The Big Dog Series is coming to an end today and what an amazing run it’s been. I want to give a big howl of appreciation to our Big Dog guest bloggers who have come and shared their juiciest bones with us and dare I say let us sniff their … well maybe not.
This series was not a walk in the park for me. My first big challenge was getting off the dime and doing it at all. I knew it would be a good thing for me to do. I just “knew” that this was what was next for me to do. But, I was busy “doing the work” of making websites for people and I kept postponing the series mainly because it seemed hard and I didn’t know how it was going to work out.
I first got hung up thinking of a name, really. Then I stalled when I needed to ask people to participate. I waited and procrastinated thinking that I would know when it felt “right” to ask. Yes, you should have some relationship with the people you ask online, but I did have those relationships. I had formed them online and in real life over the course of the previous year. Who should I choose? What if they said no? What if it is a flop? It was way easier to do nothing and stay on the porch.
Once I got off that lounge chair and asked people to be a part of this, I was fine. Most were an immediate, yes. A couple couldn’t for various reasons but said to ask again next time. With that behind me, I had to set up all of the technical aspects of putting a series together with all of its moving parts and pieces. But that was the easier thing for me since I already have those skills.
But whoa, then came time to actually write the first post of the series. I had a choice to make; play it safe and hide behind my alpha dog facade or step out and take a huge risk acknowledging what was up and put myself out there. If I was going to [Read more…]