1. Galaxia
    December 15, 2016 @ 1:16 am

    I often find myself staying quiet, not speaking up, because I feel like everyone has already said everything there is to say! Or I might make myself look uneducated, etc…Thanks for this post! I’ve been thinking about authenticity all year, because I realized that my favorite blogs and channels are very obviously authentic. Something for me to keep in mind.

  2. Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
    December 15, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I love this thank you! It’s so hard when you’re first starting out not to feel this way. I can really relate to the idea that it’s not about being an expert but about being yourself. I have to remember that when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

  3. Deanna Day Young
    December 15, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    I read your blog and must admit part of it I have struggled with and part of it I have not. I always don’t feel “good enough” for getting the opportunity to speak or write but that’s the devil. He wants us to not feel good enough. But when I get up each morning and write my blog and when I get opportunities to speak to women’s groups and when someone buys my devotional, I know that God is pointing me in the right direction and blessing me. I don’t always know each morning what I am going to write about so if I wake up and don’t know which direction to go, I just say “Lord help me know what you want me to write about today”. I always take something ordinary and try to connect it with a positive thing – most of the time from the spiritual perspective. I tell you all this because I want you to know that you’re not imposter. You are doing exactly what you have been called to do and if you decide that you’re not doing that, then reign it in and get back on track. But don’t let the devil or jealous naysayers put out your flame. I love that story of Amy at Princeton. She’s an inspiration………and so are you!! Keep up the good work!

    • Veronica Brown
      December 15, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

      Courage, you just wrote courageously you a truly no impostor! Wishing more people would write honestly and truthfully from their heart.

  4. Edi
    December 15, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    Thank you for this. I am building my blog right now and even enrolled on EBA. This stuff is really real. Since English is not my first language and I have been speaking it for about 5 years now I have the worse feelings you can imagine about having and building a blog but I am taking the risk and will see where it all will go. Thank you!

  5. Donna
    December 15, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

    A big thank you, Ruth. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I didn’t realize that the imposter syndrome was the primary thing holding me back from starting. A I guess a part of me did realize it, but another part of me didn’t want to admit it. So now I have a much clearer path to go with my blog and I am truly excited to get it going. The other thing holding me back is time and the internal dialogue that you can’t do it with just an hour or so a day, and maybe some days, not even that. But I can do it. Can you tell I’m going thru your Daily Productivity Guide for Bloggers? 🙂 I am financially tapped out in every direction possible and just could not come up with the funds to get in on the earl bird pricing of EBA, which is such a bummer. But, my time will come. I’m just going to keep on keeping on. Thank you for your “non-expert” wisdom :). Have a great holiday season.

  6. Kari Sayers
    December 15, 2016 @ 5:56 pm

    Such a true post. The way I deal with Imposter Syndrome when it creeps up on me is that I remind myself about the definition of the word “expert” that I subscribe to. For me, an expert can simply be someone who is 1 or 2 steps ahead of the person they are helping. I find comfort in this thought. I don’t claim to be some all-knowing guru, rather I teach people what I know. Sometimes a know a little bit about something and sometimes I know a lot, but in any case, as long as I’m being authentic that’s what counts. Thanks for this post!

  7. Sylvia Tarnuzzer
    December 16, 2016 @ 8:45 pm

    LOVE THIS and can’t wait for EBA to begin! My BIGGEST fear is that I’ve always told myself I can’t write! WHAT???? I don’t think I have writing abilities and I am wanting to start a blog???? Crazy, right? Well, I also have exactly what you’ve said here – many experiences, a ton of education and honestly a lot of “stuff” in this head I think could help others. Just keep stopping myself because of my negative thought process with writing. SO, I took a BIG LEAP and joined your next EBA class and I can honestly say I will be giving it EVERYTHING I HAVE to offer great information and literally get out of my own way. Ready for an amazing 2017 and look forward to working with you and some of the many others I’ve followed for months with my unpublished blog!

  8. Alison Lemon
    December 21, 2016 @ 9:53 pm

    I just signed up for EBA 3.0 and came across this post while doing my pre-course work. It’s like you read my mind! So much of what I have written for my blog has not been posted because I lose confidence and either stop writing entirely or never publish it. Thank you for sharing!