When I thought about writing this topic, I was … “afraid”… LOL! Hence the title right?! But why? We all have such diverse personalities, some of us are outgoing, comfortable in front of people while others prefer to curl up in the corner and read a good book. I think there are times when we all get somewhat or maybe very nervous when we’re putting ourselves out there for others to see. It’s the backlash that we’re not sure of. Will others like what I’m doing or not? Will they support it or abhor it? These days are so different than any other time in our history.
The thing is, some people will get what you do, others won’t. It doesn’t mean hold your gifts to yourself. God embraced talents on everyone and when we hoard them, we actually rob the world of what we have to offer. So, when I started using social media more, I realized that if I wanted to build a community of engagement, I had to get over my fear of sharing my work.
One of my wonderful friends, Kimberly, said this to me once…
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you do what you need to do?” I said, “well yeah, if I weren’t afraid.” She said, “Well do it, regardless if you’re afraid.”
And, the more I share, the more I want to share even if the item I made isn’t my best work. I can talk about what I learned, improve the technique and try it again. It shows others that I’m not trying to be perfect, that I’m human and make mistakes.
“But what if I get negative comments or feedback?” The thing is no matter how sweet or how nice you are, somebody won’t like your content. But, try not to let that stop you from sharing your creations. Because with the anonymity of the internet, anyone can hit the dislike thumbs down on YT or the angry on Facebook, and not necessarily because they really disagree or don’t like what you posted. They can hit it because they can and there’s no repercussions for it. However, there are just as many people that will admire you for sharing, give you good feedback and pretty soon, you’ll be part of a wonderful creative community. Plus, you can also make some wonderful friendships on the journey.
When I share, I have no idea how my posts will affect someone else. It may be the catalyst for them to be more comfortable opening up and sharing their designs, content or even experiences. And this applies to blogging, texting or sending an email. Maybe, something we say may actually encourage another person. I’ve also read many posts of how crafters said creating or crafting helps them fight depression and anxiety.
I know this post is about sharing items we make with others, but I want to say that this goes for writing email replies, sharing videos or other blog posts, eCards or even writing out a prayer text. The point is to reach out to encourage someone else.
And think about this: sharing content on social might be the encouragement someone needs at that very moment. God’s timing is so perfect right when we need an encouraging word.
So, as I bring this post to a close, we may never get over being afraid of sharing but it will become easier as it becomes more and more part of our lifestyle.