When I was growing up, I was an avid reader and I enjoyed reading almost anything that I could get my hands on from fiction to non-fiction. The idea of one day being a writer of some sort was appealing to me. I never went to college for writing nor pursued jobs that were focused on the skill of writing. However, I always did enjoy writing whether it was for class, work, or a random writing submission to an online publication.
I am now at a point in my life where I want to start my own blog.
However, I had my own reservations on making the leap and actually starting a blog.
- Would I be able to produce enough content to even have a blog?
- Would I be able to write meaningful content that was suitable for sharing with the world?
- Why should I write when there are thousands of successful bloggers who are doing this every day?
- What if I am never pleased with what I write?
- Would I have the time?
I was listening to fear and it was winning. I am only getting older and I can't wait for a dream or a goal to come to me. I need to push all that fear away and with an open mind take the first step towards my goal.
Early in the fall of last year, I thought that the best way to start working towards my goal of creating a blog was to develop a writing habit. I have learned many valuable lessons from reading various blogs over the years especially in the areas of productivity, business, and health. One of those lessons was that the best way to do something was to learn from those who have been successful in doing that exact same thing. I needed to seek out those experts who have done it and know what it takes to develop a writing habit.
And that is what I did.
I was able to get some great advice on writing and blogging from the following over the past several months:
- Rob Norback - One Habit
Rob advised me that I start a daily writing habit whether it be for myself or for sharing with others. It can be something small such as a daily goal of 100 words. He also told me that when I start a blog; write about the content that I most consume.
- John Timmerman - Successful & Fit + Good Monster
John is an ardent supporter of blogs, because he says it is a powerful way for one to build their personal brand. He recommended that I just start writing and publishing; don't worry about making it perfect, just get it out there. What that does is get you into forming and sustaining a writing habit.
- Joe Cunningham - Screenwriter + Journalist + Marketer + LinkedIn
Joe taught me that a great way to plan and start writing about something was to put down on paper an outline consisting of a block for the beginning, middle, and conclusion. Then in between each of those blocks fill in short notes about what comes to your mind when thinking about your story. This mind map technique helps to kick start your mind to be ready for writing.
- Mozart Guerrier - Executive Director + Social Impact Speaker
He simply asked me the question, "What is holding me back?"
I thought about that question.
What is holding me back?
It is very easy to come up with excuses and, if you think about it, either make excuses or take the first step in achieving your goals.
I wanted to gain more confidence with my writing skills and figured I could start by writing my own posts at LinkedIn. As of today, I have written 17 posts where I shared tips on productivity and project management. Overall, I have received positive feedback from many readers and I had a lot of fun sharing my tips with them.
I recently ran into, John Timmerman, and he advised that it is time to take the next step and start writing on my own blog.