Right Now: Start Where You Are


I wrote about this a couple years ago, but it's worth noting again and again: sometimes we get caught up in not starting something, or trying something new because we don't have the right equipment, the time, the space, or whatever we THINK we need. But here's the thing: you don't NEED all that stuff, all you need is the desire, the will, and the commitment. Really.

Now, in all honesty, I'm not one to talk. Most of the time, before I do ANYTHING, I read literally everything I can on the subject, and then maybe I get to the actual doing part…maybe not. This year, though, I am just doing. I'm going to start wherever I am and just do.

For example, one of my main goals is to write more non-work-related stuff. So, instead of reading too much on the subject, like I'm REALLY tempted to do (!) I'm going to make a habit of sitting down for some time every day and just write.

More ideas:

Don't have a DSLR?

Use your phone, or a point and shoot. I used a point and shoot camera for 9 years, and it never stopped me from taking outfit pictures 3x a week. Photo quality is slightly poorer, but not by much. And you can do wonders with photo-editing software!

Don't have Photoshop?

Speaking of photo-editing software…I used iPhoto, pixelmator (for Apple), or Gimp (when I was on Linux) up until a few months ago to edit photos and create graphics. Now I use Lightroom and Photoshop via a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (which is worth the investment), and I love it, but if you can't afford it, the free/cheaper services are more than sufficient for whatever you need to do. I promise.

Don't have the time to figure out WordPress or self-host your blog?

Use Blogger, TUMBLR, or wordpress.com. You can always transfer over later, when you have more time to learn and maintain your blog. For now, if you just want to write, and share your passion, start simple and don't fret.

Don't have the cash?

Despite how it looks, you don't have to have the latest designer clothes to be a successful fashion blogger. Use what you have, carve out your niche, and happy blogging! There's always room for new fashion bloggers who focus on vintage, lingerie, thrifting, or whatever it is that you're passionate about.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to be yourself, no one else can. You have a voice, a unique perspective, and there's a reason you're drawn to blogging, or starting whatever it is you want to start. Don't let fear of failure, or of not being good enough stop you from doing it. Just start. Right where you are.

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25 Responses

  1. Zuma

    All good points Grechen! For now, I edit my photos on free programs like iPhoto and Picasa. But I feel that it is time to start using Photoshop – many bloggers are very talented, and some have access to great programs and staff, and, while I try to post my best shots and compensate the lack of professional equipment with good content, I still feel the need to keep up…

  2. [email protected] Valiantly Varnished

    Needed to be reminded of this. I have a very bad habit of talking myself out of things I want to do because I then think of all of the “stuff” I need to do it. Was just thinking about this the other night when I thought about doing something and my brain immediately went to all the reasons or obstacles that would stop me. Trying to be more mindful of this. Great post!

  3. Patriciann

    So very true!

    When I was earning serious $$$ I bought all this cool equipment for scanning, printing, Photoshop/Illustrator, et al, but couldn’t make the time to learn/use it. When I took a break to care for my aging parents I used that time to get serious about learning the equipment. I still use a higher-end point-and-shoot but have a well-trained eye developed over 40 yrs of picture-taking. Someday, I may get that Leica DSLR, but making the most of what’s on hand NOW brings great joy AND gets the job done.

  4. Gracious Store

    “Start where you are!” This is a great advice for me especially for my blogging. I have always been procrastinating when to establish my personal blog and I have thousand and one reasons not to get started. This is a good place and time for me to get started.

  5. Elis

    That’s totally true! I don’t have any of these I have a point and shoot camera and many many friends that they want to practice their photography skills and are volunteering to offer some shots for http://www.elisfa.com just for the advertisment they gain from the views.
    Also Tumblr. is so eiasy and artistic that it’s all you need. I started my website with no money at all at a really dark period, because it was something like a treatment to me and now is my whole life.
    Wothr the trouble, I promise


  6. Alicia

    Great post!
    I truly agree with everything you said….I have been “thinking” about creating a style/jewelry blog for months now. And, Finally in the new year I made it my goal to actually do it. Like you, I always research and research things before I do them, or even if I do them at all. But, this post really made me think..Just do it! Stop thinking about it, and just do it. Thanks, for the post.

  7. Cecil Vedemil

    Hi Grechen! This post was great. I also think that, for example, not having a good camara/editing program doesn’t have to stop you. I’m not a fashion blogger but I do have my own blog and some of my pictures have been taken with my phone. I have to say that my Samsung Galaxy S III takes better pictures that some camaras, however, I really look forward to invest in a good one. Thanks for the other advise as well!

    xx Cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

  8. Lilly Shalini (heyhellolilly)

    I love this post! Thank you so much for this. I’m one of those bloggers still uses her phone to take pictures! I might buy a DSLR someday.


  9. Onianwah

    Soooo, in this new year, I have psyched myself into spending all my savings on a DSLR but with this post, I am rethinking, lol. I see it as an investment for me especially as I am going into a new phase of my blogging career but asides that, I get great compliments on the pictures I take with my Samsung Note 2 so I know for a fact that doing the most you can with what you have is a sure first step to carving a niche – a great niche at that – for yourself.

    Lagos, Nigeria

  10. Rhizlaine

    Wow the timing is incredible! After more than a year and half of hesitation I just launched my blog a week ago 🙂 I am exactly like you. I tend to read a lot before starting a project. Which has led me to … well nothing, until last sunday!
    And the good thing, when you start DOING you learn faster than you would by just reading. So yeah! Start right where you are!
    Quintessence Parisienne

  11. Anastasia Nicole

    Such a great message not only for blogging but for everything in life. Conditions will never be perfect and if you wait until you have the money, the job, the boyfriend, the closet full of Equipment blouses–just me?– to start living, you’ll end up dying in the waiting room! You have to start somewhere, Beyonce wasn’t built in a day.

  12. Martha

    I literally stumbled over this! This was so inspiring! I truly overthink and over-research EVERYTHING! It has gotten me a lot of A’s but has definitely put fear in me of a blank page. I’m so drawn to blogging… Finally made my own for a month. Can’t even remember the domain. I keep coming back. I love sharing ideas, great finds, life, and Jesus. I can’t seem to make one because I keep overthinking on what to call it! Maybe it’s me… Or that I have serious teacherprobs!

  13. Kelsey Doyle

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I feel as though you’re talking directly to me in this post. I don’t have a DSLR or the cash to purchase Photoshop, but I agree that there are ways to bypass it, and for now I’ll just have to keep on blogging with what I have and make the most of it. It’s still fun regardless!