But what if I fail?…”
Can I tell you a secret? Blogging terrifies me.
I’m a relatively private person. Telling the world my feelings, my experiences, my stories, my life, that kinda intimidates me. In some ways I’m still shocked that I took the plunge and wrote that first post nine months ago. I served myself and everything I stand for on a silver platter for anyone in the entire world to read, critique, judge, enjoy, or mock.
What if no one reads my posts?
What if people read it and don’t like it?
What if I offend someone and they make ugly comments?
What if I can’t come up with a story?
What if I say too much?
What if the people following me via email feel like I fill their inbox with senseless garbage and wish they’d never signed up?
But among all the doubts and worries, I mustered up the courage and chose to hope. I stepped up to the edge and held my breath, assuring myself that if even just one person would read and like what I had to say, it’d be worth it.
To my dear friends and family, to the sweet friends I have found along the way, to those who have trusted me with the precious gift of your time, who have allowed me space in your email inbox, who have commented, liked, encouraged, cheered me on, and clicked on my site, it has meant the world. Your words have made me laugh, cry, and brought such sweet joy to my day. You have given me hope.
So now I’ve taken another giant leap out of my comfort zone. I feel vulnerable and incredibly silly all over again. But if I have learned anything in the past months of writing and posting my stories, it’s that we never know unless we try. I signed up to be a part of “Top Mommy Blogs.” I very recently learned about it through my sweet friend, Marla at A Pendulum World (who you should go see, because she is amazing and her blog is so refreshing, down-to-earth and all-around awesome). It’s basically a directory of blogs that parents write. The way it works is that if people click on my button to vote for me, my blog will become more accessible to those searching for things I write about. Up to this point I’ve simply wrote. I haven’t really reached out. I feel a bit ridiculous writing this, but I feel like it’s time to stretch myself a bit. Just like before, I’ll need your help. If you enjoy my posts, please click on the “Mommy Blog Badge” off to the side (or in this post) once a day as often as you like. That’s all you have to do! When you get done reading my latest post, just give it a good click. I would appreciate your help so very, very much! (And while you’re at it, maybe you could check out A Pendulum World and vote for Marla as well. 🙂 )
I hope you, too, can take that risk you’ve been contemplating. Do something totally unexpected, totally life changing, totally wonderful. It might seem out of character, you might feel incredibly vulnerable and maybe a bit silly. But you’ll never know unless you step up to the edge. Here’s to all of us, you and me, taking leaps of faith in this journey of life.
“…But oh my darling, what if you fly?”
I LOVE this, Chelsi! I’m so glad you joined Top Mommy Blogs. It really is a leap of faith. I felt so silly when I joined and then asked for support too, but I’m glad I can support and vote for you! You are doing a marvelous job at blogging–I believe you are flying 🙂 What category did you put your blog under on top mommy blogs?
Oh, Marla, I feel like such a copy cat. I really hope you don’t mind that I jumped in and signed up too. I wasn’t really sure which category to sign up in…there are so many! I did the Stay at Home one. I just looked and found yours under that as well. I think you are “flying” with blogging too. 🙂 I really do love your blog and am so glad we are friends!
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Oh, Chelsi, please don’t feel like a copy cat!! You are totally fine! I’m happy that you went for it, and I’m glad my post helped you understand it more and gave you the courage to jump in. If anything, I’m flattered! 🙂 Thank you for mentioning me in the post and more than anything being a great friend!… That’s why I actually asked to be your “friend” on facebook. I feel like I know you more than so many people! haha oh this blogging world is funny, but absolutely beautiful 🙂
I was thinking the exact same thing the other day–that I know you better than some of my friends I know in person, and I talk to you more than most of them as well! This blogging is funny. A world in itself. A really great world. 🙂 And I’m glad you asked me to be your friend on Facebook! It’s fun to see your pictures and hear about life outside of blogging.
I enjoy your blog more and more! I love the way we have connected with one another and the constant encouragement and laughter shared! Way to go taking another step–I know exactly what you mean about the questions of “what if.” 🙂
I just voted! 😉
Isn’t it funny that for half-a-year (at least?) we’ve read each other’s posts and commented and gotten to know each other? I think it’s wonderful! It’s amazing how just through writing you can create such meaningful friendships. I’m so glad that we connected so many months ago. 🙂
I wonder if the “what if’s” ever end…I’m feeling them even more this week than ever! I definitely was comfortable where I was, so this will certainly stretch me. Thank you for your encouragement, today and always, Sasha!!
I hope you have a wonderful “flight” Chelsi….just remember,though, on here you’ve been a Top Mommy Blogger since the very beginning!