Tips for overcoming the friction of starting a blog.
Want to have a blog but can’t find the time or value in it? Don’t worry, I got you! Here are some simple tips to blog in the laziest way possible…and I am the king of it! 😀
1. Write small
Most people trying to write a blog give up halfway or don’t even start because they overwhelm themselves with how much they need to write. Their head is so done in thinking about all the topic researching, content structuring, and then actually spitting out the details that they quit.
Do it like me. Write whatever you can in 10 or 15 minutes and publish that. Is that still too much time? Fine, put 5 minutes and publish that. Anything that can be written in 5 minutes gets published. If it’s still unfinished, then chop it up into smaller bits.
Over time you will get faster that you can write much bigger pieces in only 30 minutes. But until then, start small. Don’t compare yourself to established blogs with armies of writers, ok?
2. Post unfinished work
This the hardest obstacle for perfectionists that never let anything out the door unless it’s absolutely perfect. Screw that! Spit out your unfinished thoughts. Nobody needs to know that it’s unfinished. Every half-finished work can be helpful and appreciated. So just put it out there!
3. Share links to other resources
Some of the easiest blog posts to write are the ones you don’t even write. Think of it as a public bookmark where you’re sharing some helpful links or resources you’ve found. It can be a simple link for now with 1 or 2 descriptive sentences about each. Later on, you can always circle back and give each a paragraph if you want. You can alway expand later. But post now!
4. Share thoughts and questions
So often bloggers feel the need to answer all the world’s problems, or else we aren’t offering value. But this really isn’t the case. There is much value to be had in simply having an (open) conversation. Instead of having answers, we ask questions. We share some inner thoughts and opinions and we leave the mic open to see what others are feeling. It’s a great way to get comments and reader engagement as well.
5. Share updates
What are you up to? What are you working on lately? Did you forget that blogs can simply be personal updates? Readers love the human aspect of it.
Don’t feel guilty
Ultimately…don’t guilt yourself for not having more time. Just like I don’t guilt myself for not visiting my mother every month. We’re all busy people. And just because you don’t have time to write out everything that you have in your head, doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable. Trust me…your readers want to hear from you. Anything, just a hello is interesting!