I’ve never been a risk taker. At all. But there’s one exception–blogging. I take a lot of risks when I write and often post things that are:
1. Extremely personal and potentially embarrassing
2. Controversial and potentially incendiary
3. Unpopular opinions
3. Religious or political (though I try to avoid this because I respect all my readers, some of whose beliefs may differ very much from mine).
I’ve never regretted taking risks on this blog. Yes, some of my posts have angered some people. I had to learn to deal with that. At the end of the day, it’s my blog and my opinions and my feelings and my experiences. I’m tired of pretending to be someone I am not in real life, and I’m certainly not going to pretend to be someone I’m not when I’m blogging. Sometimes I feel like the blogging world is the only place I can really be myself.
Popular opinions are a dime a dozen, but when you post something not so popular, you never know who you may reach who really needed to hear what you had to say. You feel good about yourself for having the courage to be authentic and candid. That tends to extend into the real world after awhile.
Being ballsy also tends to make your blog stand out, and I think that’s a big reason this blog has become somewhat popular. Even if people don’t always agree with you, they’re always checking in to see what you’ll say next. You don’t get popular by being a blogging wallflower. Just make sure you really stand by what you say and be prepared to defend what you believe while still remaining respectful of those who don’t agree with you or dislike what you have to say. If you’re just stirring the pot to get attention, people can tell.
Being a ballsy blogger has gotten so much easier over time. Outside of a few trolls and critics, none of the terrible things I imagined would happen ever did. I no longer hover over the “Publish” button for hours wringing my hands and sweating and asking myself, “should I?” I don’t keep posts hidden for days as “Private” only to delete them later. I hardly think about it any more. I just press that Publish button and don’t look back. And I’ve never regretted it.