I think we all have fears that many of us can relate to. We’re scared of change and failure and that’s ok. We’re just human. It’s our natural instinct to want to keep things the way they are and not have people judging us or risk the thought of failing.
Well, let me tell you what. You may fail. Things will change.
You’re probably like “Yissel, that’s NOT what I want to hear”!
Hey, I get you BUT you will never know unless you take that leap of faith and start that blog!
I’ve always had a fear of trying new things. When I started my first blog, Adventures with Yis, my main fear was what other would think of me doing something like start a blog. PSSH! This chick, what does she think she’s doing? I did this as a hobby and never thought I wanted to make something out of this. I believe failure is the main burglar of happiness and success. You want to live your best life right?
Don’t get me wrong. I love my job in the mental health profession. I love working with kids but I quickly realized that I am not meant for the 8-5 life. I want to be my own boss, work on my terms, my own hours, in the comfort of my own igloo (yes, I like my living spaces ice cold).
Look, here is the real truth:
All these successful bloggers you hear and read about, they don’t start off with thousands of views and money raining down from above. Every blogger, and I mean EVERY BLOGGER starts from ZERO. Everyone starts off at the bottom and work their way up to where they are now.
I agree it’s easy to see these successful bloggers be living their best life. It can be discouraging when you’re just starting out and think, why bother?
Another thing is that people make excuses when it comes to starting a blog, or anything for that matter. Excuses are just a breeding ground for more excuses. You don’t want to keep putting starting a blog at the back burner.
Just remember that everyone starts from nothing and fear should be your drive in achieving your goal.
So, here are some things that you just got to come to terms with and some tips/strategies to help you make your journey in starting a blog a little less terrifying. I’m on this journey with you as well so let’s be terrified together 🙂
#1: Learn from your mistakes/failures
If we were all designed to do things perfectly, then how would we grow? That’s the whole point of making mistakes and failing. That’s how we are able to change and make things work in our favor to hopefully one day, succeed.
Trial and error is, surprisingly, our best friend.
You know, failing to maintain my first blog didn’t feel like a failure. Also starting that blog in wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org didn’t feel like a mistake either. I was purely doing it as a hobby because it bought so much joy to a difficult time in my life. But in the midst of all of that, it opened my eyes to what I really wanted: be my own BOSS.
It felt like I was dipping my toes into the water in what could be something amazing. The first blog is just a stepping stone to this blog. It has been my drive to make Simply Yis be a successful and hopefully potential money-making blog.
I took what I experienced my first time around:
- Using wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org
- Not going self-hosted
And turning that into a potential career for me.
I take these mistakes and failures as OPPORTUNITIES. Opportunities for IMPROVEMENT and GROWTH on what worked and what didn’t work for me.
#2: There’s no more room for me. There are too many bloggers already
Uh, who said there was a limited amount of space in the blogosphere? The internet is an infinite place and more than enough room for young and fresh creative minds. Yes, there are many bloggers out there but don’t that stop you from jumping in and starting your own blog.
These veteran bloggers that you read about have been doing this for years. They’ve built a community for themselves.
But something that I’ve noticed all across the blogosphere, whether you’re a big or small blogger, is that everyone is so UNITED and always encouraging others to achieve their goals. I’ve met some lovely, encouraging, and supportive bloggers who make being part of this community so worth it. No one tries to tear anyone down. There is only encouragement and growth. How beautiful is that?
We all have our individual spin on things and have our unique voices. Nobody can imitate you because there’s only one you and only you can do you! I’m sure there are people out there who will be excited to hear from you and breath in the knowledge that you possess.
#3: My family and friends are going to read it. I can’t start a blog!
Two words: WHO. CARES HONEY BUNS! Ok, that’s 4 words but you catch my drift.
Being a blogger means putting yourself out there and if you want to make this blogging gig to become a money-making machine then your family and friends are bound to see it at some point.
I was like this at first when I was publishing content on Adventures with Yis. I was scared out of my mind that my family and friends would see my blog and what they would think. I was afraid of the judgment and the things they would say behind my back.
But the more I continue to write on my blog, the happier I felt letting people see my content. I soon started to let my friends know when I was going to be publishing my next posts and most were really excited about it.
I understand that maybe our loved ones may see blogging as an unconventional job and they only want the best for us. They may not be so enthusiastic about the idea that your job is not sitting behind a desk 8 hours a day at an office. It does suck that we can’t please everyone and it hurts when the ones we love and want to make proud are not 100% on board. And that’s ok, we can’t get everyone support and approval. Blogging takes time and you’ll soon see those results with hard work and dedication.
#4: No one is going to read my blog
I’ll be straight up. At first, yes, not many people will read your blog. I’m not saying no one will read your blog but it is difficult to get noticed at first. I mean if you sit there and not do anything, yeah, the readers won’t come.
As I said, blogging takes a lot of time. You need to promote your content on social media, network with other bloggers (preferably ones who are doing well and gaining a lot of traffic to their blog).
Honestly, you just have to dedicate your time if writing QUALITY content and the right people will come. Those who genuinely support you and want to read what you have to say are the ones you want to write to.
#5: I still haven’t learned everything to start my blog!
I believe even the most experienced blogger still may have room for improvement.
The blogging community is ever-changing and growing, so of course, we will not know every single thing there is to know about blogging but learning the basics (self-hosting, themes, SEO, etc.) is a good stepping stone to continue to learn and grow your blog.
If you’re pretty indecisive on where to start, reach out and ask around to other well-established bloggers. I’m sure they’ll give you some wonderful tips to get you started on your blogging journey.
#6: Will I ever stop being scared?
Simple answer, no. Having to put yourself out there, especially if you’re an introvert like me, it’s terrifying.
In the end, the fear will always be around. Right now, the fear is starting a blog. Once you get over that, your new fear is to share your content with others. Might as well embrace the fear and let it be your DRIVING FORCE to get to where you want to be.
The blogging journey is scary because you just don’t know what’s in store for you. But you just have to remain positive and work that booty off and things will pay off. This brings me to my last point…
#7: You don’t believe you’re good enough
Yeah with that attitude you won’t be sweet cheeks!
It’s so easy for us to bring ourselves down and think I can never be like them. It’s so much work. If you’re trying to be like someone else, then you’ll burn out real quick.
As cheesy as it sounds, you just got to believe in yourself. Envision yourself having that massive audience, creating quality content left and right, living the life with no limit and on your terms.
We are all a work in progress and you just have to give yourself that chance to make something of yourself.
Believe me, while writing this blog I’m still thinking man, what am I doing? Who gonna want to read from lil ol’ me? I’m telling ya, it’s hard being optimistic but being a negative Nancy is gonna get you nowhere.
It’s all about staying COMMITTED and honestly, once them dollar signs start rolling in, there’s no limit as to how far you can go. Enjoy the journey. Once you get to where you want to be, you can look back and be like WOW, look how far I’ve come. It will be such a unique and beautiful journey. Just gotta keep putting one foot in front of the other.
The beloved and wise Bob Ross once said
“As long as you’re learning, you’re not failing.” -Bob Ross
If you believe you can then it will happen.
So, why do you want to start a blog?
I’ll tell you what my motivation is to start this blog, FINANCIAL FREEDOM, and TIME!
Being able to take control of how much money you make and knowing that you will be able to break out of that “9-5” norm and work the hours you want.
Another thing is spreading the KNOWLEDGE that I have to those who want to be in my shoes. For those who want to not worry about living paycheck to paycheck, living on your own terms, and wondering what the future will look like.
I mean sure it is a risk being your own boss but imagine being a boss…in your jammy jams. That’s the life I strive to achieve lol that will be my final form.
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