An Open Letter to Myself as a Beginner Blogger

Dear Daniela,

I am so excited for you.

You just started a new blog, and it’s freaking amazing that you’re putting your words out there into the world.

I know it’s hard sometimes. Sometimes you feel like you aren’t reaching anyone.

There are people in your life who wonder why you’re creating this online world. They ask if you’re helping anyone. They ask if what you’re doing really matters.

I am telling you it does. It does matter. So keep going.

Also, blogging is supposed to be hard. (Really.) Yeah, I know that sucks.

There are times when you feel so jazzed up about what you’re doing, so excited to just get your words out there.

But then there are the times when it really. Freaking. Sucks. And that’s not you. That’s the nature of creating something that you care about, and putting yourself into it fully.

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Blogging isn’t supposed to be easy. It forces you to figure out what matters to you and to write about it with (sometimes) painful honesty. It is a journey that’s fraught with self doubt and anxiety.

You may sometimes want to give up, because as fun and creative as blogging is, it’s also a lot of work. There’s a huge learning curve. But don’t worry, because you are fully capable of learning everything you need to learn. I promise.

Connecting to your people will sustain you on this journey.

The people who will be there to support you and believe in you in Mastermind groups and accountability calls. And the people who love your work, and who have the kindness to let you know that what you’re doing is making a difference in their lives.

Everyone talks about finding your ideal audience member. Sometimes that sounds like a lot of noise, a lot of jargon.

So don’t think of it that way. Think of it as connecting with the people whose lives your work will transform. The people who you will fall in love with because of the sheer honesty and strength of their words and their stories.

Go find those people. And let them find you. (They will find you. Really.)

Daniela, what I want you to know is that you don’t have to be someone else.

You will compare yourself to other bloggers out there. You will wonder why you’re not more prolific, why your audience isn’t growing as fast as their’s.

You will think that you need to be someone you’re not. But that’s the quickest path to burnout.

Deepening your relationship with yourself will juice you up and keep you going, so focus on that. Also, know what you care about and reconnect with your WHY.

Believe that what you’re offering is enough.

As you continue on this path of creation and connection, you will learn things that you can’t learn now.

You will see how all of the pieces fit together.

The impact of a blog post, or a free challenge, or a Facebook group, or an email, will become clearer to you. Right now, you can’t know how a single blog post will affect your world. And that’s okay. Write it anyway.

Which brings me to something else that you need to know.

For you, writing is water.

Writing will sustain you.

Not just writing. Writing what is true, what is real. Writing is like the strong rope that will get you to the top of the mountain.

Keep doing it.

Daniela, even as I’m writing this letter, I’m not at the end of the journey. (I suspect there isn’t an end, just so you know.) I’m in the middle. I’m still busting my butt, putting myself out there.

Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes it feels like I’m doing exactly what I need to be doing.

But I have all of these treasures in my backpack now.

I have my relationships with dozens of bloggers I truly care about.

I can look back at the path I’ve taken and see how it’s changed me. Not just as a blogger or as a creator, but as a person, as well.

I’ve developed muscles I never knew I needed. Muscles that help me get back to work when I feel like all is lost. I’ve strengthened my ability to trust in myself and in my voice.

An open letter to myself as a beginner blogger

Which brings me to another point.

You may think you’re blogging to earn money, or recognition. You may have the idea that you’ll someday become Internet-Famous, and that’s why you’re doing this work.

But you’re wrong.

You’re doing this for the simple reason that you need to write, and you need to teach.

You’re putting your words out there to affect others, sure, but even more so, it’s because you can’t not do this.

So whenever you feel lost, whenever you feel like giving up, look in your backpack, look in your pockets. And remember all the treasures you’ve already collected.

And then pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going. I’ll be here, just a little bit ahead, waiting for you.