Building off my previous piece, I would like to encourage you to take up blogging and consider a personal writing challenge. Blogs can be free here on WordPress, so there is simply no excuse. When I chat with friends about them starting a blog, I get a couple common pushbacks. They ask:
“What if no one likes it?”
“Who am I to write a blog?”
“What if I have nothing interesting to say?”
“What if I try and fail?”
Of course, it is these very fears that should be an insight into why you should give it a shot. If something as simple as putting a few sentences on a page is outside of your comfort zone, then it’s time to expand that bastard.
So what if no one likes it? Write just for yourself. Write for the sake of collecting your thoughts. Besides, you might be surprised how quickly a blog can grow. Your friends will certainly check it out and WordPress attracts a lot of random readers. Worst case absolutely no one reads it. Then you have no one observing your embarrassment. You fail, learn and move on. More likely case, you find yourself a few niche fans. You win, learn and move on.
So what if you don’t feel important or interesting enough to write? You think anyone comes out the womb an interesting or talented person? Your distrust in your own capability has you forming a false idea of how people succeed. Becoming interesting is a muscle you can develop. Something you work out by forcing yourself to write. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy ideas flow when you turn idea creation into a habit.
So what if you fail? What is failing to start a blog anyway? If you write nothing you’ve already failed. If you write something and no one reads it, you’ve actually failed even less. If you set a personal challenge to write frequently and fail that, then you just get back up and try again. You only really fail when you give up. You fail if you let your fear take over. Dive in and give it a try.
Now that I’ve dealt with the disincentives, let’s talk about the incentives for starting a blog.
Writing is a wonderful way to collect your thoughts. It has an objective therapeutic effect. A way of growing your brain and helping you sort out your mental health.
It will make you more interesting, as you work out your creative and intellectual muscles.
Conquering your fear of writing will help you grow as a person. It will springboard you into a life of courage. You can look at old blogs and see how you’ve developed. See the things you’ve conquered.
Blogging helps you build an online brand. If you want a job in an industry, there’s no better way than to have a series of blogs learning and teaching about that subject. You can position yourself as an expert. Or show to the marketplace that you’re someone deeply passionate about learning this subject.
The only good reason to not blog, is if you just genuinely don’t want to. But only reach that conclusion after you’ve considered all the evidence. The fears are unfounded and the benefits are immense. This is why you should start a blog.