Are you thinking of starting a blog but unsure if you’re writer enough for the job?
I have a friend who’s a brilliant professional, with multiple advanced degrees and an impressive job that make him an expert in his field. He wants to start a blog but has reservations, since he’s not a writer. Here’s a short, multiple-choice quiz to help folks like him get started.
1. What are you writing about?
a) Your profession
c) A hobby
d) Anything you feel like at any time, so that no one will ever know what to expect from you
2. Why are you blogging?
a) To market yourself
b) To express yourself
c) To connect with other people who like what you like
d) To become a rich and famous writer
3. Who’s your audience?
a) Family & friends
c) Potential clients
d) Your international fan club
4. What’s holding you back?
a) Fear that you’ll be bad
b) The ghost of your 10th grade composition teacher
c) Nothing – you’ve written the first sentence 15, 16 times… without getting to the second sentence.
d) You forgot your answers to the first three questions
5. Write like you’re…
a) Scared to death
b) Going to be a while
c) Smarty McSmartypants
d) Talking to a friend or an interested peer who doesn’t have all day
6. What do you have that Shakespeare, Hemingway and even Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t ever have?
a) Your experiences
b) Your opinions
c) Your voice
d) Your original AOL email address
7. Blogging is a great way for new writers to start because…?
a) The only pressure is from yourself
b) Posts can be short, unconventional, interactive
c) Blogging encourages you to write often
d) You can communicate easily with other bloggers, readers and people on social media
The short answer to all your questions: If you want to write, just do it.
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