I started my first blog back in the early part of 2008, I wanted to share my life and what it was like raising a severely disabled child. How it could be hard but it could also be truly amazing. In the last 7 years I have seen many changes in the blogging world some good, some not so much. I know it has expanded greatly thats for sure, both in the personal and business world. Bloggers have become influential and can really make a difference to the public perception of a brand or a product.
It will come as no surprise to my regular readers of which I know there may be one or two that I am an emotional writer. My words fall from my heart onto the pages here. Sometimes I read my old posts and think maybe I shouldn’t have shared that or maybe I could have written it different but often I write for freedom and at that time writing that blog post may have given me that.
Sharing your heart here in the virtual world isn’t easy, especially when you put your name to the words. Of course we have all read the anonymous nefarious hate that has been written by trolls but in my book if you don’t put your name to it well then your cowardly shit isn’t worth the webspace you are taking up.
But even the most honest of all writers hide.
Are we really not photoshopping our words, our lives, hiding behind the filters.
Do we really share all our true faults, our failings?
Hands up I know I don’t.
Why would we?
It’s scary being vulnerable.
Well, as a writer who has shared her struggles and also from reading and talking to others what I have learned is that honesty makes people feel less alone.
How many of us moms have really felt that we have had enough, I know have. Seriously at times I wonder if I am cut out to be a mother. I screw up so often that I’m glad my children don’t keep score. Yet when I read blogs that seem full of perfect parenting I truly struggle. Questions like “what did I do wrong”? Raise their mind destroying heads.
Or the blog of the woman who dropped her pregnancy weight in 2 weeks whilst 14 years I still have my baby belly.
The perfect home baking whilst my kitchen looks like a war zone.
All this seems just out of reach.
So I’m setting all bloggers the #mybloggingtruth challenge.
I want you to write a post sharing your truths.
Be open and be vulnerable and lets come together to celebrate our imperfections, our struggles and our mishaps.
I will start the ball rolling here’s my truth…… I run away.
I get so scared of failing that sometimes I’m to scared to try. I hate this about myself, I look back at the opportunities I have missed because of fear. The friendships I didn’t allow to blossom because I didn’t believe in myself. The many times I have said no when my heart really wanted to say yes. So many experiences, prospects lost to my fear.
I’m working on this but I am truly still a work in progress.
So join in with me, write your post, tweet it to me @livvyssmile and use the hashtag #mybloggingtruth and lets use our words and our truths to make us all feel less alone.
Let our transparency be the the light for others.
Let’s do this, lets share our blogging truths.