I have always given the impression that I’m the worst runner. I used to get tired after less than a minute of running. Running was like my worst nightmare.
I decided that I really wanted to run. I decided that I wanted to be able to run for more than 30 minutes. I wanted running to be my exercise. I wanted to be able to run and listen to the birds, and enjoy myself while exercising.
I bought new shoes, I bought a few books about running, and most importantly, I started to run.
I ran for a minute or so, then I walked, then, I ran for another minute or so. I did this for a while, until I was able to run for more than 30 minutes. It was hard, but I did it.
Yeah! I did it. It was a wonderful feeling.
Let me just tell you that, to master something you never thought was possible, that’s an amazing feeling. I’m not sure if anything beats that feeling.
An interesting observation while struggling, was that I really didn’t want anybody to see me. I was tired, it was boring, and I’m sure that I looked really bad at what I was doing. I sucked, because I was struggling.
Now, it’s a different story.
I’m not saying that I want people to look at me while I’m running, but when I meet people, I say hi and I share a smile with them. I’m comfortable with it, and I’m proud of what I’m doing and what I’ve become.
Yesterday, while running, I thought about one of Seth Godin’s blog posts and that it was a lot similar to my experience with running. It’s like when a stranger reads your blog for the first time.
When I was really bad at running, I didn’t want anybody to see me. I ran at times when few people were outside. I ran when the weather was either cold or it was raining. Until one day when I was comfortable with running. It was like I almost wanted people to see me.
If you have blog posts that you’re not comfortable that other people are reading, why show them? Think about my running experience; only show yourself when you’re comfortable doing it.
Delete the blog posts that you don’t want people to find, the ones that makes you blush.
When a stranger looked at me running, he would smile and think that I was a real amateur, and then, I would most likely never see him again. That was fine, it was what I wanted (well, I didn’t want him to think that I was a real amateur). When a stranger visits your blog, you want him to find an excellent written blog post, and you want him to think that you’re a real professional, and you want him to stay, not leave and never look back.
That’s why you only want to show yourself when you’re comfortable, when you’re in the zone.
First impressions are everything.
Delete the blog posts that you don’t want people to read.