I’ve been reading all the comments here, and many of your posts. I’ve seen some of the same fears and concerns come up. Here are some answers.
- I’m afraid to publish: Most bloggers quickly discover the opposite feeling: they desire to have more people reading what they’re writing. For most bloggers, there aren’t that many people reading what they publish. It’s not like the entire web is sitting around, waiting for you to push the button, just so they can criticize. Publishing is the easiest way to get useful feedback and to get used to managing your own fears, something every writer and creator has to do. If you find a typo (oh the horror) you can easily go back in and edit to fix. If it’s a new blog, keep your first few posts short until you gain some momentum. No one will mind, we promise.
- But how can I be creative every single day? You don’t have to be super creative. Often being honest, observant, generous and concise makes for the best writing (and photography). And the topics we post here should give you a boost of energy: they’re often questions, and all you have to do is respond. If once a day is too much, go for once a week. If once a week is too much, go for 3 or 4 times a month (you won’t be part of our official challenges, but that’s cool – we’re happy to have you here and following along).
- I want to go for quality, not quantity. That’s noble of you, but the only way a writer or creator finds their way to quality is by writing – a lot of writing. Some say 10,000 hours of it. Certainly you don’t have to publish your writing to get better at it, but publishing creates the opportunity for feedback, which can only accelerate your progress. No matter how you slice it, you only get better at something by doing it more often.
- I’m not sure I can keep up. There are many tricks to this, and we’re sharing them all here. A good one is to have a surplus of draft posts. On days you have the energy, start a few different posts. Then on a low morale day, you can finish an existing post off. You can also schedule posts in advance, post by voice or break longer ideas into multiple posts.
Hope that helps.
What are other fears or concerns you have? Challenges you didn’t expect? Speak up in the comments – I’m sure some of your comrades might have good advice to help you out (right guys? :).