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What 24 Months of Blogging Has Taught Me

  1. Learn to post on time. Otherwise you’ll be celebrating your two year blogversary ten days too late.
  2. Listen to your audience. As much as you’re writing for yourself, you’re also writing to help your readers traverse this veil of tears safely, so give them what they want sometimes.
  3. Trust your voice. In the beginning, it’s tough finding what exactly makes you who you are as a writer, but if you keep at it long enough, and if you practice, you’ll find out who you are. Until then, don’t stop searching.
  4. Build your niche as you go. Don’t expect your blog to stay the same forever. Experiment as much as you can in the early stages. Find what works for you and what doesn’t. Which font suits your blogging style? Which background? What kind of humour makes you and your readers happy? Never stop asking yourself these questions, and perfect yourself as you learn more.
  5. Invite criticism. Ask everyone and his brother to come and give you advice on how to make your game stronger. Doesn’t matter if they know anything about blogging or not. The beauty (and irony) of the online world is that everyone has opinions, so use it your advantage.
  6. Keep your first blog post online. They’re usually the cringiest pieces of baloney you ever could have written and you can look back and feel proud about the progress you’ve made. Reader, I beg you, don’t read my first blog. Please.
  7. CONNECT. The whole point of blogging, in my experience, has been to reduce the amount of loneliness and complacency in the world by creating a personal, safe space for online and irl discourse, so by all means, keep all lines open.
  8. Keep your ears peeled. Listen to any advice, inspiration, or benign idea that comes your way. Trust me. You’ll never see an idea coming, so stay alert or it’ll sweep you off the ground before you can make heads or tails of it.
  9. Surround yourself with writers who inspire. Although blogging is largely a solitary experience, it doesn’t always have to be. Consciously make the decision to be around the kind of people who literally, through their energy, compel you to write more. Luckily, I found my people very early – I have my closest friends, and I have writers who are equally as passionate about life as I am – but I encourage you to never stop looking for more reasons to write, and here’s why:
  10. You will want to stop. One day, it will seem worthless. The words will stop. Your fountain will run dry. The fear of judgement will kick in faster than the speed of your thoughts, you will curl up into a ball of comfort and all your beautiful dreams, like all beautiful things, will die of neglect and resentment and disregard.

Don’t stop. don’t. stop. Post a word a day if you have to, but don’t stop. Take a week’s break if you have to, but come back. This is not only a matter of not giving up, it is a matter of staying true to who you are. Speaking your mind is a brave, brave thing. I need you to be brave. Put your heart and soul out into the world, because people will see it, and people will continue to believe in the power words have. And one day, you’ll have an amazing story to tell.

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How to get ideas

We all go through the feeling of creative depression at some point in our lives. For me, it’s close to my school finals. We just get mysteriously deprived of our ability to generate legible, if not great, ideas.

So here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing again:

  1. HAVE FUN. If there’s one sure-fire way to make ideas, it’s by being positive about it and not pressure yourself.
  2. EMBRACE FAILURE. If you want to make sure you’ve done something to your best, you need to go as far as you can. And eventually, you’ll crash. And that’s okay. Revel in your failures.
  3. EXPOSE YOURSELF. Get yourself as many diverse inputs in your life as you can. Force yourself to read a book every week. Listen to a science podcast every day. Run a blog. Create the most vibrant life for yourself as you possibly can.
  4. DO IT DIFFERENT. If you normally brush with your right hand use your left hand or a while. Pick a random book from your local library. Change your bedsheets. And your thinking.
  5. STAY TRUE. Nothing is better than an idea driven by passion. So if you’re finding it hard to create ideas, take a deep breath, and do something you love, like writing a poem, or playing the guitar.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on
― Steve Jobs

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“What should I write next?”

That’s gonna be the biggest question on my mind, every Sunday from today.

So I thought I’d make my first blog post very honest: I have no idea what to write about. All I know is that I want to write about something that blows my (and your) mind, inspires me and truly, deeply TOUCHES my soul. I want to share stories and write inspirational music and give you mind-shattering stats about things you never cared to care about.

The world we live in, with the advantage of Google, blesses us with instant and ample information about literally everything (from 15 cool ways to tie shoelaces to 4 ways to chop onions). I want to use this to our advantage and know things that we’ve never heard about but DESERVE to be known about. I want to use the web to actually make a change.

It’s time we create ideas that empower and educate.

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe