We all experience doubt at some point while blogging. We wonder if what we are writing is good enough, worth reading, or will be read at all. We see all these other bloggers sharing posts and content that we sometimes consider is better than our own. It is at this point that we must make a decision. Do we stop blogging and hang up the towel or do we blog past the doubt.
I don’t believe you ever fully lose the doubt. Confidence is a funny characteristic that is much like an undependable friend. One minute it is there egging you on into getting into a bar fight and the next moment “confidence” is nowhere to be found and shows up the next morning wondering what happened to your face. That is how fast we can lose the confidence we once had.
Far too often I’ll read a post bemoaning someone’s lack of skill at something. The individual will go on to wonder whether or not it is even worth continuing to share their work. I find these posts disheartening and not just because of the disheartened tone. It is frustrating to me that people forget so easily the value of their own opinion and words. They allow the mainstream news to dominate our feeds, clickbait articles to take over our readers, and the sharing of personal opinion to die soundlessly. This is the true tragedy to me.
Blogging past the doubt is more than just the courage to share your opinion. Blogging past the doubt means that you understand how valuable the sharing of opinion truly is. You recognize that the true tragedy isn’t the quality of work we put out there. What is tragic is when we all go silent and refuse to share anything at all.