Today is the last day of my 30-day blogging challenge. As I reflect on what I've learned, one thing stands out:
The benefits of posting your ideas online far outweigh any risks.
Why? You write a bad post, and no one cares; it will be ignored. You write a mediocre post, and it will be forgotten. You write a good post, and people might notice it. They might say "That was good!" They might share it or tweet it.
In the last 30 days, I had plenty of bad and mediocre posts and some posts I was really proud of. However, I was not good at predicting which posts would receive the best response. I was often surprised.
If I had only posted the ones I was really sure of, a lot of the best-received posts would have gone unpublished and unseen. I might be wondering, "Why don't more people like my posts?" Since I had to post every day, a range of types of posts and quality levels were published, and I had a cross-section of posts to analyze. And the bottom line is: 1 good post is worth 29 bad ones.
Don't let fear stop you from putting your ideas out there. Potential indifference is a small price to pay for developing your ideas and building an online presence.