Have you ever wanted to start your own blog, but you didn’t think you had the confidence to put yourself out there? Sharing your own personal journey with strangers can be a scary feeling, and with so many great blogs out there of every topic, it’s hard to know where you could fit in.
When I decided to start my blog, it had already been a long time coming. I was working a job that I hated and spending my evenings venting and dreading the next day. I lived for the weekends just so I could enjoy my interests without that stress. But as I got more and more stressed, it opened the door for negative self-talk, and a lack of confidence and emotional energy to invest and tend to myself. Let’s just say that I was well overdue for a genuine creative outlet.
So I stopped playing “What if”, made the decision to start, and started on my research. I ran into the holy grail of tutorials by WPBeginner that really helped me get set-up to start, even though I had no idea where to begin! Take a look for yourself at the step-by-step process.
What to start a blog? Let go of your excuses!
Write About YOU
What interests you? What are your passions? Life-changing epiphanies? Say yes to those light-bulb moments! This should be a space where you can freely express yourself, without worrying about what others may be saying or doing. Those will always just be distractions to your true purpose, and ultimately contribute to a negative mindset that will hinder your progress.
Don’t Worry About Your “Credibility”
Your authenticity will translate to your audience if you’re genuine. Don’t try to emulate other bloggers! Even if you think there may be too many bloggers already talking about the same topics, remember that your story is unique to YOU. No one has the same personality and experiences as you, and no one can express them like you can!
Let Go Of Your Envy!
I can’t harp on this enough! The more time and mental energy you spend on wishing your blog looked like someone else’s, the less actual time you spend on making it uniquely yours. You lose out on your own authentic ideas and the pride that comes with being in control of your creativity. Luckily we live in the age of in the internet, which is FULL of information and resources. Whatever you don’t know, Google it!
Use other blogs as a learning tool, not to copy. This is YOUR story!
When You Think You Can’t…You Won’t
Let go of those negative thoughts! Thinking that you’re incapable will only feed into a toxic mental environment that will make it less likely for you to take that chance. Stop standing in your own way and knock down those barriers of fear your mind has created. What’s the worst that could happen? Nothing could be worse than not making the attempt and seeing what could come from it. Don’t short-change yourself and your potential!
Taking the plunge can be hard, I get it. I struggled with my own irrational thoughts and fears, that got me absolutely no where. I still had not started and another year had passed and I had wasted even more time. But pushing past those fears and seeing others inspired by my work got my momentum going, and increased my confidence. It taught me that there were more consequences to not doing something I desired, and I was worth seeing where this blog would take me. And you are worth taking the chance to see where your passions take you!
Now stop stressing and START YOUR BLOG TODAY! Share your links below!
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