Where To Start As A Content Creator
“If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." This age-old adage is great advice for avoiding hurt feelings and drama, but when it comes to content creation, it's terrible guidance. The reality is that if you want to be successful as a content creator, you need to start by putting yourself out there—even if you're not feeling confident or your content isn't perfect. Trust me, I've been there. Here's how to get started.
When it comes to content creation, the biggest obstacle you'll face is probably yourself. It's natural to want to wait until your work is perfect before sharing it with the world, but the truth is that perfection is a myth—there's no such thing. So rather than waiting around for that magical day when your work is "good enough" to share, just hit publish and get your name out there. You can always go back and make changes later.
Think about it this way: would you rather have a blog with 10 perfect posts or a blog with 100 good posts? If you're like most people, you'd probably choose the latter. Why? Because even though the quality of each individual post might not be as high, the sheer volume of content means there's something for everyone. And that's what you should be aiming for—a body of work that appeals to a wide range of people.
Of course, that doesn't mean you should never strive for quality—just that you shouldn't let the pursuit of perfection stand in your way. So if you're ready to take the plunge and start sharing your work with the world, great! Here are a few tips to get you started.
Pick a Niche
Before you start creating content, it's important to figure out who you're creating it for. Who is your target audience? What sorts of things are they interested in? Once you know who you're talking to, it will be much easier to figure out what sorts of things to say. For example, if you're catering to new moms, chances are they're interested in topics like sleep training, breastfeeding, and kid-friendly recipes. But if you're aiming for a more general audience, your content can be about anything under the sun.
Find Your Voice
Your voice is what makes you unique—it's what sets your work apart from everyone else's in your niche. So take some time to explore different writing styles and tones until you find one that feels authentic and comfortable for you. Once you've found your voice, stick with it! Consistency is key when it comes to building an audience.
Create a Schedule
One of the best ways to ensure that you actually sit down and create content on a regular basis is to set up some sort of schedule or routine. Whether that means setting aside two hours every Monday morning or 30 minutes every day after dinner, find a time that works for you and commit to sticking with it. Remember, consistency is key! If people know when they can expect new content from you, they're much more likely to keep coming back for more. Plus, setting up a routine will make the actual act of writing feel less daunting because it will become part of your normal routine instead of feeling like some nebulous task that's always looming in the back of your mind.
Inspiration can strike at any time—in the shower, on your commute, while watching TV—so it's important to be prepared when it does. Keep a running list of ideas in a notebook or on your phone so that when inspiration strikes, you can capture those thoughts before they slip away again. That way, when it comes time to sit down and actually write something, you'll already have a stockpile of ideas to choose from instead of staring at a blank page feeling overwhelmed.
Content creation can seem daunting at first, but remember that everyone starts somewhere! The most important thing is just getting started and putting yourself out there—perfection is overrated anyway. Use these tips as your starting point and grow from there! Before long, you'll develop into a confident content creator with a fanbase all your own!
What To Gain From Waking Up Early
I've been waking up at 5AM for almost 4 years now. So I consider myself somewhat of a professional when it comes to waking up early and maximizing it's potential. Last week, I shared some tips on Twitter about how to wake up early and some of the benefits. I thought I'd share here in full!
Some things I’ve gained from waking up at 5am:
This all came with time. It wasn't immediate, so please be patient!
1. Natural motivation
What I do once I wake up:
1. Brush teeth / Clean skin
Waking up has a ton of advantages but in order to get the best from your new routine, you have to go to bed early! 9-11PM is my sweet spot. When I go to bed any later, I wake up sluggish. I also miss out on a lot of late-night Internet jokes but I promise, I've gotten used to the FOMO. You'll be just fine.
I hope you enjoy your newfound respect for the morning! I had so much fun, I even started a Daily Sunrise Challenge that continued for more than two years. I hope you're inspired to do the same.
How to Use Your Privilege Wisely
The most important thing to know about privilege is that everyone has some form of it. You don’t need to act guilty or remorseful, just do the right thing. But in order to do the right thing and use your privilege, you must know what your privilege is (if it isn't obvious already).
Think about the parts of your identity you worry about the least. Your race, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, or identity. Once you've figured that out, it's time to take action.
1. Learn about people who lack that ordinary privilege at work, school, home and in their communities. Read books, watch documentaries, and ask questions:
Some of the world's greatest privileges include:
Please remember, it is not your job to save those who are less privileged. Instead use your privilege to create a restorative society so that they can make their own decisions and speak for themselves.
I have a bit of experience when it comes to perfectionism and I believe we all do because the world is scary and there's no way we all want to fail our way to the top. That doesn't sound appealing, but you start to realize as you get older, perfectionism is really the thing that's least appealing.
Perfectionism is actually fear based and when you're a perfectionist, you hardly live a "perfect" life.
Perfection is preventative and based on a lot of worst case scenarios.
Perfection causes limitations and procrastination.
All in all, perfectionism isn't what it's made out to be.
Here are a few thing's to consider when it comes to perfectionism:
1. Be honest - do you have perfectionist tendencies?
2. Challenge your inner thoughts
3. Face your worst case scenarios
4. Not everything has to be perfect
5. Know when to move on
6. Judgement Detox
7. Are you aimless?
Some final perfectionist considerations:
Are your thoughts facts or interpretation?
Are you getting to negative conclusions?
Is what you're thinking about as bad as it seems?
What is the worst that could happen if you try?
Will your failure or success matter in 5 years?