I've been thinking about joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group for awhile, and I finally added my web site to the blog hop on Alex Cavanaugh's page. Before joining IWSG, I've read posts by a number of its members and I'm truly in admiration of those who write about their insecurities with such frank humility.
The reason why I haven't joined IWSG sooner is because I'm cautious about oversharing, especially on the Internet. Many years ago, when I was a teacher, I had a student who exhibited rude and inconsiderate behavior in class. So I respectfully spoke to this student about it. And she continued to do it. So I spoke to her some more. And she still continued to do it. Feeling frustrated, I went to a online teacher's "support" forum to seek advice. While I got a few helpful responses, a couple of Internet trolls, writing in anonymity without profile pictures, wrote some nasty notes to me. For awhile, one of trolls kept returning to that particular forum thread day after day, sometimes even more than once a day, to continue flaming me. It got kind of creepy.
It's fair to say that anytime anyone shares anything about themselves on the Internet, they could be opening themselves up to potential negativity....or harassment.
Even with writing this blog, I sometimes hold back. But when I read some of my blogging peers' IWSG posts written by an uninhibited hand, it's occurred to me that I might not be benefiting from my blog to the fullest when I hold back. I have writerly insecurities, and I should take a risk and share some of them. I also want to reach out to others who might be feeling down or insecure about writerly stuff.
I'm looking forward to seeing where this will take me...so thanks, Alex, for setting this up.