I met this guy.
And via Twitter he messaged that he checked out my blog.
My first thoughts: "Yay... " and then immediately I thought "OH NO!!!"
I self-consciously click on my blog to read over my recent post: I'm (horrifically) reminded I had just rambled on about how "being on my period SUCKED" and all this other female-chick stuff.
Dang. Why couldn't I have written about something deep and interesting?!?
It'd be like if Paula Dean popped over for dinner, and you happened to be having Hamburger Helper that night. No bueno. Here's this awesome writer, who writes about writing, and he checked out my blog, and I only had Hamburger Helper up.
Then I pulled myself together, gave myself a lecture about being "me" regardless of who sees "me", period-hating'-smack-talk and all.
So, a ton of affirmation flew into my lap when writer-blogger-dude asked me to do a guest post.
And then all that self-consciousness came back as I started wringing my hands and pacing around like a nerd- telling myself that there was NO way I was even a little bit good enough to do a GUEST POST for awesome-writer-blogger-dude.
(Repeat giving myself-a-talking-to routine.)
I eventually relaxed enough to quit trying to figure out how to not suck, and what I'd write about, and decided that- like everything else I write- my inspiration would just need to happen organically. Interestingly, that conclusion is what lead me to write this.
My title was "Genius Perspective" and (ironically) he subtitled it "Finish What You Start".
I am the ULTIMATE idea person, but totally lack the follow through for all of my brilliant plans. The subtitle, at first- made me feel like a hypocrite, cause I rarely finish what I start.
And then- it revved me up to have another talking-to with myself.
"It's out there now, Amber. Other people know what you started. You're gonna have to finish it."
Very excited to follow through.
Here's the link.
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