My Journey as a Writer – blog (part 2)

My Journey as a Writer documents my journey as I rediscover my love of writing, and push forward into a new career path. Watch for new posts on Mondays and Thursdays.

Part 2 includes – 

  • Surviving the first blog post
  • Getting into the rhythm
  • Advice for new bloggers

Surviving the first blog post

08-29-19 | I survived the first blog post. The first one was a challenge because I wanted to set the scene. Plus, I had so much material already written from previous attempts, it was hard to decide on what to blog about in the first one this time around. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Maybe I was too worried about making a good first impression. 

Getting started takes time and effort. Start somewhere. Pick a direction and go.

Having a blog is 100 times harder than I thought it would be. It’s a slow process. Lots of trial and error. Plenty of mistakes and frustration. I can see why people would try this and give up on it. If you’re looking for instant gratification, you probably won’t get it from starting a blog.

I’m not going to give up. This blog and website are vital to me. I genuinely love to write, and I’m excited about having a place for all of my writings. It feels a little unfocused at times, but I’m starting to see the progress in my website and blog. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far. 

Getting into the rhythm

I’m determined to keep going with this blog. It’s daunting anytime you start something new. Daunting, but exciting. Find a way to keep it exciting. Once the excitement fades away, it can be a struggle to get it back.

I decided I wanted to post on my blog on Mondays and Thursdays. Twice a week is ambitious, especially for a rookie, but I think it’s a nice groove. Once a week didn’t seem like enough. Maybe it felt too easy. It didn’t elicit a challenge in me. I know me. I would probably wait until the last minute each week and throw something together. I would start to think of it as more like a chore and lose interest in it. 

Knowing that I have to do it twice a week changes my mindset. Once I finish the one for Monday, I have to start on the one for Thursday. It keeps me going and moving forward. It’s almost a game, which appeals to my competitive side. As with anything, it needs to be the right level of challenging. Too easy, and it gets boring. Too complicated, and it gets frustrating.

Advice for new bloggers

There’s too much advice out there, especially on the internet. What makes it worse is that you often don’t know whether it’s helpful, hurtful, or irrelevant. Maybe it’s good advice, but for someone else. Perhaps it’s better advice for a different time or place.

My favorite piece of advice is – “Do what you think is best and figure out the rest.” I learn more from my own trial and error than someone telling me how to do it. [I realize the irony in complaining that there’s too much advice and then giving advice.]

I will say this, and I trust you to think for yourself – 

  • If you’re going to write or blog, do it for the right reasons. Do it because it excites you, pushes you, or enriches your life. Do it for yourself.
  • Have realistic expectations. 
  • Don’t try to follow someone else’s recipe – make it your own. You’ll never know what sinks, floats, or swims until you try it.

Part of my journey as a writer is that I’m determined to do this on my own. I don’t want to ask for too much help or have someone do it for me. I’ll reach out for help if I need it, but I won’t rely on it. I hope whatever journey you find yourself on, you’ll adopt a similar mindset. You can do it.

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