How to Stop Stalling and Start a Blog
To start a blog is a daunting prospect (I know, this isn’t my first time at the rodeo). It brings up all kinds of questions: What do I write about? Will anyone read it? And my personal favourite: Where will I find the time?
Of course, these questions aren’t completely unwarranted, blogging does take time, creativity and effort, but that doesn’t mean it’s all hard work. If these questions are holding you back from beginning, you should know that there’s one thing they have in common, and that’s fear.
Everyone has experienced fear of failure; some of us (the perfectionists like me) feel it on a daily basis. That nauseating pressure with its endless what-ifs, going round and round in your head before you’ve even written one sentence. A little fear is a good thing, it will keep your standards high, but when the fear is stopping you from starting, try some of these tips:
Take it One Step at a Time
When you start a blog it can seem like a huge project, how on earth will you populate an entire site so that it’s on par with all the other blogs out there? Well that’s an easy question to answer, you can’t. You have to slow down and walk before you can run.
Start with one blog post, one paragraph, one sentence even. Get that one written, then move onto the next until it’s finished. I’ll let you in on a little secret, that’s how everyone else did it, they’ve just been at it longer. You’ll be surprised how much easier it is to just focus on one post instead of twenty.
Just Get it All Out
Again, I’m guilty of this: I try to make every sentence perfect before moving on, it’s just how I work. Which is fine for my actual work when the client decides what I’m writing, but when it comes to writing my own stuff I seize up and don’t know where to start.
To overcome this, I just start with anything. Get a pen, laptop, quill, whatever, and just go. You’ll be surprised what comes out, and of course, you’ll go back and edit it to perfection afterwards anyway.
Write What you Love
Writing is a passion. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it, but sometimes I might not feel that love, and that’s when it’s time to shake it up. You don’t have to love everything you write, sometimes you might have a work project that just doesn’t quite do it for you and that’s ok, but for your own blog you really should enjoy what you’re writing, it will show if you don’t, and if you don’t like something, change it.
Before I started DisMystic I’d already tried out a few blogs myself, but none of them seemed to light my fire. Once I stopped trying to produce what I thought I should produce, I found that blogging is actually a whole heap of fun – especially when I’m writing about the things I love.
Don’t let the pressure stop you from starting a blog. Just jump in and get something written down, you can always change it later, and it might surprise you how good your work can be when you let go of fear.