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Launching a Blog Is Easier Than You Think

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Almost every week I meet someone who tells me they’d like to start a blogsome day. The problem is that “some day” never comes.

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And most people are okay with that. Because blogging is hard, real hard. And they’d rather not get into all that hustle and hard work. Which is fine (I don’t blame ‘em).

But blogging can also be extremely rewarding. And some people who aren’t doing it need to be doing it. They need to share their words with the world; they need to be picking themselves and publishing their words now.

So let’s say you’re one of those people. One who’s been saying you’d like to start a blog. And you actually mean it. And let’s say you have a message to share with the world.

What’s holding you back?

There are three common excuses I most often hear from people who don’t blog (but would like to):

  • “I don’t understand the technology.”
  • “I don’t have the time.”
  • “I’m afraid to start.”

All are valid excuses, but the first two are usually just masking the third. Fear. That’s what’s holding you back. Plain and simple.

Sure, there may be technical aspects that get in the way of you beginning, but if you really wanted to figure it out, couldn’t you? Of course you could.

The truth is it’s easier to let an excuse prevent you from sharing your work than it is to find a way to put it out there.

The most important reason to blog

The reality, though, is that this isn’t just about you and your comfort zone. If you have a message in you that you needs to come out, we need those words.

Because if you don’t say it, maybe no one will. [Tweet that]

That’s why we blog, why we write and publish — even when we don’t feel like it. It’s why we share our art and put it on display for all to see. We hope to reach someone.

Right?

So maybe this choice to write isn’t entirely up to you. Maybe you need to consider the cost of depriving the world of your words. Maybe it’s time to start blogging.

How to begin

Really, it’s not that hard. All you need to start blogging are three characteristics:

  • The ability to learn new things.
  • The willingness to try and fail (as many times as it takes).
  • Courage to write and share your words with the world.

When you boil it down, those aren’t really characteristics. They’re choices. So what are you going to decide?

Decide to blog, or to not. But please, stop saying you’d like to some day, if only you have the time. That excuse is getting old. What you really need isn’t a roadmap; you need to decide.

Once you do that, it’s pretty simple:

  1. Get a host. I recommend BlueHost (that’s an affiliate link which means if you use it, I get a commission, but remember I don’t recommend anything I don’t use myself and love).
  2. Buy a domain (you can do this through your hosting company, which is easiest).
  3. Install WordPress (Bluehost does this automatically for you with one click).
  4. Start writing! (This may be the hardest part.)

No more excuses

I don’t think everyone should blog. It takes a lot of time and effort, and for some it may not be worth the hassle. But if you’re one of those people who says, “Some day…” I hope I just left you without any more excuses.

Because you don’t have any. The answers are out there, waiting for you. You just have to be willing to look.

(Btw, Below is an eight-minute walk-through to get you set up with your very own self-hosted blog.)

Free resource: If you’re still feeling held back, I’ve got something for you. Here’s A Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Own Blog. You’re welcome.

Now, go do something. We’re waiting for your words. Oh, and if you already have a blog, tell me about it below.

So what’s holding you back from sharing your words with the world (regardless of whether or not you have a blog)? Share in the comments.

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  • DA Nesbitt

    Ugh… as I bang my head repeatedly against my desk. Kick in the pants, teeth, face – all of the above.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re not alone. :)

  • http://twitter.com/millermemoires Lauren Roerick

    I’ve got a blog now, http://www.millermemoires.com, but I’m think I’m ready to shake things up and head in a new direction, either with it or an entirely new blog. Thanks for the little extra push!

    -Lauren

  • Anabelle Bernard Fournier

    Hey Jeff,

    This is the thing I needed to hear this morning… I’ve had this new blogging project in my brain percolator for a while… but I hesitate to buy the domain name. I know all the tech and stuff, and I already teach blogging in workshops, but I’m scared of taking on a more serious blogging project for myself. It seems I’m better at telling others how to do it.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hah! I get it. What’s holding you back, Anabelle?

      • Anabelle Bernard Fournier

        Fear of failure! Hah. I know I have something that matters to say, and I can say it well, but there is so much noise on the net, I’m afraid that no one will notice. That it’ll all be screaming in the wind, unheard, unheeded.

        • Lucie

          I hear you, Anabelle…but I hope you will push forward in faith. Sure, it may take time to get as many readers as you’d like (or even any at all!), but as Jeff has said, in essence, there’s an audience for YOU out there somewhere. The Internet is big enough for each of us to have our own tiny corner. I had my own set of concerns that kept me from creating the blog I’d wanted to for about six years, until finally I realized those concerns were procrastination tools, and I told myself, “So what if no one shows up? I’ll write anyway. Because if nothing else, it will be good practice.” And I continue to tell myself that as necessary. I hope you’ll press forward. :-)

          • Anabelle Bernard Fournier

            well, I actually did buy the domain name this morning :) first step!

  • gmmaster42

    I’ve had this idea for a blog for a few months now, but I’m about to graduate from college and have no money to speak of, what do you recommend I do?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      If you don’t have the $4/mo it takes to do a self-hosted blog, just set up a free one on WordPress.com. You can always switch over later.

      • gmmaster42

        Thanks, Jeff! I will go do that and post my first post today!

  • Chris

    I blog at http://poopwafoley.blogspot.com/. I think having a blog is very rewarding. I enjoy getting feedback, from people who say they laughed out loud or read it to their families. I think more people should do it because it’s a good way to start building your brand or platform.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I totally agree, Chris. That’s why I do it; it’s about connecting with people.

  • Mohd Nazreen Mohamad

    Thank you so much for writing this! I’m actually well passed that stage, but reading this was a reminder that I very much needed. Even after writing, the ‘fear’ is still there, but it morphs into a different form. From ‘I’m not sure if I want to write’ into ‘I’m not sure if I want to write about that’.

    Anyways, I’m trying to improve my blog layout. So, Jeff, or anyone else, can you guys do me a favour by going to http://www.nmohamad.com and tell me what about the layout I can work on?

    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/robinsjournal Robin Lawrimore

    My blog is http://www.wordsbyrobin.wordpress.com. I bought a domain name and someone is supposed to be helping me get it set up and my blog transferred over. And of course, you’re right – just sitting down to write is the hardest part, but it does start to flow once the fingers get warmed up!

  • http://twitter.com/BruceRCross Bruce R. Cross

    Jeff, I am relatively new to your blog and simply being inspired by it. The last few blog posts have simply been the kick in the pants that I needed to hear and I appreciate your direct way of encouragement to Start!! My site is http://www.BruceRCross.com ….nothing fancy, but working on it. Thanks again

  • Claes Jonasson

    Good words. I pondered the “to start or not to start” for some time and some time ago finally jumped in to start an occasional blog for a novel I’m working on: http://carensaholt.com/blog/ It’s been fun, a bit of work, but actually helps me in the actual writing of the novel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1490343581 Shannon Wheeler

    Thanks for the encouragement to never let fear be a reason not to do something. I picked blogging back up this year http://shannonkwheeler.blogspot.com and have been thinking about making the investment in paying for hosting and a .com site of my own, and honestly the feAr of going to WordPress is what has kept me putting it off, I confess.

  • Lydia

    You nailed it on the head. At 53, I don’t understand the technology. But after spending many hours each day viewing and reviewing youtube tutorials, I finally got http://www.lydiareyes.com up and running. Now, I hope I have enough to write about on a regular basis. Thank you for encouraging the rest of us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1530672965 Joe DeGiorgio Jr.

    I blog, just not enough. I have many posts in draft mode and need to get moving on getting them out! I’m at http://joedegiorgio.com/ >> joseph anthony writes.

  • http://www.walkingwithangels.co.uk/ Sara

    I was scared but so very glad I did start my blog. It has brought me out of mysf and opened me up to new experiences. My blog is http://www.walkingwithangels.co.uk

  • http://www.facebook.com/joannj.a.jordan JoAnn J. A. Jordan

    Great post as usual. I have a blog at http://hopefuljo.wordpress.com/ but I sure wish it were busier…

  • David Aldridge

    My blog is From Ballparks to BBQ and it focuses on food and sports. Actually, you & I have a mutual friend (Josh Cody) that helped me get it set up

    Here’s the link: http://www.fromballparkstobbq.com/

  • shea

    This was awesome.. JUST DO IT << those are the rules. I have two blogs in the making for May 27th launch date.. one is a ministry blog, and the other is personal.

    I'm excited!!

  • angela

    I started writing secret blog posts on 12/12/12 (I kinda liked the date) and told no-one, except my husband, for around six weeks, after which I put up a tentative link on Facebook. Seems that my words move people in some ways…

    The voice I have developed is nothing like I expected, and the process is different too; being a lover of fine notebooks, I always assumed that if I wrote at all, it would be longhand, on paper, but it’s all (lap)ple based…

    My writing is sporadic (I am a home educating mother of three, so time is scarce), but I still write…

    http://laidbacklearners.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/watching-from-wings.html

    Thanks for your words…

    • http://twitter.com/ursula_vogt Ursula

      I homeschooled for almost 20 years and trust me Angela, you have stories to tell. Way to go! I started my blog a few days ago and I can’t bring myself to put it out there. I think its the perfectionist in me. I’m waiting until I have enough content to interest people and I work out the WordPress tech stuff.

      • angela

        Ursula, I found that I enjoyed secret blogging – it allowed my words to shape themselves without the pressure of other eyes.

        No-one knew where to look for my blog, until I felt ready to share it (and that took weeks!), but I could play around with the style and content and, actually, just seeing it on screen made it all seem more credible.

        I started a blog once before (but it was really A Thinly Veiled Attempt to Attract Clients) and I fretted about how it looked. It had to be a particular way before I started, which stopped me.

        This time, I just wrote what occurred to me in the moment.
        It’s not the prettiest blog in the world; it’s a work in progress.

        Ursula, I’m sure you’ll know what the right way is for you.

        Just keep listening for that whispering wisdom that comes with a good feeling…

  • http://www.facebook.com/maria.barci.5 Maria Barci

    Jeff, I am a writer, but I have a hard time committing to something like a blog. I can get through the tech part with some help, but I have little confidence that I’d keep up with the daily or weekly commitment. If look in my heart, though, I see that I truly have something to say about homeless people. Funny thing, I actually went to bluehost and set me up a blog! I don’t know what I’m doing, and the blog itself is not the way I’d like it to look yet, but I’m up and running! Thank you for encouraging us to write. I pray for you, you know : )

  • diane

    Jeff, this is the second time in a week that I’ve heard of BlueHost, but I had already bought my domain and hosting via GoDaddy. How would you compare the two? Am I in trouble with GoDaddy now? I’m wanting to use WordPress as the software for the site & blog. Any advice? Thanks!

  • http://www.selfication.com/ Patrik Edblad

    Thanks for constantly providing new inspiration, Jeff. “You Are a Writer, So Start Acting Like One” is one of the reasons I finally got around to starting my blog (www.selfication.com) and it has been a great learning experience so far :)

  • http://michellederusha.com/ Michelle DeRusha

    Blogging has changed my life. Writing several times a week helps to slow me down and encourages me to notice how God is working in my everyday life. It also helps me process my faith in a way I probably wouldn’t in the hectic day-to-day.

  • Marshall McIntyre

    Thanks for the always encouraging words. I sent you a message a little while back, and while you have not directly responded, it seems like everything you have put out since then has spoken directly to the questions I asked. The blog (firstkings19.wordpress.com) is still a baby, but I feel better about it every day, and the more I write, the better I feel about it.

  • http://brownknowsmedia.com/ Jeff Brown

    Great stuff Jeff. I recently audited a class taught by Dan Miller. One thing I learned from the mostly 50-somethings in the class, is that a lot of people right in my own backyard want to motivate themselves to do this, but the fear and excuses get in the way.

    Because of this, I’m in the process of developing a face-to-face curriculum (taught over 6 to 8 weeks, 1 night a week for about 2-hours each night) on this very subject. My research has shown that the biggest fear hurdle for this age group is the technical side, but obviously the blogging process only starts there.

    You insights will be very helpful in walking others through this process. Thank you.

    • http://convergenceinthecommons.com/ Deborah Owen

      I like that idea! That is a great way to make a difference. Many people would probably like to be able to write a blog, even if only for their friends and families, but are afraid to start.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Interesting, Jeff. I love that idea! Let me know if I can be of any help to you in that. Would be fun to do something together, locally.

      • http://brownknowsmedia.com/ Jeff Brown

        Wow, Jeff, that would be incredible. I’m currently gathering a handful of interested guinea pigs to take through the first class for feedback and refinement before launching it officially in the fall. As well, I’ve begun the process of researching venues. Having someone of your caliber involved for feedback or even just to come by and speak to a class or do a Q&A would be great. I’m forming all this “in the margins of life” at the moment, but have employed several trusted colleagues to help me stay accountable to goals and timelines.

  • http://twitter.com/TheAdvocateBook Dawn Mattox

    “Can
    a blog be just as successful outside of WordPress?”
    I am considering a company who builds professional blog/websites, caters to
    authors, but does not interface with WordPress.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Dawn, I wouldn’t make the investment yet. Build your own so you understand more about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.anderson.31586526 Paul Anderson

    Thanks Jeff. I took the plunge of starting a blog a few months ago called Meat n’ Potatoes (paulanderson13.wordpress.com) and it was been very rewarding. There was some fear involved at first. I had trouble viewing myself as a “writer.” Once I got past that hurdle and just spilled my heart and conviction on paper, that’s when it all fit together. Keep on doing what you’re doing brother. – Paul

  • http://twitter.com/Life_STAHP NoorInTheFlesh

    Mine is “lestthedarknessconsumeme.wordpress.com”
    I don’t write as often as I should, but when I do, I do try to be honest. =)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Good for you!

  • http://convergenceinthecommons.com/ Deborah Owen

    As always, great post Jeff! After thinking about it for several months (OK, more like 5 or 6 months), I found that I was gathering information from you, and from Michael Hyatt about how – and more importantly, why – to start a blog. So about 2 months ago I started writing at http://convergenceinthecommons.com/ , a blog for educators, focused on helping students learn to love learning! I also hope it resonates with others who are interested in: how and why we learn, self-motivation, productivity, and sharing what we learn to make a difference. But you are right; there was definitely some fear involved before getting started! But I also think I was right to gather some information for a while before diving in. I am taking your writing course (though I am way behind; hope to catch up after May is over), which is really helpful. Thanks for giving me the impetus, and the tools, to start writing, which I have always loved!

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.wells2011 Geoffrey Wells

    Hi Jeff:

    My blog is http://www.geoffreywellsfiction.com. I was born in South Africa, so as you will see, my slant is on Africa. The thriller I am currently working on involves ivory and cybercrime, so you will see my essay on The Elephant. It’s frustrating though, any suggestions (from anyone!) on how I grow my subscribers?

  • Jess Mason

    My blog starts this week! I’m nervous because I wish I had a team of editors who could make it be the very best it can be. I’m praying for at least 10 people who will seriously read the blog and give me feedback about it. Maybe I should pray for people will help me before I have to post! I’m not of the generation of blah-blah-blah-post. I still think of it as something crafted. Maybe I’ll loosen up as I go along :)

  • Winnie

    Hi Jeff, I recently stumbled upon your blog and I I just want to say thank you so much! I’m an aspiring writer and I’ve been struggling with some issues in confidence with my writing and such, but you’ve inspired me so much. A lot of things you wrote was just what I needed to hear.

    I started my blog a few months ago at http://www.weeniemon.blogspot.com and I haven’t been very active, but I definitely will be now!

    -Winnie

  • http://mickholt.com/ mickholt

    You know the problem for me, in the writing, is consistency. I will be on fire for a few days and knock out several posts then go a week or two and do nothing. That is the hardest part for me.

    The other is the cost, the total cost – not that $4 a month would break me – but they don’t bill monthly they collect the 36 month total up front – that, signing up for 36 months is how you get the $4 charge. So, for me, I have to save up some money to make it all fit into the budget.

    I did buy my domain name the other day so I am now at “mickholt.com” but it’s through wordpress.com so I am missing some of the freedom of having it hosted. But I am making strides.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yes you are. That’s how I started.

      • http://mickholt.com/ mickholt

        Thanks Jeff. Couldn’t ask for better company.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    My next step is going to a self-hosted blog. I would say some of those same excuses apply to making that move.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yep. Took me awhile, as well. Longer than it should have.

  • Jamie

    Enjoying your stuff Jeff, thanks for what you do. I’m blogging on Life, Leadership and Legacy at http://www.jamiemunson.com.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Very well said back up by great content!

  • Nancy

    Serious, it IS the technology, but I finally found the right person to help me get launched. Stay tuned. Should be up and blogging within days or a few weeks. http://www.therootsandwings.com Refocus, fine tune and spring forward with renewed purpose and clarity ~

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I get it. Totally do, Nancy. Glad you’re getting the help you need.

  • Joe_Stickel

    Jeff,

    I had been putting off starting my blog for about a year. I had content written, but I was reluctant to pull the trigger and ship. What finally got me going was joining your Tribe Writer’s class. So THANK YOU!! The hardest part was the technology. I’m still learning, and I have lots to learn, but I’m on my way.

    Joe

    http://www.beyondaveragejoe.com

  • http://twitter.com/DustinMoody Dustin Moody

    Well said, Jeff. After knowing I needed to do this for a while, I started my blog earlier this year. Still a work in progress. dustinmoody.wordpress.com

  • Monica

    Whether it was luck or pure destiny, finding your website revived my desire to continue my blog. Writing has always been my secret passion and now that I’m able to devote myslef to it full-time, I’ve let procrastination and excuses get in the way. Two years have passed and I’m still working on my first novel! But that’s a different subject.

    Back to my blog – I created madonnachild.org over a year ago to share my story of reuniting with my birth daughter and the relationship we have today. My blog also touches on issues of identity, relationships, family, etc. My lack of technology frustrated me as I navigated through wordpress and theme designs, but I pressed on and somehow managed to create what I though was a pretty cool blog. Only I had NO traffic, (okay my mom and three friends read it).

    With hardly any subscribers and even less comments I decided to try advertising my site through Google, but not being tech savvy, I didn’t really understand the dynamics and I still got the same results, only now I was spending a good chuck of change every week. Here’s where FEAR reared its ugly head; rather than continue to learn the nuances of blog tech, I let self doubt consume me and over the next year found reasons to avoid my blog. Until now.

    Thank you, Jeff, for creating a blog that both inspires and motivates writers to banish the “wannabe” existing in their imagination to the writer they are in reality.

  • Lauren Salle

    Of all the helpful writing blogs out there, yours is my favorite :) Thank you for being so encouraging. I’m fairly young and new at blogging, but I feel like God wants me to share my story. I started a blogger blog on google, but I am thinking about switching over to wordpress. I don’t have a clear theme yet for my blog, so I guess I’m just testing the waters right now. I write about random things and I am really enjoying it. But it’s nothing serious and I don’t have many readers. I’m just not really sure how to take the next step, or if I should. It’s all so overwhelming ! Your posts really inspire me though, so thank you again !!

  • http://profiles.google.com/tischd Deborah Tisch

    I really appreciate what you share here, Jeff. Thank you for your down to earth, practical advice. Just start. Those words have taken me on some interesting jaunts. And, yes, the writing is often the hardest thing to do.

    I share my creative pursuits and a bit of writing at http://www.deborahtisch.com.

  • Jaymie

    My blog: bringonthebooks.blogspot.com
    I’m thinking about switching to Word Press, though…

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      you should! I love it, Jaymie.

  • http://www.reflectingalife.com/ Elle

    I had every one of the excuses you mentioned and procrastinated for ever and it was always about fear.

    Today I feel totally blessed that I get to share my life perspective and blessed by those who stop by to read and hopefully be encouraged to step out and live their life at the best level possible.

    Thanks for this Jeff. I’m imagining that you’ve encouraged someone else to let their light shine for the rest of us.

    Love Elle
    xoxo

  • Ken

    I agree that blogging is very rewarding. Having comments and Likes can give you a great feeling that money can’t buy. What more having subscribers and income through your blog? Weather it’s bad or good comments, the point is you had caught their attention and touched their feelings. I have a blog http://ourlivingbread.com, http://keyamamoto.wordpress.com and http://mycapturedadventure.blogspot.com. (sorry for displaying so many and appearing spammy). I love blogging and writing. If I could, I will post everyday. But I’m so busy and couldn’t find time.

    I’m learning a lot from you, Jeff. Thanks a lot!

  • Mary

    I’m in my late 70’s and managed to do it–twice. Having fun. http://www.thegrannyapple.com and http://www.entropyplaza.blogspot.com

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      very cool, Mary. thanks for sharing, and I’m glad you’re enjoying yourself!

  • Jennifer Dougan

    Hi Jeff,

    I enjoy blogging and have appreciated your tips in the past on writing. In fact, that’s why I’m stopping by here tonight, to let you know that I mentioned you in my blog post tonight and linked people back to your site. I appreciate your advice to simply show up every day at the keyboard and to write. Thanks. It’s hard to do, but it’s the answer.

    Have a great week.

    Jennifer Dougan

    Here’s that link: http://www.jenniferdougan.com/2013/05/its-doing-it-thats-hard.html

  • http://twitter.com/jaydawes2 jay dawes

    Hi Jeff, you are absolutely right. It took me a long time to summon up the courage to create my blog. Technology hates me and I used to think I was quite intelligent before try to grapple with it. But I persevered, mostly from reading your posts, and now I have a website that I am reasonably proud of (whether it will help to sell our books is another matter, but at least I am trying) (http://www.anitajaydawes.net)
    So thanks for all your help and encouragement, you have made an old woman very happy and pleased with herself!
    Jay

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Love hearing that, Jay. Way to go!

  • Patt

    Thanks for the nudge and the how-to! It’s a bit terrifying, but I’ve taken the plunge at http://paperthinplaces.wordpress.com/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome, Patt! Welcome to the world of blogging. :)

  • debifeinman

    aaahhh – perfect words for me today! I am actually taking a huge leap of faith and going for it! Launching my new blog on June 1st – ‘Discover YOUR Awesomeness’. I did not choose writing – it chose me and I reached a point in my life where I couldn’t deny it any longer. YES – I have to get the words out of my head and share my message with the world. Moments like this (right after reading your post) I feel exhilarated, empowered and ready to change the world one word at a time. And then…..the FEAR completely overpowers me, paralyzes me and makes me question the sanity of what I’m about to do. I feel like I’ll be taking my heart out of my chest and laying on the computer screen for all the world to embrace….or crush! I am building myself a fortress of BELIEF to fall back on when I’m ready to run and hide under a rock…..and your message will be part of my fortress. THANK YOU!

  • http://unknownjim.com/ Jim Woods

    Launching a blog is so easy. It’s doing it well that is SO HARD. For those starting out–don’t be afraid to experiment! Try new things. SCARY THINGS even. Enjoy the practice and know there are others who support you and will encourage you each step of the way.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      yep. well said, Jim.

  • Mark Palfreeman

    Just starting reading your stuff, Jeff. I like to write and have started a blog to get people thinking about marketing and design in today’s ever-changing world.
    Check it out here: http://www.palf.co

  • http://twitter.com/goplaniyogesh Yogesh Goplani

    Thank you Jeff!

    Everything is easy, except for motivating oneself to get into action. There will always be excuses to not start blogging. One step is all it takes to get started.

    Being curious and open-minded as you said is all one needs to grow and succeed as a blogger.

  • Marj ZAkil

    Hi Jeff! I signed up for your email updates so I can read your posts. I saw an old writer friend recommending on FB one of your entries. That was nearly 2 months ago. I started a blog a week or two after reading your article about the difference between good and bad writers. Nothing to do with blogs but it somehow inspired me to write anyway. So, thank you. Very much :)

  • http://leadright.wordpress.com/ Brent Dumler

    I…love…this…post!

    I do have a blog, and what got me determined enough to get it started was an unfortunate church-hurt a few years ago. Initially, I created a blog to encourage those in our church body who were struggling with all that was going on at the time. Now, it’s evolved into a resource aimed at bringing healthy leadership back into Church. I believe that every blog has a specific mission and voice.
    Thanks for this post, Jeff.

    http://leadright.wordpress.com/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, Brent!

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    I am so thankful my Pastor encouraged me to begin blogging five years ago. I have found purpose in encouraging the hearts of women through my words, ultimately His words, and can’t imagine my life without the relationships I’ve met on line.

  • http://www.Furries-happyclub.com/ The Furries & The Happy Club

    Starting a blog is easy – getting readers to it and continue doing it is hard.

    Just like everything that is worth doing in life…

    Thanks for a great post and good luck to all of you!

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Blogging has and is changing my life. I started my blog to share creative writing and have since written two books, more than 100 poems, and 100s of posts. I believe in the power of writing as therapy. Learn more about my journey at http://www.danerickson.net. I’d encourage anyone who enjoys writing and has a positive message to blog.

    • NxMOHAMAD

      I agree so much with your last line. There needs to be more people shouting out positive things in the world! And the easiest way is through blogging.

  • Jessica

    Blogging has opened a pathway for more creative writing for me. Now, if you can tell me the secret to getting more readers . . .

  • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

    The best advice I got before starting our blog in 2010 was to find something that you could devote two years of your life to. At the time I had half a dozen blog ideas. The two-year advice helped me narrow things down and stay the course because it’s a topic I love.

    • NxMOHAMAD

      What’s the topic? :)

      • http://www.clayproductions.com/aaron/ Aaron Johnson

        Hiking in the Denver and Front Range Area

        • NxMOHAMAD

          I’ll be sure to check it out if I’m in the area and feeling adventurous :) Keep blogging!

  • Brianna Lamberson

    Hi Jeff!

    I just started reading several of Steven Pressfields books (War of Art, etc..) and then I read your email. I’m a Holistic Health Coach and I have to say that my blog is pretty tame. Inside my heart I feel a raging storm of words; a veritable geyser of convictions that are percolating just beneath the surface. Yet! I am petrified. Terrified of the backlash. I fear the overdraft of criticism, rejection, ridicule. I feel like a David going up against a Goliath. My dreams are big for sure, and they just scare the hell out of me. So I stay tame. Middle of the road. Lukewarm.

    Yep.
    Brianna
    briannalamberson.com

    • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

      Felt a special nudge to reach out and encourage you Brianna. May be it was your David & Goliath reference. And here’s the comfort of that story, his stone + the Lord’s power was what killed that giant. Not only one or the other. :) I say Go. For. It!!!!! We have enough lukewarm. We need you to surprise us.

      • Brianna Lamberson

        Thanks Samantha! I really appreciate your encouragement. I think a girl needs to hear that. I feel that if I remain in the Lord’s power then I can heat things up. I don’t think I even realize how big this could be.

  • http://therightvolume.com/ Samantha Livingston

    I love reading through all the comments of people going for it…or thinking of going for it! This week I’m celebrating my first year of blogging. Outside of my relationships, I’d say writing has been the single thing that’s brought me the most joy and sense of purpose and further walking out my calling. Jeff-your encouragement has been HUGE in this process for me. Really, I should’ve given you a byline in my one-year celebration post. :) http://therightvolume.com/

  • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

    I don’t think you could have made it any simpler. “Do, or do not.” And then you share the easiest possible guide. I have to say, though, I started looking for the “spoon”. :) – great post!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      There is no “try.” ;)

  • E.H. Uminn

    Thank you for your encouragement on this subject of writing and blogging. My biggest hurdle is how to turn a blog/my writing into an income. I am not afraid to work hard. I’m not afraid to put in a few years of meager income for the long term rewards. I often just feel at a loss as to how to get my name out there and getting a large amount of readers.

    I have just launched a blog where I write….and while I hope I’ll narrow my focus and find a specific approach, right now I had to just start. I’ve created other blogs before that have flopped but I can’t get past the itch to write on a regular basis about things that matter to me. Just starting to get out there, even if I don’t know where I’m going yet.

    http://www.underdogachiever.wordpress.com

    I have a question….I’ve been using wordpress for awhile but I’ve never heard of a hosting site like BlueHost. Why is a hosting site necessary? Thanks.

  • Susie

    Thanks for posting this. The universe has been screaming at me to start a blog for several years. Yesterday I published. northbynorthnot.blogspot.com. By the way, I’m a writer. :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Susie! And yes, you are.

  • http://www.theconfidencelounge.com/ Aaron Morton

    I started a blog in January. I was my 4th attempt. This has been my most successful so far and I intend on making this my platform.

    The reason I see that the others weren’t as successful is: commitment both in my mindset and intent.

    Writing a blog has a low barrier to entry which makes it easy for people to ‘dip their toe in’ but it takes more than that and to treat it like a process of a business, even if your first intention isn’t to make money from it.

    Aaron Morton
    The Confidence Lounge

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re right, Aaron. It does take commitment. Full disclosure: I’ve started over 10 blogs. Only one of them has succeeded. What was the difference between this one and those other nine? I never committed… until now.

  • Daniel Decker

    Great post (about even more than just starting a blog). One of my authors said it well “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.”

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yep. True. Painfully true.

  • http://twitter.com/wsolistcom wsolist

    Sometime procrastination can make a simple task seem so hard. Nice sharing. Staring a new website from zero will not take more than 15 minutes if you get your credit card ready.

    • NxMOHAMAD

      First step is always the one that takes the longest.

  • http://kpanastasi.com/ Katya Pavlopoulos

    I would just like to point out that “I don’t understand the technology” is in fact a legit excuse! :) It’s not as easy as pro bloggers say it is. I wanted to keep a blog while I’m working on a book (fiction), and wordpress through bluehost was way too complicated for me. I mean, when you first see that home page with all the scripts to download with no idea what half of them are there for, it’s QUITE A BIT intimidating!

    In the end, I didn’t think it was worth it for my purpose, which is to post twice a week while I continue writing my book. I switched to wordpress.com, bought my own domain and got the no ads upgrade, and even though I don’t have FULL control over it, I’m very happy with my blog. And most importantly, I still have time to work on my book once the blog post is up.

    http://kpanastasi.com/

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s a great option for those who don’t want to worry about all the extra bells and whistles (and occasional hassle).

  • http://www.wisestep.com/ WiseStep

    This is probably the third time this month I have been working on an online article for a client that caters to small business owners and you have posted something on the topic I was writing about. Thanks !!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome!

  • http://www.mridukhullar.com/ Mridu Khullar Relph

    I think there’s one more: Fear of commitment to one subject. Many writers I know want to blog but have so many varied interests that they’re worried about being pigeonholed into one particular niche or industry and not be able to write their way out of there. It’s a valid concern, but at some point, most of us who blog do have to just pick a topic and stick with it (or try and fail, as you said).

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Yep. Good one.

    • http://notquitearunner.blogspot.com/ Amy

      This is an issue I also struggle with: finding my niche.

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.zack.tan Isaac Tan

    I have a blog but I write rather infrequently. The stuff up there ranges from a sort of an diary entry to observations about things I see.

    pre-lude.blogspot.sg

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      That’s certainly one way to do it, Isaac. You’ve done the hard part, which is start.

  • Caitlin Green

    I just started a blog – only a few posts, but I’d be really grateful for any feedback you might have! I was surprised that posting this stuff, which isn’t salacious or anything, was both terrifying and exhilarating. Thanks for your encouragement – great post. http://onbeingathirtysomething.blogspot.com/

  • Jericho Daily

    I have two blogs, and the Lord has been ministering through them in a powerful way.
    Spiritledallday.blogspot.com
    This is as much a Bible study and a way to stay deep into the word as it is a blog.

    JerichoDaily.blogspot.com
    All about our own human nature and the process of pulling down strongholds.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share them.

  • Fatima Bibi Kholwadia

    I have a blog! But now it’s really difficult for me to tell people I have one, because I guess the reason it took me so long to start one was that I was afraid – in a way, I still am! Thank you for the article! It was really useful! I’d love for you to take a look and see what you think of my blog.

    http://www.thatdeletebutton.blogspot.co.uk

    • NxMOHAMAD

      Hi Fatima! A please to meet a fellow aspiring blogger. I was in that phase of yours (afraid to tell people) not so long ago. I broke out of it some time last year. I know it’s scary, but you have to come out of your comfort zone. Slowly you inch out. You can just post a link to your post on Facebook without saying anything else. Then maybe the next time you can put a simple ‘ read this!’.
      I hope you get to muster the courage slowly :)

      • http://www.thatdeletebutton.blogspot.co.uk/ Fatima Bibi Kholwadia

        Hi! I’ve decided I’m going to write it on the board in the staff room at work when I’m next in! Something I’ve been considering for a while :-) and post links on twitter and Facebook. Slowly but surely I’ll get there. Thank you so much for the support! :-)

  • http://notquitearunner.blogspot.com/ Amy

    I’ve had so many blogs in the past 11 years. The current one I have, I started about wanting to be a runner, but then it became so much more about breaking through all of my struggles and comfort zones and trying to figure out who God wants me to be. (http://notquitearunner.blogspot.com). I renamed it “Many the Miles,” as I have been through so much and have so much more to look forward to. :)

  • Kebun Bandar

    Having a blog is easy for me, but to maintain it is hard. To write is mean to think. Sometime I was afraid that I might write something weird out of the box. Then it will deter my friends who might reading my blog.

    I’m still in the spiritual state of finding my own niche in blogging, in English. You can find it on http://mewritemanglish.my/

  • Rick

    I setup my blog through WordPress and the annual renewal is coming up. I payed so that I can have my web address without the wordpress tagged to the end of the name. Is there a way to transition from WordPress directly to Bluehost?
    Do I just cancel my WordPress and then sign up through Blue Host?
    So you mind helping me? I am new and just started blogging. I love your writings as they are very helpful and encouraging.

  • http://autoflu.in/ Aashish Dhiman

    I launched a blog a long time ago and it failed horribly but these words encourage me to restart it again. :-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You should! I’ve launched lots of blogs. Probably more than 10. Only one has succeeded.

  • Angela Bosi

    Thanks for this post, Jeff. I have been struggling with the decision to start a blog. I say struggling because of the fear in a. not knowing anything about blogging b. committing to it (and doing it well) and c. the topic I want to blog about. The topic can be a very personal one for some people and I fear being criticized for my thoughts an beliefs, but I also feel like if I can help one person, it’s worth it. Your post has encouraged me to give it a try! Thanks again!!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Awesome, Angela. Send me your blog link when it’s up!

  • JillTracey

    Thank you for the very practical post. I have one question…do you find it’s best to use your name in the title of your blog or to pinpoint your specific focus? I co-host a morning show on a local radio station and blog on our show page. However, I have a passion to encourage other moms like me who ventured into the parenting adventure later in life at 35+. Do you think it would be wiser to use my name as the domain name and/or title of the blog or something that focuses on that passion, i.e. “Old Mommy” {NOT what I’d actually use, of course}?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I like using your name. That way, you can change topics later on, if you want.

      • JillTracey

        That’s what I was thinking. So good to have confirmation, thank you!

  • Blog Tips and Trick

    I use Bluehost for my blog as well. I love how it has an easy one-click WordPress install. Very motivational post, I love all of your writing, keep it up!

    Blog Tutorials

  • judy0427

    Thank you for writing your blog, Jeff. I started a blog (about my experiences helping hospice patients and their families,) a couple of years ago, but stopped writing when my brother died. I should start again. :)

    http://hospeace.wordpress.com/

  • alikirusso

    You are right Jeff, the main reason I haven’t done anything to promote myself is fear. Fear and self-consciousness. what if this and what if that, no one is going to like what I write so why should I bother. Well this article made me look at writing a different way. I have something to write, I am able to make a story (not always a great story but so what right?) out of any idea that pops into my head and some people might find it enjoyable so I might as well do it. Thank you I look forward to getting the logistics so I can get started.

  • chwms

    I need a good title.

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