Being Brave.

200 followers

This week I hit 200 followers! Yayyyy!!! Fist pump! This little blog about my incessant ramblings on writing has 200 people following it with varying degrees of interest in what I have to say. Which is odd and frightening, completely overwhelming but truly welcome.

In honour of this milestone I’m going to write about being brave. When I started the blog back in February, I didn’t think anyone would want to read it. I mean, it’s just me, sitting in my dining room, banging away on my laptop. I didn’t think I’d have any followers and certainly not to the extent where you good people take time out from your busy days to like and comment consistently on my posts. That would have been too much to hope for. I thought maybe I’d get a couple of likes here and there but the support and contribution from this blogging community has been so wonderful, that I am always compelled to write a post, even when I’m not feeling in the mood to deal with people in real life.

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Before I set up my pretty blog page, I searched for blogs I liked, for stories, poetry, reviews and photos that drew me in. I never thought I could be a part of something creative and still lead my current life. I’ve written before about putting off this creative endeavor for a long time, and a lot of that was because I was afraid. Afraid of putting work out there, afraid of people’s opinions, afraid that it wasn’t good enough. That I wasn’t good enough. But it is and I am, as well.

I have a voice and it deserves to be heard. I have ideas churning around in the dark and quirky place that is my imagination and I want to share them with the rest of you. Some aren’t very good but this is my space, I have to own it before others can take it seriously.

Taking that first step to create the page and to search for pages that I wanted to follow and like always put my heart in my throat. That sense of ‘what if they don’t like me or my stuff’ was on replay. Newsflash afraid self, some people won’t like you and that’s okay, but some people will and that’s even better. I still get little heart flutters when I see the little orange circle on my bell telling me I have notifications. Maybe I’m still searching for acceptance, I don’t know. What I do know is that if I wasn’t brave enough to put myself out there and put my work out there, then I would have 200 less people to share this writing journey with.

Today, I am glad I was brave.

So thank you, folks. We are just getting started.

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46 thoughts on “Being Brave.

  1. Lisa Lancaster, That is Wonderful, Wonderful news!

    And now that you have so many followers, I was wondering if perhaps this one follower could ask a great favor from you? Would you be willing to take part in a project that is near and dear to my heart and to the hearts of so many here at WordPress. We have many that are willing to give their voice and thoughts to this project. Hopefully, we could put your name, blog on this list as well?

    We have 140 contributions to date, and I am trying again to rope in
    as many contributors to the Poets for Peace challenge
    (in place until this the end of August). The many voices in response
    to this have been fantastic, and I’d love you to add yours (again,
    if applicable) if you can. Feel free to use an existing piece of
    writing or a new one asking for peace and/or about the troubled
    times in which we live.

    If you are interested, please leave your poem in the comments
    section of Neha’s blog and it will be added.
    https://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/calling-all-poetscreative-minds-to-a-grand-collaboration-poets-for-peace/comment-page-5/#comment-19287

    Thank you –
    Your voice matters.

    ‘We are so grateful to be part of this community where poets and
    creative minds from around the world stand together uniting for PEACE!
    This collaboration is open till August 31st and we hope to see more of
    you join in!’
    – Neha

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  2. Congratulations, Lisa. And I agree, that little red bell is like chocolate- that little reward or validation that we crave, we are hard wired for, pitiful sometimes. But no, you deserve your 200 and growing. Keep bashing those keys.

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  3. First of all congratulations to You for having those many followers already….. But I congratulate you for been brave not worrying what others will say, the moment the fear went away see here all your creativeness is been shown….. Life is to move on without been stuck to fears and thoughts of others….. We live once so live it full….. Congratulations again Brave lady.

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