Blogging – Fear or Anticipation
When we started out at CNS over two years ago now, one of the first things we all agreed on was out communication strategy, or put into plain English the way in which we let people who we are and what we do. Obviously, blogging would be an important media to do this quick, simple and effective.
So why has it not happened!
One would think that three confident effective communicators would be champing at the bite to drive in, but amazingly both individually and collectively been reluctant to dip or toes in and take the plunge.
Jack and I pride ourselves in our ability to captures our thoughts, hopes, concerns and opinions through the written words, either using prose or in my more creative moments a touch of poetic verse.
Anyone who remotely knows Clenton recognises his special ability to portray his thoughts through images, this is an amazing skill he has developed, he say due to his dyslexia and the need to retrain his learning technique. In my opinion it has more to do with his ability to retain and analyze large and complex theories and information. One has only to see one of our presentations to know how well we marry our words and pictures. When you sit with Clenton for any amount of time and you will see time mind mapping the meeting or conversation. This demonstrates a unique skill for recording events and thoughts which allow everyone to see what has happened with a crystal clarity.
Not only have we learnt and grown confidence from each other in producing written reports and presentations, We have also gained skills and confidence from each other when delivering oral, physical presentations.
So why the trouble over blogging. Well I can't comment on the reasons for my two amigos, but I will try to explain my trepidation. In truth I will be explaining it to myself as much as to you the reader.
They say the hardest thing to write is the first introductory sentence or setting the scene paragraph. Commonly known blank page syndrome. That is only part of the issue. I think I suffer from a fear of lack of confidence when it comes to sharing my work with the masses. Will people find my prose poor? It is exasperated by the vastness of the internet and that once I click the button people from every corner and millimetre of the globe will have access to critique and mock my work.
This is something which I must overcome and fast. It is not a great attribute for a budding writer to be scared of his audience.
Let me share a quick story. As we like to do to illustrate our point.
Some time ago my Mum told me that is would be a useful tool for others, if I was to write a book telling people of my life experiences, so that others may learn from it. As time went by her suggestions became exasperated and urgent. So four years ago I started to write them on a blog platform. The problem was that after finished the chapters or blogs I was reluctant to share so they remain archived.
To overcome my concerns I only have to take inspiration from one of my literal hero's Charles Dickens who was a forerunner of the modern day blogger. Whilst holding the position of Editor of 'Bentley Miscellany' between 1836 –1839 he published his first two novels (Pickwick Papers & Oliver Twist) in serialisation form publishing each chapter over an extended period. After he fell out with the owners of said periodical he published his later books in monthly instalments before reproducing them in book form.
He is not the only literal giant to publish their works such. Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina was publish in instalments between 1873 – 1877.
The great thing about blogs is they don't take long to write, neither do they take much time to read 2 hours and 10 minutes respectively. So may be I can overcome my fear (False Evidence Appears Real)
In fact if you are reading this I have cleared the first obstacle.