Today’s post is all about overcoming any fears and doubts you may have about blogging.
I know a lot of people get quite anxious about the idea of starting a blog and putting themselves out there for the world to see, so hopefully by the end of today’s post you’ll be feeling more confident, positive and ready to spring into action!
You're scared to start a blog?
So maybe you’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a while now, but there’s something holding you back. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the whole process you don’t know where to start, or maybe you’ve got so many different ideas you don’t know which direction to take!
Here’s my advice. Things always seems a lot harder to achieve when you're thinking about everything you have to do in your head. Write down your thoughts and make a list of all the steps you need to take, this prevents you from overcomplicating the tasks so you can face what actually needs doing.
Think about what makes you want to blog in the first place, make an inspiration board of motivational quotes/images that will inspire you to take action to make your dreams happen. Then just start! You’ve got to start somewhere and your blogging dreams will never come true until you make the first step! Just take it one step at a time and do a few small tasks everyday so it’s easier to manage. You’ll probably find as soon as you get started, the fear will fade away and you’ll be super excited it make it happen!
You're scared of failing?
The fear of failing is a very common fear that holds so many people back from chasing their dreams, but the thing is, you will never have the opportunity to succeed if you don’t try! Most of the time it’s a completely irrational fear. There’s no reason why you should fail! Instead of thinking ‘what if i fail?’ ‘what if it doesn’t work?’, consider this:
- What if it’s successful?
- What if it’s everything you dreamed of?
- What if it makes you happy?
- What if it provides you with new opportunities?
Life is too short to waste not fulfilling your dreams! If you want to start a blog, start it! Here’s some of my favourite quotes about overcoming the fear of failure:
“The fear of failure is worse than the failure itself. So be bold and courageous.” ― Debasish Mridha
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." - Theodore Roosevelt
You're afraid of showing your family or friends?
The fear of your friends and family seeing your blog is another common concern amongst new bloggers, but remember, it’s your blog and you don’t have to show them, or even tell them about it until you’re ready!
Don’t let fear of judgement hold you back, try and see your blog as something you’re proud of creating and excited to show off! Explain to your loved ones why you’ve started blogging and what it means to you, if your blogging hobby makes you happy I’m sure they will want to support and accept that. You don’t know how they will react if you don’t tell them and you don’t give them a chance to be supportive.
But if you’re still not ready to tell you family and friends about your blog yet and you’re worried they will stumble across it on the internet, don’t! The internet is a massive place so if they really have no clue, the chances are they won’t find it.
You don’t have time to commit to blogging?
It can definitely be challenging to run a blog and give it all your effort when you’re a busy person. Maybe you’re a mum, got a full time job or studying at college? Whatever the case may be, you can still make it work if it’s important to you! You just have to be prepared to work hard and get good at time management.
Here are my tips. Always have a notebook or a notes app on your phone to jot down ideas on the go. Whenever you have a spare few minutes, whether it be waiting at the bus stop, waiting to pick up the kids or on your lunch break at work, use that time to plan blog posts! All those spare minutes can be put to good use and if your time is limited you need to take all the opportunities you can.
Start jotting down bullet points to form an outline for your next blog post, then you’ve got a good starting point to save you time when you write it up later. If you spend a lot of time in the car, consider using voice dictation software to record your thoughts out loud instead of writing them down.
Compromise. Instead of coming home from a busy day and spending the evening watching TV, use that time to work on your blog. Or maybe you’ll have to cut back on the occasional social event. Schedule in time every week where you can sit down and work on your blog undistracted. If starting a blog is important to you, you need to make it a priority! Make time and write it in your calendar so you don’t forget.
You're a perfectionist?
Last but not least is a word for the perfectionists out there. I can totally relate to this issue, I can’t count the number of times I’ve re-written and re-designed things because they weren’t perfect and I wasn’t 100% happy with them. I can (and I have) spent weeks going round in circles not producing any content (or worse, producing content and deleting it) because I kept feeling the need to make it better. But one day something finally clicked and I realised my content will never be perfect. I’m always going to learn and improve as I go along and that’s the beauty of it! I can look back at my old blog posts and see how far I’ve come along the way.
If you waste time not putting out content because it’s not quite perfect, you’ll never get anywhere! Just do it and move on to the next task. Don’t go back and don’t let yourself re-do anything. That time could be spent moving forwards and being a lot more productive!
I hope these tips have helped some of you out. If you take away one thing from this lesson, it’s to just start somewhere! The doubts and fears are never as bad as they seem in your head. Plus that satisfaction of accomplishing something you really want is always worth it!
I'd love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments below :)
Free printable quote
I’ve designed a pretty little printable quote to help inspire you not let your doubts hold you back. You can print it out and pin it to the wall above your desk for moments when you need a boost of motivation!