Paper to Post
6 Tips for Starting Your Dream Blog
“When you fall, leap to your feet and try again.”
— Nadia Comaneci
Hello fellow. So, you want to blog. Chances are you already have your target market, domain name, host website, color pallet, topics, and even some draft posts - but your feeling a shit ton of ____ (you can choose your word) and haven't posted anything yet. It’s okay. First of all, unless you are a journalist or have a job where it’s dependent that you create and publish content, there’s no pressure. Starting a blog or any new project requires a leap which can present a variety of emotions. These emotions may feel great. They may feel horrible. The key is understanding that it’s all a natural part of the creative process. So have grace, patience, responsibility, and the fight to try and try again. Here are 6 tips that help me get excited about posting. Enjoy!
1. The Calling.
"Do what you love.” This is great advice and something I believe is the key to a harmonious life. Initially, I struggled with finding what brought me passion. If you are or have been in that space it's not a bad thing. It’s actually pretty exciting. You just need to ask another question. Who am I? One of the biggest lessons in life is finding who you are. It’s a simple concept, but not so easy. If you feel stumped when it comes to what you do like, try asking yourself what you don’t like and why you don’t like it.
2. Where are you now?
What kind of questions do you ask in order to get to know yourself? Questions are gold and asking the right questions is a skill set I admire. I love the saying, to get where you want to go, you need to know where you are. Ask yourself, who am I in my business, and in my relationships? Think about yourself as a whole person. Give yourself permission to dream. Revisit things that made you happy as a kid. Treat yourself like a friend you want to get to know better. Here are a few good conversation starters.
Starting a blog is out of my comfort zone. I'm very much a service oriented person. I’ll go clean the house, run errands, complete tasks. I’m a doer in my business and in my personal life. Getting myself to sit still to create and edit was my biggest challenge. For me getting started writing was the most difficult part. Once I started, I began to look forward to it. Bit by bit, my style emerged. When it comes to sharing your perspective through blogging or writing, I believe staying true to your voice is so important. Include your internal reflection, dialogue, and thought patterns, these are what makes it unique.
In addition, strategies like time-blocking, drafting an outline, and working in a setting that YOU can work best in are helpful. Remember, you don't need to go spend a bunch of money to do so. When do I feel that I write best? For me, it can vary, and I’m still working this out. I encourage you to try new things and see what feels best for you.
4. Not feeling it.
I went to a retreat, and one of the presenters shared, "as flowers have their seasons to bloom, so do we.” I’d never really thought about that before. It’s normal to not always be in full bloom.
As Lysa Terkeurst writes,
“Feelings are indicators, not dictators. They can indicate where your heart is in the moment, but that doesn't mean they have the right to dictate your behavior and boss you around. You are more than the sum total of your feelings and perfectly capable of that little gift . . . called self-control.”
Here is a short list of things that help me get in the mood to create when I'm not feeling it: 1. Meditation, 2. Essential Oils, 3. Exercise, 4. Lots and lots of patience (with myself).
What is accountability? Jennifer Cross says it best:
Judgment is personal: Accountability is professional. If you are focused on who did something, rather than what happened, it's personal. If you are examining an outcome and looking for the root cause while working to make sure it doesn't happen again, you are creating a space for accountability.
I used to think that I was really good at keeping others and myself accountable. Until I had a mentor… quickly I realized I was actually really good at taking things personally rather than owning when I dropped the ball and being naggy when I thought I was being helpful. What is the relevant lesson? Before you can be accountable for anyone else, you must be accountable for yourself. That doesn't mean doing it alone, but it requires you making the choice to make the necessary changes to get the desired results you want.
6. Have fun!
Go back to the first time you were inspired to share your story and experience with the world. As Marie Kondo says, “spark joy”. This is probably the single most important tip of this post. Check in and make sure you are having fun. It’s a mindset. Let go and enjoy the process. As we grow, we can forget why we started in the first place. TRUST Me, I've been there. Remembering what brought you joy and inspiration to begin is the key to enjoying the journey!
I hope that something sparked joy for you while reading this. If so I’d love to hear what resonated with you most. Send me a message!
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Happy writing fellows!