1.) Do a Google search on the topic you want to write about.
2.) Read through ten different blog posts that all seem to offer great views (and three that are click bait leading to a ton of advertisements and three tiny lines of text).
3.) Decide the topic has been done to death.
4.) Choose a different topic. Repeat steps 1-3. Ad nauseam.
5.) Realize you have blown all of your blogging time and move onto another task.
Sound familiar? It can be applied to almost any situation where planning is involved. Lesson plans. Novel outlines. Choosing a place to eat. Shopping.
I’m an avowed plotter. I enjoy planning out things and there are few things more satisfying than a list with all (or even most) of the items checked off.
However, over-planning can be disastrous. It can paralyze creative thought with pessimistic doubts. It can make an individual so self-focused that they neglect the many tasks around them–and the other people who can help them.
Most of all, over-planning stops fingers on keys, or pencil on paper, or groceries in shopping cart, or worst of all, food in stomach.
1.) Write the post first. No really. Write it first. Get it down.
2.) Have others read the blog post and make sure it fits your voice and style.
3.) Do a Google search, and when you see similar blog posts that have their own insight, don’t get insecure. Instead, give them a shout-out in their comments, tweet them, and maybe even link to them in your post as places to go for additional information.
4.) Do a final check over your blog post. Typos are tricksy beasts.
5.) Press publish. No really. Do it.
Because in the end, you will have accomplished something. It will not be perfect. It will not be incredibly original. There is nothing new under the sun. But it will be from you, in your voice. And you never know what audience it will reach.
Stay tuned for more helpful tips on how not to do things!