This is my 100th post on LinkedIn. You can find my other post on LinkedIn here.
This is my LinkedIn 100th post. It has taken me 1.5 years to reach this milestone. This is no celebration, no party but a few lessons that I have learned.
We all started off bad. My writing is terrible. Reading back some of my earlier writings, I am embarrassed by it. In fact, I am tempted to delete most of it. Looking back, it is also the foot print of my journey. I may have stumbled but I kept moving.
Do not get addicted to the numbers. I used to check my post view and numbers of likes few times a day. I get excited if it it reaches the target that I was hoping for. Once I have exceeded my target number, I would chase for the next number. It was like drugs. I keep chasing my next high. It has also limited how I should write and what I should write. Nowadays, I hardly ever look at the numbers.
There will be haters. You cannot please everyone. Someone would take a dislike on what you have written. Instead, focus on those who appreciate what you have written.
Is okay that no one reads. Someone once asked whether I mind that I do not have the readership. I actually do not mind. My writing still has room for improvements. It is okay that no one reads. Without many readers, it allows me to fail and improve from there.
Making new contacts. I actually made new contacts through my writing. We have been keeping in touch ever since. You just need to reach out. You will be surprised by the response.
Be grateful. I am thankful for all the words of encouragements and feedback. It made me more aware of myself and has allowed me to improve as a person and in my writings.
Opportunity knocks. I was offered a few opportunities through Linkedin. Many of which credited that they found me through my writing. Thank you people.
Be observant. To keep my writing fresh and have ideas to shares. I learned to observe life and take mental notes of it. I live a fairly rigid and routine life. Through observation, I actually notice a lot more things that I have taken for granted.
Taking notes. The human mind is a lousy place to hold notes. Especially writing ideas. I cannot live without my notebooks and pen. I have captured and discarded many ideas. If is not because of my notes, I would not have been able to write this much.
There will be bad days. Writer’s block is real. There are nights where I could barely write a sentence. Even if I did produce something, I could not write at a level that I feel confident. When I have no confidence in my writing, it shows. The writing does not lie. I take my hats off to all the writers out there who are able to produce quality writing at a consistent rate.
Let your fingers do the talking. Sometimes, I let my fingers do the talking. I have no structure and no idea. When your fingers cannot stop, you know that it is your heart that is speaking out.
Have Plan B ready. I am not sure how long I can keep my writings on Linkedin. I am also at the mercy of Linkedin. This is why I have started a personal site called www.livingkindfully.com This new platform allows me to write about things that may not be suitable to Linkedin.
Stay humble. Yes. Sometimes, I do get praises from my writing. Never let one popular post get into your head. You are only as good as your last writing. Stay humble and keep producing.
Write about things that you want to read. When I first started, I tried to be as intellectual as possible. I would think of topics that my readers would be interested in reading. Soon I realized I do not have the passion, my writings suffered and I struggled to finish. Now, I would only write about topics that I want to know and I want to read. Writing something that you are passionate or want to read is the best way to engage your readers.
Stop complaining. I am candid and I share many of my sufferings. I told myself that I am just merely expressing myself. Deep down, I am just complaining and whining like a little boy who cannot get his toy. Readers want to be inspired and learned something. See last point, I don’t think I want to read about someone who keeps on complaining about everything.
Write to inspire. Inspire your reader and challenge them to think differently. Inspire them to take action to make a difference.
Have goals. I targeted to write at least 100 posts and I have done it. This is not exactly a good goal. A better goal would be to draft and record ideas on a daily basis. And publish at least one post a week. A goal should focus on the process rather than the end of the journey.
Is about the journey. What I do get out of from this writing experience? Actually a lot. I got to know myself better and I also see the gaps in how I behave. It was the constant writing that lead me up to here.
Have a routine.I cannot wait for inspiration. Inspiration never comes. Just before going to bed, I would fire up Linkedin and start drafting. I write better when it is night. I let the day’s activities inspire my writings.
Never give up. Many times I found myself wanting to throw in the towel. It was difficult. I have no ideas what to write. I have no readership. My kept me coming back is to see how my writings have evolved. Sometimes is two steps forward. Sometimes is one step back. The very least, I am enjoying moments of creativity.
Have idea sex. Learned this from James Altucher. Combine two irrelevant ideas together and let it grow.
Edit, and edit. Your first draft always suck. That is okay. Take as much time as necessary to edit. Never be afraid to delete sentences and paragraph. Keep the sentence short and keep it simple.
It is okay not to finish. As of this writing, I have about 12 drafts. Some of them are more than six months old. Some only have a header or a few sentences. It used to drive me up the wall when I have unfinished draft. It is okay not to finish. It is okay to start a new topic.
It is okay to press delete key. I have lost count the amount of drafts or ideas that I have deleted. You do not need to publish everything that you have written. To get the sentences that you want, you need to write crappy paragraphs.
The journey to reach this milestone has not been easy. I actually get questioned a lot why I am writing. I am doing it more for myself than for the reader. Writing has helped me to keep calm and has allowed me to know myself better. I would like to thank everyone has been with me all the way through this journey.
I hope the number 200th post is not too far into the distant future.