Starting a blog takes more than a decision to start one. It also takes the right mindset.
Our minds play tricks on us through fear and doubt.
If you find yourself having trouble actually starting your blog after making the decision to be a blogger, or you find yourself thinking about giving up after a few blog posts, you are not alone.
Way back in 2009, I researched blogging, bought my domain, set up my blog, wrote my first post and then… Nothing. I let my mind get the best of me, never hitting “publish” on my first post!
Below are 3 common blogging myths that your mind may be whispering in the background. Even worse, you may have read these myths as facts put out by experts when you researched how to start a blog.
Learn to change your mindset so you can confidently hit “publish” on your first post.
How to Change Your Mindset
A common and effective way to change your mindset is to hire a life coach. If investing in coaching is a viable option for you, go for it!
However, if you need an effective, but less expensive alternative, books are a great option. So as we take a look at 3 blogging myths that may be holding you back from starting your blog, we’ll also take a quick peek at a book you can read to overcome that myth.
Myth 1: There’s Already a Blog with The Same Idea As Mine
This is probably one of the most prevalent blogging myths out there! This is the myth that did me in back in ‘09. Many would-be bloggers stop right in their tracks as soon as search results bring up a blog that seems to be exactly what they’re thinking.
Don’t be discouraged.
It's not necessary to have an idea the world has never seen before. If you wait for an idea that is 100% original, you are setting yourself up for failure. The key is to make the idea your own.
No one, but you, can write about your chosen blog topic from your same perspective. You’re made up of a unique combination of knowledge, life experiences, and personality traits. This unique combination gives you your unique perspective, and that perspective will make your blog different. Yes, even if it is on a topic that someone else is blogging about too.
Focus on being “you” and give yourself the time to discover what it means to be “you” in a blog format.
At first, you may feel like you sound similar to another blog. You probably won’t sound all that different at first. We often learn through imitation (imitation is not, however, blatant copying, do be careful not to copy), and blogging will be a new skill you are learning.
Book to Help You Overcome Myth 1: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic is a book that will encourage you to set your creativity free. The book does a great job of “giving you permission” to start any creative endeavor you want to -- no degrees or special titles necessary.
Furthermore, Gilbert does a great job of helping you overcome the fear of getting started. The way she describes what happens to our ideas when we turn our backs on them, will have you running to start working on your idea right away.
She also emphasizes Authenticity over Originality as a way to help you overcome that nagging myth that you cannot proceed because someone else has already “done” your idea.
Myth 2: It’s Too Late to Start a Blog, the Blogosphere is Saturated
“Gurus” and “experts” out on the Internet perpetuate this myth. As time goes on, a space (like blogging) matures and evolves. The experience of jumping into that space today may be different than in the early days, but it doesn’t mean it was necessarily better back then.
There is no right time to start, but there is no better time than now. Blogging is going to continue to grow, and if starting a blog is something you would like to do, go for it! Shift your mindset to one of abundance and you’ll realize there is still plenty of room for everyone.
Book to Help You Overcome Myth 2: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks
The Big Leap will help you change your mindset so that you can achieve your full potential.
Hendricks reminds you that you will never know unless you try. He also recommends that we work in our Zone of Genius, by which he means doing work that you are the best in the world at.
Many people decide to start a blog in a narrow niche, and for that reason, you very well could be the best in the world. Take a big leap and start your blog,this myth is really just a self-limiting belief.
Myth 3: I’m Not a Writer, I’m Not Qualified
No one is more qualified to share your perspective and experiences with the world than you.
Remember that someone is never going to come up to you, and deem you qualified to go after your dreams and desires.
If your concern is the writing part, there’s good news. Blogging is about education and entertaining more than it is about writing. The education and entertainment will come from your unique perspective on your blog topic.
Of course this will take time, but you can get there if you just start. Blogging is actually about many things, which you can learn along the way. It’s okay to learn as you go. As they say, it is much easier to steer a moving vehicle. “Doing” builds expertise. All the research in the world cannot compare with actually “doing”.
Book to Help You Overcome Myth 3: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
Sincero encourages you to forget about what other people think about you. She also encourages you to decide what you want without agonizing over how you will achieve what you want. Most directly related to Myth 3, she reminds us that when we say we are unqualified to do something, we are actually saying that we are afraid to try it.
Start Your Blog
There’s a lot that goes into blogging, and if you change your mind about wanting to start a blog after you have given it your best, solid, sustained effort, then that would be okay.
You’ll see that there is more to blogging than writing, and you may feel intimidated by everything involved, but remember you are learning a new skill. You may find that you enjoy much of what goes into blogging once you get the hang of it.
One thing is for sure, you will never find out unless you start. The main difference between me in 2009 and present day me is that I’ve been reading to work on my mindset. I had no idea there were so many books out there that could help. Because of the books, I’m now “doing”.
Find ways, like the books above, to help you change your mindset and eliminate fear so you can set yourself free to try something new and finally start your blog.The mindset is all you, for everything else there will be helpful tips and courses from fellow bloggers when the time comes.
About the author
Nadia Bajuelo and her husband Jon sold their house, and without ever having camped before, moved into an RV full-time. They have commited to live the life they’ve dreamed of. Right now, that means exploring the digital nomad life with their two pups across the United States. Together they are exploring more creative pursuits than their corporate 9-5 jobs allowed.
Nadia does most of the blogging over on their website, RoamingRemodelers.com, and Jon does much of the vlogging on their Youtube channel. You can also follow them on Instagram. Across these sites they are sharing their journey, RV travel tips, and learnings on all the digital nomad skills they are refining like blogging, vlogging, and photography.