Each week we invite a different blogger to submit a guest post and tell us what’s on their mind, along with selecting their 10 favourite blog posts for our Friday Ten at Ten round-up.
This week our guest editor is Annwen, from Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy (you can catch her as @suburban1mummy on Twitter). Annwen will be back on Friday with her Ten at Ten, but has been having some interesting thoughts this week on being a confident blogger, despite only having been blogging for 10 months;
I started blogging in June 2011, my youngest child was nearly 5 months old and it’s fair to say that I was a bit of low ebb. My pregnancy was a bit of a nightmare, and being signed off work at 23 weeks shook my confidence and by the time the blog came about my confidence in both my body and myself was at an all-time low. My body had let me down so badly during pregnancy and mentally that had stripped me of my confidence.
Blogging has given me confidence in ways I could never have dreamed. When you hit publish on a post and then people take the time to read and comment on it it’s empowering. It gives you a boost, and I never fail to get a rush of excitement when I realise someone has commented on something I have written.
Then came the blogging events. My first blogging event I was sure would be full of all these confident, successful women and that I would be the gibbering wreck in the background. I was surprised to find that a number of the ladies were quite shy and quiet; often in complete contrast to their online personas. Don’t ask me why, but that made me feel confident too. I realised that I wasn’t shy, or particularly quiet but I was ‘out of the game’ in terms of adult interaction. So I utilised those blogging events to my complete advantage, not just to improve my blog and its image but also to improve my confidence. Each event I attend gets just that little bit easier – I know that I can walk into a room full of bloggers and hold my own. That’s something I couldn’t do a few months ago.
At times blogging knocks that new found confidence, when my scores drop, or stats aren’t as high as I might like. I find myself slipping, sliding and falling back towards my unconfident self. But when I feel that happening I take a step back and remember why I do this and why I will keep on doing this (as long as people read and comment on my blog…).
How about you? Has blogging given you confidence in the ‘real world’? Is your online personality a simple reflection of who you really are? Or do you find it easier to be that confident, witty and entertaining person you know you are inside when there’s a screen between you and the person you’re talking to?