Hey folks this week I want to talk to you about your blogging fears, if you don’t have, or THINK you don’t have any blogging fears, then this post won’t mean much to you. But if you’ve just started out or perhaps you’ve been blogging for a short amount of time, and feel as if you are afraid of making the next move with your blog, or perhaps you haven’t even started blogging yet, it could be because fear is holding you back.
Fear! what are you talking about, what fear?
There’s no shame in admitting your fears in blogging, it’s better to deal with them now, or they could hamper your success partly or wholly.
When I started blogging, my biggest fear was what others would think of my blogging venture, and what others would think of the stuff I’m writing about. I didn’t want people to think that I was crap at blogging or that I was off chasing some made up dream.
But with great feedback, comments and praises that I received over the years on many blog posts that I’ve written, I managed to deal with that fear. Sure I’m never going to please everybody, that’s impossible. And sure I’m not the most prolific writer in the blogoshpere, but if I could serve a small audience well, that’s all that mattered and still matters to me today, serving my audience in some valuable way.
OK so below I’ve outlined 5 common blogging fears that most newbie and even intermediate bloggers face, and some tips on how to deal with them.
#1. You think your writing ability is not up to scratch
Writing is something that most of us are able to do, some people are better at it than others, that’s just how it goes. But believe it or not, there are some bloggers out there, and ones that I know of that can’t write very well at all, but yet are still able to build a reasonably successful blog and grow a massive community.
By being passionate amongst many other things.
Blogging doesn’t require you to be a prolific writer, you’re not writing a novel to compete against Stephen King in this field, blogging is about expressing, sharing, teaching and telling, through passionate words the best way that you possibly can. In addition, your writing skills as a blogger will only improve through practice and blogging frequently.
When I first started blogging back in 2010, my writing skills were pretty appalling if I may say so, and I’d frequently write what I’d call today ‘silly posts’, silly posts riddled with spelling errors and embarrassing typos. Over the years and with lots of practice, my writing ability improved bit by bit, it’s still not brilliant, I still make a bunch of errors now and again, but it’s progress.
So don’t let the fear of thinking that your writing isn’t up to scratch get in the way, keep practicing, keep reading and writing and you’ll come through in the end. And don’t be too hard on yourself either.
Recommended reading: Developing Your Own Unique Writing Style
#2. You’re afraid of making too many mistakes
Let me tell you something you probably already know, we all make mistakes along the way, even the pro bloggers make mistakes. Do you seriously think those guys made it where they are today without making a single mistake along the way? Pffft, no way, It’s impossible.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes in blogging, it’s all part of process, we make them, learn from them and move on.
Recommended reading: 17 Blogging Mistakes That Could Kill Your Blog [4,000+ Words]
#3. You fear that you might fail entirely
Failure is something no one wants to experience when pursing a worthy venture. But like making mistakes, failure is the result of trying. Failure isn’t experienced by those who don’t attempt to try anything, or choose to stay in their comfort zone.
Here’s my favorite quote by Dennis Waitly which explains better –
“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – source
#4. You don’t believe what you have to say matters
This is one very common excuse I hear particularly from beginners, or those interested in starting a blog, but don’t actually feel that anyone will listen to them, or what they say will not matter. What these people fail to understand is that the blogniverse (blogosphere) is massive, it’s huge, and my belief is that regardless of the niche, there’s always an audience waiting to tune in and listen, perhaps a large audience or maybe a small audience, but there’s always people that will be interested in what YOU have to say.
Look at this blog for example, I’m blogging in a pretty competitive niche that is already saturated (blogging about blogging), yet there are still a few loyal souls out there willing to listen to what I have to say and interact with me here on the blog.
If you have something valuable to say, teach, share or a story to tell, it matters and people will listen.
#5. You’re afraid of what others might think
Are you afraid of what other people might think about your blogging venture? Don’t be, and I’m talking from experience here as I mentioned at the start of this post.
When I started blogging back in 2010, my friends, my family and people I associated with online and offline all thought that I was broke and unemployed, and therefore I was chasing some dream, looking for an easy way to reach financial freedom.
After a few years of working hard on my blog at Magnet4Marketing, (before the Panda and Penguin strike) I earned enough money to consider it as a substantial second income, they all realised how wrong they had been, of course they were envious too.
The truth is that you don’t do things to please other people, not in life, not in blogging. If you’re passionate enough, if you’re committed enough, if you know deep down what you really want to achieve with your blog, you won’t care what anyone else thinks.
If you’re still waiting for the perfect time to start blogging, you’l be waiting for a long time and the right time probably won’t come.
It’s time to cast away your fears and start your blogging venture today. If you already have a blog and really want to take it to the next level, again cast away your fears, it’s time to start setting some realistic goals, or creating your own product or eBook maybe, and expanding your audience.
So, what other fears are there in blogging I’ve not mentioned, perhaps something you’re facing right now?
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