It was very difficult for me to create a blog. Why? Because I was afraid that I didn't have anything interesting to say and that I'd just bore everyone.
I'm not necessarily the blogging type either. I love to write, but I don't need constant feedback on what I say in order to keep going. I write stories because I love them and they help me escape.
I've talked to several other writers though and blogging has helped them get a following and get their name out there, so I knew I couldn't keep avoiding it. The problem is, I immediately started stressing over what I should say next and what I could possibly add to the world that someone else hasn't already written about (there are blogs on everything!) and that just made me feel overwhelmed.
What I realized after awhile is that I just need to relate to blogging like I do with my novels. Sometimes the scenes I type sound stupid and nothing like I was picturing in my head, but I sit down and write them out anyway. I edit and study writing until it comes out more like I hoped it would. I'm ahead of lots of other people because I take the time to type it up. I don't just daydream about it, I do it and struggle the entire way through to the end.
I realized that blogging is the same way, except different because I'm writing small chunks of thoughts and posting them. They don't have to be different or unique than everyone else out there. I'm just beginning and I haven't yet found my voice. I just have to sit down and do it and if I make that commitment then I'll be much farther along than all the people who type nothing or blog for a short while and lose momentum. If no one likes what I have to say, then at least I tried and can still improve until I make it to the point where people do like what I write. It's a waste of time to worry over it.
That being said, I've also decided that I'm going to start blogging using a few of the writing prompts on occasion that I read from the site "The One-Minute Blogger."
Basically it has the same message as this post. Just sit down and write. Don't worry about it; make a commitment. It gives you prompts to make it easy and you don't have to spend longer than a few minutes doing so.
I think it's great and maybe it will help me start finding my voice.