How not to write a blog post, whilst giving you the motivation to start one

My story

Okay, so I’ve always had an idea of what I wanted to write - but two years passed and I had nothing, honestly nothing, just a medium account. Not a single draft post-in-sight!

Doesn’t make sense, does it? I have read article after article on how to write the ‘perfect’ Medium post and all I could think about was:

  • I’m not a great writer
  • What if no one likes it?
  • What if I’m wrong and I get corrected? That’s embarrassing.
  • What if no one reads it?
  • What social platforms should I post on to increase my reach?
  • Don’t I need to do more research into writing or at least have prior experience with it?

Woah

What’s all this? My one blog post idea turned into a million reasons that prevented me from actually writing something…anything! BONKERS!

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Taking a step back

I reminded myself that I’m not writing for others, but only for myself. I’m gathering my thoughts, gaining experience, and continuous learning, if I just write it down. Writing, for me, is about expressing what I’m passionate about. So, I reminded myself that it’s about me and what I hope by writing this is that I can inspire others to think differently, the only person who really cares if you get it wrong or make a mistake, is you. The likelihood is, if it’s interesting enough for you to write it down – there is most likely someone else out there who would love to read about it too!

So if you’ve got an idea, publish it – and if no one reads it then at least you’ve learnt more by documenting it. If one person reads it — great! You’re inspiring others.

You can’t be wrong if you write anything. But you’ll always be wrong if you don’t write anything at all.

Keep creating

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