I’ve been consistently writing for KATNP for almost 3 years. It’s the longest job I’ve ever had.
While 3 years is nothing compared to most veteran bloggers, it’s still unreal to me. If KATNP is still going strong after 10 years….mind will equal BLOWN.
Being in the blogging scene for a while now, I’m starting to get more questions about the blogging life from budding bloggers.
How do I edit my photos?
How do I know what to write about?
How did I get connected with so-and-so blog?
But the most popular question I get – How do I get started?
And the absolute 100% truth is:
Now I know this answer is slightly obnoxious. I know this, because I felt the same way when I would ask the same question to bloggers I looked up to.
It’s not what you want to hear, what you want is a detailed playbook with steps and to-do lists for how to get started.
But unfortunately, as annoying as it is – because it was for me too – I can’t give you that.
Why? Because quite honestly, I can’t remember the exact steps I took to get going.
I do remember when I started I knew nothing about blogging; I had no idea where I wanted this to go; I just knew I wanted to do it – so I did.
And I don’t want you to think I just thought one night ‘Hey self, I’d like to start a blog! And I’m going to call it Kinks are the new Pink!’.
It was quite the opposite.
I toyed with the idea for months, obsessing over picking a name, and figuring out the design – I even started two other blogs before KATNP (these are forever lost in the black hole of the Internet – thank God.).
I had the same uncertainties, questions, and obsession with “getting it right” the first time that you’re probably feeling.
To this day I still struggle with getting anything new started – heck writing this post about getting started was hard to get started.
The fact is, getting started is one of the most intimidating things.
Whenever you want to start something new, thinking about the project as a whole can be incredibly overwhelming.
How on earth are you going to create a fully functioning blog? Lose 50lbs? Run an online business? Plan a wedding?!
Looking at the whole picture is scary as hell.
It makes you think of all that needs to be done and that is so frightening that you fail to even start.
Focus on the baby steps
DCT and I throw this saying back and forth whenever either one of us is feeling overwhelmed by starting a new idea, project, etc.
“It’s all about the baby steps.”
Or in other words, start small and work your way up.
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits says it perfectly – Make it so simple you can’t not start.
Want to start a blog? – simply sign up for a WordPress account.
Want to exercise more? – simply lace up your shoes and take a walk around the block.
Want to start a new venture? – simply email a trusted friend or colleague your idea and ask them what they think.
The first step is always the hardest.
But once you start, everything else will come in time.
So stop letting yourself get caught up in the details.
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
The only thing standing between dreaming and beginning is you.
Now I’m off to take my own advice – a new venture is brewing in my mind.
And I don’t want you to miss it.
stop thinking and start doing,
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