photo by: Sami Saunders Studio
Hey you! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen this cocktail post pop up on your feed a couple days ago along with my IG stories with all the responses. (If you dont… let’s be IG friends over on @unconditionallycreative) All of the things people were celebrating made my heart leap… you are all so incredible and YOU are the reason I am celebrating today. However.. someone sent me a direct message relating to this post that has really been on my mind..
She wrote, ” Hey Dannie! I’ve been following your instagram for a while now and I love what you promote! Your posts always make me smile. I’ve been thinking about blogging and I’m just curious…Are you ever scared when you post stuff like this that ppl won’t respond? A fear of mine is that ppl just won’t care about what I’m posting. How do you overcome this?”
So first of all – sobbing. Just take my heart. You can have it. Honestly, you guys don’t understand how 1. much messages like this mean to me and 2. how incredible you are.
Here’s the thing… This question has weighed on me since the second I read it. Unsure how to correctly respond, I thought I’d write you a blog post – because let me promise you this – you are not alone.
Yes, of course there are fears of “What if no one cares? What if no one engages?” I think everyone has a little bit of that fear when it comes to being open on any type of social media. It’s like saying “here you go… take a look at what’s on my heart… and please, judge it by tapping your screen.” What a vulnerable situation to be in.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter if you get zero engagement or so much that you can’t keep up. Don’t believe me? I have three reasons why I think you should go for it… why I think you should hit post….. why you should BE BRAVE!
- Your words could impact, relate to, or change even just one person’s life. If they comment or not, you may have started the conversation in their minds. Take this post for example: my goal wasn’t just to get engagement on my picture. It was to make whoever was reading it have that moment of “What do I have to be grateful for today? What’s something I accomplished? What’s something I am proud of?” My main goal of this post is just to spread that feeling of gratitude. If you start sharing your mind with that perspective, you cannot fail.
- The people who don’t like what your posting will leave… and as hard as it can be to hear… THAT’S A GOOD THING. You might loose some followers who don’t believe in the same thing as you, but do you want negativity towards you or your vision on your page anyways? You will gain plenty people who believe in your vision and support your heart. Those are the people you want to create connections with. Those people are your tribe.
- Your voice is unique. Your story is yours to share. Something about sharing your heart so openly is so raw. So powerful. Don’t deny yourself of your power.
I hope this helped you feel brave today, if that means starting a blog or just doing something out of your comfort zone. Go for it, be all in, be brave.
PS. Its been a while since we met over on my website… huh? Well, I’m glad to be back and I’m even happier to have you here! To make the most of my blog, I’m planning to start posting again every Sunday night and I’m looking to you for some ideas! Send me over topics you’d like to read about, something we can discuss together! Any ideas are welcome! Can’t wait to chat!