Why I decided to cross promote.
Last week I recorded the podcast episode where I talked a bit about the website Sick Not Weak. A website that has been of help to me and I feel others could also find some level of help or comfort from. Before I recorded I contacted a couple of different folks at SNW to let them know I wanted to talk about them a little and ask if they would be OK with that. They were so kind and encouraging. They asked that I make sure to include a few points, the biggest being to be clear that the moderators in their fantastic chat rooms are not professional mental health providers. Everything they mentioned I'd already thought of and it was apparent they were all for it. In all my communications I was encouraged to share the show with others. In their chat room, using their hashtag #sicknotweak and so on.
It's that last part I struggled with. I couldn't put my finger on it, but the idea of cross promoting my little show with another (and much larger) community didn't sit well. Maybe I felt as though I might be tainting their product. Would I simply be riding their coattails for exposure? Is my voice really inline with theirs, should they affiliate with me?
I talked to a few different folks including Nora and Dave. Reached out to some people I've communicated with who are part of this mental health community. Universally the feedback I received was that I should do it. That my concerns about perception, fit etc didn't seem to be the huge stumbling blocks I set them up to be.
What I've decided is that I think the driving force behind my apprehension was uncertainty and lack of confidence. While I have no delusions of my show exploding in downloads due to this promotion, I am worried about a small bump. I doubt my voice. My ideas. Myself. What if my ideas are wrong? What if i misspeak and confuse someone about their journey? What if I gain a few more recurring listeners and I fall down and stop doing shows? Is that fair?
Facing these ideas is important. A natural extension of why I'm doing this. Challenging the validity of the thoughts in my head needs to happen if I'm to move forward. I'm still not comfortable with taking SNW up on their gracious offer, but I will take the leap and trust the voices of those around me.