Dear Sassy Suite Blogging Boot Campers:
The end is near for you. I remember that feeling all too well, from my Blogging Boot Camp, Boot Camp 2, way, way back 18 months ago. LOL! It’s a scary time, you’re in the thick of things and probably feeling overwhelmed. And second guessing your choices, and comparing yourself to others in your class, or previous classes. I get it, I was there.
I was so excited when Brenda announced Blogging Boot Camp. I wanted to be in the first round, but I just couldn’t swing it financially. So I made the decision to save up and be in round two. I think I was one of the first people to sign up. I couldn’t wait for Blogging Boot Camp to start. I have a degree in journalism, I went to college for this, this is going to be easy peasy, mac and cheesy.
And then Boot Camp started. Unit One, picking our domains, getting hosting, all the stuff- done in two days! Woohoo! Rock star status, gimme some more. Unit Two: Um, what the heck are widgets, why is it so hard to choose colors, OMG, I have to make my own signature graphic? I’m horrible at graphics. I can’t do this.
Oh, you didn’t know I thought I sucked at graphics? Yup, I did. I was getting scared. And my fear was manifesting itself in weird ways.
Unit Three: Time to write, finally. Thank God, because I’m a writer, I have a fancy piece of paper that I paid A LOT of money for to prove it. Only, I don’t have anything to say. Of course, Brenda showed us how to come up with ideas, but I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said. Or anything better that what’s already out there. Y’all, I was FILLED with doubt and crippled by fear. Because, I knew I was going to fail. F-A-I-L! I just knew it.
I never told anyone that. In fact, as I sit here and write this for you, I’m crying. I’m crying because I almost let fear stop me from one of the most magical experiences of my life. (I don’t have kids, so cut me some slack!)
I had paid money (money I worked hard for) to create this blog. So, if nothing else, I was going to finish it. If Brenda has told us anything, it’s DO IT SCARED!
Then, Kristy from ForeverSparkly went live. And I wanted to die. Her blog was so good. Her graphics were great, her site was amazing. And we sold the same damn thing, so what’s the point. People will find her blog and then look at my jankety blog and think “This girl sucks.”
(Fun fact: Kristy has said she’s not good with graphics either and I think her images are the bomb dot com. She also doesn’t know I want to be her when I grow up, so let’s keep this little secret between us.)
But I trudged on. And went live in July, 2016. The end. I was live, I had my 10 posts, I win. Only, that’s not the end. There is never an end!
Kristy became the queen of Pinterest, something I never really “got” until recently. She was killing it. And I was quietly over in the corner writing a few posts a month (on a good month, see, I’m really busy and quite excellent at making excuses), and my blog was just sort of sitting there, like that guinea pig you begged your mom for when you were in the second grade, getting 10 minutes of attention once a week.
Until October. In October, I made audacious, ridiculous, impossible goals for myself. Because even though I felt the same fear that I always had, Brenda’s words had resonated deep in my soul and my desire to succeed was slowly becoming greater than my fear of failure. So, I got serious about my blog and my business.
I made it a priority to be consistent. I *finally* jumped on freaking Pinterest, intentionally and with a plan, I started Googling my brand to see areas that had deficiencies and wrote about them, I stalked the suite and whenever I saw a good question come up, I wrote about it (or at least added to the list of things to write about).
And then, I was on Google Page 1. Y’all, I couldn’t even believe it. Finally, I had a blog post on page one. Only, it wasn’t a post, it was multiple posts. For real. Google liked me, finally!
So, I did what any Blogging Boot Camp graduate would do, I started a second blog. Because fear can kiss my ass. And guess where it lived? Google Page 1.
I know you’re scared. Do it any way. I know you are comparing yourself to others. Don’t. It’s a waste of your time and the people of the internet are not comparing your site to someone else in your Boot Camp. They are not. I promise you.
And if you feel like your first posts suck, well, they might, and that’s ok. It wasn’t until around post 16 or so that I found my voice, the place where my writing is just natural for me. It’s ok, it really is.
You signed up for Blogging Boot Camp because you wanted to be a blogger. This is your chance. Now is your time. Wrap it up, put a bow on it and call it your present to the internet. The internet needs your voice, your sparkle, your perspective.
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