When I began blogging, or writing online for that matter, I was scared of not doing it right. I was scared that my writing was going to scare people off.
I wanted to know the secret formula to writing web content that makes a difference.
It took me a while to realize that the important thing is having a voice, not writing perfectly or in any specific style.
I also realized that developing your writing style and voice takes time, which is why it’s crucial to get started and begin writing as soon as possible, even if you think you suck.
I personally write what I feel like I want to write. I have a lot of excuses and blocks I could succumb to, like anyone else, but this blog is about my journey and my experiences.
It doesn’t matter if someone else has already written about what I’m going to write, because my perspective will be different.
The same applies to you. You are unique, and you have your own experiences to share, so don’t worry about being perfect, worry about being yourself.
Writing As Expression
Who really defines what’s good and what is not?
The writing that speaks to me, may not speak to you. Writing for me, is an expression of who I am. It is a way for me to express what I’m experiencing and feeling.
When you’re writing online content, you don’t have to stick to any rules. There are writers all across the spectrum, and they’re all doing well.
If you plan to write a book, or anything more old-school, you will have to conform to the rules of that domain, but if you just want to get your message out there, there is nothing you have to worry about.
When I started blogging, I wasn’t so sure of my writing, and even though I read the same things you are reading now, I still wanted to look at how successful bloggers wrote.
If I found someone who wrote articles that spoke to me, I asked myself what was really going on. Why was I so affected by what I was reading?
Was the content just so authentic? Was it beautifully written, or was it the experiences of the person behind the writing that really made the difference?
As I did this more and more, I realized that I didn’t really care about how people wrote, unless it was riddled with spelling errors or written in a way that I didn’t like. I only cared about the content.
When I kept blogging, I kept having these small a-ha moments, and I saw that the more I was myself in my writing, the better the feedback.
The more I am able to be myself, the more I attract the right people to this blog.
I feel no rush to share everything on my blog all at once. I follow my feelings and share what I feel like sharing. If I don’t feel like sharing something, I don’t share it. I pick and choose what I want to share, and you can do the same.
There are no rules!
Just look at all the different bloggers out there. The only thing they have in common is that they’re doing their own thing.
I don’t feel any obligation to share anything private from my life, but at the same time, I don’t feel any objections to it. I think about the people I want to attract to this blog, and I realize that the more open I am, the more open people I attract.
The more I specify what matters to me, the more of those people I see reading this blog and contacting me.
In the end, the most important thing I can do is be myself, and have my own voice. I’m still not sure of it, but it has come a long way since I started this blog.
Writing, Writing, Writing
Since starting my online journey, I’ve written thousands of articles, mostly thanks to article marketing.
This has helped me fine tune my writing, and it has helped me convert my thoughts into text. The more I’ve written, the more confident I’ve become.
If I could go back and give myself advice when I was starting out, I would tell myself to not worry that much, take action and go with the flow. I would’ve probably not followed the advice of my future self, because we need to learn from our own experiences.
I always have a tendency to want to make everything perfect before I start, but it has never worked out that well. I’ve tried it for many, many years, and it only slows me down.
The sooner I start making mistakes, the faster I progress.
The 6 Steps to Writing Content That Makes a Difference
Life for me no longer is about perfection, even if I want it to be. Life for me is about experiences, learning opportunities and personal growth. Here are a few tips I’ve used or still use in writing the best content I am able to write.
1. Accept. I can always compare myself to the most successful bloggers and writers out there, but it really isn’t a good use of my time. Once I accept where I am, I have time to look back on how far I’ve come, and that allows me to express more of myself.
2. Write. The more I write, the better I become. You can’t write a home-run every time. Writing and blogging for me is more of a marathon than a sprint. I won’t always write great stuff, but I will always write, because I love to write.
3. Listen. I do my best to listen to my feelings, hunches and impulses. They sometimes lead to unexpected places, and give birth to incredible ideas. Sometimes I have to be a little bit illogical to come up with great stuff.
3. Read. I really enjoying sitting down with a good book. By reading, I show my brain how the language works and how good writers write. I’m showing examples of what great writing looks like, which then helps me write and express myself better.
4. Experiment. There’s nothing like going with a hunch and seeing where it takes me. Experimenting can be scary, but ultimately I’ve found it to be a great way to grow both personally and in my writing.
6. Write some more. In the end, all this comes down to is writing as much as I can. The more I write, the better I become, and the more ideas I have. I’m okay with not being the best writer in the world. I enjoy writing and that’s why I write.
It’s easy to get caught in trying to be someone else, or writing like someone else. In the end you have to write for yourself, because that’s what will make you happy.