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  • kitchenventures

    Speaking of passion – sorry. It’s Stephen King… not Steven. Other than that, love your blog! :) Oh yeah, and I’m kind of a grammar Nazi – you spelled immune wrong. Thanks for all the good advice!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for exhibiting your spelling and grammar passion and Yep..right onto it. :)

  • hbomb

    You’ll fail when your headlines are way too negative? ;)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      No, negative headlines can work extremely well, just don’t do it all the time.

  • Stephen Lahey

    That’s it, Jeff. You finally got me to buy your book. (Seriously, I just did.) Just can’t argue with your impeccable logic :)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is great to hear Stephen and thanks for buying it and look forward to the feedback

  • Carmelo

    Mostly, if I’m not mistaken, you’re saying just do it! :-)

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Yes, it could have been a very short post! Not much fun in that though. :)

  • @Croaghie

    Sounds familiar Jeff. Great post! Cheers.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Jacinta, My friends are my inspiration! :)

  • http://www.linuxcandy.com/ Chandan P. Gupta

    beautifully written. gave me a piece of motivation to get back to my blog and start writing again :) Thanks @jeffbullas:disqus

  • Rahul Mishra

    Yeah Jeff….Its really a good way to express about our own thoughts…What do we think?? ..No one can copy them and yes..Just do it.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  • Nally

    great encouragement. Yesterday I post a blogpost on my Facebook page and before hitting the publish button I had some of these worries.

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  • Anjana

    Good post, Jeff. Just the right words to ignite the writing spark!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Glad to hear that I ignited your day!

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  • http://b2bdigital.net/ Eric Wittlake

    Jeff, some great points. I started blogging about 18 months ago and I want to pile on your “writing” point. One of my goals was to become a better writer (it has never been my strength) while getting more involved in my industry (B2B and digital marketing).

    Although my writing has a long ways to go still, it has not been the barrier I expected it to be (and I’m now about 170 posts in). And I have first-hand seen the benefits of blogging and social media for myself as an individual and professional.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    That is great news Tony. I look forward to reading your first post. :)

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  • Andrew Toynbee

    Enjoyed reading this post. I am 9 posts into blogging and you words ring true. There is always that moment of hesitation before hitting ‘publish’…and then I do it anyway. Getting good feedback from my followers.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      The journey has started for you and all the best as you continue to learn and grow your audience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vicky.willenberg Vicky Willenberg

    Fantastic article! I’ve been blogging for just over 3 years and I have to say that the hardest part for me was simply taking the risk to get started. The idea of failing made the idea of my blog do nothing but collect dust and cobwebs in my mind. One night however, I finally kicked myself in the butt enough to just go for it- take the risk. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I did it. Although my original plan and focus for the blog as remained, I love that it has evolved organically over the years. In my opinion this is inevitable because as a writer you grow and change with experience. Your voice becomes clearer, your focus more sharp, your language more developed.

    But as you said, it takes commitment. I am excited to see where my blog will go and how it will grow. I’m also excited to get your new book to help me grow as a writer.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      That is great to hear that you “shipped it”

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Glad to hear that the post was what you needed.

  • chandranath bhatla

    Insighful article and reasons. It is very psychological we stay back from blogging. But one should understand blogging is not perect writing. it is expression of just views…. As long as they make meaning, they are fine.

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    THanks. Every success starts with one step and it sounds like you are well on your way. Look forward to hearing more about your blogging journey.

  • http://www.socialmediajedi.info/ Clive Roach

    I like it – and indeed, the best thing to do is just do it, see if you like it, but also take into account the huge body of best practice tips out there!

  • http://twitter.com/ferbhinlor Ferb Hinlor

    Great reasons, I agreed that there is no perfection and like Lew Sauder said: “I saw myself in each of those tips”

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      There is no time like the present! so as they say “get cracking”

  • http://www.facebook.com/777productions Deon Fialkov

    Interesting post…what would you recommend to first-time bloggers? what is the minimum amount of posts that they should have on their blog to be classified as a blogger? 15 posts per day ? 60 posts per month ?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Once a day is great but you could start with one or two a week.

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  • http://twitter.com/blissedlife Nicole Engstrom

    A sincere thank you Jeff! This is just what the writing doctor ordered. So true that blogging is our “thoughtful nakedness”. I am feeling so vulnerable as I expose layers and feelings and emotions to the “world” but also feel that if I can inspire just one person, it will be worth it. I also love the idea of adding my own snowflakes of creativity to what I am doing and sharing.

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  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    I agree to all of these Jeff. Blogging is not for genuieses out there alone, nor for those people who are perfect when in comes to grammar. Blogging is for all. Indeed a great encouragement for all Jeff. If you have the WILL, you CAN.

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  • tianakai

    Well stated. There are always going to be obstacles and fear creeping in one’s head… just push on through! Thanks Jeff!

  • Grigorio Trifonof

    IMO Reason #2 seems to be the major factor. I think that there is one more very, very important factor called geography. Some bloggers aren’t having chances because of this…They won’t be able to do everything right and nowadays the opposition in blogging is bigger than ever…

  • http://twitter.com/MeganBuntain Megan Buntain

    Thanks Jeff – great article. Your long list of archived posts beside this article is testament to the fact that you are living the words that you are writing – overcoming the challenges and doubts. Thanks for sharing.

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  • http://twitter.com/AmberNicoleG AmberNicole G

    Jeff-This is a great article, I fully agree with everything you mentioned. Blogging is much more difficult that most people imagine, I think that is it great that you shared your experiences about how to overcome the obstacles of getting started and becoming the best blogger you can be. Like you said, it is take a lot of courage to hit the push button and blogs like this encourage me to keep on blogging! Thanks again!

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  • Marisa Goudy

    I’m not sold that “I’m not a genius” is really holding people back, but I agree with the rest. I’d add fears that my work/ industry isn’t interesting enough to blog about.

  • Nasir Iftekhar

    Man you done it in a totally different way and some credit goes to Stephen King too:) Really a mega post I have read after a very very long time (after reading a hell of traditional how to not fail things).

    BTW I have just published: <a href="http://www.blogoftheworld.com/technology/item/760-reasons-of-your-new-blog-failure it’s about revealing biggest myths of blog failures. I hope it will make another different point of view and will help a lot of new bloggers.

    I will really appreciate your critical comment on that. Apologize about post link here.

  • http://www.thefuneralcommander.com/ Jeff Harbeson

    Well done…I believe your points are correct and with a little imagination, blog magic can happen.

  • http://brandmentalist.com/ Mo Seetubtim

    Great timing. I am actually thinking about this!

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Great to see you drop by Mo! Which one is your biggest challenge?

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  • https://twitter.com/WritersRead Jenny Orelle

    Thank you for the encouragement. It rings true. No. 1 is my biggest obstacle and I’m working on no. 6. Writers are so generous in their advice, and so I learn. There are hundreds of wise guides all worth reading, but if anyone is in need of a confidence boost I’d recommend Theodore Cheney’s “Getting the Words right”, William Zinsser’s “Writing Well”, Brendan Ueland’s “If you want to write” and Charles Euchner’s “Big Book of Writing”. ☺

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  • http://marketgaines.com David Gaines

    I was blogging before it was called blogging, not worrying about the content because it was primarily for my parents to see that I wasn’t in jail. So far so good.

    But when it came to blogging for or about work, I fell victim to many of your points. Regurgitating what everyone already knew. Pulling out hair (though I’m bald) when ending a sentence with a preposition. Wondering if I would really push potential prospects in the other direction.

    Now, I just let it rip, not caring if I’ll ever get a Pulitzer. Your article, though it sounds as if it’s discouraging people to blog, does the exact opposite. Wish I read it years ago.

  • http://www.sscsworld.com/ Akash Agarwal

    I just started doing blogging. So, this is very informative to me. This is a great post, thanks for helping us in this way.

  • http://atriplethreat2.blogspot.com/ Angel Armstead

    Great article. Those things used to hold me back from blogging but not anymore.

  • http://gr8traveltips.com/ Robert

    Blogging is a profession in its own way! Started about 4 years ago and as you said, I laugh at what I wrote and published back then! It’s a learning experience and if you work hard and stay committed, it certainly has its rewards. Great article!

  • Out Front Brands

    You can’t fail if you don’t start. :-)