❼ How I Started Blogging (And a Curious Epiphany)

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Be amused by the wobbly story of how this blog came to be. And (finally) find out the curious epiphany that’s been rocking my world. Hope you enjoy!

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HOW I Started Blogging

You see this Kola with a quirky, British sense of humor? This Kola that randomly laughs and bursts into song in videos? This Kola that flies (almost) everywhere and Speaks (almost) anywhere? This Kola used to be deathly afraid of sharing herself.

So afraid that when I started this blog, I made it private. The thought of someone else reading the idiosyncrasies of my mind was too much. I wanted to blog but I needed to take baby steps–so I put a password on the site.

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If you wanted to read my blog, you’d have to email me for the password first. I smile when I think back to those days because God knows I’ve come a long way.

When I started this blog, I didn’t know how to blog — let alone how to earn opportunities from my blogging. These are things that I learned over time–the old fashioned, slow cooker, “mess up and get up” kind of way.

WHY I Started Blogging

It was relatively easy for me to keep truckin’ because I wasn’t blogging for blogging sake. I was blogging because I wanted a voice. I wanted a platform. I wanted to be in a position to be able to Speak about important things. Things like caring for orphans–the kids that nobody wakes up worrying about.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress – James 1:27

I wanted to be in a position to encourage other people to do the important things in life (not just the urgent things).

Now, more people read this blog in a day, than attend my church in an entire week. And let’s face it, I’m not saying anything that is remotely as important as the message that the Pastor shares in church every week. It’s humbling.

You would think that I would never forget what it was like when I didn’t know how to blog. But I did. I forgot — until this epiphany hit me like a lorry.

A Curious Epiphany

The epiphany is called the curse of knowledge and it is real, guys. The curse of knowledge is real.

The curse of knowledge is a concept that I learned about in Chip and Dan Heath’s wonderful book, Made to Stick. Basically, the curse of knowledge is something that happens when people forget what it was like not to know. Not to know how to sew. How to sing. How to dance. How to code. How to drive.

Or, in my case, how to blog.

Considering how emotionally traumatizing it was for me to get started, i’m a little embarrassed by this. But it’s true. I forgot what it was like to not know how to blog. Here’s what I’m going to do about my curse of knowledge.

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If you’re struggling to find your big idea. If you’re genuinely scratching a dry wall. If you’re desperately searching for someway to contribute to the world, you might be suffering from the curse of knowledge.

You might be overlooking something simple that you do every day without giving it a thought.

What to Do About It

Think about something that you do on a regular basis. Something that you enjoy and do on a routine basis.

  • Take a close look at that thing.
  • Consider how you can get better at that thing.
  • Think about the possibility of teaching others how to do that thing.
  • You might be surprised by what you find.

    Don’t sit on your bum waiting for a grand idea to fall from the sky. Even big ideas are formed from the culmination of many little ones. Start somewhere. Start from what you know and go from there.

    Want to bounce ideas off of somebody? Tweet your thing at me

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