Look, if you’re here for some of that good, old-fashioned inspiration, support, and encouragement on why you should definitely pursue your passions despite every voice of reason, please find the door.
I refuse to pander.
In every sense of the word, you will surmount to a “F-A-I-L-U-R-E” if you feel so inclined to take your precious swing at writing success. Unless you enjoy spending 12 minutes on a single sentence, disproportionate work-to-payoff ratios, and perpetual self-doubt in your abilities and experiences as a human being, do not try to become a writer. Ever.
Bless the soul who woke up today and thought:
“Hey! I’m pretty special. I should start showing everyone else that by writing publicly online.”
The truth is, about 100 other people told themselves the same thing simultaneously — 76 of them are smarter and more interesting than you. So if you’re not inherently intellectually inclined, or related to a celebrity, or belong to a well-furnished tech company in a city that doesn’t exist, your chances of making it big in the writing industry are slim.
I know, your parents and school teachers told you growing up that you were smart and special and could do anything you put your mind to. Mind told me that too. See, everyone thinks they have good ideas and it’s perfectly normal to astronomically hyperbolize the value of those ideas to the outside world.
You’re not alone!
Not long ago, I was just as, if not more, delusional and conjured up a bunch of reasons why it’d be a good idea for me to become a “blOgGeR.”
“Well, I have all the equipment? I’m pretty good at using commas too. I’m always thinking thoughts, this might be the perfect opportunity!”
Your ideas are like the pamphlets they hand out right before events — nobody wants them. In fact, people want the exact opposite: memes, fat asses, jump cut videos on how to cook a succulent Thanksgiving side-dish.
It’s highly unlikely anyone, even your friends, will care about your ideas.
People aren’t gonna be psyched to read stuff, either. These days, if the content’s not available via “spoon fed,” people are very reluctant to consume such information. At that point, it’s no longer considered “work,” and thus, it’s the reason every kid gets excited when they finish a book in less than 6 months.
Face it, you’re entering an uphill battle and an unnecessary one at that. Do you really think anyone will listen to you? Do you understand how difficult it is to compete for other people’s attention in this day and age? There are carefully-curated teams full of grown professionals with the sole-purpose of doing exactly the same thing.
You don’t have to do this to yourself.
It’s okay to coward, retreat, and remain complacent reinforcing everyone else’s interests around you on the internet. After all, producing content is boring and hard, while consuming it is fun and easy.
This is a no-brainer, buddy.