Lately I’ve been hearing from a lot of writers who are afraid about starting a blog. This surprises me. First, doesn’t every writer have a blog? If no, why on earth not? But that’s a discussion for another day.
About the hesitation in starting a blog, the thing I’m hearing is that they’re worried is that they might want to change something one day. One author I know has been wanting to start a blog for three years now and keeps looking at what other people are doing and is stuck when it comes to deciding what they should do. What if they start a blog and then decide later to change something, like the frequency of posting, the theme, the types of posts they do, etc.?
To this I say: Just start already. You will want to change things, because life is all about change. That’s okay do it anyway.
Anyone that has been around this blog knows how often I’ve changed things before I found a certain rhythm. Right now you can pretty much depend on: Posts on Monday (that are about creativity or books or blabbing), Wednesday or Thursday (that are about random thoughts or beautiful words), and Saturday (with artsy blogging links). Some weeks there are posts on Wednesday and Thursday. Some weeks are slightly different, but overall that pretty much is what you see here.
But it didn’t start that way. In the beginning, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to post here either. Don’t believe me? Take a look at my first post. That baby was penned on February 23, 2006. I had been marketing my books for two years by that time and had built a steady part-time freelance income.
But in reading that post, it’s obvious I didn’t know what I was doing then. I was still unsure about how this blogging thing was going to work out for me. At the time, I was doing a lot of online guest posts and writing a lot of magazine articles.
With that first post, I basically told you all that I was starting without a roadmap. I’ve kept the post because it shows that sometimes the point you start at is not really the beginning. Get me? You can start and take a while and then when you really get rolling you’ll feel like you’re finally beginning.
Or maybe you’ll hit your stride from the first. Who knows. Don’t over-think it. If you think too much, you’ll find more reasons not to do it than to do it. You’ll doubt yourself, and we’re getting over self-doubt, right? We’re not perfect. I’m not. You’re not. There, I said it. It’s okay, though, because we’re not meant to me. There’s a beautiful, relaxed feeling that comes with that thought, isn’t there?