Shhhh, this post is TOP SECRET! Just kidding! It’s only all my blogging fears revealed in one post! But it is also more than that. It is a way to encourage new bloggers that sure, there can be some scary parts of blogging but that shouldn’t stop you from making it happen!
As you may know if you read any of my other blogging-related posts like this one, that I am about 9 months into my blogging journey but way further than that on the blogging dream. That’s right. It took months upon months for me to work up the courage to just do it. I also wasn’t one of those super prepared bloggers that had weeks worth of content posted before they went live. Nor did I come in to blogging with a launch plan or really any plan whatsoever. I literally went live and wrote my first post on the same day!
Why? Because if I didn’t just do it, I wouldn’t have done it. I was almost crippled by the fear. Even as someone that ALWAYS has a plan, I knew I just couldn’t do that when it initially came to starting this blog. I had to act off passion and take the leap!
I bet you have or had a ton of questions. Probably a million “what-ifs.” I did! Maybe you asked yourself some of these common questions and more.
- Do I have the slightest clue of what I am doing?
- Is anyone even going to read these posts?
- Did I do that right?
- What if no one subscribes?
- If I get stuck, who will help?
- What should I post about?
- Does it matter which self-hosting platform I use?
- What is a plugin?
- What is my niche?
- Can I write about anything I want?
- What if I get negative feedback or no feedback?
And the list went on and on and on. I had so many thoughts. So many questions and guess what, I still have a lot of thoughts and a lot of questions. But, I am out here making it happen. I approach each question or what-if head-on and work through them as they come.
So I do not have all the answers to the question stream above but I do have some. Others, I am still working on myself. Yet, I do have some advice for newbie bloggers facing their fears or for anyone that has been on the fence about launching a blog only to be put on pause due to being afraid.
What do you have to lose?
Let’s start with, what do you have to lose? Sure, blogs can be expensive depending on the options you choose but they do not have to be. There are several free and cost-effective options out there so if you find blogging is not for you, you aren’t too far in the hole. Other than the initial cost of building your blog, I don’t see anything else you have to lose. Sure, you could lose the time you spent on it if you find out you no longer want to keep up with it. But, if you are building a blog as a creative outlet or because it is a passion project then that time would be well spent. In short, you have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Niches and Posts
When it comes to your niche and what to post, my advice is to let your writing take you where it does. Meaning that if you go in thinking your blog has to be one way, you are likely to put undue stress on yourself. You will spend more time overthinking what you are writing about than acutally writing about it.
I am the perfect case and point for this. My blog initially started out as a more of a food and social scenes blog. I was not really writing about lifestyle topics at all. My layout was totally different and many of my pages and posts were about restaurants and social scenes. Though I do still post about social scenes, my overall niche has changed.
Luckily, I did not go into blogging with a specific niche. I let my writing take me where it did which is now to more lifestyle topics. Additionally, I hope to let my audience continue to determine where it goes from here. I am still in the early stages of building my audience and determining what they want and need from me combined with what I am passionately writing about.
You will see a lot of information out there about niches. Some will point you to identifying a super-specific niche while others will tell you to go broad. Bloggers will advise you to hone in on what you know while others will tell you to branch out. There is not a wrong way to do it. The right way, is the way that is right for you personally. Heed the advice, but then do what works for you. This was one of my biggest blogging fears revealed until I realized I had over-thought it and that not everyone’s advice was going to fit everyone else.
Like I mentioned above even at 9 months in, I am still working to build my audience. This is not going to come right away. Sure, your family and friends will probably be reading (thanks all-love ya!) but to truly build a following will take time. And that is okay. That is very normal for the majority of bloggers.
If you write about what you love, people will feel that. They will read it. Of course, it is going to take work on the end of utilizing smart SEO and marketing tactics, but you will build an audience, have no fear! Someone, most likely many people, will read it and they will love it.
There are a lot of ways to build an authentic audience and my best advice is to start with what you are passionate about and others that are passionate about the same thing will relate to you. Again, you will have to do the legwork associated with putting yourself out there. But I bet you will be surprised by what happens when you let go of that fear and do it.
The beauty of the blogging world is that there is a lot of support out there. Not just in the form of the help section on your platforms. I am referring to connecting with the blogging community-near and far. One of the best decisions I made and am still working on is joining supportive blogging groups. From connecting on social media to joining mailing lists and group chats, I have been able to learn from bloggers with great experience within all niches.
One of my biggest blogging fears revealed was that I thought I was in this by myself. This could not have been further from the truth. I learn something new every single day from someone in one of the blogging communities I joined. We all have questions. Even those with the most experience reach out for support in various ways. We truly are in this blogging journey together.
To get you started, here are two of my favorite groups and ones where I continue to learn, grow and find support from.
Here is one of my biggest blogging fears revealed. I am beyond the fear. I have worked past it in a quick 9 months. Not sure when it happened or exactly how but it happened. Sure, I worry that I won’t reach the many ambitious goals I have set for myself in reference to this blog. But, I am working towards those goals every single day without fear. I know that I am doing the best with the tools and resources I have. I am learning daily and when I don’t have the knowledge to do something that I want to do, I actively seek out how to do it and then freaking do it! An example of that is right here.
So, I am beyond the fears I once had about starting a blog. That does not mean I am anywhere near where I want to be. But I am sure of a long way from where I started. And as I mentioned, who knows where this journey will take me. That is both the super scary yet best part!
So whether you are just starting out, several months in like me or even much longer in but still dealing with the fear, know that it will take time, but you too will get over it. You will work right on through the fear to the other side. And trust me once you do, your blogging adventures will be that much sweeter.
In the End
The Blogging Fears Revealed and Tackled
Newbie bloggers and those of you considering starting or even those of you looking to start something outside your comfort zone, my best advice is just to do it. You can spend months, even years talking yourself out of it. I am sure you can think of a hundred reasons why you shouldn’t. Or you could pull the time card. Guess what, no one has time. I certainly didn’t build this blog because I had time on my hands. I had a burning passion and the drive to do it. So, I just did it! And you can too!
Get out there and goodluck!
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