I admit it; I get nervous when I have to blog. It’s not because I don’t have opinions, because I’ve got a million of ‘em. And it’s not because I can’t write. I narrow it down to two “blog killing” thoughts.
One: Perfection. I have blogs that I read that I like, and I compare myself, and feel “less than”. Funny that I hear Frank Sinatra sing and it hasn’t stopped me from singing for 40 years. The bottom line of this type of thinking is that way down deep there’s a little perfectionist that wants everything to be well “perfect”. Not only is that impossible, it’s destructive. Let’s face it, if everything I did had to be perfect, I wouldn’t get out of bed.
Second: Rejection. Would my ideas be interesting? I mentioned this to Gene Marks, a well respected blogger friend of mine and he said, “As long as you are authentic, then it doesn’t matter. You have 30 years of life and marketing experience, blog about that”. Then he revealed,” I have just as many people who write negative as well as positive comments. It goes with the territory.”
So it’s time for Pat Walsh to jump in. I have an opinion and I’m going to share it. I’ll put on the training wheels and start. And I’ll fall. And I’ll get up. And soon I’ll start feeling the wind in my hair. I encourage you to do the same.
Pat Walsh, New blogger, marketing consultant, bike rider and funny guy.