How I found my way in the blogging world – Writing
If you’ve been following along you know I’ve just started my blog, and I am surely finding my way as I go. How I found my way in the blogging world was easier than I thought it would be but I was still surprised to know there is so much to it.
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Today, this is all about the writing – How to’s and so much more!
Writing is my very favorite part of blogging by far! And – writing is the part that gives me the most anxiety – by far! It is a double edged sword. Writing is why I choose to start blogging. I have thoughts and thoughts – and then, even more, thoughts about anything and everything you can imagine. I have been this way my entire life. So much so that I even have a process to organize my thoughts (sometimes it requires a wall). So many thoughts – and I want to share.
But here’s the thing….you have to put yourself “out there” to share your thoughts to the whole world and be ready to be judged. Ummmm – I’m not so sure about that judgy part, but here I am. Doing it anyway. Because I can and if people don’t like it, well that’s just none of my business. Unless they tell me about it. Then, I’ll deal with that when it happens. (You can bet I’ll blog about it.) But I really, really want people to like it. I want to help people and I want to learn about what other people are doing too. This is the reason I chose blogging to start with.
Back to the writing part…
There are a couple of things I love to do, and these are the same things people ask me about all the time, organizing, decorating, and planning. This stuff is what I feel like I have to share with the world. I am good at this stuff, and I help people with this type of thing all the time. I even have another business that exists only to do these things for people. It is awesome. But I need more….
I write about the things I love to do.
First I plan my writing with my blog post tracker I developed for my blog planner. It includes everything I need for my writing. Main idea to share, keyword planner, research I need to do, and all the little details that bring structure to my posts. Then, when I go to write, I already have the basics defined and all I have to do is fill in the words. This process makes it work so well for me.
I schedule my writing time.
I have to schedule the time to write because I do have another business I run from home – plus I have a home to manage as well. When I first started scheduling time in my planner to write I was concerned I wasn’t going to be able to find the words I want in the moment I had scheduled. Fortunately, this has not happened, yet. I think that because I already have the framework for the post developed, with the post tracker worksheet, my brain is already wired to produce the words. Does that even make sense? The words come because they are simply filling out the framework I’ve already built. Clear as mud?
I’ve learned along the way.
After only a month of writing, on a very regular basis, I have learned a few things. I am more comfortable writing when I know I have already accomplished other things on my list for the day. For instance, I can more easily clear my mind to focus on writing time when I have already handled the to do’s for the other business for the day. If I have something hanging for that business I find my thoughts drifting towards it – and away from what I’m writing. To work with this I simply schedule the other business tasks for earlier in the day. Then my mind is free to move on.
I’ve also learned that everyone becomes a better writer by writing.
I read or heard a quote, “the first thing you write is the worst thing you write so get it over with and fix it later”. There is no remembering where I read or heard it, but it really resonates with me. (Please let me know if you know the source of this so I can thank them properly.) I think this is the part that holds most of us back – the fear of being judged for what or how we share. What if people think I’m stupid? How can I be sure I make myself clear for people? What if nobody notices I’m here writing and sharing? What…..whatever. One of my favorite sayings is “Some will, Some won’t, and So what – because Someone else is waiting”. Think about that for just a second. Isn’t that freeing?
If no one ever reads my writing I will still write.
But – I sincerely hope someone (everyone) does read, and likes it, and finds something here that will help them, and even leaves a thought here that will help all the rest of us too. I’m still going to go about organizing, and decorating, and planning – and writing about it all along the way. Everybody is good at something. I hope you will share what you’re good at too. The world needs us to share more of the stuff we’re good at and less of everything else.
Are you a writer? If so, please tell me about your process. If not, have you ever thought about it? I bet you have lots of good stuff to share!
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