Thursday, July 24

Mama Kat Thursday: Taking A Chance

The Mama Kat prompt topic for this week is: "Talk about a time you took a chance. "

I told hubby I was going to do this topic. He snorted and said, "You never take a chance."
And, he's right--from a certain point of view--- if taking a chance only means risking your well-being. I would never take a chance that might put me in harms way.
However, "taking a chance" isn't limited to risking one's life or well-being, though it generally involves some kind of risk in order to gain something. But what's risked can be as small as time, or trust or matters of the heart; not just money or life. 
So, from that point of view, a major time I took a chance is when I set up my first website to post some fan-fiction on that I'd been writing.
You see, I don't take criticism well. I got a degree in Graphic Art only to figure out afterwards I wasn't equipped to be in the commercial art field because I lacked the necessary tolerance for critique. So, for me, setting up my creative endeavors on-line for the first time was taking a chance on being criticized.
Not to mention the learning curve in even setting up a website to begin with was HUGE.

But you know what I found out? I found out that the internet is a relatively indifferent place. Putting anything on-line is rather like throwing a pebble into the ocean, then looking to see if it made a ripple.
I had that particular website for about 10 years. During those 10 years I got a total of about 6 emails of positive feedback.
And not one word of criticism.
I also came away with a good set of computer savvy skills that serve me still. So, I'm glad I took that chance.
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5 comments:

Kathy said...

Taking a chance on creating my blog was a huge thing for me. I'm not good with criticism either so, for a while there, I held my breath every time I hit "publish". Amazingly enough the internet didn't explode and I've come to enjoy my blog. I'm glad that your experience has been a good one too. Sometimes it pays to take a chance ;)

Jerralea said...

It is scary to put yourself "out there." But really, making mistakes helps us to grow. We learn by experience. Glad you gave it a shot!

Haley Webb said...

That would be a big chance for me to take as well being I don't do good with harsh criticism and sometimes internet users can be beyond harsh! Stopping by from mama Kat's. You can find me at Www.simplyhaleywebb.blogspot.com

Abby said...

I think putting things out on the internet certainly counts as taking a chance. Internet people can be really heinous critics because of the anonymity, but it's also an opportunity for many positive ripples!

my white picket life said...

Emotional risks are sometimes harder to take than the physical ones. Glad yours served you well!

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