Last week I signed myself up for a free course on getting more out of blogging. It was all about organizing, planning, and monetizing your site. I soon realized I still had a lot to learn about embracing different social media platforms and seizing opportunities.
I gleaned a lot of information about analytics, advertising, media kits, and other professional tools used by the influencers, brands, and businesses. Check out Jasmine at Miss Millennia Magazine (A great speaker! I highly recommend her). She was fabulous and generous in sharing her knowledge and she said something that stuck me and changed my way of thinking. The funny thing is it had little to do with actual blogging and everything to do with personal insecurities, imposter syndrome, and self-esteem.
It went something like this…
If you’re a blogger, you should be uploading pictures, videos, and doing Facebook Live on a regular basis. If you don’t like to see yourself on the screen or in pictures–you’re in the wrong business.
Well, let me tell you, I hate seeing myself on the live feeds or in pictures. I can snap twenty selfies and delete them all for one reason or another–but no more!
Jasmine’s words really struck a cord with me because it made me realize how I was putting things off until ….
Until what? Until I lost 15 pounds? Until I felt more attractive or worthy? Until my hair was thick and wavy? Until my double chins suddenly disappeared? Or maybe until I’m ten years younger–say what?
It made absolutely no sense what so ever! People see me every single day and accept me for who I am. Why am I having such a tough time doing exactly the same thing. I am simply me… and I know I’m not in the wrong business and I will now step it up and get myself before the cameras more.
I would give this same advice to others who feel the same way. Imagine missing out on those opportunities to share simply because you didn’t have a pretty enough blouse, or the camera makes your nose look big, or your own voice grates on your nerves. Get out there and get over it.
Phew. Thanks for listening.
Question–Do you feel comfortable in front of the camera? Do you do live videos? Let me know I’m not entirely alone.
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