I think we have long established the list of things that I don't do well.
I think it has also long since been established the one thing that I do do well is the fact that I CAN list the things I don't do well.
(In case you were wondering, I giggled to myself at the "do do" above. Sign # 4356 that I am the mother of boys.)
You may be surprised to learn that I am terribly shy. Like, probably-need-to-be-medicated shy.
But my shyness has a limit. In front of a classroom of kids, I am (at least in my mind) the funniest, most outgoing person you could meet. I will joke, dance, do yoga, sing a song, or stand on my head if it means that a child will learn something. But let another adult walk into the room, and my heart starts pounding, my hands get palmy, my throat gets dry, and I probably sound like a blithering idiot.
When it comes to my online presence, I am more outgoing, until it comes to how shall I say? Pimping myself out?
Sure, those that are friends with me on facebook know that I will occasionally post something that I wrote or brag about something I did, but that's about it.
Recently, I had an epiphany about this shyness. I realized that the people that are succeeding with their blogs, writing careers, referrals, or anything else that necessitates networking are well, networking.
Twitter. LinkedIn. Stumble. Facebook. Etc. and so forth.
I have been writing for six months. Hundreds of articles, newsletters, how-to advice, and web content for other people. Copyrights sold. Nothing save for six articles on the Yahoo! Contributor Network (formally Associated Content) that has my byline on it.
For the last few days, I have been stepping out of my comfort zone. Not real far. Baby steps really.
I will be successful. Or at least will have something to show. For someone to say, "Well, she tried. That's for sure."
Who knows? One day you all can say, "I knew her when no one knew her."