Think back to the early 1400s.
The printing press hasn’t been invented yet, let alone the Internet. There’s no social media. No WordPress. No blogging.
If you wanted your ideas to spread, you had to write them out by hand in a book. If you wanted to distribute them, you had to copy every word into another book. And so on. And so on.
There was no keyboard, spellcheck or word processors to help you either. Just good ole pen and parchment.
And even after all of that painstaking work, there was a good chance your books would get lost in wars and through neglect.
Today is a great day to be a blogger.
There has never been a better time to express yourself than right now. Never a better time to start a movement. Never a better time to push towards your dreams.
The Internet has brought bloggers an incredible opportunity. It’s removed all friction to publishing, reading, and sharing content.
Now you can think of an idea. Type it up on a whim. And distribute it to your followers in minutes. If it’s any good, your audience will do your promotion for you.
Back then you spent more time copying your ideas than creating new ones. How about that for writer’s block?
It’s safe to say that you are incredibly lucky as a 21st Century blogger. The hard part has been taken care of. All you have to do is show up ready to follow your passion and express your ideas.
From your living room you can broadcast your thoughts to millions of people with a click. Social media has given you the ability to find and connect with your audience personally. And our collective consumption habits means endless hoards of hungry readers.
You also have some amazing tools on your blogging belt.
You can build your dream blog with blogging Swiss Army Knifes like WordPress. You can reach your audience 1v1 with powerful email clients like Mailchimp. You even have free tools like Google Analytics that track your audience’s every behavior.
Research is a cinch.
With a couple keystrokes and a click you can find everything you could ever want to know on the Medieval Period. With a couple more you’re learning everything there is to know on the Ming Dynasty. Research has become quick, easy, and even fun.
If you need to show something, you can embed a Youtube or Infographic. If you need to explain something you can link to an article for further reading. If you need to prove something you can link to a case study.
Technology has made blogging easy. It’s made blogging fun. So let’s not forget how incredibly lucky we are. Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or a businessman the Internet has made your life simple as pie.
So next time you think about complaining about writer’s block or not having enough time to write, remember that you have it easy.