One of the most exciting things I've done and the easiest way to get your work out there is to publish. This short book of poems could have been sold through many a different route, but since it's my first compiled public piece, I wanted to do two things: NOT sell the rights to Apple in the iBookstore (since it was put together using IBooks Author) and give Gumroad a chance to distribute it. The great thing about it is that once it's out there, it's out there. The feedback is out of your control, you have to listen, you have to adapt, you have to take in whatever is said and you have to break apart from the work in order to really look at it. Praiseworthy or WTF? doesn't matter. What matters is that you put your work out there, and you should be really proud of that.
One time when I was younger, I was playing with this building kit. It was essentially 2000 colorful pieces of metal and screws and wanted for whatever reason to build a super awesome looking helicopter. It was me and my cousin Michelle, and it was 2 o'clock in the morning. Laughing and talking as we played, my Dad woke up, opened our door and found us in the middle of the floor with more than a thousand colorful metal parts around us. "Go to bed!" he said. I instantaneously replied, "We're building a helicopter for Mikey!" (my little brother). He paused. Hesitated. Replied, "Ok, keep it down."
One of the easiest ways to get over myself and to give me permission to do something (i.e. build, think about something, make some form of art) is to say, "it's not for me." This, of course, is not the place we wanna stay. We eventually want to say that we ARE doing it for me, for I, and that that's plenty good reason.
For now though, baby steps.