It’s 2:00 am. You have dedicated your heart and soul into this post. Sleep is out of the question because you are feeling inspired by the content you are talking about. After you’ve completed your masterpiece, you go to sleep feeling nervous but excited and determined all at the same time about your upcoming post going live.
Morning hits and you turn on your computer, access your blog, and POST. You are feeling pretty good about it. You’re also feeling nervous, but overall good. It’s day three since the post has been live and no one has noticed it. The purpose you felt so strongly about is now, slowly but surely, slipping away.
I want to share with you two of my fears as a new blogger and ways to overcome them. Now, I am no expert, but I hope you’ll come out of this realizing you are not alone in those feelings.
Fear No. 1 – No one cares about my content.
Reality: Many have not seen it yet! It is so true. If you are a new blogger, I’m sure you’re familiar with SEO. You can’t exactly study SEO in one day and rank the next. It takes time and so much patience to pop up into search engines. Don’t feel that your content is not worth writing about. There is always someone interested in what you have got to say, you just haven’t found them yet.
Possible solutions: Join blogger support groups in forums or Facebook to help get your content out there. Advertise on social media and utilize hashtags. Engage in other blogger’s posts to bring some attention to yourself as well as create possible supportive friendships.
Fear No. 2 – My friends are not supportive.
Reality: Just because you go off on this venture and announce it to your friends, it does not mean they will be your biggest fans. There could be so many reasons for this but here are just four possible reasons:
- Quite frankly, they might not be interested in the content you are putting out. Don’t be offended. Everyone has different taste and you might even find that if they begin blogging one day, you feel the same way about their work.
- They are busy! I don’t know about you, but being a mom, a lot of my friends are also mothers with lives full of little ones. Just because you are consumed with blogging, that doesn’t mean they are consumed with reading your blog.
- They don’t know how to support you. This is very true for so many. Many times, friends and family don’t know how to support you. Simple solution for this? Talk to them! Ask them to share, or engage in your posts. Maybe you need encouraging text messages now and then or a pep talk once a week. Be sincere and clear that you want their support and how.
- They probably don’t even realize you’ve put content out! Yes, this happens! In this busy world, there is so much content already being thrown at your friends and family. Don’t let yours get lost in the mix by contacting them when you have new content up. By doing this, you also show your friends and family that their input and support means a lot to you.
Look, in a world of flying pigs and unicorns, everyone would support everyone and know just the right way to do it. This is not that world. Don’t feel entitled to support from your friends and family and cause that to create a bitterness in your heart! If you really want their support, reach out to them. A blogger friend of mine suggested that when I was feeling discouraged and she couldn’t have been more correct. (Thank you!)
When my mind is feeling clouded by all of my doubts, I try and remind myself why I am doing this. In everything we do, I believe it’s important to lay out your reasons for doing them. That is why I created a simple PDF printable just for you. Use this printable to lay down the reasons you are doing what you are doing. Once you’ve completed it, put it somewhere visible. When you start having doubts again, read it out loud to yourself!
Lastly, I cannot emphasize this enough, but don’t forget to take time away from the computer to get some fresh air, love on your loved ones, and fill your cup. There’s no other therapy like getting hugs from my daughter and encouragement from my husband.
With so much love,
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Now, I want to share an inspirational video that helped me get out of bed last week. I hope it can pour some inspiration into your life.
Dream – Motivational Video