Just Document

Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

What are we afraid of? Just get it out there. I probably would have started this adventure and blog site so much earlier had I listened back then to that very advice. We just need to start. Fear is a made up construct I am told that we create in our own heads. An inner voice to keep us from getting hurt. Being who you and who you were meant to be when rejection is staring you right in the face is hard to over come.

If there is something I have learned after getting this going, you just need to document daily. I look back at my first year of content and it was not great. Here’s my last two years look like.

My FIrst 2 Years

Pretty incredible growth when I look at year one versus this year. Almost double the views year over year. That shows I got better. It’s not a coincidence the more I got out there and documented the better I got and more confident I felt with the content. This is scalable for anyone. All you have to do is document it and get it out there. You’ll earn your growth and viewership. You just have to try.

Do it for you first and everyone else after that. You’ll learn based on views what your audience wants. But, if you’re not doing it for you to start with and from something that drives you from within, then why are you doing it? If you don’t know that answer, that’s a great place to begin your documenting. Let the content come into you versus you trying to make the content come out of you so hard. I’ve seen and read so many people that just were trying to hard for the wrong reasons, gave up, and did not pay attention to what their viewers liked or read the most.

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
― Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Love that quote. It’s so true. How hard can you get hit and keep moving forward? My first true comments about my content didn’t even come until after my first year and half of running these blogs. I wasn’t even looking for praise, I just wanted to know I was reaching people and get feedback for myself on how I could provide better content. It took a year and half before that started to happen.

Just start. Don’t worry about finding the short cuts. There is no easy way into it. Learn from just documenting your thoughts, your experiences, and your learns. Someone out there will see value in it. Promise.

✌ Shawn

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