“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Okay, maybe ten thousand blog posts is a more difficult milestone than taking ten thousand photographs, so let’s say that your first thousand blog posts are going to be your worst.
Write this down, read it out loud until you internalize it. Why? Because odds are that you are not as patient as you should be, that you have some unrealistic expectations that might end up breaking your own heart.
Every day I receive comments and e-mails from folks who are ready to give up: they’ve tried it all, and it’s not working. It’s not fair. They’ve come too late to the party; they’re not lucky enough.
Well… they’ve only been blogging for a few months, and they’re ready to throw in the towel.
The truth you’d much rather ignore is that most of us are not brilliant bloggers in our early days. I look back at some of the posts I wrote in my first year of blogging and shudder with embarrassment.
It’s all about the mistakes.
We learn how to do something by doing it wrong over and over again. This is how the learning process works.
With each mistake and failure comes a lesson, with every post you write a new skill, and with each experiment a technique that might work for you better than all the others.
And, yes, it does feel like you’re not making any progress. And, yes, that cliche about the iceberg and all that is true. You are slowly developing skills you’re not even aware of, you are building trust with your readers, you are developing a subconscious understanding of what is it that your audience wants to read and how to best write it into existence.
The first thousand blog posts are your worst. Do not get discouraged by this gap between what (and how) you want to blog, and what your articles end up looking like.
Work twice as hard on closing this gap. Constantly challenge yourself, and realize that it’s called a learning curve because it’s an uphill battle.
And it’s up to you if you want to climb all the way to the top or not.