Rewind to 2006…and I’d just spent 2 years and well over £10,000 re-educating and re-training myself as a personal trainer and holistic health coach, and countless hours setting my own business up, including securing a healthy supply of both personal and corporate clients.
Only to realise and admit to myself that I hated the reality of working with clients to help them change their lifestyles in this way 😱
That realisation and subsequent pivot, kicked off one of the most impactful lifestyle changes of my own when we decided to hit the road, travel the world indefinitely looking for ‘home’, and run our businesses from our laptops.
What began as nothing more than a very personal journey of exploration – both metaphorical and literal – ended up resulting in global press and media features and the foundations of a pioneering movement which has impacted thousands of other people since 😱
That’s it. Two simple words of advice of how and where to start, when you have no idea where to start or how to do your something great…but that could lead you to everywhere you’ve ever wanted to go and everything you’ve ever wanted to do.
The blog I began back then – to share the many, many things we were learning about running our business on the road, the countries we were visiting and the general ups and downs of a nomadic lifestyle that very few other people at the time were living – resulted in so much more.
But Why A Blog, Lea?
You know what we all love? What we’re conditioned to love from childhood? Stories.
The reason why Location Independent became what it did is because, fundamentally at its core, it began as the story of a pioneering journey of a young couple doing something different, and doing something that others want to do – a hero’s journey of sorts.
That kind of story is compelling for other people to follow – we all love a good story, to follow the ups and downs and root for folk to overcome the odds.
Overcoming Your Objections (Yes, I Can Read Your Mind!)
But, that was then, this is now. There are thousands of blogs these days does the internet really need yet another one?
Who on earth is going to be interested in what I blog about, when X, Y or Z are already blogging and have done what I want to do?
What do I have to say? Surely it’s not that unique?
It’s too technical for me, I’ll never manage it.
Here’s Why Your Objections Are BS…
Let’s hit these objections head on, shall we, and move swiftly on?
Wouldn’t you be interested in someone you know deciding to actually DO something different? Not just talking about it but actually going for it and doing it…
So many of us harbour desires to write a novel, or start painting, or unleash our creative powers on something – but we’ve been conditioned not to, because it’s frivolous, it’s not serious, it’ll never make money, it’s selfish, it’s ridiculous etc. etc. Yawn, yawn, yawn.
Here’s what starting a blog will do for you…
You’re always ahead of someone and blogging gives you a platform to share with people behind you on the path…
- What you’re doing
- What you’re learning
- What you’re doing ‘right’
- What you’re doing ‘wrong’
- What you’re finding hard
- What you’re finding easy
- What you’re enjoying (and what you’re not)
All of those are valuable for others to read.
Wouldn’t you find it interesting to read about someone else doing similar, if you wanted to pursue your interest in writing your own novel, or repainting dolls, or learning how to build your own websites?
But wait, doesn’t it just show how much I don’t know? How much of a novice I am? How far away I am from being a professional/expert?
Yes, perhaps. And it also shows…
- Your willingness and ability to learn.
- Your willingness and ability to apply your learnings.
- Your ability to research and find out what you need to know.
- Your willingness and ability to think critically.
- Your ability to communicate.
- Your ability to write, talk or create.
- Your vulnerability and willingness to show up, even when you’re not an expert.
Not only that but you begin to build your own presence, your online ‘self’, your own expertise (yes, expertise!) and showcase who you are, what you can do…
Fast forward to 1, 2, 5 or even 10 years from now, and imagine if you will, how it would feel to have this body of work, charting your journey, being able to look back at your own progress and how far you’ve come…
And that’s just the start. When you blog, you also give yourself the opportunity to:
- Build a loyal, engaged audience (and it doesn’t even need to be big to earn a decent living, if that’s one of your goals).
- Connect with and meet a whole raft of folk you might never have met otherwise. I’ve met some of my closest friends and confidantes online, and other folk who I’d never otherwise have come into contact with yet who I’ve learned so much from.
- Become seen as a passionate advocate in your field (maybe even an expert in time!), and inspire others.
- Be held accountable to the people who support your sharing efforts.
So an obvious starting question is “What counts as a blog?”…is it just writing? Is it like an online diary?
To me, a blog is a platform which allows you to share whatever content you want – writing, videos, music, photos/images etc. – on a regular basis.
So, perhaps you’re a writer who wants to share the journey of writing your first novel. Or you’re an artist who wants to share your artistic creations. Or you’re a musician/singer who wants to share your performances or songs. Or you’re a coder who wants to share your own builds…
It doesn’t matter what you share, more that you share.
There are a number of places you can start sharing…they include platforms like WordPress (what I use for this website), Ghost, Medium, Buy Me A Coffee, Patreon, and more.
The key is to decide what works for you – what will actually get you sharing – and commit to creating and sharing, consistently. Are you in?