Amy Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in Ne...
Amy Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York City at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Be okay with writing really bad stuff for a long time––just keep doing it. The act of doing it, the muscle memory of it, is more important for me, because you would do shows every night, and they would suck every night, and one night they’d be okay, and it would sustain you for another year.”

Amy Poehler, Entertainment Weekly, February, 8, 2013
If you’ve read my bio you’ll know I recently joined a bright team of professionals to help U of T’s School of Continuing Studies launch a certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management.

Whether they’ve blogged before or are just starting out, all students must have their own blog and publish at least two new posts per week through the duration of their studies. Tonight about half of them presented their blogs to the class. Each one was impressive and as unique as the individuals themselves.

We’re often our harshest critics. Blogging can be intimidating at first, especially when you have your classmates as a built-in audience. So, I thought I’d share this little inspiration in the form of an excerpt from Amy Poehler’s advice for making it in show business. By no means is it meant as a critique of anyone’s writing abilities. Except well, perhaps my own.

What advice would you share with a new blogger?