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The Great Fears of Every Beginner Blogger – And How to Deal with Them: Part Two

If you missed Part One, click here ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

 

Shall we continue? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

โ€œIโ€™M NOT THAT INTERESTINGโ€

 

You may think your life is too boring and normal, and your ideas not interesting enough, to share on a blog. Perhaps you also really love a certain subject, but are no expert on it, and so you feel you have nothing new to bring to the table.

Well, I hate to tell you this, butโ€ฆ youโ€™ve got it all wrong ๐Ÿ™‚

Inspiration for writing and creating content is everywhere – in conversations with friends and family, on television, in movies, on the Internet… In fact, where not? ๐Ÿ™‚ Once you select a niche for your blog, and define your target audience, it will become much easier for you to find interesting and relevant topics to blog about. ย 

And remember – your blog is not all about you. True, you share personal stories, and write about your very own experiences, but you do not need to focus solely on yourself. Thus, even if your life is not as exciting as Beyonceโ€™s, there is no reason why you shouldnโ€™t be able to come up with good ideas for the blog. When formulating ideas for new posts, you should think about the way in which the post can contribute to those reading it. I promise, once you start writing, youโ€™ll realize how much you have to say about the issues that interest you!

 

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

 

 

โ€œIโ€™M NOT A GOOD ENOUGH WRITERโ€

 

I remember, before starting my blog, someone said to me: โ€œIf youโ€™re starting a blog, you must really enjoy writing.โ€ The truth is, I had no idea what I was doing. The only writing I was getting done in those days was in university, and I had never experienced writing of any other kind. I had no idea what my personal voice was, and I certainly did not consider writing as one my strengths. I admit, my very first posts didnโ€™t turn out exactly how I would have liked them to, but I decided this was something I wanted to do, and so I was willing to give it a chance. The more I wrote, the more I noticed my writing style was becoming more โ€œmeโ€, it flowed. ย Looking back, when I read today what I first posted on the blog, I see the great process I went through as a writer.

So yes, chances are, you will most likely feel pretty terrible once you write your first post. Youโ€™ll begin to compare your writing style to the writing of other bloggers you like, and think, โ€œwell, of course theyโ€™re successfulโ€ฆ they are much better than I am!โ€ But you know what the only difference is between you and them? Experience! Theyโ€™ve only been doing it much longer than you have! Experience is everything in lifeโ€ฆ The successful bloggers you compare yourself to? Theyโ€™ve already managed to get the hang of it. They spent a long time developing their unique voice and a writing style that suits them. True, there are those who may have just been born with a writing talent, but most people just try over and over again and go through a process that eventually improves their writing skill. {By the way, this goes for just about anything in life, not only when it comes to writing.} So, youโ€™ve got to understand that the first post you will write wonโ€™t resemble the tenth one, or the hundreth. At first you may not be 100% satisfied with the outcome, which makes perfect sense. Itโ€™s important that you see this disappointing result as a tool to push yourself further, and not as a failed attempt that will cause you to give up.

A tip that might sound funny to you, but is very effective – look up the oldest blog post you can find of a blogger you really admire, and see what a long way theyโ€™ve come since then! This will surely motivate you ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

 

โ€œIโ€™M NOT A GOOD ENOUGH PHOTOGRAPHERโ€

 

So you want to start a blog and think the pictures you take are not good enough? Or maybe you donโ€™t even like photography, but feel the blog will be a bit dull with no visual content? Have no fear – this too can be solved ๐Ÿ™‚

Just like with writing, a photography skill is a also muscle that can be exercised. The more you test out photography, the better and more professional your images will be, and with them, youโ€™ll be able to transmit your unique style. You can learn a lot about photography online, and you can sign up for a photography course if youโ€™d like to study the subject in a more organized fashion. If, after all, you still decide that photography is not for you, you donโ€™t enjoy it, or it takes too much of your time which, when it comes to your blog, you prefer to invest otherwise, you can always make use of Free Stock Photos, or purchase images from various online image repositories.

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

 

 

โ€œNOBODY WILL READ ITโ€

 

At first, you will probably not have many readers, after all if your blog is new it makes sense no one knows about it yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Donโ€™t worry – slowly but surely you will see the numbers go up. True, this doesnโ€™t happen overnight, but if you invest yourself in your blog, write interesting content, incorporate inspiring photos, tell those closest to you about the blog, and stay involved in social media – it will happen!

For starters, I suggest you read my post on creating initial blog traffic. You can also find more tips on creating quality blog traffic on my free blogging e-course ๐Ÿ™‚

And until the long-awaited readers arriveโ€ฆ take advantage of the fact that at the moment not many people are reading your blog! Play with the design, develop your own personal voice, try out different PlugIns, and find out what works best for you.

 

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

 

โ€œI DONโ€™T HAVE THE TIMEโ€

 

A new blog is usually a one man show.

The writing, images, brand building, website maintenance, and marketing – all are hats worn by a blogger throughout their journey, and thereโ€™s no doubt that it can be quite overwhelming at first. This may be the exact reason why you are afraid to take the chance and start a blog, or the reason why you collapse under the pressure,if youโ€™ve already started, and consider quitting.

Believe me, I went through it myself for a long time. When I first started my blog, I was working 9 to 5, and as soon as I returned from my day job until the wee hours of the night, I worked hard at attempting to be a super-blogger, checking off every possible task on my way to the perfect blog. I would spend hours upon hours trying to complete an endless to-do list, finally realizing that the reason i couldnโ€™t manage them is because I had set myself an impossible amount of tasks per day.

You canโ€™t do it all in one day, one week, and even one month! The secret is to know how to divide, prioritize, and set different deadlines for each task.

This past year I discovered for the first time the true value of using a diary! If during my joyful school days I would decorate my new diary each year with stickers and scribbles, nowadays I actually use it for its true purpose – to neatly write down all of my tasks! {In addition to stickers and scribbles, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ }

I highly recommend that you start with an editorial calendar. {I use the calendar in my agenda but if you donโ€™t have one you can download a really cute one for free, from this website.} An editorial calendar is actually a regular calendar in which you keep all of the important dates and holidays that take place during the year {like these or these} so that you arenโ€™t taken by surprise when the time comes. Once you prepare a such a calendar, and devote yourself ahead of time to think about and write posts for each date, you will discover you actually have plenty of time for other things, just as important, like building your brand and marketing your blog. The second step, would be to dedicate time at the end of each month to list any tasks you know you will need to complete next month: to prepare posts, create content for social media, market your blog, acquire an additional skill, etc. Divide these tasks into mini-tasks, easier to take on, and insert them neatly into your diary ๐Ÿ™‚ This may feel strange at first, but you will soon forget how you ever managed without it! ย 

Ultimately, itโ€™s all about habit, and thereโ€™s no reason you should give up your dream simply because you think you have no timeโ€ฆ Trust me – you have lots of time, you just arenโ€™t managing it right yet ๐Ÿ™‚

Blog tips for beginners - how to overcome your blogging fears and start your own blog

What are the blogging fears you are dealing with at the moment? What fears have you managed to cope with? Let me know in a comment below!

 

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  1. For me, the self doubt is mostly related to getting few views and no feedback on what I write.

    I enjoy writing about technical concepts to make them easier to understand as well as give advice, however it seems no matter how hard I work to polish the text for an article, I barely get any likes, comments or shares.

    Probably less than 1 out of 10 of my acquintances even took time to read at least one of my posts from start to finish… so the question/worry that always come back is “is anyone really enjoying what I write or they’re just being polite?”

    So basically, I would like to promote my blog more, without sounding like the annoying guy who take any opportunity to link to his website.

    Maybe I will find a few tips about this in your blogging e-course.

    1. Hey Raymond! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚
      When did you start blogging? It takes time to generate a following to a blog and it’s very important to target the right audience for your blog in order to get the best results. Your friends and family may not be the right readers for your blog, and it is possible that they’re just reading some of it just to be polite. We’ve all been there ๐Ÿ˜‰ You should brainstorm and find a really specific targeted person that would be the right fit for your blog. You should check out my branding guide, the questions I introduced in the first section would help you find your ideal reader.

      1. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

        I’ve been writing articles sporadically for maybe 1ยฝ years. I didn’t really took time to set up a real blog with the hosting, theme, etc. It was mostly a compilation of Tumblr articles that I then shared on Facebook.

        When I started the blog, my aim was to give advice about how to take care of appliances, maintain them so they can last a long time without much repairs or costs.

        Maybe this topic just wasn’t sexy enough, or didn’t reach the right readers. Of course, we all have busy lives and we tend to take these for granted until something breaks down on us, always at the worst time.

        My main goal was to give useful advice and I don’t really expect to earn income from my blog, but maybe get a few followers and make my name known by a few bloggers I regularly read.

        I might have to think a little more about who would enjoy such reading and where to reach out to them. Or maybe a slightly different subject that I would also enjoy writing about but would be more popular… I’m pretty sure I’ll be hooked once a single one of my posts goes viral.

        Until then, I’ll have a serious look at your business branding guide. I thought branding would come after regular readers, who will be there after writing amazing content. But I agree having the right design elements can make any website look much more professionnal, even if a newbie one.

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