When I first came to Thailand in 2011, I wanted to start a Muay Thai blog, but I was too afraid to do it. It would take me 2 years before I was finally able to muster up enough courage to put my name out there and start Muay Thai Pros.
I was more scared of starting a Muay Thai blog then stepping into the Muay Thai ring against a physical opponent. This fear all stemmed from my constant fear of being judged by the people around me. My fears prevented me from taking action and I created a million excuses in my head why I shouldn’t do it.
Finally, after 2 years of living in Thailand, I was finally able to conquer my fear and start Muay Thai Pros. Looking back a few years later, this is one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only did my website have unprecedented growth in the past few years, I was able to take my own Muay Thai game to the next level.
Some of my Fears:
“What if people don’t like what I have to say? I don’t have the writing skills to become a blogger!?”
“There are better fighters in the sport, what makes me qualified to talk about this stuff?”
“There are already so many good Muay Thai blogs out there, why should I make another one?”
For many of you reading this, you probably thought about starting a blog at some point, but you were held back by the same fears that held me back. If you are on the fence about starting a Muay Thai blog, here are 5 reasons why you should start a blog today.
Reason #1 – You Will Take Your Game to the Next Level
The best thing I ever did for my Muay Thai development was to start writing about Muay Thai. The moment I started writing about different techniques and strategies, I completely changed my thought process in training. Instead of going through the motions and being a student, my mind began to think like a teacher.
The moment I started writing about different techniques and strategies, I completely changed my thought process in training. Instead of going through the motions and being a student, my mind began to think like a teacher.
My approach to training completely changed. I stopped relying on my trainer to make me better and I started relying on myself. Blogging about Muay Thai will help change your mindset in training. You will constantly be thinking about how you can improve every day in training, instead of just going throw the motions and waiting for your trainer to help you.
Reason #2 – You Will Help Others in the Sport
Muay Thai is a sport that is about giving back. As you learn new techniques that people taught you, it is important to share those with others around you. I would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for the dozens of trainers and thousands of people I have trained with over the years. Every person has had a small impact on my growth.
“Give and you will receive”
Blogging is no different. When you talk about things that are holding you back in sparring or in the ring, other people can relate to those things. People from around the world will send you thank you emails and leave positive comments on your article. There is no better feeling than helping other people deal with the same fears and hurdles that you had to overcome in Muay Thai.
Reason #3 – You will join the Muay Thai Blogging Community
When you become a blogger, there is a whole online community of people who are doing the same thing. When you have your own platform to share your ideas, you will be able to communicate directly with other people who have platforms of their own.
While not all bloggers are friendly online, for the most part, you will find a community that is open and willing to share and help each other. If you run into any haters, just ignore them. There will always be people in life who try and tear you down, don’t allow them to succeed.
For the most part, everyone I have met in the Muay Thai blogging community has been very supportive and helpful. While you might hit some hurdles, you will definitely be able to join a group of passionate bloggers online.
Reason #4 – You Will Document Your Personal Growth
You don’t have to be an expert to start a Muay Thai blog. You simply need to talk about your journey in the sport and what you are doing in training. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or not. Obviously, if you don’t have a lot of experience in Muay Thai then you shouldn’t be giving people advice on training. If someone wants to criticize you for talking about your personal journey, let them.
Muay Thai is a sport that is all about growth and development. The person you are today is going to be a completely different person 5 years from now. Documenting your growth and journey in the sport is something you will appreciate 5,10,20+ years down the road. When you are old looking back on your life, your blog will be with you forever. Think of a blog as a platform to share your thoughts and experiences with people who are willing to listen.
Reason #5 – You Can Make Money from Your Blog
You should never create a blog to make money, but if you get thousands of visitors every month there is no reason why you can’t earn some extra money from the blog. If you create a successful blog in the Muay Thai niche, there are different ways to earn money. You can sell direct advertising spots on your blog, write eBooks, run sponsored posts, run Google ads etc.
Making money for your blog should not be the reason for starting a blog. If you start a blog with the intention to make money, you will not succeed. You should start writing because you are passionate about Muay Thai and want to share your experiences and journey with others.
If you are putting in countless hours into your website, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be rewarded for it, especially if you have a large audience that follows you. Nobody gets rich from blogging about Muay Thai, but it can provide you with some extra spending money every month if you get a big enough following.
The biggest hurdle that prevents most people from starting Muay Thai blogs is fear of failure and fear of being judged. These fears are present inside of everyone. Just like stepping into the ring requires you to overcome fears, starting a blog requires you to overcome a different kind of fear. No matter what you do, you will have to face this fear at some point when you create your blog.
The key to getting over this fear is to realize there will always be “haters” and “trolls” out there who will try to bring you down. Accept this fact and move on. Don’t dwell on any negative comments that people leave you. Focus on making the blog for yourself and don’t worry about what other people are doing around you.
A Muay Thai blog is your personal expression of what you are doing. If someone doesn’t like your blog, they don’t have to read it. Simple as that. For every negative comment you receive, there will be 10 positive comments and emails to balance them out. Don’t ever get stuck on the negativity, focus on the positive.