So you like to write? join the club. I love to write. I’ve written ever since I was a kid. In sixth grade I was asked to write a two page short story about my christman presents going missing and the story of having to get them back. I turned that into a 67 page fantasy novel about me travelling to a different world, and that a magical creature was the one responsable for stealing my presents, so I could fulfill the prophecy to save that world.
I’ve written about everything. I write in my journal. I write down my goals and systems. I write essays for schools and blog posts for this blog. I wrote out the manifesto I have for a university group that’s opposed to the commie status quo. I’ve written love letters (cringe). I’ve written about everything.
But the question and insecurity most writers have is the following:
Am I important enough to read?
The problem with loving to write is that everybody else does too. The internet is completely crowded and chalk full of people who think their opinions matter. Hell this could even be me. But that isn’t here nor there. This post is about helping you bust out of your self limiting beliefs so you can blog. So are you important enough to read?
What’s differentiating you enough from what’s out there? if you want to write about mindset, good luck writing anything better then Cernovich. If you want to write about history and philosophy, you’re going to have to compete with a modern great like Quintus Curtius. And picking up girls? that niche is so full that you need to be a complete powerhouse to even think about becoming a well read writer on that subject.
This is probably making you even more afraid.
You probably don’t have the wisdom to blog like Quintus Curtius. You probably don’t have the connections or the style to blog like Christian Mcqueen. Your writing probably pales in comparison to the prose of the likes of Illimitable man.
So why would you write, right?
Because you are you and you are not a copycat.
‘Nobody is better at being you then you’.
Christian Mcqueen can’t think like you. Illimitable man doesn’t have the same prose or style or life experience as you. And even if they do, they can’t write as creatively and as unique as you, because how you and experience the world will be different then them.
Being afraid of writing because you wonder why anyone will read you is a limiting belief.
I’m not a great, I don’t make a sustainable income with this blog and hell, I stopped selling my book a year and a half ago and started giving it away to email subscribers. Let the readers decide whether you’re worth reading or not. Let the free market tell you if you’re a decent writer or just a schumck with a hobby (I’m the latter).
So how do you write a unique blog?
It’s simple. 50% of the work is already done for you, because you ARE already different then the great writers that are already out there. Christian Mcqueen got in the game in early 2014, when you could say that the ‘Getting girls’ niche was already full to burst. But he saw something no one else was providing and brought it to the table, his own unique voice, and he went in there and got shit done. The same is true for you.
So when writing on your blog and feeling insecure, provide a deep analysis of who you are, and what differentiates you from other writers in your ‘niche’. So, for example, if I were to do a side by side comparison with the great Mcqueen, I would focus on what makes me different from him, not what makes me similar. So if I were to focus on how we both write about getting girls in the big city, of dressing well and being advocates of suiting up, I wouldn’t find much motives to write. But if I were to focus on our differences, you can clearly see that this is where the core strenght of my blog is (basically, what gives it its unique voice):
I’m a south american LIVING in a large south american metropolis. I didn’t expat.
Mcqueen can’t be bothered to report and care about politics or cultural marxism (this isn’t a bad thing. A man who’s too focused on himself to give a shit is actually a GOOD thing, I’m just too stubborn to let lefties get away with their shit).
I’m not a high roller but I still do high roller shit. I’m a hustler and have always been one. Mcqueen’s already made his $$$. I’m still focused on making mine. This helps me relate to college age guys in a better way.
I have a north american, western perspective in a foreign land, whilst also being a foreigner and a native south american.
The list goes on…
If I were to focus on what makes me similar and generic, I’ll find it.
But if I don’t, I lose fear and shame of writing. I can let go. I can let my fingers go crazy on the computer and I can pour my essence on the page.
Authority blogging be damned?
Authority blogging is based on the premise that you have to be the best in what you do, and that you should focus on a particular niche. I don’t agree. Maybe I’m a small time hobby blogger, but there are other writers like Victor Pride who agree with me. Niche writing is limiting. Niche writing doesn’t let you pour out your soul onto the page, and that’s what makes blogs interesting. But this doesn’t mean that you can be a mediocre pushover either. You need to be doing shit that others aspire to.
When you blog about taking back the cultural narrative from mob like lefties, you better be on the front lines trying and testing and making that happen. When you blog about getting girls and attracting them with your lifestyle, you better be the type of guy who gets approached and makes out with random hot chicks at the bar. If you blog about dressing well and having a unique masculine style, you better dress in a way that gets compliments from girls. If you blog about hustling, you better be working days and nights. If you blog about being an entrepreneur, you better be working on something or at least be blogging about the process.
But let’s be real. You’re not going to be THE utmost authority in anything by the time you’re 25. Not even when you’re 35. Maybe when you’re 45-50. But people don’t read blogs as a means of following THE absolute guru. Men red blogs by other men because those blogs hold applicable solutions to the problems they face everyday. And that’s all you really need to lose fear of blogging really. Just have above average competency in important and admirable skill sets (I speak two languages perfectly, and can speak a third, portuguese), be unique, trust yourself and bleed on the page.
Scott Adams‘ ‘How to Fail at everything and still Win Big’ is a great book if you’re interested in how this works. So lose fear, get blogging, and go live life. Seriously, if you have no life, your writing will be boring, and no one wants to read boring shit.