The so-called expert loses all credibility the moment he decides to ignore this profound truth: he’s never 100% sure of what he did to achieve his success.
Not the intro you were expecting?
Life has the quality of being random, which we hate – that is why most people are superstitious. There are events that we cannot control, predict, or even influence.
That being said, if you choose not to read beyond this preface, let me give you one piece of advice that holds true: perseverance.
Is that all, you may ask. Yes, it is.
In my seven years of daily blogging I discovered that even though one has no strategy, no knowledge, no relations, but works and works and works, one can usually get ahead of those who contemplate the perfect strategy over and over again.
Don’t think, just do is a principle that holds true in all areas of life.
And I’ll offer the following example: the first draft of any piece of fiction is awful.
The purpose, thus, is not to write a brilliant first draft, but to simply get it done with. Then you can edit.
The same principle applies to almost anything in life. It is important to get started, to develop a habit, and then you can develop a strategy.
Do What You Love, Love What You Do
When I first started blogging over seven years ago I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But I knew this: it was going to be cool. Epic. People from all over the world would be moved by my words, I’d have a platform to sell my novels.
But I had absolutely no idea what to blog about. What does a writer blog about? Let me rephrase that: what does an aspiring twenty year old Romanian writer blog about? Writing? Does he pass advice he got from others? Does he write flash-fiction?
I reviewed books.
But I soon realized that I’m not a big fan of doing that. I do not have the patience to descriptively praise or criticize some other writer’s stuff.
I had a problem. I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t know what to do to get it.
Because, you see, there’s this thing we humans do. We want the victory, but not the struggle.
Most people would like to be rich and famous. They’d like to be rock stars or movie stars. They’d love to have a blog and write about their thoughts and ideas and receive thousands of comments.
That is the reward. The rich and famous part. The admiration of others.
We all want the reward, but few are willing to do what it takes for it.
That is why, as terrible as this cliche may be, it is important to do what you love. To follow your passion, so to speak.
Because until you form the habit, all you have is passion. All you have is determination and discipline. The excitement of embarking on a strange and perilous journey.
It wasn’t until I realized what my passion was that I could blog daily and enjoy it. I am a sucker for art. My walls are covered in paintings and drawings, even though I cannot draw a straight line. Even with a ruler. My body is covered in tattoos. My shelves are lined up with hundreds and hundreds of books.
I wrote about that. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
I wrote about art and inspiration, and then I realized I enjoyed writing about life and its intricacies and problems and all that. I also loved motivating and inspiring others, so I blogged about that as well.
So, the number one rule: Do what you love.
Ask yourself if blogging is what you want. If you believe in the power of your words and stories and ideas.
This is not about skill, but about will.
It’s not about having what it takes, but about being willing to do what it takes.
In this case, it means staring at a computer screen for quite a lot.
Sometimes you’ll feel like giving up, for no words come out of your brain. Other times it means pouring your heart out, and no one notices or cares or even bothers to leave a simple comment.
You’ve got to enjoy the journey, the process.
This will sustain you for as long as it takes to form the habit.
So, the first thing one must do before creating a blog is to find one’s passion.
What excites you?
What makes you feel alive?
It could be art, it could be photography, it could be gardening, barbecues, or sky-jumping. Whatever it is, you need to write about that.
Because that’s what you love, duh. And because you love it, there’s a chance someone else does too. No man is an island, so that passion of yours developed because other people have been loving it long before you.
We are not as unique and special as we like to think.
Find your passion.
Do what you love, love what you do. The first step when it comes to blogging.
This is an excerpt from The Art of Blogging e-book.
- Everything you need to know about developing the proper mindset, developing your blogging skills, and becoming a successful blogger, but without all the “fluff” in most e-books and courses
- Step-by-step checklists with easy-to-follow advice
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