Feelings of doubt, fear and anxiety when starting anything is normal human emotion. It’s no different when starting a blog. In this article, you will learn how to overcome your fear of blogging.
Can you relate to any of the fears I had?
- Haters and trolls saying crazy things about me (it has happened plenty of times)
- Not being good enough
- Starting down the wrong path and having to start over from scratch
- Choosing the wrong website design and blog name
- People thinking less of me for talking about “how to make money online” through blogging
- Most of all: Fear of putting myself out there and exposing who I am to the world.
- People knowing how much money I make
- Friends and family looking down and talking on me
- Not being skilled enough to compete with the so-called marketing experts
That’s a lot of fears…
To be honest, everyone feels some or most of these fears when starting out.
Very few people start a blog without certain doubt, fears and limiting beliefs. Doubting yourself is as much a part of being human as breathing and brushing your teeth.
You never arrive, there is never a good time and you will never feel 100% ready.
Remember that blog you engage with started at from nothing. Everyone has to build their blog and community from the ground up.
It’s easy to look at the vets in the game and feel discouraged and as if “You’ll never get there!”
Just remember that they started from nothing to and Google at your fingertips you have even more tools than they did!
Below are few of the best strategies I have found to overcome my fears.
How to Overcome Your Fear of Blogging
- Accept that fear is part of human emotion.
Many people never get started because they don’t want to be seen starting from the bottom. People fail to understand that in order to be successful, you can’t be afraid to fail.
Let your fear motivate you. Having fears can be a good thing when handled correctly.
Fear of losing your car keeps you paying the bill. Fear of getting diabetes keeps me from consuming too much sugar.
Embrace the fact that fear can actually be a good thing. The goal in life is to learn how to channel your fear and allow it to produce epic results.
Aim to learn how to deal with fear in a positive and productive way.
Confidence is nothing more than believing in yourself. Even when unsure a confident person presses forward anyway.
Never take a Loss. Only learn a lesson.
Checkout this strategy…
- Frame all failures as L’s – “learning lessons”
The struggle is what I talk about it every chance I get. My failures and the times I’ve fallen short is what helped shape and build my character.
I knew what giving up looked like. I wanted to see what would happen if I didn’t quit!
Taking losses is the cost of doing business. Dust yourself off and make your next move your best move.
Not once have I regretted my past failures. Every loss was an opportunity to learn and grow.
If your first blog does not succeed, guess what… so what. Look at how much more knowledgeable you are now.
As you continue to learn and grow, you will continue to get better and better.
Everything happens for a reason. Learn from it.
- Write out what will happen to you if you do fail.
The author Tim Ferriss, can be credited for this activity. Simply think about the pros and cons of not succeeding.
Write down the worst-case scenarios. Then write this statement; “If I quit my jobs and gave this my everything, what is the worst that could happen?”
It should look something like this. I…
- Give up the certainty of a pay check every two weeks to spend 6+ months blogging and making no money from blogging.
- Waste a lot of time and money only to go back to a regular job to avoid getting evicted and to pay my cell phone bill.
- Have to call my mom or one of my close friends to ask them if I can borrow some money.
- Must get a job through a temp service to avoid asking my mom for money.
- Will tell my family and closest friends, I flopped, and my blog failed.
Above is the worst that can happen. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Remember, if you’re not dead, you’re not done!
When you write out your limiting beliefs, you see how powerless those beliefs are.
I’m talking directly to you right now from my kitchen as my wife cook the best steaks ever.
I can’t even imagine NOT taken a chance to be great and living with regret solely due to my fear and lack of faith.
The truth is, if that’s the WORST that can happen, I think you’ll be just fine.
Having the ability to read this post wherever you are means regardless of what’s going on, in the end, you’ll be okay.
Why Start a Blog?
The two most important reasons for starting a blog that come to mind immediately are: unlimited income potential and time freedom.
A blogging career allows you to control your income. You can earn as much money as you choose to. Sure, there are risks involved and some people are never able to make money blogging but that doesn’t have to be you.
But if you stick with it and really dedicate yourself to growing your blog, there aren’t too many limits on how far you can go.
Blogging also allows you to leverage your time back to you. It enables you to travel and to work when you want to. Since staring my blogs, speaking, coaching and a host of other opportunities have presented itself. All are great income streams.
So, whether it’s traveling the world or just spending more time with loved ones, you can create the life you want.
How can I start a blog and make money?
If you already have an idea of what you want to blog about, you can get started in less than 10 minutes with our step-by-step tutorial on how to start a successful blog.
If you need some additional help on what to blog about, we have some resources here that should help you out:
- How Much to Charge For Your First Speaking Engagement
- Blog Writing Tips For Beginners
- How To Start A Profitable Blog Working Full Time
- FREE 7-Day eCourse on How to Start a Blog
Leave me a comment below with your questions or if you enjoyed this article on overcoming your fear of blogging.