Fear of Failure? I don’t think so.
Here’s a question I asked myself recently, in particular related to one of my passions which is blogging and has been now for several years. But the same question could apply to anything that you love doing, why have I lost my way, or gave up.
There could be several reasons why I may have lost my way blogging and these could easily apply to almost anything.
Here are a few common ones:
- Lack of clarity: Perhaps you’re not clear on what you want to write about or who your target audience is. Without a clear sense of purpose and direction, it’s easy to feel lost and uncertain about what to write. I have been reading “Embrace the Space” by Ennis and Kelly these past few days and to be fair this book is helping to crystallise my thinking.
- Burnout: Blogging can be a demanding activity, and if you’ve been doing it for a while, you may be feeling burnt out. This can make it difficult to find motivation and inspiration to continue. I stupidly tried to blog for 365 days one post a day and ran out of steam on day 116.
- Distractions: It’s easy to get sidetracked by other things in life, such as work, family, or personal issues. This can make it challenging to find the time and energy to focus on blogging. I certainly did, I went from being a Director in a local SME and went to work in public sector for the first time in my career and I am loving it. More of that to come in future posts.
- Lack of feedback: If you’re not getting much engagement or feedback from your readers, it can be discouraging and make you feel like your efforts aren’t being appreciated. I got zero engagement not even a “your talking a load of sh1te which would have been better than nothing.
- Fear of failure: Sometimes, the fear of failure can hold us back and make us doubt our abilities. If you’re feeling self-doubt, it can be hard to keep going and putting yourself out there. I doubt this is true of me, I would rather die trying something different than die having done nothing new.
To get back on track with blogging, or whatever your passion is, take some time to reflect on why you started in the first place and what you hope to achieve. Reconnect with your passions and interests, and try to find ways to make your writing more engaging and meaningful to both yourself and your readers. Additionally, seek out feedback and support from other bloggers or mentors to help you overcome any obstacles and stay motivated. And as that old old saying goes, don’t try and eat an elephant in one sitting, bite size chunks with humble apologies to all the vegans out there.
Lastly, “scratching my head and letting out a disgruntled sigh” This is now March 2023 and I never posted one single blog post in 2022, I did post a lot on our Facebook page but not here. Time for change!
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