Do you have a fear of blogging? Maybe you already have a blog and you are stuck in the fear zone or maybe you haven’t had the courage to start one yet. You might not realize it but having a fear of blogging is real and it affects a lot of bloggers out there. Today we discuss what types of fear you may experience and what you can to overcome it and become the blogger you are meant to be.
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Deadly Fear of Blogging – Being Unsuccessful
A lot of highly successful bloggers will tell you that they have faced this fear at some point in their blogging career. You put hours into creating the perfect content and you just don’t know if you are good enough or how you compare to other bloggers out there. Starting out with the idea of being a full-time blogger can be very exciting but deep down, in your gut, you just don’t know if you will attract the sort of traffic and readers that will make you successful. This fear holds you back from truly putting your best work into your blog.
Ask yourself, if no one reads my blog articles is it the end of the word? If I don’t make a sale in my first three months will anyone know? Starting out blogging is a journey only you will go on. People will either connect with your writing or they won’t. If you receive a negative comment does it really change your life? Look at the bright side, someone read what you wrote and took time out of their day to comment.
As a new blogger, it’s your job to figure out what your niche readers are looking for, what problem they want to be solved. It’s a trial and error business. Your confidence will increase as time goes by, so don’t let fear of being unsuccessful halt your progress. Write, publish and don’t look back. Repeat! Don’t get into the rut of not publishing because it’s not good enough in your opinion. Publish it anyway because it means regular routine publishing on your blog and you can always edit and update later.
Deadly Fear of Blogging – Social Anxiety
A large part of being a successful blogger is being active on social media promoting your brand. In addition, you have to reach out to other influencers in your field and network. This is enough to cause anxiety to anyone who has never done it. I must admit that this was one of my big fears I faced early in my blogging career. Approaching other bloggers in my niche was a terrifying idea. I feared that they would judge and reject me. It was only much later that I realized that they can only say, No, That’s it! Don’t let the word ‘NO’ hold you back from reaching out. Do not let fear hold you, prisoner.
Reading about how successful bloggers network and promote their brands on social media can be intimidating so start small. You don’t have to be like them right away. Carve out your own journey. Choose one social media platform to promote your blog and schedule posts a week at a time. When you are comfortable with this maybe introduce a second social media channel. Next, choose one or two influencers in your niche and follow them on all their social media accounts. Make a point of leaving a genuine comment on one of their blog posts for a few weeks in a row. Don’t ask for anything in return. Congratulations, you’ve just connected and networked. Keep doing this and over time it will start paying off. Don’t make it bigger than it is.
Deadly Fear of Blogging – Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is if you feel you are a fake and you don’t really belong. You keep reading other blogs within your niche and you convince yourself that you are just not good enough and that you are really just a fraud. Here’s the thing, every blogger on the planet started off not know a thing about blogging. They started just like you. They learnt along the way and they figured out what worked and what didn’t.
Do any of the following statements apply to you?
- I can’t write.
- I can’t design a website/blog.
- I don’t know how WordPress works.
- I don’t know how affiliate marketing works.
- I don’t know how to monetize my blog.
- I can’t create a pin for my blog articles.
- I don’t know how to set up an email opt-in for my blog.
I’m sure there is something on this list you cannot do or not really good at but it doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t be an excuse. It’s the fear in your head that uses these negative statements ‘I Can’t’ to stop you from breaking through that barrier.
Start doing what you already know and schedule the time to learn the other stuff. Don’t be too hard on yourself either. If it takes a few months to learn to write properly then so be it. Oh, and by the way, your writing voice will develop the more you do it. I suggest Grammarly to help with your grammar and spelling. The thing is that the more you do something the better you will get. Pinterest is full of articles helping bloggers do stuff.
Call to Action – Break the Fear
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if you have a blog then draw up an action plan to work on it every day with a healthy publishing schedule. Don’t be afraid to push the publish button.
Fear of blogging can be crippling and a total waste of your time. Remember that fear is not real and it lives in your head. Spend time creating your persona and brand. No blogger is like you or will ever be like you. People will buy into your personality and authenticity so give them that. Think of it this way, right now you are reading my blog post that I created. I have a 50% chance of you either liking it or not. That’s it! If you don’t like it you would have stopped reading ages ago and the fact that you are still reading this now means that you probably like it. Either way, I cannot keep myself up at night worrying about it because it will cripple me. Instead, spend your time thinking about how you can further help those that do show an interest in your blog.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how fear of blogging has affected you.