Blogging 101 – Top Ten Don’t List for Beginners

Blogging 101 – Top Ten Don’t List for Beginners

After 3 months of brainstorming, strategizing, analyzing, overanalyzing, obsessing, and driving my web designer crazy, my web site is finally up and running. The only content is a brief bio and some contact information.

It’s 4 am now and I can’t sleep, my mind whirling with a bottleneck of blog thoughts. Fear of failure and self-doubt creep in. I know I need to jump into the deep end of this blog pool and get over the uncomfortable feeling of “nakedness” on the internet.

I have stories that need to be told. In the past few years, I’ve conquered my fear of public speaking, fear of driving a scooter in Taiwan’s rush hour traffic, and fear of leaving the US with no idea where my life would end up. This is just one more bump in the road of fears.

So, at 4 am I grabbed my notebook and created my “Don’t List”…then popped another melatonin and finally went back to sleep.

Top Ten “Don’t” List:

1.) Don’t let your fear of being judged hold you back from posting that first story. Every blogger has been a beginner.

2.) Don’t let your perfectionism stifle your creativity. I’ll probably never win an award for the “World’s Best Blogger”, but hopefully I won’t be the world’s worst either.

3.) Don’t be discouraged by “writer’s block” days. Some days the words just don’t flow. On those days, study other blogs, make a list of story ideas, or edit previously written stories. Trust that tomorrow the words will flow.

4.) Don’t try to imitate someone else or be just like everyone else. Each of us has a unique view on the world. Be uniquely you.

5.) Don’t become obsessed. Don’t wake up at 4 am and make “Don’t” lists. That is a sign of unhealthy obsession.

6.) Don’t assume that success will be fast or easy. Blogging success is a marathon, not a sprint. Think long-term, focus on the big picture and on building lasting success gradually.

7.) Don’t quit your day job. Unless you win the lottery…then quit immediately and buy a one-way ticket to the destination on the top of your bucket list. (You’ll find me in Bhutan)

8.) Don’t hesitate to bond with other bloggers for advice and encouragement. I’ve learned so much from stalking blogger Facebook groups. (Thanks Mel and The Broken Backpack Community!)

9.) Don’t over analyze. You’re not writing a Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Write like you’re talking to a friend over a beer. Just start writing and edit later.

10.) Don’t listen to your inner critic. Keep your thoughts positive and believe that you really CAN do this. “Thoughts become things!”


Last week David Bowie died and left us with an amazing (although slightly creepy) video. I just stumbled upon a post by some guy named Jason Evangelho, who summed up the message in that video:

“Do not waste any more time not expressing yourself. Say what you need to say, boldly and without reservation. Nurture your creativity and don’t be shy about it. Leave your mark. Start today.”


Thanks, Jason! That’s just what I needed to hear.

(Hitting “publish” now.)

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13 thoughts on “Blogging 101 – Top Ten Don’t List for Beginners

  • January 19, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    Look forward to reading your adventures!

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    • January 22, 2016 at 9:42 am
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      More adventures coming soon! I’m leaving next week for a scooter trip through northern Thailand! 🙂

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    • January 22, 2016 at 9:43 am
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      Thanks for all the tips Mel! Stalking your Facebook group has been so helpful!

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  • January 20, 2016 at 4:37 am
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    This list is perfect! I literally sit staring at a finished blog for days for fear of judgement, or putting myself out there. But once I post it I feel excited and proud because I don’t need to be a writer to be a writer, if you know what I mean. I’m me and getting it all on paper, so to speak, is cathartic. And also really fun to look back on!!! You go girl, can’t wait until we meet again in another country.

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    • January 22, 2016 at 9:40 am
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      Great to hear from you Lindsay! I really enjoyed reading your Vietnam blog…you were my inspiration!

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      • February 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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        Aw, thanks girl, and now you’re mine 🙂 time to get back out there…this time with two boys in tow. Can’t wait!!

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  • January 22, 2016 at 2:22 am
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    Haha very good list! Blogging is meant to be a little bit messy, I think. 😉 I’m moving to Taiwan in September, so looking forward to reading your posts!

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    • January 22, 2016 at 9:46 am
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      Hi Nikita! I’ll be writing a lot of stories about Taiwan…so much to see and do here! I’m sure you’ll love it!

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  • January 22, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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    Love, love, love this list and your writing style. Looking forward to following your adventures!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 5:50 am
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      Thanks so much Mag! I really appreciate the comments! Stay tuned for more adventures!

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  • January 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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    I seen a wordpress template on http://www.nuttythemes.com that would look a lot better on your website. At the moment this theme doesn’t make your site look that good in my opinion. Please correct me if I’m wrong.. what do you think?

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    • January 26, 2016 at 1:11 am
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      Thanks for the suggestion but could you be a little more specific? That link showed a lot of options. Is there something specific that you don’t like about my site? It’s still in development so any suggestions are appreciated!

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