I know that you’re probably thinking this: “That’s ridiculous! How would I EVER stand out with that much competition? Why bother even trying...”
But guess what? If everyone thought that, then no one would have tried! And believe me, there are a lot of people who are popular bloggers and even make a significant amount of money doing it. So if you have been wanting to start you own blog but you keep talking yourself out of it, you need to keep reading. I am going to discuss 7 mental obstacles that you probably have to blogging....and why you should overcome them.
1. I’m not an expert at anything.
Expertise is a relative thing! I am an expert in communication because I have a Ph.D. in it. However, I am NOT an expert in cooking! But YOU might be! It doesn’t matter that you aren’t the chef of a fancy restaurant. If you love cooking, make gourmet meals for your family, then why not write about it? After all, that’s what happened with Julie Powell, the main character in the movie Julie & Julia. She just blogged about what she loved, and it later became a movie! So you just never know where blogging may lead.
2. I am not a good writer.
Do you really think that all of those 159,000,000 bloggers are expert writers? I think not. Most of them are just normal, everyday people who like to write. But that doesn’t mean you need a Ph.D. in writing to start a blog. There are a lot of good sources for improving your writing, such as GrammarBook.com. This is not to say that you should be sloppy because that will not do any good for your reputation. But it does mean that you should at least proofread your blog entries, which is not a big deal. You might even want to have a friend or family member read it for you too, so you can get a second opinion about your writing. Then you can make any necessary changes before you publish each entry.
3. All the other bloggers are better than me.
Really? There is no possible way that is true. There are plenty of bloggers out there who can barely write. Trust me, I’ve read them. I’m sure all of those 159,000,000 bloggers are NOT better than you. You have a lot to say! You have passion! Don’t let self-doubt stand in the way of you getting started on writing. Just get started.
4. I’ll never be able to write for the popular sites.
That’s what I thought too! It was less than 2 years ago that I even started my own blog. And then only one year later, I was writing for the Huffington Post! You might wonder how that happened. Well, I just started applying to write for some popular motivational websites. And luckily, my articles were popular enough and started being shared on social media hundreds of thousands of times. So then I contacted The Huffington Post and asked if I could write for them too. They said yes...and the rest is history. If I can do it, you can too!
5. I have no idea how to start a website because I’m a technological idiot.
I am the biggest technological idiot you will ever meet! And if I can figure it out, you can. Websites such as Weebly.com or Wix.com are very user-friendly. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but once I did, it was so easy to use. All you have to do is buy your domain name, create a website, and publish your first blog. If you are still nervous about whether or not you can do it, there are plenty of cost-efficient website designers who can help you.
6. I can’t make any money doing it, so why bother?
That is definitely NOT true! There are plenty of people out there who make a lot of money blogging. Click here to see a list of the top 10 richest bloggers in the world and you will see what I’m talking about. But of course, when you publish your first blog, no one will be reading. That’s why some of the richest bloggers started off doing guest posts on other websites. Once they made their mark, the readers wanted to keep following them. Then they built a mailing list so they could keep “talking” to their audience on a regular basis. You can do that, too. And eventually, once you create a trustworthy relationship with your audience, they will buy any products or services that you want to sell.
7. My family and friends thinks it’s a waste of time.
We’ve all heard of the “starving artist” and the “starving writer.” Your parents are probably saying, “That will never make you any money!” They only say that because they don’t know how the world of blogging works. We are all skeptical of the things we don’t know - it’s natural. But don’t let their doubts stop you. After all, it’s YOUR life! Do what makes YOU happy!
I hope I have showed you that the negative thoughts you have about blogging are nothing but mental obstacles. You can overcome them, because most of them are not even valid. There are many resources you can turn to start a blog online. So don’t give up! Remove those mental blocks and get started writing NOW!