“My goal isn’t to have the most popular blog my goal is to have my blog.” – Seth Godin”
Listen y’all, I have been wanting to start a blog for years and i’ve got all sorts of post ideas written down all over the fucking place. I kept putting it on the back burner because I wanted everything about my blog to be well written and perfect and beautiful and all of that bullshit that keeps you from ever starting anything that’s worth doing. I am learning that the pursuit of perfection is BORIIIIING and I want nothing to do with it. Instead, this blog will essentially become a place to just be my fucking self and share and talk about whatever my heart desires and HOPEFULLY it will somehow provide even the tiniest bit of value to anyone reading it. Even if it’s just a laugh or a boost of self-esteem that you are not me.
Also, about a week before my birthday when I decided I was gonna get this thing rolling finally I stumbled across this Seth Godin interview. If you don’t know who Seth Godin is please enlighten yourself. I can give 100% credit to this man for inspiring me to strive to post DAILY no matter what. Most blog experts will advise otherwise but Seth Godin explains the benefits. I encourage you to watch this for inspiration to take action and start a blog for YOURSELF rather than only thinking about how you could make money blogging in the future. The interview is 33 minutes long but I have set it up to skip to my favorite part however, if time permits, I highly suggest watching the whole thaaaang!
Marie Forleo: So you run one of the most popular blogs in the world. We all love it. You publish every day and you’ve said it’s one of the top 5 career decisions you’ve ever made. Why?
Seth Godin: Even if no one reads it, I would blog every day. I think everyone should do so. And here’s the reason.If you know that tomorrow you have to say something about something you noticed, about something that might help someone else, about an opinion you have that might stand the test of time, you will form those opinions, you will notice those things, you will invent that idea. And if day after day week after week you leave this trail behind of thoughtful examination of your world, you can’t help but get better at whatever it is you seek to do. And if as a BY-PRODUCT other people read it and trust you more, that’s a jackpot. Right? My goal is not to have more readers.
My goal is not to sell more books.
My goal is to be trusted in a way that I can make the change that I seek to have happen in the world.
Return on trust.
How do you gain permission to talk to people in a way that they want to be talked to? You don’t do that with SEO and with gaming social media strategies. You do that by showing up in a way that you’d want someone to show up for you. And I still don’t understand why people don’t do this.
Marie Forleo: I think… not that I’ll get the answer right, but I wanted to ask this on behalf of I know so many people who will be like, “Marie, please ask him this.” What I know from my interaction with our audience is sometimes people feel so afraid of being judged or they’re going to run out of ideas.
Seth Godin: Yeah, they should.
Marie Forleo: Yeah, those are all the things.
Seth Godin: Being judged sucks. Right?
So write it under somebody else’s name.
Right? Call yourself anything you want.
“Talan Stone” writing this blog.
No one knows on the internet if you’re a dog.
You just post every day and you can’t possibly get in trouble because it’s not you.
And after you’ve done it for 6 weeks, you know what you’re gonna do?
You’re gonna put your name on it because you’re so proud of what you’re creating.
Are you gonna run out of ideas? Well, here’s my thought on this.
I write like I talk.
And nobody I know gets talkers block.
No one wakes up and goes… unable to speak.
So if you write like you talk, don’t worry.
Because you haven’t run out of things to say yet,
so you won’t run out of things to blog.
And, more Seth Godin words straight from his blog:
“There’s a lot to admire about the common-sense advice, “If you don’t have anything worth saying, don’t say anything.”
“On the other hand, one reason we often find ourselves with nothing much to say is that we’ve already decided that it’s safer and easier to say nothing. If you’ve fallen into that trap, then committing to having a point of view and scheduling a time and place to say something is almost certainly going to improve your thinking, your attitude, and your trajectory. A daily blog is one way to achieve this. Not spouting an opinion or retweeting the click of the day. Instead, outlining what you believe and explaining why. Commit to articulating your point of view on one relevant issue, one news story, one personnel issue. Every day. Online or off, doesn’t matter. Share your taste and your perspective with someone who needs to hear it. Speak up. Not just tomorrow, but every day. A worthwhile habit.”