I see you out there just itching to get your blog started. You know you want to dive into this thing called blogging but you feel stuck and that is what prevents you from hitting that PUBLISH button.
In this time of information saturation, a big hurdle to getting out there in the blogging world is wondering if you are enough of an expert in your chosen field or niche.
I know I really struggled with this. I wanted to write from the most innermost places of my heart and mind. It was a burning desire that was only growing hotter and hotter as the years went on.
The thing is that I didn’t feel like I had any authority in anything. How in the world would anyone be willing to listen to what I had to say? I don’t have a ton of degrees, nor do I have a large portfolio of published writings. I’m not an expert in anything.
Here’s the thing, though.
There is one thing that I AM an expert in and that is ME. Click To Tweet
I know myself better than anyone else in this world.
Let me share a short story with you.
I am sitting at my desk and I am writing out my 1000 words a day or I’m out for a run or I’m perhaps even in the shower. I have this absolutely wonderful and revolutionary post idea that I just know will change the world. I can’t wait to sit down and punch out this post for the entire world to see.
I do a quick search on the topic only to find out that no less than twenty people have written on the exact same topic.
What?! That’s not fair!!
I could’ve sworn this was an absolutely original idea!!!
“.... and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 Click To Tweet
You can just assume that your amazing and revolutionary post idea has indeed been written about by at least one person and probably more.
Don’t lose heart! That’s not the end of the story.
There is a completely original idea that you are not considering.
No one has written on this amazing topic from YOUR perspective.
YOU are amazingly unique. Your perspective on the world is 100% original.
So, even if you do write on a topic that has already been addressed by others, your post is completely original because it is from YOU.
Isn’t that amazing?!
Having this mind-blowing realization is the key to me going from unfulfilled writer to fulfilled writer and blogger.
You are an Expert of YOU and no one can take that away from you. Click To Tweet
Get out there and start writing!!!
Okay, Sarah, that’s cool.
I’m an expert on myself. I kind of, sort of get that, but I’m not really an expert on anything else. What can I write about?
That’s a good question!
First, I would recommend that you just start writing every single day.
Or, at least pick certain days that you will write no matter what. I don’t write on the Sabbath, and that is because I don’t work that day and rarely even turn on my computer.
Make writing each day a non-negotiable.
Find a routine that works for you and make a covenant with yourself that you will write every day on those days.
Writing on a consistent basis will help you find your unique voice and it will help you get those ideas stuck in your head out and on paper.
This daily writing does not have to be organized or publishable.
If you want a good challenge to get your writing fingers moving really well then join me in writing 1000 words a day.
Second, you don’t have to be an expert on something to write about it.
But, if you write on it long enough you will become an expert.
And remember, you are already an expert on YOU.
What do I mean by you don’t have to be an expert to write about something?
A good example is all those fitness blogs out there.
Most of those people weren’t experts in fitness. They were just people like you and me who wanted to get healthier and chose to document their journey in a blog.
Each person who writes a fitness blog is an expert on their own personal journey first.
The blog starts off simply as a diary of her progress and personal journey. And then as she learns more and more she shares all the knowledge she is gaining. The blog grows and so does the readership.
Why? Because people can relate to the story.
Third, find what makes you…YOU.
What makes you tick?
What are your passions?
Write about those.
When you write about what you love most you will be your most authentic self.
People today more than ever what authenticity and vulnerability.
The Internet is a world of fake news and fake stories and fake people. It is the projection screen of everyone’s highlight reels.
But, if you step into the Internet world and present yourself and who you truly are. If you are open and honest, and perhaps even raw, then other’s will sit up and listen. And they will follow you because they have found a safe place. A tribe is born.
Be YOU! You’re the expert, after all.
New Blogger, you have a voice that the world hasn’t heard from yet. You have a voice that the world NEEDS to hear.
Get out there and let the world hear YOUR voice.