I just read an awesome article by Mike Perham, Blogging and the Paralysis of Choice, and a comment left by one of his readers got me thinking. The reader mentioned feeling under qualified about his interests, and feeling fear about sharing his thoughts through a blog because of it.
You Can Do This
It took me YEARS to overcome this precise fear. It took a large amount of prodding from friends and coworkers and an impending speaking engagement to finally push me over the edge.
View Your Blog as a Laid Back Place to Share Tips with Friends and Peers
Once I’d made the decision to go for it, I decided that I would use my blog as a medium to share tips, tricks and tools with the rest of the UX and Design community. Once I’d decided that my blog would just be used as a method to share thoughts and helpful hints with my peers, all of the pressure to write incredibly enormous, wordy articles about fantastically interesting, previously undiscovered, earth shattering topics, was gone.
Zero Pressure = Extreme Fun!
And you know what? I’m having an absolute blast. I LOVE blogging! And the support I’ve received over the past 4 months from my UX and Design communities has been truly amazing. I’m incredibly grateful to every person who has taken the time to read my thoughts, and I sincerely hope that at least one of my posts will help make someone’s life a little easier in the future! If I can save one person from hours of Googling by sharing tips on my blog, all the time I’ve spent writing will be well worth it.
Write About What You Know
So to all of you out there thinking you are under qualified, remember that every person on earth is under qualified at most things. We all have our favorite topics, and we have topics we have zero interest in at all. So don’t worry about what you don’t know, just write about what you do know.
Just Do It
Fire up a blog, and write about things that are helpful to you in your daily life. There’s a good chance that there is someone out there franticly Googling up a storm looking for exactly what you have to offer.
WordPress is Free!
And just to get you going, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. WordPress is an absolutely fantastic blogging system and it’s even free! So what are you waiting for? Get started! 🙂