But, today, I think the bravest thing I've ever done is start a public blog.
I'm an introvert, a pretty strong one. My I score is only outranked by my F on the Myers-Briggs. So why would I start a blog?
There's something oddly safe about sharing your life, your worries, your pursuits, etc. to an audience that does not have a face. From my experience, it's not at all unusual for a public blogger to actually be an introvert. Introverts want friends, but they shy away from face-to-face events where friendships can be made because they hate and dread small talk and the superficial relationship that comes before a real friendship can develop.
A public blog provides the opportunity of jumping straight to the the personal, the serious, and the important without that superficial bullshit. And everybody has a match; you're bound to find people who respond to what you have to say, and you can begin to form real, deep relationships with others.
So, why is starting a blog brave? Because you still risk rejection. Maybe people won't read your blog. Maybe someone will be rude or thoughtless in the comment section. It's hard to put yourself out there, waiting and hoping for the readers who identify with what you have to say. It can be hard to believe that you have a unique point of view worth publishing in the wide, wide blogosphere.
So, today, starting a blog is the bravest thing I've ever done. And since most people reading this blog post are also bloggers, I think you're brave, too. In fact, your bravery and your posts are sometimes the highlights of my day.
|a gratuitous selfie since no blog post is complete without a picture|