Are you afraid to publish your first blog article? Is that fear completely stopping you from writing or making the first step?
I know that you know enough to get started, but there’s something else stopping you.
Maybe it’s irrational fear, technology, over complication of the process, perfectionism, or thinking you can’t write.
Either way, I just want you to start, and the only barrier between you and writing your first word is a keyboard.
So my plea to you is to start writing today.
Don’t think, write!
Separate writing from publishing
A lot of people who would like to create content for their business are fixated on publishing, i.e. going live with every single piece of content they create, and this paralyses them from making a start.
I want you to know that you don’t have to publish everything you write. In fact, as you start to write more often, you’ll likely find that a lot of your writing doesn’t get published for one reason or another.
I don’t want you to pay any attention or think about the following things:
- Publishing on social media
- Sharing buttons
- Mobile responsive
- Side bars
- RSS feeds
… and especially don’t think or care about what other people think.
Just forget about everything to do with the technical elements of content publication, and just write.
Simply put it all to one side, because it is not going to help you right now. Especially if you don’t have a single piece of content written. You can get around to all this technical stuff later, and there are plenty of people out there that can help you with it.
I want you to pretend that when you are writing, the door is closed and no one knows what you are doing.
Do it for yourself
The best thing you can do for you and your business right now is to quietly start writing. No one needs to know (well…you could email me and let me know), in fact, most people really don’t want to know – they don’t care.
So do it for yourself. Do it because you know it’s the right thing to do. Do it because you want to.
Trust me, you’ll really start to enjoy it.
Start today, start now!
Right now, for you, it’s all about writing.
If you want to improve and create great written content, you are going to have to start writing. It’s as simple as that.
Here’s the thing, everything starts in the written word. Every single piece of content I’ve created started as a written note in Evernote or my notebook.
Even video starts in the written on word as a script or a structure.
The sooner you start, the quicker you will get something out there. The more you write, the easier it will get and the better it will be.
Use an application like writingRitual.com for distraction free writing and without the worry of anyone reading what you write or if you ever publish it or not. It wil also help you get into the habit of writing 750 words per day.
Look at your schedule today – open up your diary.
Have you got a free hour today to open up your laptop, computer or note pad and start writing? What about tonight? Early tomorrow morning? I know you can find an hour to make this happen, we all have pockets of time we can use if we really want to.
You and I both know that there’s only one person that can take this over the line for you… and that person is you.
Keep it simple, don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself, and get started!
… and most of all, have fun!
Don’t forget to be awesome!