I’ve caught a little flak in the past for the stuff I post online.
Predominantly, that flak consists of comments about “oversharing”, or the art of putting too much out there on the table for the world to see.
I tend to share the highs and the lows, the mundane and the really profound. Some days there are lots of thoughts rattling around in my head, so there are lots of posts and status updates and comments. Some days, I’m feeling introspective and so I observe more than I write.
Either way, I have let a lot of that critique completely derail me in recent months, to the point that I was second guessing my engagement and writing so much that I wrote nothing at all. Self-doubt had the reins, and I had handed all my power over to other people.
What the hell?
Whether it was 140 characters or 1400 words, I was sitting there thinking “What if I post this and no one likes it? What if I offend someone? What if I’m sharing ‘too much’? Not enough? What if it’s stupid? What if it’s too serious? Not serious enough?”
Oh, the loop I put myself into. What a mess.
I’m not doing that anymore. Because I’ve realized a few important things.Continue Reading