You know that dream? The one where you find yourself in front of a bunch of people doing a presentation or at a party and you realize you’re naked? If you haven’t had it, you’ve probably at least heard of it.
I realized yesterday that that’s a little bit like how I feel about blogging. I only have a few blogs but found the nerve to post the URL on Twitter and a few minutes late I noticed that my instructor for my ECMP355 class, Dean Shareski had retweeted my post to several thousand of his followers. I have to admit that I felt a bit nauseated. Blogging has made me experience a new level of discomfort. A lot of vulnerability. Very open to judgment and criticism. I think these are good things for me. They are making me think things through thoroughly before hitting “Publish” and they are giving me a chance for a professional and personal audience that I haven’t ever had, opening dialogue with and inviting interaction with other people. I’ve never been a risk-taker. This is risky for me.
We were asked to start our blog as part of our ECMP355 class and all of my classmates and I have done so. I want to know if I’m the only one who is feeling this way. Don’t get me wrong. I love to talk and to engage and to discuss and to debate, so this is going to be really fun, I think. I just wonder if you ever get comfortable – like REALLY comfortable – doing it. If you have a minute, please answer this quick survey: