I’ll be honest with you – blogging isn’t the easiest job in the world. If it was, we’d all have top rated blogs and be living a life of brand opportunities. If you’re really struggling to get things going, we’ve come up with 3 key issues that many bloggers face. Let’s get to the bottom of why you might be holding back and see what’s stopping you from turning that dream blog idea into a reality.
1. “I don’t have time.”
First of all, nurture that idea. Don’t let it disappear in the fog of everyday life – if you feel like you don’t have the time to write a fully fledged blog post just yet, write down the title or a list of themes, and at least you won’t forget to come back to it later.
Secondly, make time. If you set aside just half an hour every day, you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. Even if you just outline some ideas and doodle a picture of a cat. You tried, and when you’re just starting out, that’s all that matters. Even the world’s best bloggers have days when they can’t produce good content, but I bet they still sit at their desk with their laptop primed and ready. This isn’t about the ‘what’, but the ‘when’. And the ‘when’ should be now. Now. Go do it!
2. “I don’t know enough.”
Learn. These days, the internet is a fountain of knowledge. If you’re really interested in a topic and you want to know more, read a few reputable websites and maybe even a real life book! Your passion for the subject should let you soak up the information, and you’ll be catching up to the experts in no time.
If you’d like to start a blog about an activity such as sports or cooking, get involved. If you truly want to understand what you’re writing about, there’s nothing better than getting some firsthand experience. Find out where you can take part, grab a friend and go. If your friends are busy, go by yourself! You’re likely to learn a lot and who knows, you might meet some great people along the way!
3. “I’m not good enough.”
Be good enough. Put the effort in. Everyone had to start somewhere, and if you work hard, you can pick up the skills you need to make your blog the best it can be. You don’t have to start with the finished product, polished and brimming with juicy articles. You just have to start with one. So write it, post it, and gauge its response. Then write another, post it and so on and so on, until you’re years down the line, with a great reputation and brand opportunities coming out of your ears!
The key thing to remember here is that you’ll break down the mammoth task you see before you into bite-sized chunks; this might seem obvious, but blogging is a long-term investment. Eventually you’ll have built a blog of massive proportions, but until then, just do a little bit at a time.
While creating a blog isn’t effortless, it’s not the most difficult task either – you just have to know where to start. Don’t be put off by the ominous thought of a looming deadline and a blank page. If you’re writing for yourself, you’re your own boss, so calm down, make yourself a hot drink (or maybe a cold one) and get ready to write. Once you’ve got the ball rolling with the first few posts, a good routine and plenty of confidence should destroy that wall of hesitation.
“No blogger left behind.” – If you’re struggling to get things moving with your blog, get in touch with or tweet !