Article by Wendy McCance
I have received several comments from readers who want to start a blog but obsess about what to write about. I have some (most likely) unconventional advice for anyone who is contemplating writing a blog. Just do it!
When I began writing my blog, I did so because I had things to say. I wanted to get thoughts off my chest. I didn’t think about format, who would be reading the blog or how pretty the blog might look. I didn’t worry about my niche or even if the writing was any good. I wrote because it was what I wanted to do. Hell, I needed to write. It was a part of me and I couldn’t help myself but to spend hours typing out words on a page.
My only regret after my blog became better known was that I hadn’t put much thought into the title. I thought about what was going through my head, hit on a title and just used it. At the time, I had no idea what I was going to write about, I just knew I wanted to write.
Looking back, I realize that if I had thought too much about my theme, my title, what my topics would be about or anything else, I wouldn’t have a blog at all.
How are you supposed to know what your niche will be or what direction you will end up going in unless you have been a writer and have already established your voice?
So, I say to anyone who is thinking about starting a blog to go ahead and just experiment. Put a basic WordPress blog together, pick a theme that attracts your attention and just begin. You can always switch up your topics, theme or title later. It will take a good amount of time before you draw a decent audience anyway. Maybe you can even write for a while on a private setting and go public with your best work once you feel more confident.
Think about all of the things you have attempted in life. When you begin, you are not going to know too much about what you are doing. To expect perfection out of the gate or even a strong idea of what you are doing is just going to set you up for a fall. It’s a learning process that you need to embrace. Without understanding this key piece of information, you will avoid challenging yourself and many opportunities might never occur in your life.
Be brave and just go for it. Honestly, you have nothing to lose by trying. If you don’t make the leap, you are just short-changing the experiences you will have in your life.
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