My two year blogiversary is coming up (within 3 months). This also happens to be the same time I started writing or blogging or whatever it’s called these days. To be honest with you, I don’t consider my self a writer at all, but more of a rough-around the edges blogger who speaks his mind. My writing (blogging) works for the majority, and for some not so much. That being said, I really don’t care to appease everyone either.
For nearly two years I blogged about personal finance, bitched about certain topics, and divulged quite a bit about my personal life. Nothing I regret, in fact, looking back now at all the personal things I shared with you, I’m proud of my self that I shared what I did, and stepped outside of the comfort-zone that most other bloggers choose to stay inside. Again, that’s their choice, and nothing wrong with that. But, it does come with its own limits for staying inside a cushy bubble.
Still, despite over 400 posts written on my own blog, 30+ guest posts, and over 50 staff writing assignments for other larger websites (blogs), I still don’t consider my self a writer. Not because I don’t write, mostly because I don’t truly care to be a full-fledged writer – too many rules – and I’m not the one for rules, because rules are meant to be bent, and sometimes broken. Furthermore, I’ve never written for any major publication, no book, e-book or anything of that serious nature.
However, I do consider my self a “wannabe” writer, which in my books is the level below a writer. Keep in mind, these are my rules, and it works for me. Your vision of a writer or a wannabe may be different. And that’s fine, I’m cool with that, to each to their own I suppose.
Despite many blogs that I’ve read over the years, and the 50+ different personal finance blogs I follow each and every week, I can comfortably say that there’s a lot of potential out there. Yet, despite many great topics covered by some very creative people – very few personal finance bloggers are actual writers or wannabe writers. Majority are “appeasers” as I like to call em, because they stick to safe topics, “how to posts”, “10 ways to save more $$ posts” and other topics that have been written million times over.
If you don’t believe me, I just did a quick test through Google, and typed in the following words, “10 ways to save money”, and in 0.36 seconds Google returned 179,000,000 returns. Why the hell in anyone’s right mind would you want to be post 179,000,001? Nobody gives a shit for that type of post, because there are nearly 180 million posts like that already.
That’s why you’re not a writer now, and you probably will never likely be one…..unless….you change something NOW, TODAY, PRONTO!!
I had a breakthrough 15 months into my blogging journey. Yes, it sadly took me that long to realize that I was a brutal writer (blogger).
It was a simple shift of mind that changed everything, and it’s what you need to do — if people are going to take your work seriously.
The Difference Between Good Writers and the Rest
They are not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone.
They don’t care to appease others through their writing, but instead write to share their writing voice.
They’re NOT afraid of what others think of them.
They believe in themselves.
They write without making excuses or apologies.
That’s what good writers do, and the rest stand on the sidelines and watch. So, you have a choice – change your frig-in ways or stand on the sidelines as others become successful. We, as bloggers should be fortunate enough for the opportunity to earn additional income through a side hustle in which we control how much time we devote to it. Obviously the more time we devote – the greater the results. It’s simple economics, and not much different from anything else we do in life.
Show your confidence, and let your confidence unleash your inner writer. Even if you don’t think you’re an awesome writer (like me), fake it! Who’s going to say that you’re not a good writer? The guy who has a blog like you, and writes in the same niche as you? If that’s the case, just go on and brush your shoulder off. Don’t let one bad apple ruin it for you, because the most beautiful part of blogging is that there are no rules, no judges, no editors, no critics - YOU ARE YOUR OWN CRITIC and YOUR BEST AND WORST ENEMY!
How To Become a Writer
Stop writing “How To…” posts.
Stop trying to appease others.
Divulge in your personal life – that’s the one upside that you have over anyone else – that’s what makes you unique.
Trust me, you don’t become a writer when you land that book deal. Today, getting a book deal is easier said than done – spend a few grand, and anyone will publish your book for you. What publishing houses were once (the old boy’s club) are slowly vanishing – print media is vanishing – and online mainstream media is the wave of the future.
You become a writer when YOU decide to become a writer. Nobody else decides for you, but you for yourself. When you let go of certain barriers, stop appeasing others, divulge some of your personal life, and show the middle finger to all the haters out there – that’s when you become a writer.
Now you’re different than the rest, and you’re letting your inner voice come to surface. You become a limitless writer with no rules, boundaries or barriers.
Call me crazy, but what I just told you is true. I delivered the straight goods, so it’s up to you now to make a choice.
Stay inside the cushy bubble and never become a writer OR unleash your inner voice, do the best you can, stop caring what others think and become a writer.
What About Me?
Like I said above, it took me nearly 15 months to realize that I wasn’t a writer worth the screen I type onto. So, I changed, and decided to become a writer by sharing more of my personal life, not worrying what others think or say, and more importantly let my inner voice out in the open to become what I am today – a writer as referred to by most (but a wannabe writer as I refer to my self) that’s blunt, brash, sarcastic, and not afraid to share his true thoughts, feelings, and opinions.
You may have noticed it or maybe not, but my writing style has changed dramatically over the past six months. Sure, I still have some “How To” posts, and “10 ways to save more” posts, because let’s face it, a guy’s gotta make a living, and I’d be lying to say that dollar signs don’t motivate me further. Shit, come to think of it, I can’t think of a bigger motivator than money for me or any other blogger for that matter. That being said though, there have been months that I didn’t earn a single penny and I’m still here without a plan of going away anytime soon.
So, if you like me – that’s great, let’s get acquainted some more, and if don’t like me…well I have three suggestions for you:
- Click the “X” button up top and don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
- Continue reading in disguise as you hide behind your screen.
- Be a good sport, and join the discussion. There’s always room for fresh insight.
In conclusion, I’ll share some solid ballsy, bold, and outspoken posts written by writers:
Add Vodka – We PF Bloggers Are a Self Centered Bunch (73 Comments)
Financial Samurai – Renters Should Pay More Taxes (180 Comments)
Unleashed Writer – You Become a Writer When You Say So (Inspirational)
So, are you going to become a writer or the guy who sits on the sidelines and watch the world pass you by?