I do a 365 project every year where I make something every day. This year, I'm vlogging every. single. day. Go subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow along! It's a fun, crazy ride.
In the past, I've expressed my own self-doubts to my audience when working on the 365. I have expressed my failures and what I needed to improve on.
I've been given this advice more times than I can count: act like you know everything and you're one hundred percent professional even if you have doubts about your subject matter. This advice is great in most situations, but it has bred an internet monster.
A good situation to apply this advice would be retail. When you talk to a customer and express any self-doubt, the customer feels like you don't know what you're doing and therefore lose trust in your business for trusting you.
Basically, if you are representing a business or an authority on something, people don't want to see your doubts come through. Makes sense.
On the internet today, honesty reigns supreme and BS is quickly sought and destroyed. People want to click on the "I MESSED UP" clickbaity title. They want to see humanity. When vlogging, blogging or just logging, I believe expressing your true honest feelings is beneficial.
Here's the internet monster I believe is being created by this "Perceived Professionalism": You remember the internet preaching I talked about last week? Yeah, it's those people.
Many of them are my age, acting as if they know something about business or entrepreneurship or politics and that THEY are the authority, despite doing nothing in their lives but writing about "How to run a business in 2016". (Go to Medium.com, I bet you'll find one of these articles in 6 seconds)
I believe the human mind is one that will believe anything. We are always looking for truth and we'll take it if it sounds good. We can convince ourselves and close off our minds to anything. I could tell myself over and over that I was a great football player, and I could start to believe it.
If you tell yourself you are a professional and the authority on something and you're 23, you can actually believe you know more than the 50 year old who's owned a business for 20 years. I believe that's happening.
I don't think you need to saturate your work with self-doubt and whining about how you suck, but I think you need to just be a real person who is aware of what you know and what you don't. I'm not going to pretend I'm this incredible videographer when the only video content I've ever made is a vlog on Youtube. I am however pretty confident about what I know about photography and the photography industry.
I want to believe I'm good at all the stuff I do, but I'm just not, and that's the truth. I'm getting better at it as I regularly practice and grow. Maybe I'll be a videographer authority some day, but right now I haven't done anything to claim that title.
I do know what I am good at though: Tirelessly working every day to get good at something. It's paying off with photography; I believe I'm a good photographer. It'll pay off with video and business in the same way, but I have to struggle through all the basics and stuff beginners go through.
There's a middle ground on the internet somewhere between acting like an expert and being honest about your level of experience when you're young. I've definitely found myself going too far in the self-doubt direction. (which is why I used that retail example earlier....) The world has gotten really good a sniffing out BS on the internet. If you say you're 100% the real thing and you're not, you're done.