It might seem like you need to be well educated or versed on a subject to start a blog, but you don’t!
You don’t have to be an expert to start a blog.
If there is a topic you want to blog on but you don’t feel qualified enough to blog about it – you can share your journey.
Share the Journey
People love seeing other’s journey. Whether it is learning a new skill or changing lifestyles.
Sharing your journey makes it easier for other people to see themselves in the same process. If you can do it, so can they.
Guess what? Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist hasn’t always been a minimalist. Once upon a time he had a garage stuffed full of junk too.
If you’ve read any of his books you are familiar with his story. One day while Joshua was cleaning out his garage all day, his neighbor said, “Maybe you don’t need to own all this stuff” and introduced him to the word minimalist.
He started his blog that month, May 2008.
Fast forward 10 years and Joshua’s blog, becomingminimalist.com is a go-to resource for people wanting to de-clutter their lives.
He has 3 bestselling books (and one on the way), an online course with thousands or students, a thriving blog with a million readers and a digital magazine created in partnership with other minimalist bloggers.
I dug into the depths of the internet to find Joshua’s first blog post. I want to share some of it with you
“Call me uneducated, naive, whatever you want – but I had never heard the term before. Yet, it seemed to be the one word that defined my deepest desires. I went inside to tell my wife about the conversation and her response was the same as mine, “That’s what I want too.”
And thus, the journey begins. The journey of becoming a minimalist.
The blog will serve two purposes. 1). A journal of our personal journey as this family of four (33, 29, 5, 2) becomes minimalist. And 2). A proof if this typical family can make it real in their life, so can you.”
Reading that gives me goosebumps: “it seemed to be the one word that defined my deepest desires.” It’s amazing how that one word has changed his life, career and impact on the world!
Joshua has been sharing his journey and story for ten years now. Think of all the people he has reached and helped along the way.
He wasn’t an expert, he had look up the word minimalist.
You don’t have to be an expert either.
If you have a desire to blog…
If there is a subject you are passionate about but don’t feel qualified to blog about…
If you want to share your journey…
Go for it.
Don’t worry about being qualified or being an expert. Share your story and go from there.
Here are a few more words from Joshua about his experience on starting a blog,
I started blogging as a personal tool to journal the changes we were making as we began minimizing our possessions. But somewhere along the line, it became less about me writing the story and more about the story changing me.” 15 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life15 Thoughts on How Blogging Impacts Life
Not only has becomingminimalist touched the lives of millions of people, but it has changed Joshua for the better. (highly recommend reading his article on how blogging has impacted his life and can for you too)
Joshua is just one example.
In 2015 I started following a brand-new blog Boho Berry, originally a lifestyle blog that Kara started to showcase her boho jewelry.
Kara started experimenting with a bullet journal and shared pictures on Instagram. Her audience begged to know more so she eventually wrote about her experience trying out a bullet journal.
I love this comment on her month update post,
My name is Kara and I am a Bullet Journal addict. As of today, I have been bullet journaling for the past 40 days and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.”
Fast forward three years and bullet journaling has shaped her business. Kara has an online course where she teaches handwriting, a successful Etsy store selling stickers, a large community, a popular YouTube channel and hundreds of first page Google rankings for bullet journaling and related terms.
Kara did not start the blog as an expert in journaling. However, in three short years Boho Berry has become a go-to resource for all things journaling, handwriting and planning. All topics helping you work towards your goals and live a more fulfilled life.
I’ve loved watching Kara’s blog blossom into what it is today. Kara has always shared content with the intent of helping you create your own amazing life, but now she is a favorite among planners.
How to share your journey as a new blogger.
They say the best learner is the teacher and that can be true for you as a blogger too.
Share your progress and personal experiences and include tips for people wanting to do the same.
Be the test dummy: you could test things out, conduct different experiments and share your results.
Pat Flynn has built his entire blog around the idea of being the test dummy,
“I’m here to show you through my own experiments exactly how you can stop trading time for money and start building a business that works for you”
WHY I CALL MYSELF THE CRASH TEST DUMMY OF ONLINE BUSINESS.
I want you to use my successes and my failures to reach your own business goals. This is also why I publish my income report each month, so that you see what has actually worked for me.
Maybe you’re trying to build an online business like Pat Flynn and so you share the marketing techniques and strategies that you try out.
But, really you can be the test dummy in any industry.
Maybe you have a black thumb but really want to be a plant lady. On your blog, you can write about the different plants you try to keep alive and what you did to ensure they stayed green and thriving.
Or say you want to eat healthier but you aren’t sure which food plan is best for you: paleo, vegan or somewhere in between. Test them out. Report what you did, how they made you feel, etc.
Expert or not, you can start a blog!
A blog can be a catalyst to help you learn and grow. You don’t need to wait until you’ve perfectly mastered your passion to blog about it. You can start sharing your message from where you’re at.
Bonus: you’ll get to help others along the way!
Share your journey, test, experiement and you’ll be surprised to find yourself as an authority on the subject in no time.
Feeling under-qualified is just one of the fears that keep people from starting a blog. I hope that this article has helped you gain a new perspective and outlook on blogging.
We all have to start somewhere and it isn’t usually at the top. Start your blog or give that next idea a go.
You got this.