Everybody doesn’t feel the need to write, but we all need to externalize our feelings, our thoughts. Writing is a good way to do it, and blogging is a way to write that helps you to liberate your mind.
In my point of view, blogging is just a way to express yourself. It could be on an online blog, a notebook, a personal note, on your favorite notes app, a newspaper article… The choice is totally yours.
I started my blog at 14 and I really sucked at it.
And you know what? I’m still suck at it.
I’m still learning and I try to improve my way to write article after article (French and English). I’d like to share with you my 3 favorite reasons to start blogging or writing for yourself or your community.
You think you are not good at writing? Look at the end of this article to check the infographic that can help you.
1 - You think about your thoughts
Our head can be a mess.
We aggregate feelings, information, knowledge all day long, turning in a loop in our head.
We have so much to do, to think, so many tasks. Sometimes it becomes difficult to keep an organized mind.
Writing down things can help to organize our mind or just make it free.
It can allow you to get a broader point of view and understanding of what you’re thinking about, what you become aware of and what you just don’t know. Maybe even about yourself.
Writing about you, your feelings, what you live, can empower yourself or even be therapeutic. The interesting thing with that type of writing is that there’s only one rule: there’s no rule.
You just have to type or to write.
When you want to talk about your (very) personal feelings, it’s important to keep your online identity safe, so I advise you to take a notebook and write it down. Keep your secret garden safe.
For a public purpose, it can be more complicated than when you’re the only reader of what you write. You’re going to understand very quickly the not easy task it is.
- Even if you want to write on a subject that’s really on your heart and explain it, write about it may lead you to the conclusion that you don’t completely master your subject and have to take a look for more, more and more information around you if you want to explain it well.
- It’s essential to tend to share something useful and interesting for your readers, but it’s not always as easy. However it forces you to think about the choice of your subject, the way you’ll talk about it, etc. and all of that is meaningful because it develops your creativity. Don’t neglect it.
It can be hard to open up our shell, it’s known to be difficult. We are genetically engineered to not share our thoughts easily. But it’s so beneficial for us when we manage to do it.
I struggle but I try.
2 - It helps to deal with humility
Writing an article is not like building a house.
It’s a never-ending process, never well-polished.
Your opinion can change between two paragraphs or you can grow on knowledge of your subject and so you have to update what you are going to share with others. It can be difficult to end an article, to put the final point, but you have to do it one day. Learn to be satisfied of you and to accept and settle for the imperfect.
Maybe you’ll think that what you are writing sucks because it can be improved again and again. And sometimes it’s going to be true !
Modesty is the watchword, it doesn’t have to be perfect to attract your readers.
On another way, increase your humbleness by just accepting feedback from others.
For some, it’s not difficult to accept the humility of their writing, they’re proud of it (and it’s good!) but it’s not easy for them to be humble. Accept the fact that you don’t know everything, don’t understand everything and don’t (and will never) master all the subjects.
People who want to help you by giving you advices are people who want to see you grow up, to see you succeed.
Don’t reject them and accept their advices, they are good for and for what you’re writing because it will just add richness and content to you text.
3 - It develops your self-confidence
Do you know the feeling of accomplishment once your writing is complete?
When you take a position and share your vision on something, you open up your heart and your mind and learn. You learn about your subject but also about you and at the end you know a little more who you are, what you want, what are your moral values and so what you are standing for.
It’s sometimes like you have something you keep as a burden inside you and once you speak about it, you feel better.
This feeling of satisfaction that makes you happy of what you did is important. It helps you to know what makes you “vibrate” and what you’re made for. To know this will help you to develop your self-confidence because you’ll know more about you, about who you are and that you can be proud of it.
Moreover, especially if you have a public blog, realize that your point of vue is important. Your vision is interesting. Don’t be ashamed to talk, to speak up and to make your voice heard. Be proud of you are.
Even if your confidence could grow up, fix your eyes on the second point: humility.
Do not forget, failure will make you a better writer.
Infographic - Small Steps to Start Writing
Here is my “call-to-action” for you right now. I always keep in mind these steps which could help to keep track of my writing strategy.