Writing a blog post was easy.
Sharing it with the world though, was terrifying.
Since I launched Third-Culture Thoughts last December, I have learned to be more fearless, open-minded, and eager to learn.
I have had posts that have reached 500+ views, and some that have barely hit 30.
I had times when I felt so vulnerable in sharing my thoughts, and times when I felt that the wold was whispering back to me in agreement and support.
All in all, here are 4 things I have learned thus far.
1. You just have to do it
What would have happened if Mark Twain had been too scared to publish his work?
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you have thought about writing a blog. Maybe you do have one, but you haven’t launched it in public.
If you have wanted to, but have worried too much about what other people think – it becomes a lot less scarier with each post you make.
For example, after I created Third-Culture Thoughts, I shared a few posts I wrote with my best friends. They gave me the support I needed to simply publish it online on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Soon enough, I wrote a piece about signs you went to an international school. It was shared over 30 times on social media and was viewed in over 64 countries.
Sometimes, all it takes is courage and imagination to put your work out there.
2. Write for you and your readers
To attract viewers, you need to not only write about what you love, but
what you readers love as well.
There is a crucial difference, and I am still learning to do both.
However, I noticed that out of all our pieces, the most popular ones have been the most heart-felt and easy to read.
These included my friends’ pieces about studying in a liberal arts college in the east coast, and finding home in their third-culture story.
When writing a piece, it’s best to be your most true and authentic self, while making your work easy to read and relate to for readers.
They need to provide value, either through entertainment or education.
3. Content creation and consistency is key
A trap I have and continued to avoid is to leave my blog idle.
I realized that in order to grow my blog, I need to be consistent.
Content creation is key.
Thanks to social media moguls like Gary V, I learned to make multiple pieces of content from a single piece.
For example, I learned to create photos of our featured writers with quotes from their piece. I also created photos with questions to engage my readers.
To my surprise, they have helped spark engagement from my followers, especially on Instagram.
Publishing new pieces consistently has also been crucial, though challenging. There are weeks when I post two new articles, and weeks when I only post one.
In the end, it is all about simply doing it and learning along the way.
4. Don’t give up
Just when it seems like you’re not getting any views, likes, or followers – don’t give up.
There have been times when I asked myself, “What’s the point of this? No one wants to read this.”
Really, who would find value in a 22-year old’s thoughts?
You’ll be surprised. There have been people who have told my friends that they follow my blog; that I’m actually writing about things that people think about but push to the side. I’ve received messages from people saying how much they can relate to being a Third-Culture Kid.
To know that you made someone else feel a little less lonely is one of the best feelings in the world.
Plus, to be a writer, you need to write. To be a basketball player, you need to shoot. To be an entrepreneur, you need to start your business.
It all starts with baby steps.
In the end, blogging has taught me to be more brave and curious.
Take a stab at it, and you’ll learn more than you thought you would along the way.