We all have them. And sometimes, we need them. We lean on our crutches and hang out in our comfort zones when the next step – the forward movement – feels like too much of a risk.
When we think about fashion blogging, I know it can sound a bit silly or overly dramatic to associate running a website with “taking a big risk” or “letting go of your fears.” At the end of the day, it's just the Internet, right?
Maybe, but that doesn't mean we don't face real challenges, get scared, or worry about going out on a limb from time to time (or all the time). Just as we try to force ourselves to conquer and overcome the big things in life, we can scale down that bravery and gusto to the little things too – like our blogs.
Contentment is the enemy of progress, and without progress, you can't achieve success! Your comfort zone is just that, comfortable. Easy. Stagnant. “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (William Shedd)
So, what's holding you back as a blogger? What are you leaning on?
At least for me, I find that my biggest problem isn't contentment, it's laziness. I use how busy I am with my job as an excuse (or a crutch, if you will) to get me out of feeling bad when I haven't updated my blog. Really, I know that what I want to do (watch TV, sleep) too often gets pushed ahead of what I know I need to do (update my About page, write a new post).
What about your site design? Are you using your platform as a crutch for not taking it to the next level? If you've been thinking about switching off of Tumblr or Blogger and moving to WordPress.org – do it! Do the hard work, make some mistakes and get your hands dirty. If you're only using a certain tool/platform/program because it's easy, you're cheating yourself out of betterment that you deserve!
Maybe you're nervous about pitching yourself to brands and companies. I know it sounds cliche, but sometimes you just have to say to yourself, “What's the worst that could possibly happen?” If you're truthful you'll probably realize – you've got next to nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Ready for yet another cliche-but-true line? Okay good, here it is: Fortune favors the bold. It's a latin proverb, and I think it's really true. In the same way we aspire to live our lives with guts and grace and style – we should aspire to blog that way, too. If you only do one thing this week, why not let go of just one thing that's been holding you back? Take your ship and get out on the sea – ride the waves and lose sight of the shore.
Again I ask, what's holding you back as a blogger?