A while ago I subscribed to Exploding Topics Pro and jot down a list of topics that kinda resonate with me onto a Notion page.
Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to find an idea from that list to write a blog post. For some reason, whatever topic I pick, it doesn't feel right when I attempt to write it.
Because it happened so many times, I started to suspect that maybe those topics aren't the problem.
It's been over two months since I restarted my blog, and I have only written two posts.
Obviously, I'm still struggling with creating content consistently, whether it be with blogging and YouTubing.
Maybe I'm swamped by the fear of putting myself out there for so long that I'm used to it. So my mind keeps finding reasons to kill whatever idea I come up with.
Maybe I should just force myself to write a bunch of blog posts on a variety of topics and see what resonates with me.
For the longest time, I've been trying to figure out what niche I want to go after. Damn, I can't even remember how long it's been.
So I had an idea yesterday — instead of trying to find the perfect topic to write or waiting for the perfect niche to appear, I decided to do an experiment.
There are about 30 topic ideas on that Notion page. Starting tomorrow, I'll write a blog post a week using the topic ideas on that page.
By the end of this, I'll have 30 new posts on my blog. And hopefully by then, I'd have a clearer direction about where I'm headed with my blog.
Plus, I think this whole process would make a great YouTube video.
Either way, I have to make something happen. Just like this first newsletter that I'm writing now — I have to start doing something to get things going.
I know there won't be anyone reading this newsletter (at least for the near future), but still, I'll be documenting the entire experiment here throughout the weeks ahead.
This article by Jodie Cook has inspired me to reflect on myself and be disciplined if I want to take content creation seriously. The truth is, I won't magically wake up one day and be confident with my writing. The only way to get okay with putting myself out there — as Ali Abdaal said — is to create a system producing content and stick to it. Do it long enough and we'll eventually learn to ignore the fear.
This video talks about the idea of developing a shipping mindset instead of wanting everything to be perfect. Theoretically, we all understand and know it. But few are able to internalize and do it. So whatever stage you're on your journey, I'm sure this video can be a great reminder for you.
This Skillshare class taught by Eric Siu about content marketing is short and succinct. Though the class was created a few years ago (probably 2015), content marketing is an evergreen topic. Everything he talks about in the class is still applicable today, so have a look.
I also enjoyed this Skillshare class by Kate Arends about personal branding and building a social media presence. There isn't any next-level stuff in the class, but I love the exercise she included in the class that has helped me get clearer on my short- and long-term goals.