There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
– Martha Graham
How To Start Your First Blog Post
We all have stories to share and in my opinion, everyone should have a blog. It can be a private blog just for friends and family, or a completely visible blog for the whole world to stumble across. Regardless, everyone has a unique story that should be shared and heard. I believe we are all connected in some deep, mysterious way. You have an experience, a thought, a talent, a piece of advice, an obstacle… that someone else is supposed to learn from, and when we keep ourselves too private, just like the quote above by Martha Graham says, “The world will not have it.”
So here we are. I’ve decided to open up and share a little more of myself to the world… and I’ve been stuck on just starting this first post. Literally, for a month now.
So, how do you start your very first blog post??? After much thought, I’ve narrowed it down to 3 simple steps:
- Share the purpose of your blog. Why did you start it and what will readers gain from it?
- Let people hear your voice. Will your blog be serious, funny, or somewhere in-between?
- Just do it. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Just start.
Taking my own advice, here goes.
In my yoga classes, I always conclude our practice with a quote that relates to our class theme, time of the year, or a current event. Many times students will ask me after class to repeat or write down that quote. I’ve always been more of a pen-and-paper person, so I carry a journal filled with random quotes I’ve found here and there. I guess I reached a point where I realized I should transition from journaling on paper to journaling online so that I could potentially reach a bigger audience, and not just those students in my class.
Yes, I am a fitness and yoga instructor, and I’ll be filling this blog with lots of how-to descriptions and helpful hints for students and instructors. But the main purpose of this blog is in the tagline: Learning to grow through every obstacle, find love in every imperfection, and appreciate every breath. I will share my obstacles with you, from physical challenges such as attempting new yoga poses, to figuring out how to be a good mom and handle a toddler throwing a tantrum, to everyday hurdles like dealing with a terrible driver on the road. I will search deep inside to face my imperfections, my insecurities, and my flaws, and just like this post will be far from perfect, I will try to do my best and be better in the future. And finally, I will pass on messages of hope, love, and encouragement through quotes, photographs, stories, and what I call, my “grateful graffiti,” which are everyday moments that just make me smile.
I welcome your presence here today, whatever brought you here. And I hope you will join me in my new adventure of “blogging,” whatever that looks like.