When it Comes to Blogging, Yes, Just Do It!

When it Comes to Blogging, Yes, Just Do It! I have read a few posts lately about getting in there and just doing it whether you are an expert blogger or not and one rather snobbish post that begged you not to just do it. Well, here is MY spin on the subject. 

No other person can get your message across better than you can.  However, the way you present your message and the way you optimize it for the search engines may need some improvement which you can get with just a few SEO blog coaching sessions. It really doesn’t take much.

I admit that I have been a professional blogger for quite some time. But I will also be the first to admit that I was not very good at it when I first started out. As a matter of fact, I stunk to the high heavens even though I have a journalism background and kept personal diaries since the age of 10.

My first professional blogging gig was with New Homes Realty where I actually got paid for blogging. Of course, I had been writing page content and blogging for a variety of  business ventures for some time. My husband and I have dabbled in a wide variety of industries, so Internet writing and online business promotion was nothing new to me by a long shot. 

But, when I first starting for New homes, an actual “paid gig,” it was different. First of all, I worked among seasoned staff writers with extensive professional journalism backgrounds. One had been with the St. Pete Times for many years and the other was a well established independent writer in her own right. Believe me, scrutinizing eyes were upon me and they made me a MUCH better blogger.

My first posts reeked of myamateur status as I had not truly found my voice. But after writing about 100 posts, I finally got my chops down, found my groove and I was in there with the best of them.  Believe me, this did not happen over night.

You have to just write, because your creative voice morphs out of your own writing.  Start wherever you are at, where you are right now! Put your perfectionist ego aside and don’t listen to other ego heads telling you not to write if you are not a already a fantastic blogger. Pompous and VERY bad advice!

ALSO, Don’t worry about “losing your audience” either or “throwing crap out into the Universe.” Keep writing, keep writing, keep writing because there is no other way to get better at it other than just doing it. And guess what, the Internet does happen to be VERY forgiving because you can easily go back and update previously written posts that may not represent your best work and shoot them back out again.

Don’t ever feel threatened by others saying you shouldn’t blog if you don’t blog like a pro. Put your best foot out there – be yourself and let your personality shine through. You will only get better and how does that happen? – by continuous blogging!  Rock on bloggers, rock on!

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About Victoria Stankard

Victoria Stankard has been an online SEO content writer for a variety of markets across the nation since 2006. Specializing in optimized content marketing strategies and owner of a successful organic search engine optimization company, Victoria writes for real people with "The Optimized Edge" - putting you on the map and more!

Comments

  1. Victoria,

    Thanks for telling your story! Hearing about your experience is encouraging to a novice blogger.

  2. Hi Eugene, We are all novices at one time. Experience comes through our own efforts in the here and now! We get better at our craft with experience, no matter what it is – such is life!

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