Day 140-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 18)

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When confronted with the question; What are you afraid of? My answer is probably failure. I’m not scared of the boogie man, spiders or snakes…it’s failure that scares the crap out of me.  But I don’t let it stop me. This year has been a testament to me confronting my fears, I started writing on Medium, a platform that encourages people to say what is on their minds, without fear of rejection. The kindness and support I’ve received while writing on this platform has encouraged me, and I now have almost as many followers as my humble little blog here.

I started a 365 Day Project here on Kimmy’s Patio and have gained more than just a following, I believe I’ve made friends from all over the world,  and become part of a loving, caring community here as well. I appreciate everyone who reads my blog, and I hope to come up with some new and fresh ideas for the new year. But I’m scared. Scared of starting something new, scared that it won’t work, scared my readers will tire of me. I guess all who blog go through this, fear of rejection, fear of angering people with my words, fear of not getting my facts straight-all normal feelings, I’m sure.

I put up a writer’s website, it’s awful and I don’t know what to do to fix it. I want business, but I’m scared I won’t be good enough. Maybe that’s why I haven’t asked for help to get it right. It’s that fear, fear of failure that keeps me from tackling the hard stuff. So…that being said, I’m going to ask you guys to check it out for me and see if I can’t move past that fear and get it right so I can grow and have a better year next year. I had help setting it up, it’s on WordPress but, it’s on .org which is harder to design than WordPress.com. To me anyway. If you would be so kind, I’ll provide a link to my site and if you can check it out and see what is working and what’s not. I welcome all feedback and suggestions. It is simply kimsmyth.org and it has samples of my writing…blog posts, articles and essays I’ve written over the past year or so. For some reason, I’m not reaching anyone with it, not gaining any traction. It really just serves as kind of a portfolio, yet I was hoping to attract clients to write for-paying clients. Obviously, I don’t know what I’m doing, so I moved on to what I do know, and started writing and submitting my work anywhere that would accept me.

I became a real published author, even if the publications are small. That’s my reward for conquering my fear of failure. That, and meeting all of you and my friends on Medium. Next year, my goal is to get past my fear and really try to make a living through my writing. What if something tragic happened and I needed to support myself? I will use that thought to propel me forward, and I hope y’all will help me achieve my goals. Wow…I never intended the answer to the question to be this long!

What are your fears? What can I do to help YOU? Let me know, and I’ll do my best. Maybe we can help each other have the best year ever next year! Stay warm, it’s bone chilling cold here today…have a warm cuppa joe and write me back. Can’t wait to hear from ya!

 

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About Kim Smyth

I love writing about my passions, my paleo journey and essential oils and what they do for me. I want to help others by giving them useful news they can use and teach them about this lifestyle I've grown to love. I'm married and we have three grown children who are off living their​ own lives. We also have two pets, our Shorkies who are like our babies. Find me at Kimmy's Patio or drop me a line at contact@kimsmyth.org or kimberlysmyth@icloud.com.
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4 Responses to Day 140-31 Day Blog Challenge-(Day 18)

  1. Suze says:

    ok……..what I like about the “new” writer’s blog site…it has your work on it. it loads quickly, there are a LOT of good articles there. Love the cat wrapped up in a scarf! too cute….okay, what I do NOT like. the paleo theme. the background can not be seen and it annoys me trying to figure out exactly what it is supposed to be. It wasn’t until I got to the about me page that i saw the typewriter and put it all together in my head. Made me feel a bit…well, stupid actually. the medium posts come across as web addresses only, so i get sent to another site to read the posts. i don’t like having to sign up for medium so i can read them. the font color is pretty but very difficult for me to read on a white background. I have cataracts and vision is always a factor. it could be for your other followers too. Don’t tell people you need more experience in marketing. it may be true but they are probably going to look for someone with the skill set in place to both write and market. Instead focus on your strengths. something along the lines of “while i can assist your marketing needs, my focus is on…..” honestly anyone can assist with anything so that isn’t fibbing. didn’t mean to write a post here, and hope i have given you something to think about.

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    • Kim Smyth says:

      Thank you for your feedback, that gives me lots to work on! Thanks for the positive remarks as well, I’m glad you enjoyed the articles. I have much more, just haven’t figured out how to get it all on there. It’s still a work in progress, I hate the pic I chose but can’t seem to change it for anything!! I might have to hire some outside help, much as I don’t want to. I do want to get it right for next year though! Thanks again!
      I will try to fix the issue about the medium posts, or provide direct links if that works better.

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  2. Ladybuggz says:

    I checked it out also, found it a bit flat…..I got published (no pay) on a internet magazine….but that was because of photo’s…also sign up on LinkedIn and make up a portfolio (it’s free) on there and try to make as many contacts as possible on it also…MyTrendingStories.com is another site (free) that if you follow their steps and publish good stuff you can make money because they are starting to take advertising and have weekly contests! I’ve published a few things but I’ve never really found the time to do all the steps to make yourself “Better” known on it….Good Luck!! 🙂 T.

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