Blogging has many challenges. It can be a lonely business, and it can feel like you’re getting nowhere while all these other bloggers have it figured out. I quit blogging for a year because I was so discouraged by how much I needed to do to catch up with other bloggers. Despite enjoying the niche I was writing in, I couldn’t come up with content. It seemed everyone else was so far ahead of me, and I would never reach where other bloggers were. I figured I just wasn’t any good at blogging. I couldn’t embrace beginning, so I gave up.
But blogging was a siren song that continued to call me. I finally started this blog, but then I set it aside for two months when all the doubts from before crept back in.
What if I’m not good enough?
How will I ever have as much content as this other blogger?
Can I even make money on this blog?
Make The Decision To Start
The truth is that I didn’t have an epiphany moment. I didn’t suddenly know I was going to be good at blogging or make money at it.
I still don’t know that.
But one day, I woke up and made a decision just to write and post something every week. I told myself that it didn’t matter if I had no idea what niche I was writing in, or if I could ever make money blogging (of course, I certainly hope I can!). All that mattered was that I enjoyed blogging and wanted to spend time doing it.
I took the pressure off myself of being perfect, and I stopped comparing my blog to seasoned blogs.
Choosing to embrace beginning was the best mindset shift I ever had.
Knowing that your goal is just to keep moving forward, to keep writing and posting, relieves you from the pressure of trying to be farther along than you are.
Being a beginner means that there is a world of possibility open for your blog. Even if you haven’t nailed down your niche or target audience yet, that just means you get to experiment. You can see what you enjoy writing about and get feedback from others about what they found valuable.
Blogging is not an easy way to make money online. All bloggers have ups and downs on their blogging journey, and they didn’t get where they’re at overnight. I encourage you to read about other bloggers’ fears and their thoughts on giving up so you can see you’re not alone.
Embrace beginning as a blogger because beginnings are full of wonder. View your beginning as a blogger like a young child–find the wonder and joy in the new experience. Creativity is often born of wonder and joy, and creativity is the backbone of your business.
Enjoy The Process
You started a blog because you enjoy writing and helping others, right? Keep that in mind whenever you feel you’re not as good as other bloggers or you’re feeling overwhelmed that you don’t have as much content as someone else. You’re doing this first and foremost because you decided you wanted a job that you were passionate about. Remember that passion when you start to compare yourself to other bloggers. They might have more content than you, or you might feel they are better writers, or whatever, but only you can create content in your voice and from your perspective.
But if you want to continue to love what you do, you have to embrace the stage that you are at. If you’re just beginning, you have to embrace that your goal is to keep creating content and to find your audience. Those are the goals that will allow you to make money from your blog business eventually. You can’t start from scratch as a blogger and expect to have several years worth of content, a huge following, and a $10,000 a month income. (Though all of those are fantastic goals!)
Instead, realize that everyone started with nothing. If these other bloggers have built successful businesses, then you can too. You just have to embrace the stage you’re in. Enjoy the pleasure of creating new content and the thrill (maybe terror?) of sharing your content to find an audience.
There will be many stages of your blogging business. Like with any area of life, it’s important to be present where you are and enjoy the process of being a beginner. There are endless possibilities for your blog at this stage. Who knows where your blogging journey will take you!
Do you have any great tips for beginner bloggers?