When I first started blogging over five years ago I had no idea what I was getting myself into. None. But I knew this: it was going to be cool. Epic. People from all over the world would be moved by my words, I’d have a platform to sell my novels, it would be awesome. More than awesome.
But I had absolutely no idea what to blog about. What does a writer blog about? Let me rephrase that: what does an aspiring twenty year old writer blog about? Writing? Does he pass advice he got from others? Does he write flash-fiction?
I reviewed books.
But I soon realized that I’m not a big fan of doing that. I do not have the patience to descriptively praise or criticize some other writer’s stuff.
I had a problem. I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t know what to do to get it.
Because, you see, there’s this thing we, humans, do. We want the victory, but not the struggle.
Most people would like to be rich and famous. They’d like to be rock stars or movie stars. They’d love to have a blog and write about their thoughts and ideas and receive thousands of comments.
That is the reward. The rich & famous part. The admiration of others.
We all want the reward, but few are willing to do what it takes to receive it.
That is why, as terrible as this cliche may be, it is important to do what you love. To follow your passion, so to speak.
Because until you form a habit of blogging, all you have is passion. All you have is determination and discipline. The excitement of embarking on a strange and perilous journey.
It wasn’t until I realized what my passion was that I could blog daily and enjoy it. I am a sucker for art. My walls are covered in paintings and drawings, even though I cannot draw a straight line. Even with a ruler. My body is covered in tattoos. My shelves are lined up with hundreds of books.
I wrote about that. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I wrote about art and inspiration and then I realized I enjoyed writing about life and its intricacies and problems and all that. I also loved motivating and inspiring others, so I blogged about that as well.
So, the number one rule: Do what you love.
Ask yourself if blogging is what you want. If you believe in the power of your words and stories and ideas.
This is not about skill, but about will.
It’s not about having what it takes, but about being willing to do what it takes.
In this case, it means staring at a computer screen for quite a lot. Sometimes you’ll feel like giving up, for no words come out of your brain. Other times it means pouring your heart out, and no one notices or cares or even bothers to leave a simple comment.
You’ve got to enjoy the journey, the process of blogging.
This will sustain you for as long as it takes to form the habit.
So, the first thing one must do before creating a blog is to find one’s passion.
What excites you?
What makes you feel alive?
It could be art, it could be photography, it could be gardening, barbecues, or sky-jumping. Whatever it is, you need to write about that.
Because that’s what you love, duh. And because you love it, there’s a chance someone else does too. No man is an island, so that passion of yours developed because other people have been loving it before you.
We are not as unique and special as we like to think.
Find your passion.
Do what you love, love what you do. The first step when it comes to blogging.
Guys, I am excited to announce the Journey.
I do not like the term “guide” but I had to use it in my title. What I do like to tell you is this: the book is helpful. I put a lot of effort into giving you “no-bullshit” advice. What I mean by that? Stuff that I know works. Common sense that may not be so common. Insights and inspiration. The right kind of mindset. Developing the habit.
Launch date? The first of September.
Special offer: those of you who pre-order the book will receive a free criticism of your blog.
The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.