How To Start Writing For Your Blog

I hear you want to start a blog.

That is so awesome. I am so glad that I took the leap and started this blog. I think blogging has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done. Blogging is an amazing outlet.

And, if you are willing to work hard, you can even make a decent income from blogging all from the comfort of your own home.

I’m sure you have asked Rabbi Google about blogging. And you’ve probably gone to Pinterest looking for the best “How-To” articles for starting a blog.

Let me guess. You were inundated with a ton of pretty Pins and articles about how to start a blog. You saw email courses, ebooks, and even entire courses on how to do this thing called blogging.

YES!!  This is exactly what you need!!  Blogging!  Here we coooooooome!!!

You sign up for some free email courses and read some ebooks. If you are really hungry, you might even pay to sign up for an e-course.

AWESOME!!

You are taking the right steps.

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So, now you have figured out your domain, platform, hosting company, WordPress template, free stock photos and how to edit them to make awesome pinnable images, etc. You are slowly but surely learning the technical side of blogging.

Yeah!  Your blog is being born!!!

But, wait.

What’s the number one thing bloggers do??????

They WRITE!!

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Oh, crap!  Now you need to actually write!

You probably have an idea of what you want to write about.

You might even have a fairly good idea of what your niche is thanks to one of those fancy email courses you subscribed to.  Am I right?

But, how do you get that actual content written?

I have spent a fair amount of time in some awesome blogger groups on Facebook and one of the most common sticking points I am noticing for starting a blog is actually getting the content written and out there.

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The funny thing is that the writing part of keeping a blog is easy to me. I was writing long before I even considered starting this blog. It’s the technical side of things that get me frustrated and wondering if I want to do this for the long run.

Here is my little bit of wisdom about getting awesome content out there. 

Write. Write. Write. Write A lot. Write Often.

One of the most frustrating things for me to do is sit down at my computer for the purpose of writing a blog article. The pressure of creating a quality piece that will be published drives me nuts. I usually end up sitting there, staring at the computer, for way too long. 

Getting past this paralysis is as easy as just writing every single freaking day. I don’t worry about the content or the editing. My fingers are allowed to just flow over the keyboard. It doesn’t matter what comes out. Just let it go. 

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One of my virtual writing mentors, Jeff Goins, recently wrote a post on how he finally came to make it as a writer. He said, “So I made a life-changing decision. I would write every day and publish it on my blog for two years straight. That was my promise to myself. Practice every day for two years before giving up.”

As you write every day you are creating an awesome library of content that you can pull from when it’s time to create a blog post.

Writing every freaking day also helps you push past any fear you might have about writing.

Writing is a vulnerable thing to do. It doesn’t matter what you are writing about. You always leave a little bit of yourself on that page. And for that, writing is scary for many people.

Writing requires a different part of the brain than talking.  And that part of the brain needs daily exercise to get fit and ready to produce. Daily writing provides that exercise. Before you know it, writing becomes easy and you just might come to love it for all that it can provide.

Daily writing will help you come up with topic ideas that you aren’t even writing about.

Just the act of writing helps me come up with awesome ideas for future posts. It’s kind of funny how it happens too. The vast majority of post ideas come while I am doing my daily writing. For that reason alone, it is so worth having this daily habit.

Write Every Freaking Day. Your Content will create itself. And you will learn about yourself along the way.

I wish I could come up with some awesome three-step formula that will sell like crazy but it’s just not that complicated. There aren’t three steps to it!!

Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write.

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Try it.

Consider doing a 1000 Words a Day Challenge!! 

Let me know what happens!!!!

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Getting Things Done: Outcome Vs. Behavior Goals

Goals.

Do you have goals?  What kind of goals do you have?

I think we can all agree that having goals is incredibly important to being successful in whatever it is you are trying to achieve. It helps to have something to work towards instead of going along with no destination in mind.

But, do you have the right kind of goals?

Having goals is very important and having the right kind of goals is just as important.

Let’s talk about the two types of goals.

OUTCOME goals:

  • “I want to lose 20 lbs. by Christmas.”
  • “I want to run a 5K in under 23 minutes.”
  • “I want to write a book in 2018.”

These type goals do not make sense because LIFE HAPPENS. The world is pretty uncontrollable. You can’t make your body lose 20 pounds on command any more than you can make sure your house is worth a certain amount when you sell it. In other words, you can’t control the outcome.

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However, you can control your BEHAVIOR:

  • “I will run 4 times every week focusing on increasing my running intervals.”
  • “I will diligently track my food, exercise, and work on my new habit every week.”
  • “I will write 1000 Words A Day.”

Notice how all of the behavior goals are a commitment to do a specific set of actions or tasks that lead to the outcome you want.

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So here’s your assignment for the next couple days….

1) Write down what you would like to achieve in your fitness journey.
2) What can you do this MONTH to help you achieve your future goal (BEHAVIOR goals)?
3) What can you do this WEEK to achieve your future goal?
4) What can you do TODAY to achieve your future goal?

These are all BEHAVIOR goals. 

I would love to hear some of your goals!

It is okay to under-estimate. It is better to meet small goals consistently and add up to big goals.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. 🙂

You will see how all these behaviors will ultimately help you achieve your outcome goal but in controllable and achievable steps that are kinder to your overall being.

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Journal Entry – I AM Enough

Relationships are built on transparency and vulnerability. It is so easy in this time of blogging and social media to always put on your best face and not open the gates to your heart and soul. I have spent way too long locked up, not letting anyone in. I want to break down those walls and let you in. For that reason, I am starting a series of posts that I’m calling “Journal Entry.” In these posts, I will share directly from my journal, where I write my 1000 Words A Day. It will be a copy and paste with no editing or cleaning up. 

There are days when I look in the mirror and sigh. I see that frumpy and dumpy homeschooling housewife. I think of all the things I have not accomplished.

The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO.

I take a deep breath as I stare in the mirror and then I feel an arm come around my waist and I hear a sweet whisper of “I Love You.” I enjoy the moment. I give in. I then hear in my soul, “You ARE Enough!” It is then that I know that yes, I AM enough.  There is a lot I have not accomplished, but there is so much more that I have — things of eternal value.  I look away and I see my only son giggling as he reads his favorite books. I hear, “Hey Mom! Listen to this!!” We laugh together on the couch.

Then we gather at the table for dinner. The two loves of my life are eating and laughing. Even the dog is content as she rolls around on the carpet. We are happy. We are content.

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At bedtime, I can’t help but smile big as I walk by my son’s room and I see him and his Dad reading Scripture together. They both look up and smile.

After a little TV time with my Sweetheart, I slip into my boy’s room and I kiss his sleeping head — like I have every night since he was born–almost nine years now. I whisper, “I Love You.”  In that place between reality and dreams, he quietly says “I love you too. You are the best Mom EVER.”

My soul smiles as I go to bed. I take off my glasses and slip into bed. As I feel strong arms come around my waist again and we fall asleep in unison, I know. I am not perfect. But, I AM enough.

I sleep well.

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How To Conquer Those HUGE Goals

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Starting a blog is hard.

Running a marathon is hard. 

When I started this blog, I had no idea how much was involved.

I knew that I needed to invest in some coaching this time around. I’ve started blogs in the past but I had zero ideas what I was doing. ZERO. I figured I could bootstrap it and figure it out along the way. In some ways that is true but I am determined to make this blog work. I have a stronger vision and much bigger goals.

So, I bought coaching and it has helped me a ton.

Even with that said, I am still shocked and sometimes overwhelmed about how much there is to grow a profitable blog.

Pinterest to Freebies.
Opt-ins to Twitter.
Producing Products to E-mail marketing
The list goes on and on and on.

Once I got through the awesome course I bought, I realized how big the blogging world really was. Holy Moly Sweet Jesus.

How in the world will I learn all of this?

Here’s what I’m doing. I’ve taken a play from my son’s homeschool playbook. 

EASY + 1

You can relate this to blogging or training to run a marathon .

Here’s how it works.

You see a project or massive goal that you want to attack. It is HUGE and honestly, quite overwhelming. How in the world will you ever get it done? 

You are right. There is no way you can do this where you are right now.

But, you CAN do it by moving one step at a time and challenging yourself bit by bit.

The EASY in this formula is all the things you already know how to do.

It could be that you already know how to post basic blog articles or that you can walk a mile pretty easily.

Keep doing the easy things, putting one foot in front of the other.

But, doing the EASY things like posting basic blog articles and walking for a mile will not get you to a profitable blog or running a marathon.

You have to CHALLENGE yourself. That’s where the +1 comes in.

Don’t stay where you are. Do the easy and take it up a step.

Easy + 1 gets the job done.

Let’s look at a couple scenarios to drive this home. 

Scenario #1

You know how to post basic blog posts. By all means, keep putting out quality content on a regular basis.

Remember, bloggers are writers first. 

Now start adding graphics that you created in places like PicMonkey or Canva .

Got the pictures under your belt? Can you make quality pictures quickly? Yes?

Now your Easy is a basic blog post with awesome graphics.

Add another tool to your “Awesome Profitable Blog” toolbelt. 

Don’t stop there!

Keep making your basic blog posts with awesome graphics.

Then, start sharing those blog posts with awesome graphics in Facebook Groups.

To do that you need to figure out which groups are best for you and your niche, join them, and figure out the atmosphere in there. This will take some time. This is your next +1.

You will be creating basic blog posts with awesome graphics that you share in your favorite Facebook Groups.

Keep doing that, bit by bit, until you have a profitable blog.

Take the Easy and +1 it with each new and challenging step. You WILL get there.

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Scenario #2

You can only walk a mile at a time but you have this HUGE dream to run across a marathon finish line. (*author waving hand*)

It seems impossible right now. Well, that’s probably because it is impossible….where you are right now.

That’s okay. Don’t give up because it’s impossible now. 

Keep doing your one-mile walk.

Then add another half mile. Do that till it’s easy. And repeat.

Start adding in small bursts of running. Do that till it’s easy.

Lengthen the small bursts of running. Do that till it’s easy.

Increase how far you run each day.

Next thing you know, you are running the marathon (26.2, BABY!!).

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Okay, yes, it was hard but you tackled it the Easy + 1 way.

This is exactly how I am facing this massive world of profitable blogging AND running my first marathon.

I am not there yet but I am tackling each +1 and adding another tool to my toolbelt with each step.

This method really helps those feelings of being overwhelmed at conquering HUGE goals. Just focus on each new challenging step, step by step, and eventually, you’ll get there. 

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Invest In Yourself with Coaching

Do you remember graduating from school?

Were you like me and thought, “YES!!!  I am NEVER going back to school and I am NEVER going to read another non-fiction book AGAIN. It’s all novels from here on out”?

In all truth, I went for a long time without even opening up any books.

I was absolutely DONE with school, and books, and tests, and deadlines.

I had gone nonstop through school for about twenty years. That is preschool through a Masters Graduate Degree.

Little did I know that life is full of learning and tests and deadlines.  It just looks different.

And little did I know that it is the most successful people who never stop studying and learning.

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There came a time when I knew that there were some things that just weren’t working in my life. I needed help!!!

I went looking for that help. And what I found was that the people I want to be like are the ones who never stop learning. They never stop reading, nor do they ever stop seeking coaching.

I learned that the average Millionaire reads at least one non-fiction book a month and the average Billionaire reads double that or more.

I knew that the current path I was on wasn’t working and I needed to do something different.

What if I looked to the people I want to be like and do what they do?

And when I looked, I saw people who are avid readers and people who invest in themselves through coaching.

Simple, right? Yes, actually, it is.

The first step I took was that I committed to going back to my childhood prolific reading ways. I turned off the TV and started reading again. I started with novels to get the habit of reading warmed up and then I started going back and forth between fiction and non-fiction.

Reading has become a welcome reprieve in my day when it was once an assignment I resented.

Then I started going deeper into coaching.

I try to set aside one hour a day to learning and coaching.

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Coaching can look like a number of things.

I often listen to audios or watch videos of my personal coach, Dani Johnson.  I have a number of courses and ebooks I am working through on writing and blogging. And I have a growing stack of leadership books I am working through.

It seems like a lot and, I guess, it is. But, one hour a day is doable.

 I’m worth it.  My future is worth it.

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Since I started doing this one simple task each day, the path I was on has changed and is now going in a much better direction.

Do YOU invest in yourself through reading and coaching? Do you want to get started?

If so, I have a present for you.

I have created a printable to make YOUR daily coaching sessions even better. Print it out, take notes, and make an action plan.

I know you have goals. Get to work and make them happen.

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How I Write 1000 Words A Day: 6 Habits

The most common reaction I get when I say that I write 1000 words a day no matter the day is that of shock and “there is no way I could do that.”

I will tell you that it is HARD a lot of the time but the reward is so worth the effort. From helping me process all my thoughts and emotions to providing fodder for this blog makes prioritizing writing each day so worth it.

Now, getting 1000 words out each day can be a real struggle. My natural state is to be like a squirrel and chase after the next shiny thing.There is always something more fun or exciting out there. 

So, how in the world do I stay focused enough to get 1000 words out each day?

Let me share the habits that work pretty well for me. I hope adopting these habits can help YOU start writing 1000 words a day too.

 

NO SOCIAL MEDIA

In order for this to happen each day I have to turn off all social media.

It actually goes further than that. The only window open on my computer is my Word document where I write everything.

If anything else is open, the squirrel in me yearns to click over (like right now, I’m having to resist opening up CHROME) and see what’s happening on the news, weather, movies, friends on FB, blogging groups, Pinterest, email, etc. etc. etc.

I could easily lose an hour if I allow myself to click over and go down any rabbit holes.

All other windows, but especially social media (the worst culprit), must stay closed until this writing is done completely.

Then, when the writing is done, I can get my hits of social media or whatever peaks my interesting before I move on to the next task.

 

TURN PHONE OVER & ON SILENT

I keep my phone on the desk with me for most of the day.

The phone can be just as distracting as social media.

Why?

Because of all those random blinky lights that happen with notifications. If I see a blinky light notification, I just HAVE to check what it is notifying me about. A text, a Google hangout, a Facebook notification, a ReTweet, a new deal on Amazon, or a big on eBay. All of these notifications will send me into the trees with the squirrels just as quickly as social media on the laptop.

I also turn the phone on silent. Those notifications have beeps that will get me climbing to worlds unknown just like the lights will.

The phone is turned over and silent when I’m writing.

And on days when I’m feeling especially squirrely I will put the phone on the filing cabinet behind me so I can’t even see it.

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Music for Concentration

I am often wearing my headphones while I’m working and listening to a wide repertoire of music. I work better with some good music on than I do in silence. It helps quiet all the miscellaneous thoughts.

For my 1000 words a day time, though, I listen to a particular station on Spotify called MUSIC FOR CONCENTRATION.

This music on this station is absolutely perfect for focusing on the task at hand. I can zone out and just write while I’m listening to it. I can’t tell you how it works but it really is easier to concentrate and pound out a ton of words quickly.

Do It First

I schedule my writing time as the first thing I do each day when I sit down at the computer.  Morning is my freshest time and it is far easier to be creative.

Writing my 1000 words a day is one of my non-negotiables when it comes to this blog. I started this whole crazy idea because I am a writer and a writer gotta write.

At the start of building this blog, I found myself getting caught up in the technical details of setting up a blog. There were some days I totally forgot to write.  I wasn’t being true to myself or being authentic with you.

So, I recommitted to the 1000 words a day no matter what. If that is the only thing I get done on the blog that day, I am okay with that.

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 I put the most important thing at the start of the day. I write my 1000 words every morning before I do any marketing, blog building, skill building, homemaking, or whatever.

 

NO EDITING

I don’t edit the document when I’m writing.

UGH!  I know. It is so dang hard for the Grammar Police.

The point of writing 1000 words a day is to get the words out. It is not to create publishable material.

The publishable material comes later when I do the editing and formatting.

This daily exercise is to just let the ideas flow out of your fingers. That’s it. There are no paragraphs that make sense. Most of the time it is stream of consciousness and would make zero sense to anyone else who read it.

Yes, the little squiggly lines that keep popping up in Word drive me nuts but if I corrected every squiggly red line would never get this stuff out. And trying to perfect it as I’m going totally kills the creative process.

 

DON’T GET UP TILL IT’S DONE

Finally, you don’t get up from your desk until the 1000 words are written.

Most of the day I use a timer to help me take breaks.

But, when I’m writing my 1000 words a day I don’t get up until it is done. That gives me more motivation to get it done because my butt is starting to hurt after awhile.

Committing to not get up during your daily writing ritual means that you are placing it at a very high priority.

Give these habits a try and let me know how your daily writing is going!!!!

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October 2017 Monthly Blog Report

October has been a crazy and awesome month. 

I launched the blog on October 2nd.

It was an incredibly fun day. I was at the computer for most of the day talking to people who were messaging me about the awesome news of this new blog entering the blogosphere. I was overwhelmed with the response and I was floating on cloud nine for pretty much the entire day. 

I got 20+ subscribers that first day!!!!

The whole first week of October was pretty much the same as the first day. I was flying high and enjoying every minute of it.

Then Week 2 hit.

I started seeing the page views plummet. People weren’t signing up for my freebie and newsletter like they were before. There wasn’t much social media engagement. 

All of a sudden, this blog suddenly felt like an anchor and hard work. 

I remember thinking, “Okay, so this blogging thing is going to require a lot of work. *Sigh* Alrighty then, let’s do this.” 

I dusted off my crown and put my Big Girl Panties and got to work. 

I have been diligently working every day on this little blog all the while fighting off the inner critic that loves to say I can’t do this and it will never amount to anything. 

I am determined to make this work because I KNOW that writing is my God-given destiny. I have given up and quit on way too many things in my life. It’s time to draw a line in the sand and say, “No more.”

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I will let God take care of the details. 

Let’s look at the details of the month. 

My coach says that anything you want to grow and change you MUST track your results. One of the reasons you need to track your results is that when the days are hard and you aren’t seeing any traction you can always go back and see that you are, indeed, growing even if it is slow. 

I am also all about being authentic and keeping accountability on this blog. 

So, here are my numbers. 

Page views: 

Email Subscribers: (MailChimp)

Social Media: 

I look at these numbers and I am pretty happy.

What makes me the happiest is the number of subscribers. My focus is to grow my email list and to love on those people as much as possible. While I want the list to grow, I also want to take good care of those who have entrusted me with their sacred email space. So, I am happy with any growth, fast or slow. 

There is no income to report and that’s okay. I didn’t put any real effort into earning an income this month. I’m focusing on producing awesome content and growing my email list. 

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WINS:

  • Launched the blog
  • Started Email list and started weekly newsletter 
  • Created a 2nd Freebie to grow the Email List 
  • Jumped back onto Twitter and loving it. 
  • Scheduled 3 posts a week allowing for 2 to post and one to create a backlog. 
  • Wrote 1000 words a day (Monday – Friday)
  • Invested in the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit for 2017. (Whoo!!  It’s going to take all year to get through it all!)
  • Started taking the courses in the GBT2017. 
  • Slowly learning where I fit in social media. 
  • Started engaging with other bloggers and supporting them. 
  • Learning to put others first 

FAILS:

  • Started a FB page but not really sure if I like it or if it works. 
  • Got sucked into link dropping in FB groups. YUCK. 
  • Listened to the lies that I can’t do this and got discouraged. 
  • Allowed that discouragement to slow down progress. 
  • And didn’t plan well for November. 
  • Floundering in social media 
  • Got sucked into the daily maintenance of the blog and stopped dreaming and planning. 
  • Lost some authenticity in my writing due to worrying what other’s thought. 

I could go on and on about what I did right and I could write even more about what I did wrong. 

This blog is a journey towards fulfilling my dream and destiny to be a writer. I know there will be wins and there will be lots of fails.

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I am excited about November!  Good things are coming. 🙂

I Hear You Are Starting Your Fitness Journey…Again

This blog is not specifically a fitness blog but  I do love fitness. Exercise is a very important part of my week. Exercise helps keep me level emotionally. It helps me focus and go after my goals. That endorphins hit is almost always exactly what I need to get out of whatever funk I’m in or to reboot my creativity.

I used to not be that way.

I have stopped and started fitness journeys more times than I’d like to admit.

I start running or lifting or swimming or whatever. I am so gung-ho about it for a few weeks. I talk about it all the time. I POST about it on social media as a way of patting myself on the back. There is nothing wrong with posting on social media about your fitness journey. For me, it was a way of trying to gain recognition so I would feel better about myself.  Hopefully, that is not you. 

Life would happen and I would stop exercising.

This would happen over and over and over.

Then there would come a point where I felt gross or depressed or whatever and I knew I needed to start all over again.

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But, every time I would start I didn’t feel good about it because I just KNEW that I would quit eventually. And then, I would think about what everyone would think about me starting all over again.  I just KNEW that they were thinking about how I’ve started ten million times already and I quit every single time. 

Does any of this resonate with you?

I have a feeling that at least one person out there is nodding her head up and down right now.

Well, this is for you, Honey.

First off, I want to say that I am proud of you. You are doing it!!!  You are taking responsibility for your own health and that is no small thing!

YOU are putting yourself first for a little bit each day. By doing that, YOU are saying, “I AM IMPORTANT!.”  That’s because YOU ARE important.

I could gush and gush and gush about how awesome it is that you are taking this step. If you need some extra support, PLEASE shoot me a message via the CONTACT ME Form. I would be honored to support you and encourage you.

Honey, please don’t listen to anyone else.

Pffffft. Pish Posh.

People Schmeaple.

It doesn’t matter one iota what other people think of YOUR fitness journey.

It doesn’t matter one itty bitty bit what other people think of you starting again.

Why?

This is YOUR journey!

This is YOUR Body!!

It belongs to no one else.

You do what you need to do and celebrate how you want to celebrate.

Embrace the Suck

This is when it gets a little less mushy.

There will be days, especially in the beginning, when going out to exercise is going to suck.

Yep. It’s going to happen.

It’s going to hurt. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to test your dedication.

It’s okay to say that it sucks. It’s okay to be honest with yourself and OTHERS that this journey sucks…at least right now.

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Believe me when I say it gets easier. With dedication and consistency, your body adapts to the exercise and it feels a ton easier. Whoohoo!! 

You can do this!!

Every new Beginning is GOOD!!!!!

I have stopped and started writing AND exercise probably a thousand times. Ugh. I hate admitting it but it’s the truth.

I have another goal that I’ve stopped and started numerous times throughout the years.

A big bucket list goal is to run a marathon.  Just finish a marathon.

I have started training for that marathon about as many times as I’ve started writing again. Each goal comes to a screeching halt.

So, with better coaching under my belt, I thought it made sense to combine the goals of being a professional writer/blogger and running a marathon once and for all.

I am chasing HARD after each one every day.

I am starting a fitness journey AGAIN….just like you.

This time I have the tools I need to be successful.

If you need the tools, I am here to help you!!!

Please don’t let a lack of skill stop you from going after fitness or any other dream.

I am here to support you 200%. Just click over on the CONTACT ME form and we will talk.

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Write For an Audience of One: How to Keep Authenticity in Your Writing

How To Keep Authenticity in Your Writing

It is a struggle when you are a writer and a blogger. There is this tension between being authentic in your writing and also keeping in mind the needs and desires of your readers.

What does being authentic in your writing mean?

It means putting your full self in your words and not putting up a façade. It means being open and honest with your audience.

I have created a few other blogs in the past and they all came to an end after a long and slow death. As I have looked back over them and considered what went wrong there is one thing that is consistent. I was trying to be someone I was not.

When I looked at other mom blogs and fitness blogs and I got this idea in my head of what the perfect mom or fitness fanatic should look like. I tried to fit my squiggly shaped self into the square shaped hole. Y’all, it didn’t work.

It hurts when you try to force your shape into the shape others. Click To Tweet

The life cycle of my past blogs is that I would be so excited to be getting my words and voice out there. The fire was there and I believed in my message.

Then I would start losing interest in my blog. I’m confident it was because I was doing exactly what I mentioned above. I stopped writing for myself and focused purely for others.

The funny thing is that I believe my audience would sense a change in my writing and would lose interest.

Why?

I was losing authenticity

It wasn’t me who was writing. It was a page views and ad-click seeking robot. You can only cover that up for so long.

Before I started this blog I prayed long and hard about even starting. I didn’t want to start another blog only for it to have the same demise. 

I wanted to do things thing differently.

As I was still in the praying and brainstorming phase for this blog, I came across this article by Jeff Goins

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” – Cyrill Connolly

When I read that quote I knew what exactly what my problem was. I was not writing for myself at all.

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From that day forward, I made a covenant with God and with myself that I would ALWAYS be authentic in my writing. 100%.

Jeff Goins also says in his article “Writing for yourself is the only way to begin writing, in my opinion. You take your audience into account in the editing and tweaking process. You start, though, by writing for you.” 

Every day I write my 1000 words. I write those words 100% for me. In these pages, you will see some of the rawest emotions you could ever imagine. Those words are between God and me.

All my blog articles come for my 1000 words a day Word document. The only difference is that I take the very same words and I just tweak and edit a little bit to be more attractive for other people and the internet.

How to Keep Authenticity in Your Writing

It always starts with me and my authentic self.

Do the people-pleasing tendencies try to come out to play? Absolutely.

For example, I knew I wanted to write this blog article. I sat down to write and the words weren’t coming. I sat here for probably 5 minutes just staring at the screen.

Then I literally slapped myself and said, “Sarah, for crying out loud. You want to write about authenticity in writing and yet you are still trying to get it just right. Just WRITE…For….yourself. The rest will come.”

What’s the take-home point here? JUST WRITE! 

Write for yourself and only yourself. Write for an Audience of One. Forget all the other people. And in so doing you will impact more lives than you thought possible. Click To Tweet

If you feel discouraged as a writer please consider taking a step back and asking yourself WHY you write and WHY you love writing.

Then go back to that place and just write. Don’t write for anyone but yourself. Find healing in that practice. And then, when you are ready, share your authentic writing with the world. See what happens.

People are waiting to hear YOUR voice. They don’t want to hear someone else’s voice through you. They Want YOU.

Go Write.

Oh, and while you’re at it. Also, go get Jeff Goins FREE ebook “The Writer’s Manifesto.” Hear the rallying cry of authentic writers and get to work.

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Introducing the 1000 Words A Day Writing Challenge

Write 1000 Words a Day.

I remember reading those words and how they stuck in my brain.

At the time, I had so much inside of me that needed to be processed and come out. But, there was a block in my mind.

I just couldn’t write anything down!!

Then I saw it again. “Write 1000 Words A Day.” 

 It doesn’t matter what you write or how well you write, just write 1000 words a day. 

I started implementing that habit in my daily routine and the results have been unbelievable. 

You can read more about how I came about this habit in my post “How Writing 1000 Words A Day Changed My Life…Too.”

Since I have been writing 1000 words a day I have processed and released so much pain and hurt from my past AND I have launched my writing career.

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That’s why I am always talking about it. I share with fellow writers and bloggers. And I share it with people who have a ton of stuff that needs to be processed and spit out. Don’t we all need to do that??

And I share it with people who have a ton of stuff that needs to be processed and brought to the surface. Don’t we all need to do that??

Does writing 1000 words a day sound exactly like what you need to jump-start your writing? 

It doesn’t have to be writing for publication or a blog. It could be writing in a journal or stories that make your heart happy. 

You may not even consider yourself a “writer” but you’d like to give it a try and see what happens. 

It doesn’t matter what your motivation is. I encourage you to see what happens if you write 1000 words a day for 30 days.

Sign up below for an awesome Printable tracker to help you write 1000 words every day for 30 days.

Think about what you could accomplish in 30 days of consistent writing. 

You could have a month’s worth of blog articles done. 

You could write an e-book. 

You could write that short story you’ve always wanted to write. 

You could get all those ideas out of your head that won’t stop pestering you. And that might lead to more sleep! YES! 

You could process through the depression and anxiety that are holding you back from your God-given talent. 

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