1. Have an idea. Try to get someone else to do it, specifically your kids. They won’t.
2. Still have the same idea. Think about doing it yourself. Write a few “practice” posts. Share them. Get good feedback. Beam with pride when your son tells you “I didn’t know you could write. This is pretty good.”
3. Get excited about starting a blog. Begin researching platforms, themes, monetization, and all sorts of other “tech-y” stuff that you don’t understand. Talk to too many people, with too many opinions. Quickly become overwhelmed and lose all enthusiasm.
4. Forget about the blog. Forget your idea. Let time go by — 16 months to be exact.
5. When your 13-year-old says to you “Remember your idea about a blog? I knew you wouldn’t do it,” agree with him. You knew you wouldn’t do it either. Who has time? Plus, it is so confusing.
6. A few days later realize that you are being a BAD ROLE MODEL. As a mom who is a BAD ROLE MODEL, you have two choices. You can either feel guilty about your failure to demonstrate perseverance and follow-through, or you can FOLLOW THROUGH and start the blog.
7. Start the blog. You’ve got one hour to spare on a hot, late July afternoon. You get online and with almost zero forethought, chose a platform and theme and write your first post.
8. Click “publish” and realize that you feel the best you’ve felt in 16 months. You had an idea and you acted on it. It just took a while.
9. Write and publish 154 posts over the next year. Each time you click “publish” experience that same gratifying feeling of accomplishment.
10. Ask yourself “Why did I wait so long to start a blog?” and keep writing.
So a big THANK YOU to everyone who has read and supported the Brave Ski Mom this year. One of the greatest benefits of the past year is meeting so many new friends and fellow ski moms (and dads).
As of yesterday, BSM has had over 22,000 visitors. Hundreds of you are now sporting Brave Ski Mom stickers and many of you have contacted me with comments and questions. While I might keep writing just because it is so much fun, the fun is multiplied when I get your feedback.
Thank you so much.
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