I got a question on Google+ that I wanted to answer and share with you on the blog as I suspect many bloggers encounter similar starting issues. Here it goes:
Chateau le Muse: My biggest problem is having too many photo ideas & not knowing where to start. Newest first? Oldest first? Put my brain on shuffle? A picture a day? Did you ever encounter that fear of first blog post?
My quick answer on Google+ was:
Just go for it really, close your eyes and post that first post. The more you think about this, the more time it will take you and the less probability you will do it. You can figure the details as you go along.
Shyness, insecurity and fear…
This is a very common problem for people. They are unsure on what will happen when they post something. They are shy thinking about what their friends and family will say. They are insecure about the quality of their content. They think that nobody will read them. On and on and on. What people need in situations like these is a bit of a push, a bit of motivation to click that publish button. Because when you do click on that button and your first blog post is online and available for the world to see, you will realise how silly it was to have any fears and how you should have published the post a long time ago. After publishing the first post is really where the fun and the hard work begins.
Another form of procrastination when starting a blog is to fall into the analysis paralysis. You spend so much time doing research by checking out other blogs. You think a lot, you make a lot of plans on what you want to do and what you want to achieve. You dream big dreams. You compare all the different blogging platforms. You look at different design options, you tinker a lot with the design, slightly changing things daily and never being happy enough to actually put the design live. I call this another form of procrastination because it is. It is safer for people never actually to do anything, but just to think about doing it, talk to friend about their big plans and imagine all the benefits of achieving their dreams.
The real fun/work starts after starting
Actually starting to do something is where you hit the reality and see that maybe the plan you had has to be changed, or the dream you have will need a lot of time and effort to be reached. After starting that blog or after publishing that first blog post you realise that the work is only starting. Visitors won’t just come after you publish, you will have to go out and get them. Your first post may very well suck and only your mom might click the “like” button. None of this should discourage you from trying though.
It is a normal process that you may not get everything you want as soon as you start. But taking that first step you have already achieve more than most people do. Other people keep talking and dreaming and you see that you are not one of them. You have published that blog post despite being fearful of the feedback, you have released that new design despite that you may have still worked on it for many more months, you are actually in the field working. Only doing the actual work can help you, it will make you improve, it will teach you what works and what doesn’t. You will see great benefits, you will not stand still like you would have if you were only talking about it and thinking but not doing it.
Thanks for reading and go do some blogging now.