Robert Chen is a business/life coach who writes “articles for ordinary people who want to be extraordinary”. Through his site he shares the experience and knowledge that’s been helpful in his life and helps people maximize their potential.
Just like his articles, this interview is a source of effective advice, which is really useful to acquire to have the right mindset when starting.
How did you choose the name for your site?
It’s never easy choosing a domain name since many great names have already been taken.
I was lucky to get embracepossibility.com because it was a great match for my passion, which is to help others realize that it is possible to achieve their dreams and they must embrace that possibility.
Kierkagaard once said: “A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.” I show people how to follow it.
Which qualities do you have that make you a good writer?
Good is subjective to a person’s experience but I think people enjoy my articles because they are well organized, easy to understand and touch upon topics they can relate to.
As for the qualities that make a good blogger, the three that I value most is having a clear message (this is a combination of research and thought), being authentic and having a good time while writing.
If you don’t know what you want to say, then it’s probably better not to say anything. Pretending to be someone else is just to draining. If you don’t enjoy the process, it makes it hard to put in the time to become good and you’re probably better off doing something else.
What are best and most challenging aspects of your lifestyle?
The best aspects are the communications I get from the readers and meeting many interesting people who were intrigued by my message to get to know me better. I also like reading old articles that I’ve written and finding that it was better than I remembered and wondering if it was me that wrote that article.
One challenging aspect is striking a balance between perfect and good enough. It’s tough for me to stop tightening my articles but at the same time, when it’s 3:45am and I’ve been fussing over the same article all night, it’s time to just hit publish and go to bed.
The second challenging aspect is the time commitment. Before I started blogging, I already had many interests and ideas and not enough time to implement them. Now with my site, I have even less time. Since I enjoy replying to comments, I’ve found that there are too many things that compete for my time and attention.
What is the memory you recall most fondly and why?
Blogging is a fairly lonely profession. Yes you can connect with other authors and yes you do get many readers contacting you or leaving comments but when you are writing (which is where I spend most of my time), you are by yourself with your ideas.
When you first start out you wonder if people care and in the beginning it doesn’t seem like they do. That’s why it’s so important to enjoy the process and to know why you are blogging in the first place. If those reasons haven’t changed, then you keep writing without worrying about what people think or stats and analytics.
To answer your question, my fondest memory came after I wrote my first feature article. It was finished in the wee hours of the morning and despite not getting sleep, I felt energized for writing this article. I was really proud of it since I put a lot of thought and research into it and I was glad I had built a platform to share it with people.
What is your advice to people who want to start?
If you want to start a site, just do it. It’s really easy and there is really no reason or excuse for not starting now.
Now to grow a site is a bit tougher. There are still a lot of resources and websites that can help but I think it really comes down to the message you want to get out to the world and the reasons you are blogging. There are no wrong reasons – you can be doing it for money, you can be doing it to show off how much you know or you can be doing it to help people.
No matter the reason, if you want to get people’s attention, help them get what they want and they’ll help you get what you want.
Play to your strengths and don’t let anyone tell you what you should want or what to do. Talk to successful writers, read their articles and take their courses but whenever you get expert advice (for anything) take what works in your situation and don’t be afraid to discard the rest. There is only one you so be your unique self.
In my particular situation, growing my site means promoting it to people who would benefit from reading what I’ve written (guest posting is a great way to do this) and continue to produce quality content.