Sharing BoomerangBeat with my network for the first time

Every week, I document the journey and thought process that goes into building BoomerangBeat. That might sound boring to you, but it’s in my nature to document everything I do. You never know who may find it useful one day.

Think that’s ridiculous? I’m okay with that, you should see how many pictures I take.

Click on the link to see the complete list of BoomerangBeat articles or to learn more about my project.

I really started writing in April 2013 but until that point I hadn’t really told anyone, except my sister and husband, about my idea for BoomerangBeat.

It was a rough start but the more I wrote, the more I figured out. Posts started to take shape, I discovered a trick that helps me choose topics and post titles, and I began to hit my stride (with the Snowden article no less).

Since then, I’ve only shared my mission with a handful of people and have essentially kept it under the radar with the people that support me most, my personal network.

Why? A false sense of embarrassment.

I’ve gotten a positive response from those I’ve directly shared BoomerangBeat with – both friends and strangers. But there’s still a part of me that thinks it’s silly and that I’m silly for believing in it.

I’m at the point where I’m ready to get over that. I need to get over that. Not only is this my built in support group, but most of these people are my target market. How much safer can it get?

Accountability

Sharing will also keep me accountable. After the government shutdown I had a few friends and random readers ask me if I had either written, or was planning to write, an article about what was going on. It was no surprise that the media sensationalism mixed with inflated and complex details, scared and confused the shit out of a lot of people.

The thing was, when they asked, I was in the middle of a BB redesign which I was focusing 100% of my free time on and had zero bandwidth to write an article that exhaustive.

But eventually I wrote one, because they asked me to. I knew I needed to anyway, but I was going to ignore it in favor of the design. They kept me accountable.

I believe in my project

I believe in my project and I think it has the potential to help a lot of people. However, I’m still learning the ins and outs of international affairs, politics, the government, its history, and everything else in between.

While that may by my virtue in this particular case (i.e., the reason for BoomerangBeat’s being), it’s also my vice. I’m still learning so I can’t help but wonder where and what gaps exist in the information I present. That’s the kind of reporting that gets ripped all the time.

I guess the worse that can happen is either absolute embarrassment because I’m still figuring it out, or I’ll release it to the sound of crickets. The best is acceptance.

I guess there’s only one way to find out.

Has anyone else out there been afraid to share their passion project when they were just starting out?

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