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Nobody cares what you have to say

 


Nobody cares what you think.

Nobody cares about what you have to say.

Nobody is going to listen to what you have to say.

This isn't a lyric from a crappy teenage song or me reminiscing about emo music, but something we must all try and contend with when blogging: self doubt.

It's there when we open the page and see the emptiness staring back, it's there when our fingers are poised to type and it's there when the idea hits our minds. 

We're all familiar with self doubt from growing up. You know it growling at you in the corner of the classroom when the teacher asks you to stand up and give your presentation to the class, you've heard its laughter from the sidelines when you're practising for the biggest game of your life and you've felt it poking you in the waiting room for that job interview.

As a game developer, there are times when I've had to overcome a lot of self doubt just to get a game started. What if nobody cares about my game? What if nobody plays it? What if someone writes a bad review about it?

I get started and it goes away. Once you're knee deep in code or are hard at work with level design, self doubt seems to be much more manageable. The beast feels insignificant compared to the challenges of making a game.

And I think this is an important strategy for coping with self doubt when blogging. The trick is to get stuck in. Get involved with research, so self doubt becomes distant. Get so knee deep with your topic, feature, review or whatever your writing about that self doubt becomes transparent.

And it's hard, I know, to ignore its voice taunting you, telling you no-one will read or listen to whatever you write. But if you listen closely, there's another voice which is much stronger: your own.

Finally, I'd like to leave you with a quote by Roy T. Bennett: "Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself. Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for." (From The Light in the Heart).

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