I don’t know blogging etiquette yet. As genuine as I was about being excited to read her fascinating novel, it was completely rude of me to mention my own blog in the comments section of a post celebrating HER book release. Before I realized I could delete my comment, panic-inducing scenarios started bouncing around my head like pin balls: What if she calls me out in a public reply to my post, drawing attention to my obvious ignorance? What if everyone thinks I’m a slimy self promoter? What if people go to my blog and don’t like it?
Putting yourself out there is awful. If there was a way to be a successful writer and somehow avoid mistakes, faux pas, criticism etc. that would be great. Unfortunately, that’s just not how the world works…my world, anyway. Perhaps it comes with the territory of being slightly dorky and introverted, but I’ve never been socially smooth. I forget names no matter how hard I try to remember them. My eyes glaze over when someone gives me driving directions. I’m the girl who forgets to mute my phone on a conference call or accidentally sends a flirty text to my fiancé’s mom. I say the worst thing at the worst time with the best intentions. That’s me.
I did a quick internet search on blogging etiquette and it looks like I violated the number one rule, but I’m forgiving myself. And I’m pre-forgiving myself for the other rules and codes I’m going to break because I’m sure it’ll eventually happen. I’m also sure of this: I’m genuine. I care. I love people. I love reading, listening and encouraging. I smile a lot. And I give oodles of grace because that’s usually what I need too. That’s me. I’m a writer and I’m a mess.
How about you? Ever stick your foot in your mouth?
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