Prior to starting Good Sense I was scared to blog. I didn’t have interesting topics to write about. I was scared of what people thought of my writing ability. I thought it was too time consuming to set up the blog, create a good design and actually write each post. I kept making up excuses to not do it because I was scared.
I was hanging out with Joel Gascoigne from Buffer and he inspired me to start my content marketing. So a week ago I decided to try it out and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. In a week my first post Why Design Should Be Part of the Development Process got 501 views and second post Compete On Quality Not On Price did even better and got 644 views. Check out the daily views below.
Here’s How I Set the Blog Up
It wasn’t much work at all. I valued my time over money so I wanted to get the blog up with as little work as possible.
I started a hosted WordPress blog. I considered a self-hosted one for a second, but quickly realize it would take me a few hours to get it up and running. Then there’s maintenance involved later down the line too. I wanted a custom domain so I paid $13 for the domain mapping.
My next fear was creating a design for it. I found a free one that looked decent. Again, my goal was to just launch the blog and worry about the details later.
That was it and it only took me a max of 30 minutes to get it up.
Deciding What Topics to Write About
I took the same approach here as I took with setting up the blog. I didn’t want writing to be a huge time sink. I decided to write about topics I was deeply familiar with. I didn’t have to do any research. I didn’t have to think about what to write about. I just wrote.
All my life I was used to writing like I was writing a school paper. That all went out the window. Sure I probably have terrible grammar and spelling mistakes. My main goal was getting a new post out. James Altucher has some pretty good tips on being a better writer.
Starting a blog is just a mental hurdle. You can get over it. I was scared and embarrassed. It’s far from being successful, but at least I started it. What are your experiences with blogging like?Follow @sherm8n