Should I start a blog?
Ah, the age-old (2000s old) question. When I look back on my decision to start a blog in 2012 it honestly took no hesitation. I desperately wanted to claim my little corner of the Internet and call it narcissism or self-assurance, but it didn’t even cross my mind for a second that someone might not like what I have to say.
Why you’re #triggered
Flash forward 6 years and the Internet has changed SO much. There are a lot of great things about this. It’s easier to build a community and find your tribe, to learn from those who have gone before you and there are hundreds of platforms to choose from.
But on the flip side – everyone has a voice. The reality of that is some of those voices will trigger something inside of you that whispers “I’m not enough.” or “who really gives a shit what I have to say?” I know this not only from watching it happen first hand to friends but also from my own feelings.
Although it didn’t happen with my blog I certainly felt it begin to creep in when starting my own business. Despite studying digital marketing for 5 years and really making an impact in the organisations I was lucky enough to work for that ugly part of me kept rearing it’s head and stoking the fire of self-doubt.
If any of this is resonating with you then there’s reassuring news I want to share with you. Imposter syndrome doesn’t strike the real imposters. It strikes those with dreams and ambitions so big that their brain just doesn’t know how to handle it. Your prehistoric brain is wired to protect you. It is wired to survive. But as beautiful a gift as existence itself is – don’t you want to do more than just survive?
If your answer is yes then keep reading for my top tips on how to overcome your fear of starting a blog. And if your answer’s a no, well good luck with that.
Why are you doing this?
Okay, let’s get started with a seemingly simple question – why bother? What’s the point? Why are you doing this? Outline this from day one and you’ll have a strong blueprint to build from. If you know why you’re doing it and that reason stirs up something deep inside you it’s going to be a lot harder for you to quit.
Remind yourself any time you feel deterred what will happen if you give up before you get started. Whose life could you change? Who won’t get to experience that? What benefits might you gain if you do start a blog? I’m not just talking about financial gain but other factors too.
Surround yourself with people who get it
If you’re thinking about starting a blog/vlog you’re bound to have a lot of questions that your muggle (non-blogger) friends probably won’t be able to answer like what platform to host on or how to set up your own domain. Often that’s what stops people in their tracks. Sure you could Google the information, but sometimes you just need a real person to hit you with some cold hard factoids (not sure why we’ve started using all the slang in this post but let’s just go with it).
There are heaps of communities on Twitter and Instagram but I recommend beginning with a couple of Facebook groups. First up is High Vibe Blogger Tribe, a group for female bloggers run by this super awesome blogger chick who’s into spirituality, positive vibes and building online communities.
Okay, you got me. Yup, it’s my group. But seriously, it’s a great place to start. Small enough that your voice is heard, but big enough so that your questions will actually be answered. Close enough that I’d call us a family, but not so close that we’re border lining on being a cult. I’ve even met some of the girls from my group in real life – they truly are a wonderful bunch.
Another group I recommend is Write Better, Blog Better: Writing Support For Bloggers. Having confidence in your writing is a huge step towards the right direction and other than my own group (I’ll stop with the shameless self-plugs soon I promise) I couldn’t think of a better place to get it from.
Do your research
Regular readers of my blog will know that throughout the years I’ve seen a couple of therapists. One lesson that I learnt from one of such sessions is that to squash your anxieties you need to play FBI detective against yourself. Is there any legitimate evidence to back up your fears of getting started?
No one will read my blog – ok but aren’t there like a million bajillion blogs why out of everyone will you be singled out as the only one not worth reading?
Keep going through your doubts in this way until you come to a more optimistic, or at the very least, rational point of view.
The paradox of it all
We’re friends now so I feel like I can be honest with you. Despite all this advice (pretty stellar advice at that might I add), there’s just one little catch. And that is the fact that it’s highly likely that you will never feel ready.
As a result of that lack of confidence or overwhelming fear most people just give up. But as you’re here reading this post, I know that won’t be you. So huddle in close and listen up.
There will always be something more you could change or one little part you’re unhappy with. It’s human nature. If you have an anxious brain like mine – there will be hundreds of things. The real challenge isn’t learning all this new information it’s being able to deal with the fact that every step of the way you will be learning and you have to get really comfortable with being uncomfortable. Be able to motivate yourself to learn new tools and be prepared for things to go wrong.
My last piece of advice to you is this – hit that publish button and see what happens. Then, as and when, make the changes you need to make it better and better each time. You will learn so much more from approaching your blog, and in fact life, from a point of just getting started and figuring it along the way than squandering all your dreams over unrealistic expectations.
Have you ever thought about starting a new blog? Or are you already a blogger – what tips would you give to a first time blogger?
Let me know in the comments!
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