I’m currently sitting in a Panera typing this, and yes, I’m telling you this because it seems like the best way to start this rather than staring at a blank screen for endless hours.
You probably have felt this at some point in your life. It’s gonna be really hard. It’s gonna suck. It’s not gonna be perfect. So I’m going to put it off as long as possible. Hours go into days, days going to months, etc.
And maybe some day you do actually get to it.
It’s Gonna Be Really Hard.
It is. Your stomach will churn. You might get a headache just thinking about it. The easy answer to this is just to do and not think. But c’mon. We’re all overthinkers here.
The real answer? Instead of trying to fully start over, break it down.
Hey, I haven’t blogged in a million years. Maybe a full blog post is too much. Likely your brain is out of practice. And do you really have anything to give to the world that is at all interesting?
Then do step one. Step one could be different for everyone. It could be simply reading other relevant blog posts. It could be free writing. It could be just logging into your website. There is no step one that is too small.
Whenever I get really anxious about working out, I go back to my step one. Do you know what that is? It’s waking up at a time that is early enough to get a workout in. I don’t have to do anything else unless I want to. Now waking up and doing nothing else seems rather idiotic, right? Maybe, but it’s enough to get the start of the habit back.
And maybe just logging back into your website (which can be super scary when you’ve left it dormant for so long) is enough to get you to put those words to paper. Or maybe it won’t. But it’s a lot easier than telling yourself that you’re going to write a whole blog post and it’s a start.
It’s Gonna Suck.
Yup. Doing that step one is gonna be hard. If you’re anything like me, it can actually feel physically painful. And that makes it even worse.
So you have to start finding the joy.
Why were you blogging in the first place? Why do you want to come back? What makes you happy in the activity?
Here’s a pro-tip: “Because I gotta” is not a good enough answer. You don’t gotta do anything. And having to do something is not something that makes your soul yearn to do it.
I like connecting with people. I like teaching. I like that moment when someone gets it. And I like the ritual of putting fingers to keyboard to see what journey I’m going to go on today.
What do you like? Write those pieces of joy out and put them in a place you can easily look at when it sucks. It will make it easier when you feel overwhelmed, and you will likely want to keep going to recapture the joy you once felt.
It’s Not Gonna Be Perfect.
I have a secret to admit: I used to not do anything that I didn’t think I could do perfectly. It was a sad life. I didn’t stretch or grow much.
And then I found activities that I enjoyed doing that I was quite frankly terrible at. I survived. I became better. And it was okay.
You haven’t done this in awhile. It’s okay that you don’t do every little thing blogging might require of you. Next time, you’ll do better.
Maybe today you just needed to write to get in the habit, but you didn’t keyword research. It’s a start.
Maybe today you couldn’t write but you could tell a great story with images. That’s fine. Try writing another day.
Don’t concentrate on what you did wrong. Concentrate on what you did better than yesterday. Because you’re always going to do something wrong, but you can also always find something that is a bit better than yesterday.
So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to start over?