You’re thinking about starting a blog. Every time you weigh the pros and cons, you come up with any number of reasons why you shouldn’t start/won’t be successful.
- It’s going to be expensive.
- I’m so busy with the kids, I’m not going to have time
- I don’t know anything about blogging and don’t know how to set one up or where to start.
- I’m not techy. How can I create a blog?
- It’s going to be too hard. It’s going to be a lot of work.
- The niche I love is already saturated with other bloggers. Is there any room for my voice?
- I’m going to be putting myself out there to the entire WORLD! That’s scary.
- I’ll make a mistake.
- I’m going to be doing this all on my own.
All of your concerns are valid. You probably have other concerns that I haven’t even thought about. That’s okay. I had many of the same concerns and then some. I looked at all the successful bloggers out there and wondered how in the world I could possibly compare? Then I realized, I can’t. I can only be me and share my story. I haven’t lived theirs. Not everyone is going to like what I have to say and that’s okay too.
I think we all have a story to share with the world. If I can do this, you can too! So let’s look at some of these fears and see if we can push them to the side. The world needs to hear from you!
Blogging Does Not Have to be Expensive to Start
Your greatest asset you have is your story and your knowledge. Outside of that, the main tools that you need to get yourself going are your website, domain name, and hosting platform. If you want to eventually be a business, I cannot recommend enough to be self-hosted. Self-hosting allows you so much greater freedom and flexibility as you turn your blog into a business. If you’re not sure that you want to make that kind of commitment yet, consider starting on Blogger, or WordPress.com, or even this site which allows you to set up two websites for free. You can then take the time to decide whether you want to turn your blog into a business and move to self-hosting later.
You’re Not Going to Have Enough Time
This can always be a reason not to start something. Life is busy. You have your family to take care of, you’re working full time (whether at home or at an office). I get it, we all have obligations. We’re all running on a full tilt. Sometimes I can’t even remember what day it is. I feel like if I add one more thing, I’ll lose my mind. I understand where you’re coming from. Really, I do. As a single mom of two very active little people, I’m on the go from the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night.
But then I think, I love doing this. I love to help people. Maybe what I write can help just one person. Isn’t staying up an extra hour or two is worth giving yourself a chance?
You Don’t Know Where to Start
When I started blogging just under a year ago, I had no clue where to begin or how to start. I knew nothing about WordPress and didn’t have a clue about what it meant to be self-hosted. It was like learning a foreign language.
I came across this program which was actually really great It taught me most of what I know about the technical side of setting up a blog. Any question I had about an issue with my site, I could ask and the support was amazing. I somehow managed to lock myself out of my site with a bad plugin, and they had me back up and running in less than twenty minutes (including the time it took me to write the support ticket). While this was great (and I still use them anytime I have a technical issue), their training is more geared towards affiliate marketing and less from blogging.
Over the last year, I feel like I’ve read everything on the internet related to blogging. I’ve taken online courses and webinars and some have been really great for me, while others…not so much. I strongly recommend that you find something that works for you. Read as much as you can. What works for me, may not work for you.
A Little Help to Start
My latest adventure will be an upcoming course that I’m super excited about. Elite Blog Academy 3.0 by Ruth Soukup. As I was trying to get my blog going, I came across her book, How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. It was great! I learned so much from those pages, and my blog has definitely improved. If you were able to find this article today, it was in part based on her recommendations. I haven’t implemented everything yet, but I’m already starting to see results. I’ve kept up with her and the free training she offers are awesome. You can see for yourself.
- Blog Structure Blueprint
- 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight (ebook)
- Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers
If you try them, please let me know what you think. They’ve helped me tremendously so I hope they work for you. If you want to know the other tools I use to keep my blog going, you can download them here.
I’m Not Techy, How Can I Create a Blog?
When I started blogging, I didn’t have a clue about anything related to WordPress. I didn’t know anything about hosting a website, themes, or anything else. This by itself nearly made me give up. The thought of creating a website that someone could navigate, much less content someone wanted to read was overwhelming.
Luckily, there are literally hundreds of thousands of resources (many inexpensive or free) that will help you to get up and running. I’ve read countless books, whitepapers, and training material on getting things up and running. Some of my favorites that I used just starting out you can read more about here.
I’m the person who gets my 7-year old to help with her smartphone, so if I can do it, you absolutely can.
It’s Going to Be Hard Work
This is actually true. Blogging is very hard work. Between creating your site, creating content, and continually coming up with new ideas among other things, blogging is a lot of work. As you start out on your new adventure, be warned that you’re going to have to be ready to roll up your sleeves. Its going to be hard work, but if you love you do, it’s so worth it.
Your Niche Already Has Enough Bloggers
Every niche has thousands of successful bloggers. But none of them share your unique story. They are not able to contribute the same experience and knowledge that you bring. So please share your special story. There are people out there who need to hear it!
Sharing With the World is Scary
The answer to this is yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt. It’s terrifying. I’m not sure that it ever completely goes away. I still find myself closing my eyes when I press the “Publish” button.
- What will people say? Will they hate it?
- Will anyone read it?
- Did I say something dumb?
Even with all of that, I love what I do more than I’m scared of falling on my face. I know that every post won’t be successful, but I’ll keep going (and hope you’ll forgive me if I say something dumb).
You’re Going to Make Mistakes
When I started blogging, I was all over the place. I had a million ideas of what I wanted my blog to be about and I tried to implement them all…at the same time. I’d purchase a domain, write for a little while, run out of steam, and then try something else. It took me 6 months or so of trial and error before I really found a topic that I love and could truly write about “forever”. Fortunately, the internet is a very forgiving place. So don’t think you have to have everything figured out up front. If you do, that’s great! If not, don’t worry, you’ll get there.
You’ll Be Blogging on An Island
No, no, and no. The one thing that I’ve found is that you don’t have to (and shouldn’t) go this blogging thing alone. I made that mistake. For the first six months of my blog, I would write and publish posts and figured that people would eventually find me. While I did get a trickle of traffic, it was nothing compared to when I started putting myself out there.
I started trying to establish friendships with other people in the online world because, for me, blogging had become a very lonely place. A wonderful thing began to happen. Other people were genuinely interested in what I was doing and wanted to help. We began sharing our projects and each other’s posts. I was not only able to make some new friends, but a side benefit was that it helped my blog!
So there you have it. No excuses for not starting a blog. I’m not special. I don’t have any special talents and skills that you don’t. Just me. I just decided to take a chance. If I can do it, you can do it. There’s enough room for everyone. The world needs to hear from you.