As of the moment I am writing this post I have 120,531 followers. Almost five years of daily blogging.
If you expect some how-to guide on blogging, some shortcut, some secret, it’s not going to happen. It’s all hard work. It’s all in the energy and time you invest.
Which is why the number one rule when it comes to blogging is passion. As in, write about what you want, as long as it’s something that fascinates you. It can be art, it can be photography, travel, food, make-up, relationships, psychology, quantum physics… it doesn’t matter. Why? Because if you feel strongly about something, sure as hell someone else is going to feel the same way.
The number two rule? Have fun. I mean it. Enjoy typing words on a computer, enjoy the feedback, enjoy every moment of it. Just write what you feel like, when you feel like, and don’t ever feel ashamed or afraid or sorry. You can’t please everyone, so don’t even try.
The third rule is this: lower your expectations.
You know, there’s a great difference between watching a great athlete on a TV screen and doing the thing yourself. It may seem simple. And it is. Anyone can run, anyone can paint, anyone can write.
But to be good at it is another thing entirely.
What does it all mean?
You’ll probably suck. It’ll feel like your brain is empty. What you put down on paper will be different from what you’d like to, and that is either going to stop you or motivate you. It’s up to you.
Also, you’re probably not going to get hundreds of likes and comments from the get go. It’s going to take longer than you expect. You’re going to fail more often than you think you will..
It’s probably ten times more difficult than you can imagine. And not even close to being as pretty as you can imagine it.
Discipline is the ability to do what you said you would long after you lost the mood.
Inspiration is a fairy tale imagined into existence by folks whose ambition is handicapped by laziness.
If you write daily, then write daily. If not, write every other day, or once a week. But keep to the schedule, if you feel like it or not.
It’s not magic, folks. It’s all about habits.
Once you get used to posting according to a certain schedule, ideas will simply pop out of nowhere. You’ll instinctively sit down at your desk and start typing.
Most people are afraid of public speaking. You know, just the idea of you on a stage is enough to make you shiver. Well, it’s the same for every new endeavor, actually.
It takes some time to get used to anything outside your comfort zone, but there’s no other way.
Odds are you’ll find a million pretenses why you shouldn’t be blogging. It’s either the lack of feedback, or not enough feedback, or some ludicrous idea that you can’t write.
To all this I say: have patience. IT takes time. It always does. There’s no way to avoid it.
The blogging world is not some land disconnected from reality. It’s not fairies and elves and whatnot. Your personality? It’s got to be there, in every post you write, in your replies, in everything.
What makes you you? Write about that. Don’t, and you won’t get too far.
Newsflash: it’s not about the readers. It really isn’t. It’s about you, and what you want to write. It’s about you and what makes your heart beat faster. It’s about your ideas and your stories and your hobbies and your voice.
In life, in blogging, in love, in business, in absolutely everything, there’s something beautiful about someone who’s unapologetically himself. If you don’t believe me, try it.
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