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This post is by Heather Caliri, regular contributor to The Happiest Home and blogger at A Little Yes. Heather writes about saying “yes” to little things that scare us. You can read all her posts here.

A few years ago, when I decided to start a professional blog, I realized something. Bloggers promote themselves. Promotion happens through social media. Twitter was social media.

Social media terrifies me.

I connected the dots and panicked. What the heck was I thinking?

Luckily, I have friends who aren’t frightened of hashtags. I went over to my friend Melissa’s house and she put her laptop on the countertop in her kitchen, where the toddler couldn’t snatch it.

I had a lot of questions. For example: what was I supposed to say?

Also, what would happen if I put a tweet out there? What if no one saw it?

Or worse: What if everyone saw it?

Melissa held my hand all morning. She told me about making lists, using hashtags ironically, and how to follow people. Then she said something I tried hard to believe.

“It’s just Twitter. Experiment!” she told me. “That’s what I love about trying online things. You can just try it and do it over if it doesn’t work.”

I smiled and nodded, as if I agreed. I tried to keep my hand from shaking and giving me away.

Back at home, I sat down to compose my first tweet.

Facing the blinking cursor, I tried to understand what was unnerving me. After all, what was the worst thing that could happen? I had all of five followers.

And the answer came to me: I could make a fool out of myself on this unfamiliar tool, and the mistake would be out there for everyone (okay, five everyones) to see.

I breathed in. I breathed out. Then I typed a tweet, and clicked publish.

Can I give away the ending? [click to continue…]

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