If you can’t figure it out, chances are that others can’t either.
Take that as a sign that there might be an opportunity to write a post, build an online course or teach a workshop.
If you’re struggling with something, chances are good that others are as well. Especially if it’s something that you think you should really know or should be easy–but it’s not. First check to see what kind of help is out there. Is the Internet loaded with help on doing what you’re having trouble with? If so, maybe just learn and achieve your goal. But if there’s not much help–or not so much good help–maybe there’s an opportunity for you to teach others.
Especially if it’s something you should probably be able to figure out with your education and experience.
Is the topic something you’d be interested in teaching others?
- Do you like teaching?
- Do you like the topic?
- Is it something you could see yourself doing/teaching?
If you’re still hanging on, maybe it’s something to see if others are also looking for help with. If, after any of the tasks below, you get a clear indication that there’s already enough help out there or people aren’t struggling like you are (!) or it just fades out of your enthusiasm, then you can pull back.
But if the momentum builds as you do each step below, it’s probably worth at least doing … the steps below.
Test your topic on others.
- Pose a question on Facebook,
- Write a post,
- Poll some friends,
- Offer help,
- Write a post (about your experience helping),
- Guest post on a relevant (with more traffic than you have),
- Design or outline a course,
- Offer or run a workshop,
- Build a course.
Then what? It’s up to you how far you take it. But you need to start.
The example for me that prompted me to write this today? WordPress guru that I am, I still can’t find the “one theme” that I think I should use for every site I build. Maybe it doesn’t exist, but it means there are many out there who can’t figure out which WordPress theme to use.