It’s Friday, so I thought, what better way to start the day than with little motivation. 🙂 It often happens for bloggers to feel unsure and give up before even starting their blogs. If you need motivation, find time this weekend to think through these inspirational lines and how they apply to your blogging:
(Thanks to GoodReads for their great collection of quotes.)
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí
Yes, even Dalí feared failure. It’s perfectly normal that you feel insecure, thinking if someone will ever read your blog posts, what will they think, what if you don’t succeed, etc. ..? But without this fear, you cannot reach perfection – it motivates us to do better, to give our best, and get involved with heart and soul to achieve it.
And keep in mind that even the best bloggers were once beginners who made their own mistakes, even started several blogs before they got to where they’re now, but they learned from their errors and improved; they didn’t give up.
“Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most do.”
― Dale Carnegie
And it can often be hurtful, or a criticism for the sake of criticizing, commenting about irrelevant things like in Ambrose Bierce’s humorous remark “The covers of this book are too far apart”. But you can’t let the fear of negative comments and crises stop you from blogging. If we all quit that easily we would never achieve anything.
If you can’t find enough support for your blogging endeavors in your close circles of people, look for it online. There’s always a solution if you are prepared to look for it.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
― Stephen King, On Writing
There are no shortcuts to success! In blogging, as well as in anything else. It is a step-by-step process, and you need to work for it. Check Copyblogger’s post on overnight-success stories and you’ll see how they are not.
And as a blogger, you should be writing a lot. It’s not only an awesome practice for your skills, but to blog well and create amazing content people enjoy reading, you also need to read a lot, expand your knowledge and direct experience, this way improving yourself on so many levels.
Never write just for the sake of writing. Aim to produce quality, something that is genuinely worth the time of your readers. And when you can’t blog, read a book, take a new course, or do anything else you like that brings value to your writing.
For the end of “resolutions month” in the spirit of blogging inspiration, I’ll finish the post with one 2012 wish from Neil Gaiman:
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”