Alright here we go with the obligatory “this post is about writing” thing again. It seems like these kinds of posts are becoming some of the most popular around here, am I right?
I could be dead wrong about that though. After all, I’ve only been here for a couple of weeks. Well, sort of. I’ve been a lurker for nearly eight months and just a couple weeks ago finally started to take the leap into actually getting involved.
And I’ve learned a TON in these short 2 weeks.
I’ve learned a great deal about writing by casting my fears aside and just hitting publish again and again.
I’ve learned a lot about the tips and tricks to successfully launch/brand/find your niche for a successful blog.
Most importantly, though, I’ve learned a great deal about myself.
I started at just 1 terrible story with no views. And now, after commitment and a couple weeks of following through I have multiple stories and experiences that are beginning to re-shape my entire character. I have a clearer picture of where I’m going.
After doing everything Tom suggests in his email course I can say that so far, it works!
The biggest thing I’ve learned here is that you’ll never improve unless you actually start to do something.
Taking Tom’s course and doing exactly everything he mentioned didn’t just get me going here, but was the catalyst for an explosion of learning and growth in everything about writing and online presence.
I’ve since subscribed to four other bloggers email courses and voraciously consumed as many of their blog posts and other content as I’ve been able to reasonably manage with a Family and a full-time job.
They all make it look easy, and to be honest I feel a little naive sometimes believing that I can do this too. It can be really hard to just jump in and get started.
Here are just a few things I’ve learned, not necessarily directly from their emails, and not in any particular order.
One or two awesome posts weekly is better than 5 mediocre ones (sorry for this mediocre post I’m currently writing, it’s an effort to learn)
Find what you are not able to shut up about and focus on that
Start broad and niche down by listening to your audience
Becoming a better blogger can help you in many aspects of life
You’ll learn more by actually starting than you ever will by study
This last one is of particular importance to all of us as writers. I’ve been reading articles for 8 months here and am just now starting to contribute. I’ve read/listened to nearly 2 dozen books in the last few months alone. I’ve been consuming information like a madman trying to figure out how to accomplish the vision that my wife and I have set for our Family.
But nothing happened until I actually started.
You will learn far more from beginning than you will by continuing to consume.
Start creating today and you will see your life begin to improve dramatically.
My life is fuller. My communication skills have improved. I’m more confident. I’ve felt less depressed. My ability to focus on what I really want has improved.
All because I decided to start even though I wasn’t fully ready or confident.
I know it works because I’ve done it, even if only for a short time.
What can you accomplish if you’d just start?