For the past week I’ve been pondering an introductory post.
Being the meticulous, thoughtful Virgo I am, I promptly conducted research.
- I combed through my favorite blogs to observe their humble beginnings.
- I Googled “how to write your first blog post”.
- I wrote down sparks + snippets on my morning commutes to work.
- I hoarded half-baked, dissatisfying drafts.
Here is what I learned:
- There is no “right” way to start a blog. You just post something and trust in momentum.
- You figure things out by doing them.
- Your own ideas are powerful. Always give them a voice.
- Half-baked is a necessary part of the process. [Here’s a favorite blog post from Raptitude that talks about the importance + value of your less-than-stellar work.]
And a bonus lesson:
5. Things will fall into place. Trying too hard sometimes becomes precisely what you are trying to avoid: a lack of results.
So – to use an analogy that doesn’t really apply to me because I don’t own a car but will still illustrate my point – I ease up on the gas pedal and I choose instead to coast, knowing that while both ways may take me to where I want to be, only one of them will allow me to enjoy the scenery along the way.
And I do love me some scenery.
“Instead of trying harder, try softer.” —Eleanor Roosevelt