To continue on with yesterday’s blogging theme, I thought I would address one of the most awkward parts of starting a blog: sharing it with family and friends.
There are some people who are perfectly comfortable sharing their writing with everyone in their life. To these people I say “good for you!”. For the rest of us, sharing something as personal as our own writing is crazy intimidating. Trust me, you’re not alone when you question sharing your writing with family and friends. That said, the people closest to you are a great source of critique and inspiration.
I kept my blog a secret for quite some time because I was afraid that people wouldn’t appreciate my writing. In hindsight, I see that hiding a blog from the people who are most likely to praise and encourage me was probably not a great idea – but the fear of my family and friends criticizing me far outweighed logic. But after sharing my blog with everyone in my life I can say that the encouragement and support has really motivated and encouraged me to keep going.
So if you’re like me and afraid to share your blog with those closest to you, here are a few tips I hope will help you to start sharing:
- Try sharing your blog with just a few of your closest contacts. Do you have blogger friends? A sibling or parent who always encourages you? A friend with similar interests to your blog’s theme? Try sharing your blog with these low risk people first.
- After becoming comfortable with your closest friends and family, try sharing your blog with a few more people who you might expect to have more negative reactions. You might even have to explain what a blog is to them since the majority of non-bloggers assume it to be some kind of diary. Be patient and explain why you started your blog and your goals.
- Post a link to your blog on your Facebook or Twitter. Take a deep breath. Watch your blog’s stats climb as your friends’ curiosity links them to your blog.
- Create a Facebook “like” page for your blog and invite your friends to join. Now they know you’re serious.
Remember: this is your work. Sharing is going to feel awkward at first… and you’re probably going to want to sit by your computer screen to watch your comment count, statistics, and referring sites. Try not to over-think it!