Starting a blog can be a daunting and scary prospect for a lot of people, they might have concerns about if their blog is going to be successful, if their content is good enough, or if they’re running it the ‘right way’. However, there was another concern that made me a little scared to reach out and craft a name in the blogging world, that concern being my mental health.
Think of the impact your words can have on people.
As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, the idea of hundreds of people reading about my struggles and experiences was scary, however there was a quiet little voice in the back of my head that considered that maybe, just maybe, it could help someone. Now that’s not to be vain, and say that my voice is so important that I’ll be able to help hundreds of people. I just mean that maybe someone can resonate with some of my struggles, find solace in the fact they’re not alone and perhaps give them the push to seek help, either for themselves or others.
Blogging helped me cope with my struggles.
I sat with my word document open, hundreds of ideas on where to start, how to bare my soul in just the right way. It was overwhelming and I could feel myself getting agitated, my anxiety spiking up as I wrote my headline. I fought back the voices in my head telling me that I’d just be embarrassing myself, that it wouldn’t be good enough. It was hard, but the more I opened up in my work the more easily the words came to me. I didn’t feel myself tremble as I typed about some of my struggles, instead I felt a weird sense of relief. Like I had got it off my chest, like I had taken part in a confessional.
Fight the fear and open up to the world.
I think blogging about any topic that matters to us can be a little scary at first, if it’s something that you’re so passionate about then the idea that other people will be disinterested, or mock you for it can be a horrible thought. It can be off-putting for a lot of people. I think in a way maybe that’s why it’s so essential that more people get into writing and blogging. Tell people about your interests, tell people about your struggles and achievements. The more we talk about these things the more it helps not only other people, but us.
The good feedback makes all the struggles worth it.
I remember my first feedback comment, someone telling me that they agreed with my article, and even though it was a friend it was still such a lovely feeling. To know that people could relate to my struggles was upsetting, but in a way it was nice that people understood where I was coming from. Then I got a comment from someone who I didn’t know, telling me how much they liked my article, and I burst into a fit of embarrassed giggles like a school girl who had been noticed by her crush. It was a wonderful experience.
Pursue your passion, don’t hold yourself back.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t let the fear of being ridiculed keep you from pursuing your passions, don’t let the idea that people won’t be interested hold you back. I didn’t think people would be interested in my opinions on mental health issues, but they were. Even if they weren’t, at least I had given it a go. That’s the main thing, if you’re considering blogging but needing that sign, or extra push then take this as the sign to go for it. Let your voice be heard. Ignore those voices in your head telling you that your work isn’t interesting or good enough, because it is.
Written by Emma Campbell, a nineteen year old girl from Scotland, I work as a Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprentice, and I also run a blog over at http://www.unwillingadult.wordpress.com.