I just received an email from popular blog, feedspot highlighting my Youtube blog as one of the top 30 blogs for Social Anxiety on the internet and it got me thinking.
I've been hesitating to post articles here and videos to my youtube channel regularly, not for lack of ideas or topics, but because I wasn't sure about the value I'm offering. I've thought for a while that what I talk about in my videos is obvious or of little value and it left me feeling unmotivated and anxious to upload new content.
It's been a constant theme since I started the channel. So I wanted to look more in to why this is and what I can do about it.
I've had to do this several times already but each for a slightly different reason. At first it was because I didn't feel my video's were good enough and I realised I was comparing myself to others rather than accepting I'm on a journey and I can and will improve if I put effort in.
Then it became about thinking my content isn't good enough because I was focused on what other people think rather than producing content from my experiences and realising it won't be for everyone.
And now I'm realising there is a new variation of this question I'm asking myself, "Is this really valuable to people, is it going to help. Is it interesting enough." None of the previous solutions help with this because they don't address the real issue.
Focusing on 'putting content out because I want to', helps for a moment, but then the question pops up again because it doesn't address my concern. It's not the outcome I'm looking for. I'm looking to put great content out, so I need to look at how I can do this better, changing my focus isn't going to bring me closer to this goal.
It wasn't that I was just afraid of what people thought of the content, or it not being good enough, it was that I want to put out content that is valuable. Neither of the two solutions I had been using: 'focusing on putting out the content I want and accepting I'm on a journey' and 'my content will improve' gave me the information I need to know if my content is valuable.
I had to come up with a new solution, and it seems pretty obvious now. Almost embarrassingly so.
The solution, and this is just the current solution as I may find better ways later on, or have new questions / issues I need to overcome, but for this particular issue it seems the best way to overcome this is to put content out there, and let the feedback I receive be my guide.
Rather than fear that that the content is not good enough or doubt that it's not good enough, I can put it out there and let you decide. It's pretty simple but also something I've avoided, making it difficult to know if my content is valuable and also making it almost impossible to learn from.
So it's great to receive feedback like this, it's only through putting it out there and experiencing the reaction to my content that I'll know if its valuable.
All I need to do is look at how you engage with my content, do you comment or like or give a thumbs up. It's not about boosting my ego, it's about receiving feedback and learning, so I'm equally open to hearing how I can improve what I deliver as I am hearing what you love or connect with.
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Ashley suffered with Social Anxiety for 15 years, he learned tools and techniques to help him quickly and while having fun overcome and heal his Social Anxiety. Now he is showing you how you can live free of anxiety and enjoy your life the way you want to.