Discussion: Blogging Insecurities

January 15, 2014 Discussion 6


What do you think?

As a very shy, introverted person, blogging is a terrifying experience. I mean, I like it, but the amount of anxiety I have over very simple things, like expressing my own thoughts on my own blog, is absolutely ridiculous. I worry about everything. Lately, I’ve been trying to just do things before I can think them through or really worry about them to the point where I decide to not do them. So, as soon as I have an idea for a post or decide how I feel about a book, I write it and schedule it right away.

My main blogging insecurities:

Do I have a clear voice…

I worry about whether I have one, and if I do, is it boring? Annoying? Is it clear? Does it reflect me well? I worry about if I don’t have one, then how do I develop one? How does my ‘voice’ influence my readers, how does it make them view me as a blogger, yadda yadda… I could go on.

I don’t want to annoy you…

Before recently, I used to avoid interacting with other bloggers. Not because I didn’t want to or because I don’t like them, but because I was afraid I would annoy them or wouldn’t be accepted or a million other things. Interacting with bloggers who’ve been blogging far longer than I have and know more, and who I probably (most likely) admire is intimidating. Although every blogger I’ve interacted with has been very friendly, I still get very nervous before commenting or replying. There’s always that fear of coming across that person who isn’t going to be friendly back.

Am I doing this right?

As with any community, there are rules. So as a new blogger I am always worrying about overstepping a boundary or doing something that’s going to break those rules and earn me a negative reputation or response. Of course, I realize that my blog is my own to do whatever I’d like with, but that nagging feeling of self-doubt never really goes away.

Oops, did I offend you?

I never want to offend anyone, because I know how it feels to be offended or to feel disrespected, but I also don’t want to censor myself. This is probably my biggest conflict. Maybe I’m simply too nice, but I’m always aware of the fact that not everyone shares my opinion, and so I end up trying to express my feelings and thoughts honestly, but also as politely as I can.

The internet is a very public place…

I have anxiety about putting myself ‘out there.’ Sharing my thoughts publicly onto the internet is very nerve-wracking for me. I’m the type of person who refused to let anyone I know read my writing. I cried when my mother read my journal once. I may have overreacted, but I’m very shy about people reading my personal thoughts, and often, my thoughts on books that I read feel very personal. (I still won’t let my mother read anything of mine after that. Not even my blog. She’s lost all reading trust.)

Do you have any blogging insecurities? If so, what are they?

Jessica

About Jessica

Jessica is an twenty year old blogger who lives in Michigan. She's currently a junior in college. She's a full-time student and part-time employee. She loves to read young adult fiction, especially contemporary, romance, and dystopian. Feel free to drop by and say hi by leaving a comment on one of her blog posts- she'll be sure to reply!

6 Responses to “Discussion: Blogging Insecurities”

  1. Alise

    This is SO ME. I absolutely hate anyone, even my friends and family, reading my writing because I’m afraid of being judged. That’s why I even use a pseudonym on the Internet. Having a unique voice is something I also struggle with. I’m pretty pessimistic and I hope that doesn’t make my reviews bland.
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    • JessicaN

      That is exactly how I feel! Sharing my writing is like being exposed, and it’s so scary! I don’t think pessimism makes anything bland! If anything, it’s more entertaining and for people who are optimistic, it’s an interesting way to view things! 🙂

  2. Tara-Lee

    You articulated blogging fears very well. I am constantly worried about putting a blog post up in case someone disagrees. Being a teacher, I worry that students may find my blog and I hope that everything I post appropriate.

    I think that fearing other bloggers is something that should be discussed more. I feel that the book blogging community is just that, a community. The big and little bloggers should communicate with each other as that is how a community works.
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    • JessicaN

      What grade level do you teach? If it’s older students, I don’t think that would be too much of a problem, but I see what you mean. 🙂 I agree with you about book bloggers being a community! But for the most part, I think bloggers are really welcoming and easy to be friends with, once you try. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • JessicaN

      I’m glad to hear so many others share my insecurities and fears about blogging! It makes it a little more comforting! I feel the exact same way about my blog, being private and all, and people I know in real life reading it. I think it has something to do with the people in my real life not really being into books, or understanding what it is I am doing on my blog, plus there’s always the fact that it’s much harder to distance yourself from people in real life who judge you and put you down than it is on the internet, where you can just block people who do that or ignore them. If that makes any sense! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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