|Posted on June 19, 2018 at 5:35 AM|
Written by Vida
Okay, you want to start a blog...
You get all excited...set up your website....and then come the time to write you first blog post....hummmm.
You put all your ideas together, do some drafts, sit down in front of your computer and start writing.
You write and write and then…. You Stop to think. Am I doing this right? Should I check out some expert bloggers and follow their advice?
Since so many bloggers have being doing a great job for a very long time, reading their posts will be of a great help when starting your own.
So you start doing some research and reading many blog posts , listening to their suggestions, opinions and ideas of how to write your first blog post.
At this moment you are talking to yourself: "great, so much information WILL help me."
But you start to notice that your confidence and excitement start to turn into a terrifying and confusing thinking.
As much fun as you thought it would be, it starts to get a little bit worrisome. You can spend a lot of time reading other people’s blog posts about what to write.
In fact we can spend so much time worrying about the right thing to write , that we can get stuck and never get around to writing anything.
I'm talking about my own experience, that I'm having when writing this post. I made the mistake to start reading people blog posts about the right and wrong way to write your first blog post (thank God I didn't stay on this state for too long).
The reason I stopped reading blog posts and I'm asking you to do the same is because everyone has a different definition of what constitutes a good blog post, a good idea and motivation.
So stop agonizing over your first blog post and just get it written. Just jump in and do it. Otherwise you will get stuck writing it.
As a blogger who is just starting out, I feel like I should share with you my first challenges and experiences writing (the last time I wrote something over five lines was a essay in my last year of high school, it was a long time ago).
Believe me, I have been there, and if you keep doing these things, you won’t get your first blog post publish.
Here are some things you shouldn't be doing when writing your first blog post:
Stop Reading Other People Posts
I know! I said that before. Probably I will say again(don't forget that, this is my first blog post I have no clue what I'm doing he he he)
So I’m not saying that you don’t or can't read other people’s posts . I'm saying you should stop reading it when you start writing your own first blog post.
Bottom line, it is so many blogs out there, so many people have something to say, to do, and right now the Internet is everyone’s megaphone and power place.
Many bloggers are very honest and real, they are there with a open heart, they really like and want to help you. Trust me! They can help you a lot and is free.
In the future I will make a list of all bloggers that can really help you, those I'm getting some inspiration and help from.
But for some, blog is just a money making machine, it is just about making money for them, they will make your head spin around, and get you scared and confused so they can sell you a expensive blog start up course.
There is a lot of noise and sometimes not to much clarity. And at the beginning we probably won’t identify how to get the best advice because it is a new world for us.
Don't forget the blog idea is to connect with people, show your ideas so you can help others. We just need to be clear and realistic, and our writing will flow and it will be fine.
Maybe you're thinking you are not a procrastinator but think again, and this time , more carefully.
Are you thinking hard???
Well, there were the hours that you spent reading blog posts, re-reading emails, checking social media, and re-building your website.
All that time spent on other tasks that you could have safely left for the next day, week or even next month.
Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. I think we all procrastinate on certain times of our lives. It is our nature. It’s not something we do all the time; it doesn't mean you are a procrastinator, it doesn't define you.
It may be comforting to know that you're not alone, but you have to admit you are doing it and realize just how much it can hold you back.
In this case, I'm sure you are thinking in some of these things before publishing your blog.... Am I wrong? If yes let me know in the comments .
I have to do more work in my website,
I have to work better designing it.
I need to learn how to write better.
Oh my! English is not my first language.
I need to figure out how to create links.
I need take better pictures.
I have to learn how to do SEO... And the list never ends, keeps going on, and on...
I have to say: Move on and focus on what you are writing, instead of thinking about what you should get better on your website.
It is your first blog post, probably not to many people will read it!
Your website will likely not get ranked and get a lot of traffic, you can fix all those little things that are bugging you, little by little later on.
The reality is: If you don't stop procrastinating, you will never be prepared to write your first blog post. You will always find a great reason why you shouldn't do it today.
Just tell yourself that when it’s over, you get to celebrate with pushing the publish button.
Don't listen to your fear. Let it go or at least ignore it, learn how to overcome of your fear and work it out.
I don't think we can be completely free of fear when it comes to putting our word out in the public. Publishing your thoughts for the world to read can be intimidating, and always will make us feel nervous.
I wish I could share the secret to not worrying about putting your writing in public, but I don't think it exists. I'm nervous as a dear in front of a lion. But I'm hitting publish.
The only thing I can tell you is: Do not stress too much about this, you’re going to be hitting that button many times (That’s what I intent to). Instead of been terrified, I'm making this moment a special one by thinking how much I have accomplished and how brave I have being so far.
The good news is that I found out, you don't have to be an expert. If you can hold a conversation with your friends and family you can write a blog post (That is what I heard about, maybe it can be wrong, I don't know yet, but I'm about to figure it out).
Yes!!! that's the truth, I'm not thinking about you when writing this. I’m thinking just about my best friends, the ones that are more fearful than me, and my mom and sister. No one else.
Do you know why?
Because they will be very supportive, and this makes me feel less scared.
You have to start somewhere! Don’t be one of those people who never try something new because of fear.
Just be yourself! Use your own voice, write it out like a simple and regular conversation, and let your personality shine through and do the rest.
We get stuck when we think of the idea that we need to write the perfect blog post, so that everyone thinks greatly of us. There is no such a thing as perfect.
Not everyone will like your post ideas and writing, someone will think you are doing good, some will not and will probably be very critical. And that is ok, that is part of being a human…
People are free to think whatever they want, just as you can think and write whatever you want. Don't let people criticism about your writing change your enthusiasm and efforts.
People’s thoughts, ideas and views change on a regular basis. If somebody does think hardly about your blog writing at the moment, there is a good chance they will think differently in the future. I did change my opinion about some bloguers out there when I start knoing more about them.
Just remember that everyone is on a different level of interesting and understanding. Try to believe that when someone is hard on your ideas it may have very little to do with you at all.
Be truthful, authentic. Have the courage to allow people to read what you have to write. Be willing to be judged, and even encourage it. It’s good for developing self-knowledge and strong confidence.
Whether you get a good response, or a criticism from someone, think how you can learn from them. You get accountability and you have to reflect on what you're learning.
You become greater from the attempt to encourage yourself on not worry about how people will think about it.
Sometimes we tend to doubt down our self: thinking how can I succeed in a world where everyone else has a better education, better connections, more blog experience, more writing experience, more money, more tech knowledge, more followers? and more and more...
You know how it goes. If you're a beginner to the world of blogging, you know what I'm talking about. The fear. The concerns. The thoughts …
What do I know about blogging? Who would read my blog? What if no one likes what I write? I don’t know how to write for a blog, I feel embarrassed, It would be a waste of time...But you're a fighter. You will put your doubt away, and write like the pro you will be soon.
You need to banish poor thoughts by finding confidence in yourself, your skills, and your stories.
You should stop to listening to the naysayers and start learning how to keep your eyes on your own paper.
You may don't have the best college education, experience our big connections, but you have your creativity and ability to see and do things differently.
In today’s world degree will not create success. Talent, motivation, creativity, hard work will drive you to success through life.
Trust yourself, become your best friend. Transmit confidence in what you do, because if you don’t who will?
Next time you notice yourself saying *I'm not good enough for that*, be quick and change your thinking. Don’t let them spin out of control or grow to a stream of discouraging sentences.
Make sure your thoughts are conducive to success, not failure!
Successful people are acutely aware of the power of thinking, which is why the most successful people have a belief in themselves and what they have set out to do. It is this drive and focus that sees them succeeding in life.
Overthinking can be a momentum killer in most areas of our lives. When it comes to our blog you don't want to overthink things too much. If we do we will get stuck.
If we do a lot of thinking, but we don't take action because we are thinking so much on what to write on your first blog post you will never get started. You wont get anywhere far.
You have to start writing to learn how to write a blog post. From what I've heard and experiencing so far, there is no other way.
Don't overthink your writing at first time. If you worry too much, you will stop the ideas from coming out. It's a good idea to get as much of your inspiration, just write them.
Accept that it takes time to develop blogging skills, it takes practice and a lot of not so good writing to get better blogging skills. I believe the more I write, the more confident I will became (I hope so).
We're a human! Being human includes not always writing the perfect blog content because humans are not perfect.
I know I will make mistakes, but for me mistakes aren't the end of the world, you just need to learn from it, handling gracefully smart, and try not to repeat the same ones over and over again.
I know for sure one not perfect blog post is not going to kill me. Just will give me some lessons and more learning.
It's not impossible writing your first blog post. But it takes courage, determination, hard work, patience and action .
Try to have fun writing it, don't let the overthink overwhelming your joy.
A blog post is about sharing your ideas, mistakes and advice. It’s not a perfect model of success.
Stop thinking of what People Might Think About it .
You have your own unique talents, gifts, and experience that is different of anyone else there and you will be fine just writing about that.
You can get it done,
I did...and if I could get it done you can too.
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