As a new blogger or someone who is trying to grow your blog it can be very difficult to get past your fears and get going. You may not even understand why you are procrastinating, but sometimes it is the fear of blogging. When I first started my blog I was very unsure of myself and the direction that I wanted to take it. I was on a road that was leading nowhere. I don’t want this to happen to you! I want you to overcome your fears and develop a clear plan for your blog. In this post I am discussing 10 fears that will stop you from reaching your blogging goals and some tips to overcome them.
1. I don’t know what my niche is. Neither did I and some days I still brainstorm about the direction of my blog. It takes time and practice to develop the direction of your blog, so stop worrying about that and just do it!
2. I am a bad writer. If writing is not your forte there are ways to improve that. Pick up a book on the topic (I will talk about some free & paid resources that you can use in a future post). Get a journal and write everyday. This will help you get better.
3. You are Comparing Yourself To Others. The worst thing that you can do as a new blogger or someone who is trying to grow your blog is play the comparison game. It will not help. As a matter fact, it will only make you feel worse. You have a unique voice and story that only you can tell. There are no two people exactly the same in the whole world, so play up what makes you different.
4. What if no one reads my blog. The truth is that when you are first starting out you may not build traffic to your blog for many years. Some people go viral within the first few months of blogging, but that will not happen for everyone. You will have to build an audience that values your content, and that may take some time.
5. I don’t have a big social media presence. Social media is important, but that should not stop you for carrying on with your blog. The key to getting people to read your blog is to start making some real connections. First, it starts with other bloggers in your community, then you will learn to build your own community. Introduce yourself and leave genuine comments on other blogs and social media profiles and you will see your blog start to grow.
6. I don’t have a lot of money. A lot of people don’t. The costs of starting a blog varies depending on your goals. You have to take the time to decide which route to take when you are just starting out. I would start slow to practice consistency and go from there. As your blog grows you will do what it takes to invest in it and watch it flourish.
7. I don’t know what to write about. This is something that all good bloggers struggle with because we want to give our readers useful information. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself because that can actually cause writers block. Jot down a list of ideas that you can pull from to create blog posts. This will help you in the process of creating content for your blog.
8. I don’t understand the process of blogging. This is going to take some work on your part. Blogging is not for lazy people (I learned that really quickly). In the old days, I thought I could just post something and readers would follow, but I have learned that a lot more goes into it. You must educate yourself. Take courses, read books, and do your research. I love to read articles that give you the ropes on the blogging game.
9. What if people don’t like what I have to say. This is apart of the blogging experience. You should never deliberately try to offend anyone, but there will be some people who do not like your point of view and that is okay, as long as they remain respectful. If you are going to develop an authentic voice you cannot be afraid to share your thoughts and opinions.
10. I don’t know how to edit my pictures. I use Pic Monkey to edit my pictures and I love it. The learning curve is easy, and you can upgrade to more advanced features once you get the hang of it. Leave a comment below if you would like me to do a quick tutorial.
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