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I’ve spoken to so many women who tell me that they want to start a blog but they’re just too scared. I completely understand how scary it can seem to start a blog. I’ve even mentioned multiple times how scared I was to start this blog. The thing is, just because something is scary doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.
You might already know that my “word of the year” is fearless – which to me means that you feel the fear and do something anyway. It’s good to face your fears sometimes and it can help you grow SO much. So, today I wanted to talk about how to overcome your blogging fears and start a blog anyway.
Here are some of the most common blogging fears I see (and feel) and some help for overcoming these fears!Just because something is scary doesn't mean you shouldn't do it. Here's how to overcome your fears and start a blog! Click To Tweet
When you just can’t bring yourself to start a blog:
– Just. Do. It.
My favorite way to get over any fear is by just DOING it. I know that this is way easier said than done and it doesn’t work for every fear, but it’s worth a mention in this post because it’s effective. There are several reasons why you might be scared to start a blog. Maybe you’re scared of failing, scared of putting yourself out there, scared of making a mistake, scared of being judged… Your thoughts can really start spinning out of control and coming up with all of these worst case scenarios but you know what? All of these fears just live in your head; they’re not based in reality. So build yourself up, realize that most bloggers have felt these ridiculous fears, and bite the bullet. Start the blog today and be fearless!
– Start slow and build up momentum.
My second favorite way to get over more intense fears is by starting small and building momentum. Do something small each day and build up to your goal. Come up with a list of everything you need to do to get your blog established then commit to doing one thing from that list every day. For example, your list might look something like this:
- Day one: Brainstorm a blog topic and name.
- Day two: Register your domain and sign up for hosting.
- Day three: Find and install a blog design.
- Day four: Set up social media accounts.
Just one small tiny step a day can lead up to you reaching your goal before you know it. This can also build up your confidence and motivation, which will help you get rid of any fears you may have had.
– Really know the “why” behind your blog.
Your reasoning for wanting to do something is usually much bigger than your fear of doing that thing. So why do you want to start a blog in the first place? Do you want to help people? Do you want to be able to travel the world? Do you want to be able to leave your soul-crushing 9-5 job? Really think about why you want to start a blog. In fact, take out a piece of paper and write down your reason(s). Tape the piece of paper on your wall and look at it every time you begin doubting yourself. Now think about how much happier your life would be if you just started versus how sucky it feels to let your fears win. Remember that you can do it, and most things worth having take some effort!
When you think you don’t know what you’re doing:
– Look into all of the free resources.
One of the great things about blogging is that there are tons of free resources out there about so many blogging topics. Just head to Google or Pinterest and search for a topic you need help with and you’re sure to find a bunch of articles that can help you. I even have a blogging category here on this blog. So if you’ve been putting off starting a blog simply because you don’t know enough about how to do it, just Google it, or check out some of my favorite blogs about blogging:
– Read helpful books for bloggers.
Another great way to learn about anything is to read books. If you want to get an inexpensive, in-depth look at any topic, a book is the best way to get it. There are many amazing books out there for bloggers and I wrote a post about my 5 favorite ones that you can read right here. For less than 40 dollars, you can read all of them and become knowledgeable in how to grow your blog, handle your finances as a blogger, build your platform, and more!
– Invest in a course or two.
Courses are a big thing for bloggers because it’s a great way to get a more hands-on lesson in different areas of blogging. If you’re willing to invest more money (from around $70 to $500 or more) then courses can be a great way to learn. I will be honest, though. They’re not for everyone. Some people feel like they aren’t worth the steep price. I’ve only invested in a few courses, but I can recommend two that are worth the price! If you want to learn an in-depth lesson on building an email list, Melyssa Griffin’s “List Surge” course is SO helpful. And if you want to learn how to create an effective 90 day plan and be super productive, Allison Marshall’s “Productivity Party” is amazing.
The best way is to learn from experience.
As with most things in life, the best way to learn about blogging is from experience. Once you start your blog and learn things as I go, things will become easier and more natural for you. There is tons of conflicting advice out there because different things work for different people. So try out new things and different techniques to figure out what works best for YOU. You don’t always have to do what everyone else is doing. It’s good to carve your own path and do your own thing. You’ll grow with experience, I promise!
When you think you don’t have enough money to start a blog:
– There are free alternatives out there.
I know that at first glance, blogging can seem super expensive. I mean, paying for your domain, hosting, blog theme, courses, books, email service, and more? That’s a lot! The thing is, there are a lot of free alternatives out there – especially when you’re just getting started. If you’re just starting out and don’t know how this whole blogging thing is going to work out for you, go with a free blog theme, hold off on any expensive courses (you might not need them anyway), and go with free subscriptions of anything that you can. I actually wrote a whole post about free blogging resources including courses, workbooks, stock photos and more that you can read here! I also created a roundup of free feminine WordPress themes that you can find right here. So if money is holding you back, it definitely doesn’t need to anymore!
– Think of it as an investment.
If you’re serious about blogging and aim to make money from it one day, think of your purchases as investments. Yes, I’ve spent a bunch of money on my blog but you know what? I’ve made much more money from it. And even if you don’t plan on making money with your blog, it’s still worth the investment if it makes you happy. My blog makes me SO happy and that happiness is more important than the money, in my opinion! If you care about your blog and you’re passionate about it, it’s worth the investment – whether it’s an investment into your career or your happiness.
When you’re scared of putting yourself “out there”:
– Believe in yourself and your mission.
Remember when I talked about your “why” earlier in this post? This is another scenario where it’s important to keep it in mind. We all doubt ourselves at one point or another, but remembering your mission can help. I’ve doubted myself A LOT since starting this blog, but when I get a random email from someone telling me how this post or that thing I said helped them, it makes me so so so happy. That’s why I started doing this in the first place and in my moments of self-doubt, I think about emails like that. If I let my fear of putting myself out there hold me back, I wouldn’t have been able to help those women. And if you let that fear hold you back, you won’t be able to live out your “why” either. Keep that in mind in your moments of self-doubt!
– Surround yourself with supportive people.
There are so many amazing people in the blogging world. There are so many Facebook groups full of supportive, encouraging, uplifting bloggers. If you’re scared of putting yourself “out there” surrounding yourself with positive people like this can help. Find a blogger or two that you look up to and email them. Join Facebook groups and introduce yourself. Make friendships with people who make you feel more positive. It can help so much when you’re feeling unsure about yourself or your blog. You can even email me if you’re feeling unsure. I love getting emails from beginner bloggers and I’ll be happy to help you with what I can! If you’re looking for good Facebook groups to join, here are a few that I love:
- Blogging With Heart
- Women Helping Women Entrepreneurs
- Blog Passion Project
- The Inspiration Ladies (not a blogging group, but we can give you encouragement if you need it!)
– Remember to always be true to yourself.
There are probably going to be moments in your blogging journey where you’re comparing yourself to others or there are trends that everyone seems to be doing that you don’t want to do. If that happens, it’s important to stay true to yourself. Like I said, it’s good to carve your own path and do your own thing. In a sea of bloggers that are doing the same thing, be the one that does things a little bit differently. Don’t compare yourself to others because you’re on two separate journeys and that’s natural. Do what makes you happy and stay in your own lane. You’ll be much happier and more successful that way!
So, are you ready to start a blog?
If you’re ready to start a blog, you can check out my detailed, step-by-step plan right here! It talks about how to start a successful blog with WordPress, from deciding what you want to blog about and setting up your hosting to starting an email list. Good luck with your blog! 🙂
What is (or was) your biggest blogging fear? Leave a comment and let me know!