Medium is a really cool platform

Recently, my sister told me about Medium. I decided to check it out, and I really like what I’ve found there.

There are tons of high-quality, user-generated articles spanning a number of wide-ranging topics, and new content is posted often. Anyone can write for Medium and it seems like a good way to build an audience if you are a writer. After reaching 100 followers, you can monetize your content. Yep, you can make money writing for Medium!

The idea of gaining a following and making money writing has me wanting to write for Medium. Over the past few days I’ve started writing some new content and plan to post it over there once it’s ready. You can follow me on Medium here.

My favorite thing about Medium might be that it has so much written content about writing itself. As a newer writer, I find this extremely helpful. There are articles about the writing process, people’s individual experiences writing for Medium, how to make money on other sites through writing, and more.

I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already!

Update: If you liked this post, you might want to know how my first week on Medium went! I detail the process plus how many followers I’ve gotten.

How to overcome writer’s block

I used to be a perfectionist, but I’ve come to accept that sometimes you have to create work you don’t like. 

How to get over writer’s block:

Brainstorm. Start writing or typing out ideas, and don’t think about it. Just write them out. Write until you have several ideas in front of you, and whether they suck or not doesn’t matter. Just get some ideas going.

Just start. Pick one of the topics and try to write about it. Again, don’t think too much. I feel like overthinking is actually the root of writer’s block, at least it is for me. Oftentimes it’s not that I can’t write, but that I feel like I can’t write anything good. I tend to set my standards a little too high, and when you do that, you end up with a recipe for failure. Nothing you do will be good enough if you’re holding your standards too high. So lower your expectations a little bit and just write.

Remember you’re not writing to please yourself but to engage your audience. I suppose that may not be true for everyone, but it is for me. I want to grow a following on my blog, so I don’t want it to be all about me all the time. I want it to be interesting for the reader. So even if I don’t like what I’ve written, I make myself post it anyway. It’s the only way I’ll get onto the next topic. Otherwise I’ll just stay in my writer’s block hell with no way out. Plus, someone might like my content even if I necessarily don’t. So I just go ahead and put it out there.

And that’s how you move past writer’s block! It’s one technique, anyway.

How to come up with blog ideas

Every blogger has been there – that moment when you want to write a blog post but you just don’t know what you want it to be about.

In this post, I’ll go over a few ways that I come up with blog post ideas when my creativity decides to dry up.

• Look for inspiration in others’ blogs. For my WordPress users, do you ever go over to the “Reader” page? Yeah, me too. That’s where you can find other people’s blogs and look for inspiration in what other people have written. Sometimes, seeing what others write about can be helpful for coming up with new ideas, yourself.

•Write about something that’s been on your mind for a while

Have something that’s been on your mind for some time? Why not get those thoughts out? Sometimes the inspiration we need is inside of us.

•Take inspiration from your everyday life

Why not blog about something from your life? A person, a place, or something that you love or care about? Something that you’ve noticed? Something that happened? Life is a great place to find inspiration, and the more personal your post idea, the more your readers can connect with you.

At the end of the day, you know you have a story inside of you and that other people want to hear it. So share your story. Let it out. Let the creativity flow. Don’t fight it. Soon, you’ll be blogging up a storm.