Before I started publishing my writing, I thought:
- I don’t think anybody really wants to read what I have to say (I didn’t have confidence in myself)
- Is this worth my time? (There was no clear cut reward for doing this, except for scratching my own itch)
- What happens if what I write isn’t perfect? (My family values academics, so naturally I worked hard in school to write the perfect essays. I was scared to fail)
Now that i’ve been publishing for 3 years,
- I’ve been able to learn about myself through writing my own ideas
- I’m confident that I’m doing this for my own sake, to scratch my own itch
- I’ve learned to accept that perfect standards aren’t what I need
If you’re thinking of starting your own blog, or becoming a content creator what are you waiting for? What’s stopping you?
Just how it is.
Things will be okay.
All great creators live with it.
All great creators learn from it.
Once you publish, move onto better ideas.
(Yes, this will be a regular cycle that continues throughout your social media marketing).
The bigger the goal, the more time it will take.
Respect the process.
It took me 365 days to embrace working with my parents.
It took me another 365 days to truly understand social media marketing.
And 730 days to build a loyal following for our small business that keeps the lights on and more.
You best believe that in between all of that, there were ups and downs.
If you ask me how long it will take until you find your success on social media, my answer would be this.
Stuff takes time.
Be patient and keep going.
I promise you.
You can stop focusing on the algo any day of the week if you just make dang good content and engage with your people.
Sure, it helps.
But if you don’t want that type of pressure on your life (like me), don’t sweat it.
The key to keeping a blog isn’t dependent on the host you use, how much you spend on your website plan, or even the amount of expertise you have in your field.
The key to keeping a blog is being the type of person who keeps blogs.
That means you write and publish things frequently.
It means you show up with an idea and you make it come to life.
If you want to start a blog, become the type of person who keeps blogs.
The number one way to cure a lack of inspiration when writing, is to allow yourself to produce writing that is poor.
That means being okay when you don’t like your own work.
It also means being okay when others don’t like your work either.
We all go through dull, grey, uninspiring periods.
Don’t let that stop you from the act of creating something new.
Great writers write more than most.
They practice more than anyone else in the room.
They have written more bad pieces than you have pieces in general.
They put in just as many hours as a full time job does.
It’s the practice, dedication, and time that chalk up to great writing abilities.
Normalize years in the making.
Not overnight success.
I’m 25 now but I started drawing religiously since I was 9.
When I posted my art on Instagram last week, the comments said I was talented.
I don’t see it that way.
It took me 16 years and a lot of ugly sketches to get to that level of “talent”
I’d imagine the process will be the same for you and whatever your thing is.
I’d imagine your hard earned success to have taken a lot of grit and time and effort.
So if you’re just starting out, please be patient and continue to put in the work.
5 years ago, my answer would have been: product designer at a tech company (because I was an industrial design student in Toronto)
Today, I’d tell you my answer to that question is: I have no idea.
But that’s okay.
I’m not struggling to find my place in the world.
I just think the world is a lot more open than I thought it to be.