It's all just a challenge in being assertive, which is something I think everyone struggles with on some level. As the youngest on both sides of my family, along with being a fairly introverted person, the way I expressed my thoughts was through writing rather than speaking. One of the things I've always struggled with when it comes to putting my writing in a public place is the exact same thing I struggle with when it comes to speaking up: who cares? I think I get hung up on the idea of an audience too much. Who's reading? Why are they reading? What are they thinking? Why am I even bothering to write?
But as I was reading in to prepare for one of the panels I'm speaking on today (more on that in a later NaBloPoMo post!), I realized that the answer to all of my insecurities and wonderings about "an audience" were right in my own words of motivation I've been giving to others for years: write your own story because you have a story to tell. Write your own story so that others don't change your narrative or try to erase you from who you are. Use your words--whether it's in writing or in speaking or in whatever medium you choose--because only you can be true to yourself.
*steps down from soapbox*