Technically, this blog is not about blogging.
So why am I writing this?
Because when I decided to blog full time, I basically had no clue how to go about it. I went and researched other blogs, trying to figure out everything from the important stuff right down to how they set up their websites, asking what worked for them and what didn’t. I joined online courses and groups, trying to make sense of it all (you can find all the details on the resources page).
When I tell people that I earn a living online, a lot of people seem surprised (even in this day and age!) but there are quite a few newbie bloggers who email to ask me about the whole process of going pro.
Over the past year or so, I have gotten a real sense of community with other bloggers and creatives who work online. I’ve received a lot of support and encouragement from friends and well wishers and I wanted to do my bit to help others who have started on the same journey. I will share as much information with you as possible, without deviating from the main purpose of my blog.
Surprisingly, a lot of things are common between starting a blog and most other areas of life. If you’re a bit imaginative, you can even apply the same principles when starting a relationship, or struggling with emotional issues! That said, here are my takeaways:
Know your why
This is a big one. Why are you doing it? What do you get from it? Anything that leads to personal growth on top of other things, whether it’s starting a new business, starting a new relationship, growing a business, nurturing a relationship etc demands that you know your why and why it is your why. If you don’t know that, you will become confused and directionless. If you don’t have an internal compass guiding your way, you’ll keep running around in circles.
There’s no perfect time or mindset. Change is always going to be difficult. Our ego doesn’t like it, it wants certainty. But if you want to get somewhere tomorrow, you have to start today. This is when your mind will likely bombard you with a million thoughts and some, it will distract you in every possible way. Problems which went unnoticed before now become important, you don’t feel like doing anything, there are other things which need your attention, chores etc.. It all gets a bit much after a point.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a perfect start or not. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how it will turn out or if it’ll work. You don’t have to have everything figured out. You will never know before you start. The other things simply don’t matter as much. You can tweak your message later and you will get enough opportunities to do that. Just.start.now.
Do one thing properly at a time
Don’t spread yourself too thinly in the beginning. Try to resist micro managing every single aspect of your blog.
Top tip: If you struggle with procrastination, commit to doing just one small task everyday.
That’s right, it could just be anything.
Do real work, not busy work
Do not compare
Though I’m not a professional blogger, I can certainly guide
If you can do remember only three things from this post, let it be this –
KNOW YOUR WHY.
ONE TASK AT A TIME.
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