If you want to write blog posts, either for your blog or for other people's blogs, but you know you're no Hemingway, then this blog post is for you. (I'm no Hemingway either, and here I am, blogging.)
Shoot, this post is for you even if you feel like Elaine Benis, as she struggles to come up with catalog copy for the Himalayan Walking Shoes.
I'm assuming here that you already know all the great reasons why you SHOULD publish a blog:
However, after running a 30 Day Blogging Challenge recently, I learned that a lot of what holds people back is confidence.
Yes, there are time issues (I'm too busy to blog!), desire issues (I don't want to blog), and lack-of-knowledge issues, but most of the issues boiled down to confidence.
Guess what? If you're reading this post, then you ALREADY HAVE the primary requirement for publishing blog posts on your blog: a desire to do so.
Want confidence? Here's how you get it: you do the work first.
Confidence is something you get AFTER you start the work, not beforehand.
Think about it.
When you first did the thing you now do for pay, as part of your business, were you full of confidence?
I can tell you that, although I was confident in my writing ability when I opened my doors back in 2002, I was NOT confident in my ability to get people to pay me for my talents.
I was NOT confident when I posted my first bids on Elance, wondering and worrying whether I'd get any takers.
My confidence developed AFTER I started, AFTER I began to win gig after gig after gig. Then I was confident.
And now, after doing this work since 2002, I am ENTIRELY confident in my ability to earn a living using my talents. Although the way I'm using my talents is beginning to shift -- from that of writer to writing coach -- I never question my ability to generate income from them.
To get confidence in a thing, you need to DO the thing.
Confidence won't come first.
If you sit there at the keyboard, waiting to become confident enough to write what's on your heart and hit the publish button, you'll be waiting an awfully long time.
Here are a few steps you can take today to walk towards the confidence that awaits you at the other end.
P.S. This blog post is the post for DAY 3 of my free 5 Day Blogging Challenge. Interested in joining for the next round? Join the tribe to stay informed!
Do you sweat the small stuff? Do you want your online presence to inspire trust and confidence? Do you grit your teeth when others don't care enough about YOUR web experience? Are you all about creating an excellent website and excellent content that makes it easy for people to get to know, like, and trust you and buy your stuff?
I think we might be soul mates. And I'd love for you to join my tribe.
When you do, I'll alert you to new blog posts, new programs and products, and new ways for you to create excellent, frictionless, online experiences that lead more people to YES! I promise to be relevant and real, and to send only thoughtful content and advice.
Renae Gregoire is a content mentor and clarity expert changing the world one outstanding leader at a time. The coaches, consultants, and experts she works with have big visions for creating transformational change--if only they could create that content! Her work typically involves a blend of strategy and wordsmithing, with a heavy focus on the reader's perspective. Renae is also the creator of the Blog Post Inspiration Deck, the Blog Your Brilliance online program, and the Content Coaching Club.