Fear is a common emotion that many people experience. It makes us reluctant to try new things and wary of acting upon our creative ideas.
Starting a new blog or business can come with a lot of anxiety and fear. However, it is important that you don’t let your fears take over and prevent you from prospering.
Guest blog post by Kristie of AdventuresWithKris.com
4 doubts that could stop you from starting a blog
Let’s discuss some of the questions you may be asking yourself due to fear!
1. Am I Qualified Enough?
You don’t have to be an English scholar to be a blogger. As long as you have basic writing and spelling skills, you are qualified.
One thing about blogging is that you don’t need to write professionally if you don’t want to. Every blogger writes differently. Some write with a professional tone, some with a semi-professional tone, and others with a very casual conversational tone. The decision is up to you.
After all, you are the blogger, and you call the shots.
2. What Will Others Think About my Blog?”
This is one insecurity that many people have. We tend to worry and focus on what others think instead of focusing on the more important things in life.
Learn to worry more about the content you are putting out, and how it makes you feel. That is more important!
There will always be people who don’t like or approve of your content. However, there will also be people who love your content. It works both ways; we can’t please everyone in this world.
My rule of thumb: Only post content that you are 100% comfortable and satisfied with. If you can stand by your work/content, then you have nothing to worry about. This was something I realized when I first started my blog.
3. Will I be Able to Maintain a Blog with my Lifestyle?
We are all very busy, but we make time for what matters to us. If blogging is something you are passionate and serious about, then you will make the time to do it.
You don’t have to write a new post every day if you don’t want to. Ultimately, you decide how many posts you will release per week. Make yourself a structured schedule and try to stick with it. Think about your life and daily routines and see what works best.
Word of Advice: Stay consistent! Even if you don’t have a set weekly schedule, don’t let months pass by before you post again. Consistency is a big factor for growth. If you stay consistent, you have a better chance of getting more traffic to your site.
4. Who Will Visit My Blog? How Do I Get Readers?
Everyone starts from the bottom. Your site and traffic will grow, but it takes time. Do not expect it to happen overnight.
Some of the best ways to get readers to your site are to:
- Stay consistent-post new content on a regular schedule.
- Utilize social media - let your followers, friends, and family know that you have started a blog. Ask them to check it out and share your posts!
Also, take the time to share your posts on social media. You never know who may find the link and be interested to read. Pinterest is also a good way to drive traffic to your blog.
- Use quality images - there’s something about a high-resolution image that attracts readers. People love good, clear images and they are more likely to pay attention to your blog if you include them in your posts. Make sure all the pictures you use are good quality. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a fancy camera; your smartphone can work just fine!
I hope I was able to answer some of the questions about blogging.
Although these are valid questions, remember that you are asking them because of fear. We shouldn’t let fear stop us from doing what our heart desires.
If blogging is something you really want to do, then do it! Be confident in yourself and your ability to maintain a blog.
Once you start, you won’t regret it! I know I don’t!
About the author
Kristie is the owner and content creator of www.adventureswithkris.com. AdventuresWithKris is a platform where she showcases her interests through travelling, music, film/TV, food, etc. She is in her last year at University of Maryland where she is studying Theatre and Broadcast Journalism. To learn about Kristie's latest adventures, feel free to visit her site. You can also connect with her via social media: Kristie is on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.