3 Mindset Shifts For New Content Creators on Hive

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Dear Hivers,

You see, I recently started an accountability group. Our mission was to complete our goals within 30 days. One of my goal was to write every single day on Hive.

In fact, I am already on Day 57 — exceeding my 30 day goal.

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I thought I will share my thought process. If you are a brand new content creator, then I welcome you to read this article. As you will read, you will see 3 crucial mindset shifts I used to start my journey. It was in my head. Now it is here — as an article.

But before we go any further, let us also remember this: Hive is different.

For example:

  • If you publish more, you might be seen as someone “milking” the platform.
  • If you publish less (once a month), then you are missing an opportunity.

Solution: Find your sweet spot.

For me, the sweet spot is to write one article per day. Even American Author Seth Godin writes every single day — and I think he has written over 8000 articles. Whatever the case is, you have to make a choice.

In fact, the trick is not in starting but also continuing.

So if you are struggling to continue? The solution is simple. Soon you will discover it is all about forgetting what you know — to remember what you always knew. This is where the mindset shifts mentioned below are important.

Let's look at them:


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In order to write regularly on Hive, one has to forget the rewards. It is not easy because your time is involved. But as mentioned in my one dollar on Hive guide, it is important to shift your focus from money to delivering value and committing yourself to a challenge.

So do not look at your rewards right away. Instead, change the plan — and treat this as a challenge. Like hitting the gym — start hitting the publish button.

Write for at least 15 days — without a break. Or 30 days like I did. Maybe one per day is too much for you. Pick your own pace. If you would like to write 3 per week, great. Think of a number and stick with it. Add value. Be committed. And challenge yourself while forgetting the rewards.

Tip: We might be busy. So here's what I do: I fix my time. Now I write my article every night after 11 PM.


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Once you forget the rewards, it is time to forget your surroundings. This is important especially if you are starting out. I know a couple of content creators afraid to share what they already know.

You see, you don’t have to worry about the quality — or if anyone is going to read your article. In fact, don't seek validation from anyone.

If you do? It leads to self-doubt. I will let this image do the talking.

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In short: If your surrounding doesn't appreciate your work (NO) then you are creating a self-doubt within you. Most people live in this self-doubt for years.

Short story: Neil Gaiman was one of them. If you didn’t know, he is one of the coolest author who has inspired millions of readers with his 20+ published books.

But he isn't any different. Early in his life, he was seeking validation from other people. He was conscious of his surroundings.

In fact, as a kid, Neil sent his book to Roald Dahl— who was a legendary author from the 1900s. Neil wanted to get his stamp of approval.

Days turned into nights. Weeks into months. Nothing ever happened.

Fact is: Roald never replied.

And this one incident changed Neil forever. From Neil words:

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The bottomline is: the show must continue. Don't let anything stop you. You must forget the rewards and surroundings.


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Few of the barriers I have noticed:

  • Language barrier
  • Vocabulary barrier

Don't be consumed by such barriers. It doesn't matter if English is not your first language. Or if your vocabulary is weak or strong.

If you would like to know:

I remember practicing alphabets in school while the other kids were reading poems. They were two steps ahead. Or maybe I was two steps behind. You see, English wasn't my first — second — or even third language.

Then I learned to read and write. Today, I write in English for a living. Reason I am sharing this: If I can do it? Anyone can.

So drop all the language barriers. Once you do that, also drop the vocabulary barriers. Meaning don't use big fancy words. Never try to sound smart (see pic below). Or write to impress. Or display your skills.

In fact, always write to share.

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That is why I keep my writing simple. Simple appeals to everyone.


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In short: to start your life as a content creator on Hive, forget everything you know.

Because the moment you forget everything, it becomes so much easier to start something new — you will start filling your mind with new thoughts and new ideas. All these mindset shifts pushed me to write one article a day on Hive.

It pushed me to be clueless — and also be deadly curious. Those really are the perfect recipe we need on Hive — and even in life.

To recap:

  • Forget the rewards
  • Forget the surroundings
  • Forget those language barriers
  • Forget using fancy words
  • Forget everything you know

And then, once we start doing this, we will be like kids — clueless yet curious — so content creation won’t be a tedious task anymore. It will simply become an enjoyable process.

Through these simple shifts, not only do you regain the motivation to write but also get to smile as you achieve your goals. Like I am having one right now as I finish this article.

So with thought, I hope and wish many more content creators on Hive will start publishing useful content — content that inspires, moves, and influences people.

For those who are interested in content creation, I might create something soon. For now, I am always watching, reading, and appreciating everyone's efforts to contribute on this platform.

Let’s continue with a smile!

Cheers,
Sid


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This advice is great for older content creators, too!

I've been out of the game for a while, and I've had a hard time just getting my head back to it, despite an immense desire to do so. Over the last year, I've been able to sit down a couple times and put something down that I like enough to make public, but getting the mojo flowing to keep writing has been my own personal hell that I feel I'm imposing on myself.

I have an idea or two about post series' I can write that would follow things I'm doing irl to try and improve my life, and I'm seemingly doing everything I can to put off getting them started. Posts like this are more powerful than the writer may think, and you've done a great job here of throwing a bit of fuel behind my ambition!

You've done a great job here of throwing a bit of fuel behind my ambition!

Nothing excites me more than knowing this. Thank you!

getting the mojo flowing to keep writing has been my own personal hell that I feel I'm imposing on myself.

This is the key. We all go through it. Therefore sometimes I publish immediately. Otherwise if you give enough time? You are never coming back to that article. Kinda like bookmarks. I have bookmarks from 2012 that I have never visited. Perhaps you can relate to it.

On the other hand, there are copywriters who write but publish the next day.

Sharing both sides of the coin. Decision time! :)
Following you to see you in action.

I'm actually right now putting the finishing touches on a really big one laying the ground for a new series, and hopefully lighting a fire under myself to make it happen :D

Just saw. Thank you for doing this. Now one more. :D

How much time do you take to write an article? You have mentioned that you start writing at 11 pm.

Great question. It really depends. Not sure if you know: I split my effort into writing, editing, and formatting.

To "write" - it doesn't take a lot of time. Maybe 33 to 66 minutes (33 minute is one session).

I don't edit separately on Hive (as it consumes more time).

So what I do is edit and format together. As you can see, creating these images consumes time. Therefore I don't set any restriction. Sometimes one hour or two hour. Even three.

Also, markdown is new to me. Taking all these factors into account, 3-4 hours. I remember once I edited + formatted for straight 6 hours for this piece. Broke my body as I slept at 6 am. But it was absolute fun.

Hope this answers.

I'ts been a while since I last visited your posts and I am so glad I am here again.

This article is so nice and perfect. If everyone will follow by heart those suggestions or recommendations you presented, maybe about 99% will be successful on Hive.

In fact I am guilty especially the first one. Oh wait there are a lot of ideas that runs through my mind as I am writing this comment, I think I can make a 500 words (or more) blog in response to these amazing article, better make one haha, thank you so much!

This article is so nice and perfect... recommendations you presented, maybe about 99% will be successful on Hive.

So glad to see you. Thanks!😀

I think I can make a 500 words (or more) blog in response to these amazing article, better make one haha, thank you so much!

Haha! Now we are talking. YES, please. 🚀

Journey of a thousands miles start with first step

So true! Those early steps are crucial.

Great post! You have a real talent for making things readable.

Another thing I feel compelled to add, is post when you have something worth posting - gaps are OK

A lot of people seem to think they have to post something everyday, even if it's not really worth posting. I say, wait until you really feel the need to post something.

Great post! You have a real talent for making things readable.

Thank you! Fuels my early morning. Truly appreciate it. :)

Another thing I feel compelled to add, is post when you have something worth posting - gaps are OK

So true. I have taken gaps to come back with a fresh mind.

In many ways, you have presented the other side of writing regularly — the burnout, thin ideas (not thick), low quality combined with random selection of topics.

Upvoting for visibility. :)

Uh lovely! Waiting for validation takes from your precious time to grow. Never seek validation, always believe in your dreams and use your faith and power to make it happen. Congrats for day 57!

What a wonderful experience to know and be aware of validation. Love that we share similar interest.

Also, I might be counting days but you are the one rocking and inspiring us.

Seeking validation outside yourself can only bring pain. Oh well I am flattered by your compliment and I am proud and grateful that I can inspire a couple of people to achieve their potential. I still remember that one time when you asked me why I write. And I told you I need to take things out, slowly.... Well it seems so good to do that because as a result it inspires others to do the same. And i'm very happy about that. I wish more would just let it all out, slowly. The talent, the ideas, the pain, the victory, the worry, the fun, the joy, the... Life.

Have a great week-end Sid!

I told you I need to take things out, slowly.... Well it seems so good to do that because as a result it inspires others to do the same

Your energy is really good. Wish to find more people like you.

Thank you! I am sure you will, Hive is filled with hidden gems, I am convinced of this. I see so many talented people, from the entire world. It's lovely to witness different skills, mindsets, creations. I never cease to be amazed.

Have a lovely day!

Who is the top of this talent chart? YOU!

Hahaha, you're so positive. Hive is filled with great people, that is why I enjoy it so much😊 Have a lovely day Sid🌞

I just searched this. New term. Did I play it down too much?

I mean you have a good point. Without a fresh start clearing our prejudices we cannot move forward even in Hive.

Thanks for teaching me this new term!

Thank you so much for this @sidwrites.Am a new bie on #hive.After my introductory post I did not know what to punish again,although I have written so many poems,articles and stories I couldn't post them because I thought they were not good enough.so everything you have written is so true and I want to say thank you so much for putting it down because if you didn't do so maybe I would have given up,thank you.

So glad to read this. YES, please do post. The benefit is, with every post, we also become better. :)

All the best.

I really liked your post that I think we should write and forget about the rewards. Since you learned to write in English I only use a translator.

Thank you! So glad to know.

Is it easy to understand using a translator?

reading you is reading the post I want to do to people to get educated about what's the correct mindset, I really appreciate your work and to show that languajes are here to made bridges and not to discomfort us, we are used to think that we think and we never finished to understand what is growth about