Everyone starts blogging these days. I know what you’re thinking – it’s like an infectious disease and there are too many of them. No one is waiting for another random blogger. Reason enough not to start. Well, what can I say? You’re wrong.
What is my place in this world? What is your place in this world? What is our place in the world of blogging? What makes us different?
Every person is different. Every blogger is different. Everyone has a different opinion on certain things.
What are you writing for? Who are you writing for? Is there a specific reason?
It’s a way out. A way to put words on paper. A way to share your thoughts with the world. You don’t want to share your thoughts? Fine, then don’t start blogging. You want to share your thoughts? Great, go for it.
I always wanted it but I never knew why I wanted it. I always had a thing for writing. I just thought it would make sense. However, I waited a long time before I started a blog. There was always an excuse, starting with lack of time or lack of inspiration.
I was always busy writing but I never wanted people to read it. I would never want to force anyone to read it. I guess I was embarrassed, insecure – thinking it would never be good enough. Some people will like it and others won’t. That’s just the way it is.
I love reading other blogs, sharing thoughts, basically just reading what someone else is up to and what their ideas are. Do we have similar interests? Do we have similar ideas?
The hardest thing about blogging: what to write about? Everyone can start a blog. Everyone can write. Not everyone is original. We tend to follow other blogs to gain inspiration – and there’s nothing wrong with that – but don’t copy paste. Just don’t. I think it’s important to stick to your personal voice. Don’t use someone else’s words. I’m not saying that I’m a great writer – because I’m not. I’m only saying – I truly believe that everyone has this inner voice. Speak up and don’t be afraid. There will always be people judging you. Judging you as a person, judging your ideas, but does that mean that we have to be silent and keep our thoughts to ourselves? Nope, it doesn’t.
You need to feel inspired in order to be inspired, which brings us to the second problem. I’m facing this problem as we speak. I am constantly busy with other things and there is just no inspiration – but that’s OK. Don’t force yourself to write. You don’t want to end up with the worst article on the planet. To be honest, this article has been my only idea this week. I had literally no idea what to write about. This is me: being frustrated, staring at the computer, staring at a blank page. 30 minutes later – that page is still blank and I’m even more frustrated than I was before. I’m just saying – it doesn’t help to force yourself. Sometimes it helps to spend some time with people, talk about other things and the ideas will pop up before you know it. A different way is to go outside all by yourself and try not to think about writing. Instead, think of happy things. Any ideas yet?
Be modest. You’re not the greatest writer and neither am I. But do we have to be the greatest? No, as long as you’re happy with what you’re doing – it’s fine.
Be original. Like I said, don’t copy paste. Everyone is original. Just try it.
Ready to start?
I just felt I had to write this to convince people. I’ve never been confident about my writing style, humor or using sarcasm. If you have doubts, you’re not alone. Everyone has doubts. I’ve said it before, there will always be people judging you but you’re not writing for those people. You’re writing for those who appreciate you just the way you are. Remember that.