Well, not all of them but one of them?
In 2006, popular tech blogger Robert Scoble changed directions and blogged about his mother in critical condition in the hospital.
This is one of those times when I’m not sure what to write. The size of my audience is causing me to wonder. Most of you are probably here to read about my insider thoughts about Microsoft or the tech industry, or because I find cool links to various tech industry things.
But, life is intruding here and it’s my personal blog, not a PR vehicle, so gotta push those worries to the background and just write about what’s going on in my life and let the chips fall where they may.
His courage in blogging about a personal subject, and his fears of his mother’s illness and death, the fears of working with the hospital, doctors, insurance, and legal issues of pulling the plug on the woman he adored tore at our hearts, enough so had to share how proud I was of the risks he was taking by revealing himself so openly with his readers and fans, there to learn about technology not his personal life.
When we’ve talked about this, he’s told me that it was just what he had to do. He didn’t feel like he had a choice. He put his passion on the line every day on his site, exposing his love of all things tech to the world, this was just one more part of the exposure. “It was just who I was in that moment.”
Talking openly about your fears may seem like taking your blog off-topic, a step which should be handled judiciously, but it can also bring great rewards, and is your blog exercise of the day.
Blog your fear(s).
Take a risk and share your fears with your readers. Open your world up to theirs a little. Expose yourself.
It doesn’t have to be your most deeply hidden fears. It could be a surface fear. Just share your fear.
Lately in these blog exercises, I’ve been pushing you to go further, deeper, and risk a little more. That’s part of the definition of these exercises, to flex your blogging muscles and stretch your comfort zone. If you’ve been blogging for a while, it’s time to shake things up and get a little personal.
Sharing your fears is a part of relationship building, of intimacy. By making it personal, you invite people to share your experience, building a stronger community around your blog.
When we keep our fears to ourselves, we often think we’re alone. This may lead to self-doubt and depression as we feel like we are alone, the only ones. Opening up your inner most thoughts to your audience may reveal that you are not the only one with these fears. You may find some new friends, stronger relationships, and a new level of self-confidence.
Take the risk today. Share your fear.
FEARS UNLEASHED: As if I don’t have enough to worry about and be terrified of, I’m getting ready to release the first half of these blog exercises in an ebook in July. Stay tuned for news and how you may get a free copy.