I abandoned my old blog and decided to start from zero. In the past ten years, I wrote 441 blog posts and had over 3000 photos there. That’s a whopping lot.
I made this decision based on one technical and one personal reasons. Technical wise, I use Blogger which is an outdated platform. Google decided to slowly give up on Blogger by not giving it any attention or update that it deserves. Writing posts and redesigning the website has become very inconvenient. I cannot write a blog post without being frustrated every 5 minutes. I will miss the good old times writing in the bright orange frame. I will also remember all the late nights I stayed awake learning how to build a website. When something doesn’t serve you well anymore, you have to make the decision to quit, however painful and nostalgic it makes you feel.
The personal reason why I decided to start afresh is because I cannot read back my old posts without feeling cringy. In the first few years I wrote about anything and everything. You can’t read those posts anymore because I consciously hid them. That time I was barely 20 years old, so you can imagine what I was thinking at that time, probably shoes, bags and some boys.
Although physically I am still that same person, mentally I am not. Time has changed how I think and see things. I could keep posting tonnes of pretty travel photos, but I have something more important to say.
Hence I moved my website to a new place, WordPress. You might notice that this blog is very simple and minimal. I just want a place where I can write easily and quickly.
In the past years, people had always told me that they wanted to write, paint, or learn something new and creative. Until this day they still think that they might do it one day. A friend told me that he wants to publish his own book one day. However I don’t see any conscious effort of him writing prolifically. Another friend told me that she likes to paint when she was a child, but gives up years ago. She’s considered taking art classes one day but keeps worrying that she might be a bad painter and it will be a waste of time and money.
If you really like to paint, why not just go ahead? You don’t have to be the next Picasso, just paint.
Why people don’t write, or create
Based on my observation, there are a few reasons why people said they want to write (or create) but they won’t.
- They think they write (or do anything) badly.
- Nobody is going to appreciate their work.
- They don’t know where to start. They think they need a proper training, the right tools, the right timing, or in the case of writing, a blog to start.
If you share the same thoughts, let me tell you what I think.
- It’s totally fine to write badly. The most important part of any creation is the story. Techniques can be improved later. You can’t improve if you haven’t started. It might take years, but it’s okay. Forget about perfectionism. It kills creativity and the gut to do anything. Don’t expect to write like your favorite writers in the beginning.
- It’s absolutely fine to create for your own pleasure. Do not expect any return first.
- It is also okay to not have the best tools when you are starting. Just use anything that you have. You don’t need the perfect timing, or the permission from anyone to start. You don’t need bombastic tools to start too. You can start by writing a post on Facebook about your day.
What would you gain?
- Satisfaction. What’s more important than doing something that you enjoy?
- New perspectives, new discoveries and possibly new friends.
- Self-improvement. I feel writing has helped me to think clearer and speak better.
How about money? Should I do it if it doesn’t benefit me financially? It’s true that some people create content as a potential income stream, but unless you are a popular 20-year-old girl who posts selfie regularly (sarcasm: this does not apply to every successful blogger), it is not very viable to earn big bucks from writing these days. The content creators that have a huge following on social media are rare. Fact: 3% of the YouTubers earned 90% of the total revenue. Most of them didn’t make significant amount of money but they probably enjoy the process of creating content. So take the pressure of earning money off your shoulder. Just indulge and have fun.
What you can do
Start small. Start shitty.
- Start small.
For example, if you want to write, leave that emoji alone. 😂 🤣 😱 😳 🤪
When you share a post on Facebook, instead of putting a smiley face “XD” or an emoji, try to write a word instead, like “amazing”, “awesome”, “heart-breaking”. In the next post, write two words. In the next post, write three. In the next post, write a full sentence. Step by step. Build your momentum slowly. This helps you to express your emotions in words, and eventually you will be able to articulate better how you feel and what you think.
- Start shitty.
Give yourself permission to start shitty. Don’t show your work to anyone first. Don’t worry about the quality before you start. Slowly refine it. Trust me it will end up being better.
This does not only apply to writing, it applies to all other creative endeavors you are trying to do, be it photography, painting, song-writing, scrap-booking.
Let go of perfectionism and take baby steps.
Here’s me, writing my first post on WordPress. My website is not perfect yet, but it’s totally okay. I hope this shows you that you can also start anytime and anywhere. Just have fun. ❀