Imposter Syndrome

I’ve been feeling this way for a while. Who am I to be writing a blog when there are so many other bloggers out there writing amazing content? Even if I have a blog post that I really want to make, I feel like it’s already been done before and I would be stealing their ideas. It’s not just with blogging; I feel this way with photography. There are so many great photographers out there and so many things have been photographed. Who wants to view anything by me when they could look at anything by just doing a quick Google search? Yes, I probably do have some unique perspectives, but there are almost 7.5 billion people on this earth (found by doing a quick Google search); I can’t be that different and unique.

Some things I can’t write about on my blog because I’m afraid that it will negatively impact my ability to get a job later in life. Some things I can’t photograph because it would be seen as ‘vain’ or ‘self-centered’. Why do other’s opinions hold us back so much? When in reality, I don’t think I’ve ever looked at someone and thought ‘oh, that person’s so self-centered for doing that’ or ‘they are wrong for sharing that’.

Imposter Syndrome

The whole idea of imposter syndrome is backed by the fear of being exposed as a fraud by others. This is all rooted in what we think and/or fear other’s think about us. Evolutionarily, this had a positive impact. If someone was different, many times that would mean getting abandoned and eaten. However, we are now, for the most part, a much more advanced civilization.

I was doing a little research on the internet and found someone talking about my fears on their blog post!

This is a very scattered and odd post, but I want to start blogging about more things that I want to start blogging about, and not worrying about what people will think about them. I want to be real and honest on here. My hope is that one of the experiences I write about will make someone feel less alone. I also want to write about things I like, as well as things I’ve learned.

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4 thoughts on “Imposter Syndrome

  1. this is exactly what am going through, i write about mental health, i talk about healing and recovery but i myself am still a mess, but you know what it makes a difference, your voice is difference, and not the same people are going to talk about something the same way, and not the same people are going to enjoy the same writing styles of writing, and if you think , everybody has insecurities but all our voices are different and they are worth being heard! also you write so well that i would be sad if you didn’t write because you thought someone else would do it, they are not you, we are all selling our uniqueness i guess

  2. Ilona Sewall Wiley says:

    My comment is only about your view on posting your photography. I recall the beautiful photography that you and your friend posted on Facebook when you were in high school. At that time, I believe that I complimented you on your awesome photography. Photography for me is so much more meaningful when I know the photographer. Also, I do not take the time to look up photography on any website. The only photography that I view on-line is what my Facebook friends post and the Bing home screen images (I check that daily). That being said, I hope that you will post some of your photos on Facebook. I feel you have talent in photography.

  3. Yes, I have thought this, too. About my writing. It is a self-blocker; I find myself thinking, “This is not a new idea. It’s been done before and better.” But then I try to forge ahead because my own “take”, if not interesting to others, enriches my own understanding of the world, and that, it turns out, may be interesting to others as well. Which is an added grace note. I can only get going if I tell myself that I am writing it for myself, not for an audience. It is only later than I believe in what I have created enough to send it out into the world, something I am currently having trouble doing. This was actually a very timely and relevant post for me as a writer. Thank you.

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