9 Things I Wished I Knew Before I Started Writing Online

A few things that could help you get started faster.

Benjamin Watkins


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Writing online has helped me build a copywriting career, share my experiences, and give me the chance to meet incredible people.

That’s the power of showing up online over and over again.

While writing online has done so much for me, there are still a few things I wish I had known before writing online.

1. You Don’t Need a Master Plan

When I started writing online, I thought I needed a master plan.


You don’t need a master plan. You need to get started. You figure it along the way.

Creating a master plan can help you in some ways, but don’t let it derail you when something knocks you off course.

2. Be Passionate About Your Ideas, Not What Other Creators Are Doing

It’s easy to fall in love with what the top online writers and creators are doing.

We want their audience, their income, and their success. But we shouldn’t fall into the trap of copying their approach. It’s worked for them, but it shouldn’t work for us.

Find passion in your ideas. Lean into what excites you. Write about the stuff that wakes you up in the morning.

3. Systems Are Everything

Systems are everything.

Waking up and deciding what to write an article about or post on LinkedIn isn’t a system.

Create a system that makes you more productive. Create a content system. A library of ideas. Create a schedule around when you write.

Systems give you leverage. They empower you to write online.

4. You Don’t Need to Be the Most Likeable Person on the Internet

The worst trap you can fall into is trying to be the most liked person on the internet.

Your writing doesn’t need to appeal to everyone, and you don’t need to be liked by everyone. In fact, it’s good if people disagree with…