Zero to Hero: Day Three

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    NOTE: Zero to Hero forum threads will close after five days. If you’re just starting out, welcome! Feel free to visit a more recent thread to say hello, ask questions, or seek feedback. Happy blogging!

    Welcome to Day Three! Time to put your “publishing” caps back on.

    Today, you’ll be writing a post that’s been on your mind, but hasn’t quite made it from brain to blog — check out the full details on the main Zero to Hero page.

    Use this space as a place to ask questions and seek feedback from your fellow bloggers, or just to talk about blogging, why you’re here, and how your month is going.

    Note: please refrain from posting links to your blog unless you’re seeking feedback on something — this is a place for discussion. Give your posts the “zerotohero” tag to enable other participants to find you. Given the number of participants and length of these threads, we will begin deleting comments that are simply links to make it easier for participants to have real discussions with one another.

    Note: The Daily Post has a weekly open thread for peer feedback each Sunday. If you’re looking for feedback unrelated to this challenge, please visit that thread.

    Now go forth and draft!

    #1586526

    I’m still struggling with the thought of what to write, how to be unique, how to say something no-one has said before? Is that even possible?! It’s the perfectionist in me, holding me back? Does anyone else feel like this? There’s a million other bloggers out there, what can I add?! I have blo envy, freshly pressed envy, but I’m loving all the new connections I’m making…

    #1586527

    @silverliningsproject, you and Blogger X could write about the exact same thing, but yours would be unique — because *you* wrote it. Your voice. Your perspective. Your experience.

    If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend reading the post linked to in the details of today’s task on breaking past your internal critic.

    #1586528

    Also:

    Does anyone else feel like this?

    Yes!

    #1586530

    I am also loving reading the forum thread – Just realised I need to spend time at my plot before I can write a post – in fact all my posts are done after spending time at the allotment – so obviously need to work on imagination! I bow down to each and everyone of you – it takes courage so lets Blog on!

    http://ilovemyplot.wordpress.com/

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    cteavin
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    It’s not possible to say something no one has said, but it is possible to say it your way. If it’s the first time you’re saying it, it’s the first time for someone out there to hear it.

    I have a sense of where you’re coming from Silverliningsproject. Myself, instead of starting out The Best, I see it as a goal to work towards. I’m hoping people will be generous enough to give me advice on my blog along the way. I think that with practice and dialogue that unique voice we’re all searching for will come through.

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    blockader
    Member

    I started blogging four years ago. This task now has me thinking about why I started it? And I just realized that it all goes back to 40 years ago, trapped in a cave! I am liking what these projects are causing me to recall.

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    cteavin
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    A metaphorical cave, blockader?

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    @silverliningsproject
    DON’T stress about “being” unique or creative… Just be YOU! It takes awhile sometimes to find your voice but the more you write, the more you let go, the easier it will occur.
    I have been doing this for 3 or 4 years and have changed how I write several times… this challenge will force you to step out of your comfort zone and find your voice, so don’t get frustrated.
    Best of luck!

    #1586535

    avintola
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    @silverliningsproject I get the exact same feeling when I try to come up with a new post. But I always go back to the reason why I write the things I share on my blog. It is what @michelleweber has said. I share the things I post on my blog because I want people who happen to stumble upon my blog to know about how I view things. I see blogging as an opportunity to get others to understand me and understand other people by reading their blogs. :)

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    rteverett
    Member

    The first post is a hard one to publish. It can really set the direction you want to take your blog. I was able to put together some old content from one of my past blogs as my first post. But even though I had published it before, I still had a hard time pushing the button.

    #1586537

    @rteverett I understand that hesitation. Even though we put ourselves out there with the blog, in general, it is still tough to have that “is this my best product” “will others like this” or even, “do I really want to share this with the world?” Just keep hitting publish and everything improves with time!
    Best of luck in this challenge :)

    #1586538

    blockader
    Member

    Hey thecrownedsaintofnithing, You’ll have to check it out later just to find out! :)

    #1586541

    mchattaway
    Member

    I’ve been writing on my site for a while, and whenever I look back to the various “first posts” I make whenever I reboot I always find that I have changed my mind about what I want to be as a blogger and writer. Does anyone else find that the more you continue the further you drift away from your original goal…and does it make you want to either start afresh or accept the change of focus?

    #1586542

    Those struggling with day 2 – text widget…..all explained with pictures.

    http://greetingsfromindia.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/edit-title-in-text-widget-zero-to-hero-day-2/

    Regards.

    #1586544

    avintola
    Member

    Here’s my take on finding happiness. I hope you can spare a few seconds to check it out. :) This is not yet my post for Day 3. It is around 2 am from where I am so I’ll probably sleep first and write a new post in the morning.

    http://avintola.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/ramblings-scramblings-and-the-thought-of-happiness/

    #1586545

    uppi03
    Member

    http://manlysense.wordpress.com/

    I am step ahead, as the activities come slightly late for me, as noon EST is 6 PM for me, but I’ve put in a second post that’s been written at a time when I haven’t had internet connection still and was far from a beginning an online blog/journal. Check it out.

    #1586546

    I don’t quite recall the reason why I started blogging, so I just posted a snippet from my past on how I got to blogging. Then I tried to answer the question. I could solve it that well, and it is still blurry to me, but I figured I would write about why I am blogging now. I’ve changed a lot from when I first started, I used to throw in things like (^_^) or (>.<) I don’t remember why! Haha.

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    rteverett
    Member

    @bandnamdcharlie – Thank you, and best of luck to you on your journey to becoming a successful writer.

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    nicolacyoung
    Member

    I first started blogging in April 2012. I realised that my children were growing up so quickly and that it wouldn’t be long before they were all at school. I started recording memorable occasions and interesting observations and anecdotes and it went from there.

    I have since started a new blog and my writing has evolved. My point is, that you should just go for it and not over think your first post. Once you get going, the ideas will come. If you write about what ever comes to mind to begin with, you will probably find that as time goes on you will find your own niche. At the very least you will learn what you like and don’t like to write about.

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