How To Start A Blog: Showing Up Is Half The Battle

I bought this domain – http://www.AmyGesenhues.com months ago.

It’s not my first blog. Amywroteit.com is still live.* And it’s not even the first AmyWroteIt.

Amy originally wrote it in 2008. On January 15 – seven years and eleven days ago – I committed to blog everyday for a year, and I did. I published more than 365 consecutive posts from January 2008 through the first part of 2009. I kept that first blog going until 2012 when I finally decided it had run its course.

My first blog served me well. It led me to winning a spot as a columnist for the local paper, which resulted in a syndicated weekly column published in a number of small dailies across the country. Eventually, those columns helped me land my current career as a full-time writer, the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do for a living.

What I learned through blogging is when you want to do something – like write – you simply have to do it and things happen beyond anything you could have planned.

But, the “doing it” can be such a pain in the ass.

As I already mentioned, I started this blog months ago. I spent weeks changing out themes and playing around with the design. (I had to go all the way back to 1985 to find a picture I liked okay enough to use in my header.) I spent more weeks ignoring the fact I had started the blog. I created pages – a static homepage, an “About Me” page…a “What I’m Reading” page.

Then I deleted the pages when I realized I was spending all my time building a website, and zero time writing.

What I forgot from my earlier blogging experiences is that all I have to do is write.

I don’t have to worry about next steps. About what my results will be. Or, who will read what I write. The greatest thing of all is that I don’t even have to consider what I will write here until I open my laptop.

It’s like walking, or meditating, or even breathing. All you have to do is show up. The rest will work itself out far better than you could have planned.

*I wrote too soon. Amywroteit.com was terminated not long after publishing this post. I know what you’re thinking, but nothing was lost. I imported all the posts from that blog to this one. Anything you read here dated before January 2015 was originally published on AmyWroteIt.

POSTSCRIPT: Please forgive any preachy overtones here – this post is directed entirely at the sliver of my conscious which subscribes to the existence of writer’s block.

POSTSCRIPT #2: Dear lord, I can’t do math to save my soul. My “…seven years and eleven days ago” reference in paragraph two should read, “…six years ago and 354 days ago.”

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