Digital Writing

5 Mistakes I've Made As A Digital Writer (And How You Can Avoid Them).

Natasha Musa 1 min read
5 Mistakes I've Made As A Digital Writer (And How You Can Avoid Them).
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1. Starting a Blog vs. Starting a Social Blog

When I began my journey as a digital writer, I made the classic mistake of starting a traditional blog. Whenever I published a post, it often felt like I was writing into a void. Then I discovered Nicolas Cole’s advice: Instead of just having a personal blog, consider starting a social blog. By sharing your thoughts on platforms like X, LinkedIn or Threads, you’ll reach a wider audience and connect with people who resonate with your content.

2. Overthinking Your Niche

I wasted years trying to pinpoint my niche before even writing a single word. In fact, this website has gone through many overhauls, from a personal growth niche to coaching to digital writing. The truth is, your niche will evolve as you create. Start writing consistently about topics that genuinely interest you. Over time, you’ll naturally gravitate toward the subjects that resonate most with your audience. Don’t let indecision hold you back—start writing!

3. The “Good Enough” Trap

Jeff Goins wisely said, “Good is subjective.” Aspiring digital creators often worry about being “good” enough. Instead, focus on being effective. Write every day, experiment, and learn from your mistakes. Greatness doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a gradual process. Remember the African proverb: “No person is born great. Great people become great when others are sleeping.”

4. Consistency Matters

I’ll admit it—I wasn’t consistent in my writing practice. Good writers develop a daily habit. Imagine if I had written consistently since 2008—I’d probably have over 500 blog posts by now. Set aside time each day to write, even just a few sentences. Consistency compounds over time.

5. Embrace Feedback, Even the Tough Kind

Fear of judgment held me back initially. But feedback—both positive and negative—is essential for growth. Constructive criticism helps you improve. So, welcome feedback with an open mind. Remember, every successful digital writer faced criticism at some point. It’s part of the journey.

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