A Self Imposed Barrier

A lot can go into writing a blog post, but not all that goes in is necessary. Some of it could be detrimental to getting the post out there. Putting less into a post can lower the barriers to getting your thoughts documented and out to the world.

Sometimes it can be as simple as sitting down and writing down your thoughts. No length requirements, no need for an image or illustration.

There are only two requirements for your post:

  1. Write down your thoughts and ideas.
  2. Read and revise at least once.

You should have simple goals that are achievable to allow you to stick with them, any other addition is a barrier to your writing.

There are many things that can present a barrier to posting. I experience them first hand, I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to barriers.

I have several barriers of my own, and my conscious effort to reduce them is by writing this post.

Self imposed barriers make my postings more difficult, and rather than posting, I choose not post at all.

Identify Barriers

Identifying your personal barriers is the first step to removing them.

Here are a few barriers I’ve recognized:

  • Every post needs to have a picture to add value. It’s true that a well chosen picture or illustration can add value, but it’s not always necessary. Sometimes it’s best to focus on the writing only. Some of the best blogs out there are simple and straightforward text only.
  • I need to keep a regular post schedule. Many sources recommend it, but don’t let it become a barrier. It should remain only a suggestion. I made it a goal to post weekly (or bi-weekly), on Monday’s. This created a backlog of ideas. If I missed my Monday post, I felt like I couldn’t post again until the next Monday. Currently I’ve been posting on any day of the week and on occasion weekends too.
  • Posts need to be a certain length. Length doesn’t dictate the value of the post, and I’ve realized this over time. My posts vary in length from 300 words to over 2,000 words. The important part is that I’m writing something of value to me (and some others), no matter the length.

These are a few barriers that I’ve struggled with and identified. I still have to be conscious about them to make sure they don’t dictate my posting habits.

It’s necessary to recognize that writing a post is more important than listening to your self imposed barriers.

Call to Action

Think about what some of your barriers in writing are. If you don’t have a blog, think about some of the barriers you impose on yourself in your life.

What are some of your self imposed barriers to writing? How do you plan on achieving or have you achieved freedom from these barriers?