To the naked eye not much is happening. The keyboard is pecked and caressed…. accompanied by a furrowed brow with the occasional sigh and maybe a quick visit to the kitchen for that sustaining beverage. There are the occasional distractions of checking emails and Facebook updates and Oh.. yes, the Twitter stream!
If the ideas and words aren’t flowing and creative constipation has struck, then blogging timeouts can blowout and be lengthy and hard to recover from. The dedicated blogger though will always find a way to hit their publishing deadlines… even if they move out beyond the publishing comfort zone.
Blogging and Narcissism
The activity of a blogger is mainly of the mental kind but it also requires writing, marketing and a certain level of narcissism.
It involves putting your ego and credibility on the line every time you hit the “publish” button. This awareness can lead to a potential blogger writing 10 or 20 articles offline and they never see the light of online day.
Blogging when embraced and focused can be a synthesis of your life’s passions, innate abilities and undiscovered talents. It can be a facilitator of both personal change and self development. It can transform both your life and your readers lives but don’t let that awful responsibility stop you.
The thought of potentially 2 billion plus people reading your imperfect ideas can be the barrier to blogging your way to a brilliant career and maybe a more fulfilled life.
So what are the reasons you are going to fail at blogging before you even cross the start line?
Reason #1. The Impossible Goal of Perfection
Unless you are Jesus then perfection is not going to happen. You are not in most cases going to create a blog post that is free of grammatical errors. In your mind the concepts will often seem flawed and your article structure clunky. Wrestle and wrangle your article into shape, check it, shut your eyes and then hit publish.
Your thoughtful nakedness is now visible and it is yours.
There is one distinct advantage of the digital world over the printed word. After it is placed and published before the world in all its glory, you can also go back and punch the edit button and update your masterpiece. I do.
Reason #2. My Ideas are Not Original
You are afraid that what you say and write will be seen as redundant and superficial. I am sorry to say but there are not many original ideas under the sun. Many people’s work, who we perceive as geniuses, such as writers, painters and musicians, are in fact mashups and remixes with a twist. Even the genius of Bob Dylan wasn’t immune from this.
Henry Ford – “I invented nothing new, I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom there was centuries of work”
Be prepared to stand on the shoulders of giants and of ideas past and present. Put your creative spin and slant on them. The art of creativity starts with copying, then transforming and finally combining with your own remix.
Add your own snowflakes of creativity.
Reason #3. Passionate People are a Bit Weird
Succeeding at blogging does in most instances require a certain degree of passion to drive the activity and the dedication required.
You will be saying to yourself “I am not weird, I don’t want to let this passion thing turn me into a weirdo“….”My friends will disown me“. Don’t be afraid to wear that passion and purpose on your sleeve. Be prepared to be different and let that passion become an integral part of you.
Weird is good, in what can be a big bland sea of homogenous humanity.
Reason #4. My Relationships are Too Important
Blogging does require time and commitment. Potential bloggers who never start sometimes can use the excuse of “it will take me away from my family and friends“. This is a cop out.
Make the time. Stop watching so much TV. Get up early or stay up late when the the house is quiet. You owe it to yourself and guess what?.. you may earn a lot of respect.
Reason #5. I am Not a Genius
I am sorry but the word genius is overrated. Many people who achieve a modicum of success are sometimes seen as gifted and lucky. Don’t let this urban myth stop you from achieving what may seem from afar as an impossible dream.
The US President, Calvin Coolidge had this to say about genius – “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”
Couple up your passion with your innate abilities, add some determination and persistence and then magic can happen.
Reason #6. I am Not a Writer
This one gets rolled out time and time again. If you go and read my first posts on this blog (and I am not going to link to then as they are just too embarrassing) then you would break into laughter and state “what was he thinking”
Competent writing can be learned, if you don’t believe me then go and buy Stephen King’s book on the basics of writing, titled “On Writing“. It has some great simple tips.
Still you might say “Nope.. this writing thing is not my gig“. Well, I am still not going to let you off the hook that lightly.
The web is a multimedia playground. There is nothing to stop you video blogging (Gary Vaynerchuk was a champion at that). The rise of a visual web is also making “visual blogging” a reality. Many areas of interest such as travel, food and fashion are more about communicating with photos more than the text.
Just ship it!
Don’t wait for perfection to strike or genius to arrive. The time has come to buckle up, turn the key and hit the accelerator.
I look forward to hearing your stories of success and adventure.
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