Today I had lunch with a friend who is starting her own PR firm here in Boston. It makes me so excited to hear about people taking a risk to do something they're really passionate about.
My friend said something that really rang true and struck a chord. She said she was surprised by how generally supportive people have been of her and her new venture. She had expected people to be skeptical of her and, because I'm starting a business myself, I could totally relate to those feelings. In the beginning, I felt anxious (and unqualified) to tell people I was "starting a new business." A lot of this anxiety stemmed from the uncertainty of whether I'd be able to successfully bring this idea to fruition. Like my friend, I was so surprised by the outpouring of support from friends, family, and acquaintances. Without realizing it, I had been psyching myself out with my own fears.
In many ways, running a blog is very similar to running a business. I'm so impressed by the passion, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit that exudes from my favorite bloggers. Running a blog requires not only commitment but also a thick skin and, for me, starting Neat Bit was far scarier than starting a business. Every blog post is a way of sharing my personal interests with you, but at the same time I realize I'm putting myself out there... and with that comes judgement.
I'm sure there are people who think I'm superficial for having such an unhealthy obsession with handbags -- or that I'm narcissistic for posting photos of myself on the internet. But two things I've learned: (1) life's too short to worry about what others think, and (2) people might be a lot more supportive than you ever imagined!
This blog post is a token of my appreciation to all of you. Thank you so much.