Inspired, Not Afraid

Here's something that's been on my mind for a while now, and I sure am not alone with this thought. Actually there's enough proof that many other feels that way as well, but I'll get more into that later.

One of the main reasons something doesn't get shared with others is often due to having a fear of being seen as an impostor, or thinking that no one will read what you wrote anyway, or maybe just that what you're "contributing" isn't worth people's time. I can't find a better way of saying this, but that's "BS".

First of all if someone clicks on a link that directs to your article, they already decided that their time was worth it, so whether someone reads it or not is not your concern.
More important though is who you're writing this for. If it is not a publication where you were specifically asked to write for a particular audience, you are writing it for yourself. John Gruber puts it perfectly on the SxSW '09 talk with Merlin Mann: [transcribed from "HOWTO: 149 Surprising Ways to Turbocharge Your Blog With Credibility! (~16:20)"]

"Merlin Mann: ’Who are you making it for? Who's your ideal reader?‘
John Gruber: ’My ideal reader … is like a second version of me.‘"

I know that there are people out there who feel the same way. They want to create something, but somehow always get back to keeping everything to themselves out of fear.
There really is no reason to keep your work to yourself. As CJ Chilvers wrote: "All You Need Is 1". To extend on his thought, even if you reach just one single person with what you did, you've achieved something great. With your creation, you may have changed this person's life.

Coming back to why there's proof that you are not alone with this feeling of insecurity and not knowing if your next move is the right one, because everybody is constantly struggling with it.
Last year Shawn Blanc had a great episode of his podcast The Weekly Briefly, where he talked about the impostor syndrome. As I mentioned in the beginning, I've been thinking about this particular "problem" for a while now and what a better approach of dealing with it would be. I've come to the conclusion that you have to look at it from a different perspective.
When dealing with the fact that you might be copying someone, think about it as getting a lot of inspiration from that person. Point out to your audience where this idea came from. You could even be overly cautious and say that [your muse] got you to write [that topic]. After all this is how this very special community works.

There is no shame in having some names spread out all over your site. It's only good to have someone you look up to. Your sources of inspiration will change throughout your creation process. Relish the fact that you get inspiration to do something you enjoy.