Overcoming the Fear of Sharing Your Creative Works
It takes a ton of confidence to:
post a photo as a budding photographer;
share an article if you're trying to become a writer;
release a video as a wannabe producer;
ask people to pay for your artwork.
It takes a ton of confidence to do any of this, because there's so much negativity towards people who share what they've created across social platforms as they're growing and learning. What's sad is that people aren't negative because it's frowned upon to share your creations online. People are usually negative because they want to make themselves feel better about the fact that they've created nothing, or because they woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning. What a crock!
If you've ever been afraid to share something you've created, which, God only knows how many times I've been super anxious about releasing an article, I want to encourage you.
You're not alone. Everyone who's shared their creative works online has been afraid of some potential outcome. Either that, or they're just blind to what everyone else is thinking, saying, and doing (which is great for them).
When you're creating because you have that constant nagging in the back of your head telling you to create, you spend a lot less time focusing on what everyone else is thinking. You're too zoned in on getting better, on creating your next project, on learning to what heights your endeavors can take you. And that's awesome!
You need some of this blindness to the world so that you can focus on what you need to be doing and creating. But it's not like there's just some switch you can turn on and instantly not care what others think about you and the work you spend so much time on. So what do you do?
There's a few things I think will help you to keep in mind.
If people aren't reading or clicking through to your work, that doesn't mean they don't like it.
It just means what's been placed in front of them doesn't particularly apply to them at that specific time, on that specific platform, on that specific day, when they're in whatever specific situation they're in. That's a lot of detail to iron out, and it's zero fault of your own if those don't all line up. Eventually you learn what does and doesn't work to gain engagement, but it takes time.
Anyone who's taking the time to be negative is too lazy to create anything for themselves.
If you're working your tail off, fulfilling your passions, etc., you don't have time to scroll through feeds and bash people for trying to improve. So if you get some troll hating on your work, just think of them as that one friend from high school that never grew up. Because that's what they are.
Sometimes people offer up constructive criticism because they've been where you are.
I try to offer up a little bit here and there for those starting out, because I've spent so many hours trying to figure out certain tactics and tools that someone else easily could've taught me in a few minutes. But I try to focus on being constructive, and really just being positive in general. Like "I'd be really interested if you expounded on this particular point more, because X."
It takes a lot of confidence to put something out there, but you have to find that confidence if you want to grow in whatever you're doing.
No one who's achieved success has done so without failing a-million-and-one times. I guarantee that you could go up to any leader or millionaire or billionaire or famed person, ask them about their coming up, and they would give you countless stories of failure before they caught a break. That said, failure isn't always a crash-and-burn scenario. Sometimes a failure is just realizing later how you could've been doing something better. But you can't reach a destination until you start on the journey.
The internet, I would attest, is the greatest place to practice your creative endeavors and grow your brand. But you won't get anywhere unless you can put yourself out there. It takes a lot of confidence to continually and willingly be exposed, but it's necessary if you want to keep growing, and I hope that you do.