Everyone starts a blog with these grand dreams of having hundreds of thousands of followers and becoming a reality TV star (ok, well, maybe that’s just me, but you know what I mean, right?)
But then you start to really get into it and you discover that there’s A LOT more to blogging than you thought and those little nagging doubts start to creep into your brain.
Here’s what I feel are the top 3 fears new bloggers (and some experienced ones too) have and how I overcome them.
Fear #1: No one will read my blog
Ok, so this one is true. In the beginning no one you are not directly related to will read your blog, but that’s ok.
It takes digging in and getting your feet wet to really discover your voice and your style. Take this time to really explore a variety of content and see what feels right to you…and what people do come to read.
Then you can focus on what works…and just delete the stuff that doesn’t.
Fear #2: I don’t know what I’m doing
Yep, totally true too. BUT…most bloggers are really supportive…as long as you ask the right questions.
Now, the trick is to figure out which questions to ask.
Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know…and that can be a dangerous time. Do yourself a favor and buy a beginner blogging course and go through some of the introductory steps. This will save you TONS of time and heartache on the long run…I PROMISE.
Then join a group of supportive bloggers where there are no stupid questions, like The Blogging Bunch Facebook Group. Dig in here, look around and search the group and the blog to see what you can learn.
Then ask specific questions.
Not specific: How do I increase traffic to my blog?
Specific: How are you all using Facebook to increase traffic to your blogs?
See the difference? There are a million and half ways to increase traffic so there’s no one way to answer that questions, but by asking specifically about Facebook, you might actually get some actionable tips…which is what you were really looking for any way.
Fear #3: I don’t have time
This one is legit and every.single.blogger I know has this exact same complaint no matter if they’ve been blogging one day or 10 years…there’s never enough time.
So how do you do it?
You have a plan and you work that plan.
You create an editorial calendar so that when you actually have 10 minutes to sit down and write something you can jump right in.
You use scheduling tools to maximize your time on social media.
And you talk to other bloggers and find out what’s working for them and apply those same lessons to your blog and business.
Everyone has fears about their blog…no matter how big or how small it is. And just because you build it, doesn’t mean they will come. You have to be strategic and consistent and work your butt off.
BUT, it will happen.
So don’t let those little voices in your head cause you to stop doing what you know you should be. You have a message to share and someone out there needs to hear it.
If you’re ready to take your blog to the next step (or get started on the right foot), then I’d urge you to check out the Smart Blogger Academy. We have a proven system to help you build the blog and business of your dreams.
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