The most difficult thing about blogging is just getting started.
We have all these grand ideas, theories, and concepts. But realize that you’re never going to be fully “ready.” Life is a state of flux. We are constantly learning, evolving, and “becoming.”
So the important thing is to just get started.
I recommend just signing up for a WordPress or Medium blog. And if one day you want to upgrade to a more “serious” plan, you can. And if you experiment with blogging, and you end up not liking it, you don’t need to pay money.
When you start blogging, don’t worry about the theme, design, or site description.
Just start your first blog post.
Your first blog post can just be a “hello world” type of post — where you tell the world hello!
As with any introductory post, just introduce yourself. Say who you are, where you’re from, what some of your goals for your blog is, and keep it short, humble, and lively.
If you’re starting a photo blog, share some of your photos. Perhaps your first blog post can be your 3 favorite photos, and just tell the story behind them.
Don’t take blogging seriously. Have fun, and treat yourself like a kid on a digital playground.
Get it 80% “good enough”, then hit “publish”
Many of us are “maximizers” — we want to do something perfectly before publishing it.
However the problem of being a “maximizer” is that only 1% of our ideas ever get realized. We get too caught up in the small details, that we never actually execute any of our great ideas.
My suggestion with blogging: when you write a blog post, just get it 80% “good enough” (based on your own standards), and hit publish.
The late artist Steve Jobs once said, “Great artists ship.”
When he said “ship” — he meant publish. Great artists publish their work, and don’t get too caught up in perfection. Because most of the time, seeking perfection is a waste of time. The difference between 80% “good enough” and 99% “perfect” is often not very different.
For example, getting a blog post “80% good enough” might take you an hour or two. But trying to get it 99% “perfect” might take you another 10 hours. I think those extra 10 hours are not worth it. Spend those extra 10 hours going out and taking photos, or writing other blog post ideas.
Also treat the same 80% philosophy to your photos. If your photos are 80% up to your own personal standard of “good enough” — just publish them on your blog. Your photos will never be 100% perfect. There is no such thing as perfection. Just look at nature. There is no stream which is 100% straight. There is no such thing as a “perfect” tree, rock, or blade of grass.