Lisa Irby of 2CreateaWebsite recently did a video about fear of rejection online and women (video below). I don't have a camera set up to do a video response, but I did want to respond to her because it's something that's been on my mind, too.
I used to worry about making me front and center on my websites and blogs because I wanted to be more private and I wanted my topics to be at the forefront. But I've been reading a lot about branding and influencing lately and realized that I needed to be the expert. I want to be my brand 🙂 So here's a picture of me to show I'm not afraid to show off me and my newbie self :p
But I do still have insecurities, and I think that Lisa nailed it when she said it tends to be more women that have fear of rejection. It's really sad, but I think it goes to all areas of life. See I was taught growing up that I should be a strong woman with a “successful” career. That I should follow in the footsteps of certain members of my family.
I had to battle with rejection when I chose a very different path – becoming a mother, and owning my own online business. Neither of these things are seen as particularly “successful,” at least not in my family. The online business thing may become more legitimate, eventually.
But even outside of my family (and I hope I've overcome most of those things… or at least learned to ignore “well-meaning” family)… in the online world.
As I launched my blog, I found myself wondering “can I really succeed at this?” This blog is in the internet marketing niche. It dabbles in productivity/personal development.
These are niches dominated by men.
I find myself thinking “can I really be successful at this?”
I don't want to be successful at “work at home mom” stuff, really, because I don't want to present information about “all the options” like party plans, consulting businesses, etc.