I read about the term ‘Blog’ for the very first time about nine years ago in some Home Decor magazine and it was of Kate Riley’s blog ‘Centsational girl. I really loved the blog name and also the fact that there were more women like me out there, doing DIY home improvement projects despite being trained otherwise. I had been doing home decor and home improvement projects for a few years and the idea of writing about them and getting them out there for everyone to see never crossed my mind. Hers was the only blog I followed for some time, and I never thought of checking out some other blogs.
Being an old fashioned soul, I learned most of my DIY and art skills either by reading books from my local library or just by diving into the projects head first without any planning and then learning by making my own fair share of mistakes. Initially, I hardly took any pictures of the work in progress and took only a few of the finished projects. I don’t even have pictures of a lot of my projects, which I have given away to family and friends.
About four years ago, after my daughters and a few friends recommended that I have a website or a blog to compile all my work in one place, I registered a domain name ‘painted magic’, because I was more into furniture painting and fine art painting at the time. Then one day my laptop broke and I lost all of the pictures and other data on it. I was left with only a few pictures of my projects which were on other computers in our home. Compiling my work in one place took a back seat once again. Why was I not feeling motivated enough to write just yet, although I was constantly creating new projects? I have no clue at all.
By now I had started reading a few more DIY blogs, which I loved. Then in the summer of 2015, I thought of starting over with a new name: miurie’s. That’s when I came across Abby’s newly published blogging manual ‘Building a Framework’. I bought it right away, registered my blog name, hosted it at bluehost.com, bought Genesis framework, a free Genesis child theme and got to work. I wrote my first post but once again got cold feet and did not have enough courage to hit the ‘publish’ button. When the renewal notice came from blue host after one year, I thought of cancelling the service and moving on with my life without the blog. That too I could not do, because at the core of my heart I still wanted to have a blog of my own, and so I renewed my account for another year. Then my MIL came to visit us from India, and I thought to start once she went back. After she left, more demanding things kept coming up, and I never got back to my blog. You know, how life happens. Mind you, all that time I was constantly working on one or the other project, while the blog continued to be ignored.
I have thought a lot about my reasons for not publishing my first post and the many more after that. I could not come up with any right reasons. Instead, I came up with several excuses. Here they are, in no particular order;
- Who would want to read my blog, when there are so many other amazing blogs out there?
- What if people don’t like what I write about and criticize me?
- What if I run out of new ideas to write about?
- English not being my mother tongue, what if I’m not able to express myself properly and people make fun of me?
- How in the world am I going to get those pinterest worthy pictures?
- And a gazillion other baseless excuses, which I cannot even remember now.
In my opinion, most of the reasons had no solid basis to them. They were just excuses for me not to take action. It was the fear of the unknown, I suppose, that kept holding me back.
So now that is the big question. Why now?
We moved to an un-cookie cutter house more than a year ago. It is new to us, but an older house, which was custom-built several years ago. Though it is our dream house, I will have to do quite a bit of work to make it our dream home. Recently, I found myself thinking why don’t I start to chronicle my work done on this house. Even if nobody else reads it, at least our families back in India (Every body in our families except for me, my husband and our two daughters, are in India) can see the progress on the house, because not everybody can come visit us here in Canada. Also, I will have the details of my projects all in one place, not scattered in all the computers around the house. I guess seeing my work in an organized manner is my self imposed reward to work on my blog.
A few takeaways
Although I am talking about my own personal blogging fears here, these takeaways are for anyone, who is afraid of taking on something new;
- As the popular self help book Feel the Fear says, be scared and do it anyway, otherwise it will keep bugging you until you do it. What’s the worst that could happen? You can stop anytime, if it does not work out as planned.
- Don’t compare yourself with other well-established blogs. They did not start off looking as good. They were also startups once, and have worked very hard to reach where they are now. So just start and be prepared to work your butt off.
- There is no one but yourself stopping you from pursuing your dream, so take a leap of faith and believe in yourself.
- And last but not the least, if not now, then when?
On that note click here to download an inspirational printable for you. I’m also going to put this up on my desk, when my craft room is done in our new house.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who was scared to take on something new for so long. I would like to hear about your fears and how you overcame them. And to those of you currently going through a similar situation, I wish you all the best!