One actionable tip for those writing their first blog post

I’ll keep it short to save you time. 

It’s tried and true. You’ll hear everyone say it again and again.

Just hit publish.

I know.

Easier said than done.

But if you’re 2 edits in and are still wondering whether your CTA will work, it’s time to let it go.

And by let it go, I mean let it see the world.

When we create content, we give it a life of it’s own on our corner of the internet. 

Let it go and move on to the next piece. 

Just hit publish.

I just spent the last 20 minutes of my life thinking about what to write instead of actually writing

Ooops.

If you’re anything like me and find yourself running out of time by the end of the day, I have just the thing for you. 

You can extend your day by an hour or more.

Any day of the week. 

All you have to do is this. 

Stop overthinking about what you’re going to do. 

Just do it.

One of my biggest writing challenges is knowing what to write

It’s facing a blank page every day.

But if there’s anything I learned about the writing process, it’s this:

Write now, edit later. 

More times than I can count, I find myself pre-editing content out of my piece before it even hits the paper. 

In other words, I’m telling myself that what I want to write about is not good enough. 

Instead, just write it out anyway. 

Your audience will decide whether it’s good enough—not you.

Don’t count on being original

It was a cool, gloomy night.

I remember sitting at my desk wondering what I was going to write.

All the good ideas were already taken. Everything said had already been said. What do I have to contribute to the general conversation about creativity? 

Would it just be better to not share anything at all? 

Everyone should already know about the basics of practicing creativity anyway (or so I thought). 

Then it dawned on me. 

If I keep writing for the sake of being original, I’ll never get anything down on the page. It’ll just be a dead end. 

However if I write with the goal of being helpful to someone else, I now have things to share. 

Moral of the story?

Don’t count on being original.

Instead, be helpful.

An Hour A Day Keeps the Creative Itch at Bay

If I told you that you only need 1 hour of your day to fulfill these 3 things:

  • Scratch a creative itch
  • Practice a new skill
  • Build your personal brand

—do your ears perk up?

And if I told you that you’d also be:

  • Connecting with new people
  • Developing your self confidence
  • Getting over irrational creative fears

—would you want to hear more? 

The above is the premise for a content writing workshop I’m looking to build by the end of the year. I really want to build this workshop, however I’m not yet sure how many people would be interested in joining. 

To ensure that there’s a real audience for this, I’ve started a mailing list of people who want in. So far there are 8 of you and growing. 

If you want to be a part of the process and join me in making this content writing workshop happen, sign up for the journey here: https://us7.admin.mailchimp.com/reports/summary?id=0300683ce1f0

I’ll be sending emails about updates, and I’ll be sure to bug you about what you want out of it too. 

Yours truly,

Anna

Most people won’t do this when it comes to building their writing muscles. 

Repetition.

The act of writing, day after day after day after day.

For most people, writing is a fling. It’s a hobby. That’s fine.

But for those who want to commit and grow, we need repetition.

That’s why I want to kickstart a workshop full of budding writers who want to take writing more seriously. 

Writing can come in the form of copywriting, content writing, journalling, or storytelling. 

Whichever form, it doesn’t matter. 

What matters more is putting in the hours and the reps. 

If you’re interested in joining the would-be-writing-gym that lives online, I’d love for 2 things. 

  1. Email me what interests you about this idea (anna@habitfactory.space)
  2. Sign up for the newsletter about this workshop here

I’m only going to make the workshop happen when and if I get enough interest for it. 

Cheers,

Anna

“I want to start a blog” 

And you should. 

It’s free and if anyone could do it, it should be you. 

Having a blog means you have something worth sharing. 

It means you have ideas to bring to the table.

You offer a space for likeminded people to feel like they belong somewhere. 

More importantly, wanting to start a blog means you’ll be making your mark on the walls (yes, just like the cavemen and women). 

You should start a blog. Not to make money or build fame, but to create something for yourself. 

I’m in the process of creating a workshop for people who want to start keeping a blog. If you want to stay in the writing loop, sign up for updates here.

I hope to see you there as we build it.