Should you start a blog?
If you’ve been thinking of starting a blog, or any kind of creative project for that matter, this is your cue to just stop worrying and do it. If you’ve been waiting for a sign that it’s a good time to start, I’ll be it. Quit obsessing and planning and questioning all of your decisions and let yourself give it a try.
For about six months before I actually started writing anything, I obsessively researched how to launch a “successful” blog. How to find hosting and domains, monetizing, themes, promoting, and a million other things that after a couple hours of reading makes the whole process overwhelming and stressful when it really doesn’t need to be. But during those months when I was overcomplicating my life, as usual, it became pretty clear that I wasn’t the only one with questions and doubts.
I wholeheartedly believe that if anyone wants to start writing or making any kind of content, they should start right now. Like right now.
Look, I’m still self conscious with everything I post. It’s been a year and I still hate promoting my content because I second guess every word and worry that people will laugh or criticize it. At the end of the day, though, this is my project, my ideas, my little space to create. I started it because I love to write and I wanted to share my thoughts. Of course, I always hope I make something people like and want to read, but if they don’t, I still like doing it. Do I worry about it? Yeah. Does it keep me from writing? No, not anymore.
Anyway, the point is it doesn’t matter who talented you think you may or may not be. It doesn’t matter if your view count is super low in the beginning or if you’re still figuring out your style. Just go for it and see what happens. You might decide it’s not your thing and move onto something else or you might fall in love with it!
No matter who you are, your voice has value.
I saw a tweet a while ago that stuck with me and became the main reason for writing this post.
No one talks about what it’s like to become a disabled adult except disabled adults. So, start that blog, post that video, write that essay.
The next generation needs you.
— Crutches&Spice♿️ (@Imani_Barbarin) July 20, 2018
I talk a lot about the need for representation, and I think sometimes people forget that you can be that representation for your community. Despite my many daydreams and fantasies, I’m never going to be on tv. Which is probably, a good thing, because the only thing I’d really be qualified to play is a dead body on the ground. But by writing about being a disabled woman, or just writing as a disabled woman, and putting it out there for people to find, that’s providing something for other disabled women to (hopefully) identity with.
The same goes for any community, whether it was something you were born into or something you found later in life. It could be your religion or a fandom. No matter who you are, you’re a part of something. Just by creating something and being a part of those communities, it’s a small little bit of representation for other people out there who are like you.
You get to decide how it goes.
Starting anything can feel super daunting, but it doesn’t need to be because you’re in charge. You get to decide how invested you want to be. If you want to start a blog, you can decide whether you want to be self hosted and pay for a domain, or if you just want a free wordpress account or a tumblr. Real talk, though, does anyone still use Tumblr? I used to lose hours scrolling through that ugly blue dash. Like. An obscene amount of hours.
Anyway, back to my point. You can set your schedule, the kind of content, whether or not you want to promote it (and how), everything. There’s a million posts on what to do when starting a blog, but at the end of the day, you don’t need to follow any of those rules or suggestions. The same goes if you want to start painting or pick up photography or pretty much any other creative outlet. Forget what other people are doing and just make what you want to make.
It’s okay to suck at it, too.
I’m an obnoxious perfectionist. I hate to let anyone see anything I’ve made that I haven’t checked over and edited 100 times. Luckily with writing these posts, I usually don’t have as much time to obsess over everything. Are all my posts great? Definitely not. But that’s fine. It takes a long time to figure out what you’re doing, and even when you think you do, you’ve always got more to learn.
You don’t have to be great immediately. You can research and plan all you want, but really the only way to improve is to just start somewhere and then build off of that. I really wish we didn’t get embarrassed because we aren’t at a certain skill level and instead it were easier to just be stoked that we made something, yanno? Because being creative is all subjective, anyway. Any time you make something out of nothing that’s pretty badass regardless of how hard or easy it comes for you.
I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m having a good time, so there’s no reason you can’t, too.