Imagine you’re a soldier at war. Fighting in an enemy city, being tasked with clearing buildings. You’re the first one to walk through the door. Behind it, there could be an empty room, a bunch of civilians, or enemy soldiers. The room could be booby trapped.
Now, my question is this:
Does it matter how you open the door?
If you do it confidently or fearfully, if you analyze all the possible outcomes, if your hands shake, if you want to kick the door to announce death that you will not give up easily.
It would seem that the outcome is the same, right? After all, it all comes down to blind luck.
Does fear, does pain, does uncertainty fade away if you go through life in an undignified manner?
Does your lack of confidence magically go away if you keep telling yourself you don’t know what it’s all about, that this whole thing is rather disappointing, that you don’t have the time, the energy, the money…
If you worry, would worrying delay the outcome? Or the only thing it does is give you the impression of doing something while actually doing nothing?
Enough with this rather vague intro. I promised this would be short, so here’s the definitive, incredibly short easy-to-follow, no-bullshit guide to blogging:
Punch the damn keys.
Write each post as if it were your last. If you’re not feeling confident, it doesn’t matter. Punch the keys. Write, write, write.
Just do it, and keep doing it, regardless of how you feel.
But realize and know deeply in your heart that whenever it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, crying/worrying/complaining/doing a poor job does not make the weight go away.
There’s this rule of the one percent that is true in almost any environment, be it war, life, art, or blogging.
99 out of 100 bloggers don’t belong here. They never did. They are lukewarm, wishy-washy, afraid to write what’s in their hearts and souls.
Keep that in mind, and ask yourself, are you the one?
If yes, stop complaining and punch those damn keys.