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 of 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 an 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.)