survey results that get posted below I plan to compile a handout to offer with the other workshop materials.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
You don’t have to answer every question. Even if you choose just one area to focus on, your survey response will help me greatly.
Please elaborate as much as you can. Details make an anecdote more compelling.
If you post a survey response below, I will take that as permission to include you on the workshop handout. Unless you state you don’t want it mentioned, I will include your first and last name and your blog address (URL).
How long ago did you start your blog? Did you have fear about starting? What was your fear mainly about?
Roughly how long did it take you to feel comfortable blogging online?
What was your scariest or most challenging moment as a blogger? Was it about feeling exposed? Or something else?
Are there moments when you still feel nervous, even if you’ve been blogging for years? Why?
If you were giving advice to a brand-new blogger, what would you tell them about overcoming the fear?
Special note: If you see others in the comments section making the same point(s) you want to make, go ahead and say it anyway (you’ll have your own unique way of wording it). This kind of repetition is good. For a critical point about fear, it can be 100% reassuring to hear it over and over again from various people.