A blank page. An empty Word Document. Saving an empty draft on WordPress. Just the title staring back at you.
You having a staring contest with digital white upon white upon white…
You want to get that blog post written — you really do — but the words just aren’t flowing. They’re not even dripping.
Your mind protests against this type of torture. Your mind is as frozen as the surface of an icy pond. You just know that whatever you manage to type is going to be the worst piece of writing in the history of . . . well, writing.
But it’s not true. I’m here to tell you why you should go ahead and write The Worst Blog Post Ever™. Here are several reasons to stop worrying about the quality of your writing and just punch the damn keys.
Everything you want is just on the other side of fear. Choose fear, and you feed it, help it grow and grow until it seems impossible.
The opposite is also true. By just writing something and hitting the “Publish” button, you’ll train yourself to overcome your inner demons, and the next time you sit down to write, it’ll be easier. Do this enough times, and you’ll reinforce courage to the point where it comes naturally.
That’s when writing becomes fun.
2. Fail. Fail. Fail.
This one sounds like bad news, I know. But if you’re going to screw up, you might as well get it over with.
There’s a big difference between wanting to give up after you fail, and not even trying for fear that you might fail.
The truth is, failure is an integral part of learning. If you ever want to master blogging, then you need to give yourself a chance to fail. The sooner you start, the faster you’ll improve.
So get started.
3. Have no fear of perfection
One of the biggest mistakes bloggers make is thinking their writing needs to be perfect.
No reason to fear perfection, for you’ll never reach it. Besides, it’s not that important anyway. Authenticity is more important for bloggers, even if it means being authentically screwed up.
People like reading a letter from a friend, coffee stains and all, much more than they like reading a textbook that’s flawless from cover to cover.
It’s all about being real. We all crave connection, and I think that’s why blogging has become such a popular medium.
If you can find that courage, then your readers will love you, imperfections and all. Try it.
4. Your voice, your vision, your thoughts, your mind…
Whether you believe it or not, right now, there are people searching for the posts that you’ve not yet written. They’re frustrated, they’re hurting, and the only way they are going to get relief is from the information inside your head.
Will you withhold it from them? Will you tell them that you can’t help them because . . . well . . . you haven’t thought of the best way to write it yet?
Or will you set aside your fears, just for the moment, and punch the damn keys, not even thinking if your blog post is as good as it should be?
Because, you see, your readers aren’t looking for the perfect blog post. They’re looking for the blog post that’s just perfect for them.
Your job is to write it.