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Just start

I’ll be honest. I am so overwhelmed by this whole blog thing. I just found a cite that has almost the exact same premise as the blog I want to start. The blessing and the curse of the internet is that anyone can share their thoughts and creativity, even those you’ve never met before and who have stolen your idea before you had it! I’m lookin’ at you Shruti

(Just kidding. Much gratitude and appreciation, though I have never met nor talked to you)

Looking through that blog has made me realize that I had no idea what I was getting myself into with starting a blog. I just thought “let me get the content and then I can make my page cute and fun!” According to this rabbit hole I went down of what every book blog needs, there’s sooo much stuff I just hadn’t considered!

I don’t know anything about privacy policies or how to make a page with a responsive theme for phones or jack about Google Analytics!

I decided to get worked up about all this the day before the deadline I set for myself to launch my blog.

I feel discouraged. Why should anyone read my blog when there are so many good blogs out there? Why should people care what I have to say?

I have let this mentality stop me from doing what I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I’ve always felt like my creativity hasn’t been good enough to share with anyone. For someone who tries not to concern herself with the opinions of others, I’m not very good at not measuring my worth against the perceived thoughts of others…

I decided (only because I started writing this post) to start this blog for me. If what I say resonates with people, that’s great! If no one reads this blog, who cares! (confession: I often say my thoughts out loud when no one is around, so there really wouldn’t be much difference from what I already do if no one listens/reads!)

A little birdy inspired me that what I have to say is important and that no one has the same lens and perspective as me. For that, I say thank you for giving me that little extra push.

I guess it’s best to just do what you want to do and not worry about what the world thinks (except, like universal and fundamental things like murder. You probably shouldn’t do that if that’s what you want to do…). But what do I know! I’m awful at taking my own advice and it’s always easier for people to say crap like this than it is to actually do it.

As articulated by the great Kevin G, “Don’t let the haters stop you from doin’ ya thang.”

A gif of Kevin G saying "Don't let the haters stop you from doing your thang."

If you want, you can totally follow this advice because you can do anything you want. Except murder and the like…

What is something you’ve always been trying to talk yourself out of doing but want to just start?

Shia Lebeouf aggressively saying "Just do it. Don't let your dreams be dreams." in front of a green screen
Insert inspirational song here

5 thoughts on “Just start”

  1. Hi Tayler! I wrote that post after two years of blogging and working in marketing. But when I first started the blog? I just blindly jumped in. I legit decided to start a blog one morning and my blog was up in the evening. (Don’t even get me started about the disaster that my first post was. 😂)

    I know it can be overwhelming at times, but really, we’re all just here to have fun and read more books.

    It’s been three years now and I still have the same advice for everyone—just start. You’ll figure things out at your own pace. And you already have a beautiful blog! All you have to do is keep experimenting and keep doing what you love. Keep slaying! ❤️

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  2. I’ve read through all of your blog posts, and finally reached this one. I’m so happy you did start and were brave enough to take a leap of faith to be vulnerable. Your insights are unique and your humor is witty and refreshingly honest. Keep it up! Looking forward to more posts in the future.

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