It’s All Been Done Before

As I write this post and the ones before it, I think to myself, this isn’t any good at all.

Who wants to read this stuff? Haven’t a million other people said this by now? Aren’t there enough blogs in the world to last us another few centuries if no one ever started another one? There’s certainly enough simplicity blogs of all shades out there.

Mine’s not particularly better than any of the rest. I’m not very good at sticking to a “platform”. I talk about living simple in all the ways I’ve learned to do in my life or hope to do.

I don’t post fancy graphics. I use Picasa to make graphics because it was free. I use Blogger, even though it’s pretty old hat for blogging, because it’s free. I don’t pay monthly fees for slick marketing tools. I send out a semi-quarterly email to a handful of lovely people who have signed up to receive it. I didn’t have a graphic designer create a logo or a design aesthetic. I have a pretty no thrills site.

I’m not very good at SEO or marketing a book. I wrote one, self-published it, and mention it from time to time. But I try not to force it on everyone.

I worry even mentioning it will make people not want to read the blog, that they’ll see in it what appears on so many other blogs in the same sphere: “Welcome! NOW BUY MY COURSE!”

I have serious imposter syndrome. All the time.

It can be tough when you’re trying to put something out there where other people can see it. They can critique you, criticize you, laugh at you even.

But no one will be as harsh a critic as you yourself.

You’ll want to stop before you ever start because it’s all been done before, hasn’t it? Sure, it has. SO WHAT?

Here’s some people who did stuff LOTS of other people have done before:

Here’s a couple who made a food blog in a world overflowing with food blogs and it pays for their living now.

Here’s a girl who wrote a vampire romance series, have you heard of those? She self-published it, a year later she had made two million dollars from them before a traditional publisher ever even said a word to her.

Here’s a guy who started a photography tip site. It allowed him to quit his day job and pursue photography full time.

And that’s just from the blogging sphere. We would be here all day if we talked about literature, movies, architecture, automobiles, cooking, chemistry, fashion, fitness, or pretty much anything ever. So, yeah, it has been done before. SO WHAT?!

Nothing has been done just how you would do it. You have to remember it and I have to remember it.

2 Responses to “It’s All Been Done Before

  • Hello James. I'm a 57 year old lady who tries to live the simple life. I like your blog and I have your book. Keep on keeping on. I enjoy reading your post. I look each day for a new post from you. Thank you.
    Peace and blessings.

    • Kelly,

      Thank you for the kind words, they meant a lot. And thanks so much for supporting our little corner of the web. Here's to hoping I keep keeping you entertained 😉


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