Listen to the itch.
Many of you are thinking about starting to write. A blog, a book, or something.
I know, because I was you three years ago. Upon the encouragement of many heroes, I started this blog.
At first, I thought it was for you. That the benefits of getting my thoughts out of my head were for the reader. They are, but those benefits are far outweighed by what happens to the writer. I found myself enjoying the exposure, and in the end, the ideas I put out are never complete and it’s the reader who has forced me to flesh things out more, to show more of what I am talking about so there is less confusion.
If you have the itch to write, it is because you feel like you have something to say, something worth contributing. So do it! You don’t get better, and you don’t contribute by keeping your ideas in your head until they are perfect. You do it by putting them out and getting feedback over time and then writing new pieces informed by the feedback.
Get Help and get started.
Whatever you do. Don’t wait. Start today. It’s okay if you fail. It’s okay if you set a goal to write, and you don’t meet it. The point is to start and to keep going.
If this is you and you need help with tech or anything else, go ahead and reach out. You can find me on your favorite social platform as @thejessebarney I will help you, and be your first subscriber. ;) Or alternatively you can reachout to your other favorite blogger in the world on your favorite subject and ask for advice. If there is anything that bloggers love, it is being recognized as being an expert.
You might still be afraid. What if it’s not good? What if no one likes it? What if my ideas aren’t good enough? Again the point of the writing is to dance with this fear and realize that writing is more for the writer than the reader, especially at first. And then it becomes a relationship, because the readers write back and improve their favorite writers. You can’t get that feedback without a ton of writing. So, in the words of Shia LaBeouf “Do it!!”
Words are dead.
You might say, "but Jesse, writing is dying. We live in a world of video and audio." I encourage you to do some research on the amount of words people read now compared to 50 years ago. You will be surprised. I also encourage you to research the difference between what happens in the brain of a writer and and a reader vs. a speaker and a listener/watcher. Also very interesting.
You might have other reasons you are holding back. Put them in the comments below and I will absolutely respond, because I know we need you, and I want to read your words as do thousands of your future readers.
See you tomorrow or sooner.