I have been blogging, in one form or another for over five years. Every blog that I have started, every blog post that I have written has had a ‘purpose’ with an expectation attached to it.

Whether that was to grow my audience, generate more sales, raise awareness of a particular issue, I have always had a reason.

I’ve had an urge for a while now to share something more personal.

To share my thoughts, musings, observations on business, life and what I see round about me.  It didn’t feel right to share them on my business blog.

I have decided to take the first step and to scratch that itch.

I’ve been meaning to take part in Sarah Arrow’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge for a while now. Participating in the challenge feels like the perfect way to kick off this blog.

Perhaps this blog will be a one week wonder, a 30 day wonder or it may be something that I continue with for years to come.

I’m looking forward to writing without expectation on myself or the outcome. Just sharing what feels right and hopefully finding other people that agree and also want to read what I have to say.

I previously used this domain name for my business and this morning having cleared out all of the content and stripped away all the previous branding, it felt really intimidating to see ‘Nicola Semple’ in big bold letters across the top of the page.

While I have always been comfortable writing for my business and writing for ‘purpose’, it feels somewhat scary to commit to writing as ‘me’.

What if people don’t like what I have to say?  What if a family member reads this and doesn’t agree with what I have to say? What if a former colleague comes across it and thinks that I have lost the plot?

The rational side of me says ‘what if they do? what does it matter?’.

The emotional side, which is feeling vulnerable by this experience of ‘putting myself out there’ is inwardly cringing but encouraging me to keep on typing nonetheless.

When I had the initial idea for this blog I had come up with a variety of names (remember I’m the million ideas a minute lady!), one of which was pretty cool but I have parked it for the time being.  If my ‘fear of missing out’ really kicks in I might need to purchase the domain name.  It’s available – I’ve already checked.

But for now.   This blog is all about me.

Nicola Semple.

If you read any of my posts then please do leave me a comment and let me know what you think. It might just be the thing that will give me the courage and the motivation to keep going!