So you’ve decided to start a blog? Congratulations! There are many benefits to blogging. My favorite is the freedom to write about whatever my heart desires, while learning and growing in the process.
While I knew blogging was for me before I even started, in the beginning I often found myself doubting if I would be taken seriously. This is a common struggle for any artist/creative. It’s a scary thing to show your true self to the world.
Whether you have started your blog already, or you’re still questioning if you should, you will most likely experience imposter syndrome at some point. Here’s a few doubts that I had and how I overcame them.
Will they take me seriously?
Before I pursued my writing and blogging career, I constantly had the fear that no one would take me seriously. I feared that they would take one look at my writing and think, “Wow, she calls herself a writer? She’s not even good”. Let’s face it, I wasn’t! But that’s because I was only starting.
You have to start somewhere. I was terrified to change my social media accounts into business accounts and call myself a blogger. This was because I wasn’t blogging yet. There’s no right way to do it, but I decided I was going to fake it until I made it.
So, what if they don’t take you seriously? Make them take you seriously. You’re not blogging, but you call yourself a blogger? For me, I believe you become a blogger the minute you start creating your blog. I don’t see the need to worry about being called a fake, if you plan on sticking to your goal. Prove them and your insecurities wrong by finishing your website and writing blog posts! That was my motivation.
Do I have enough money?
Secondly, I didn’t have a lot of money when I started. I was living paycheck to paycheck. How was I going to afford a website and all the other things that came along with being a blogger?!
Ultimately, I had to make some sacrifices. That meant cutting down on unnecessary things. I cancelled my cable bill(less TV, more writing!), cut down on eating out, and stopped going out as much. If I was going to spend money on fun things, it was going to benefit my blog in some way. Also, I made sure to ALWAYS put money into my savings. Even if it’s just a dollar, make sure you’re saving!!!
I’m not photogenic, or a photographer… How am I going to get good pictures?
Despite what you see on my website and Instagram, I am NOT photogenic. The moment the camera points at me, I’m not sure what comes over me. I just forget how to be a person all together.
It took many tries, but luckily I had a patient and supportive boyfriend by my side the whole time. I would be lying if I said it didn’t cause a few arguments, but we overcame them, and I ended up with pictures that I loved.
Don’t have someone to take pictures of you? I know a lot of bloggers who use tripods. I realize how awkward this can be in public, but it’s another thing you have to get used to if you want pictures of yourself on your blog. Besides not being photogenic, I myself was really insecure taking pictures in public. There’s definitely judgemental people out there who aren’t afraid to snicker or roll their eyes at you. You have to remember that this is for your business. Ignore them. It’s 2019 anyways. Who isn’t taking pictures for the internet to see?
Can’t afford a good camera? Use your phone camera! That’s what I use and I know a lot of other bloggers who do too. At the moment, I’m saving up for a new camera. Until then, photo editors and sunlight are my best friends!
What am I even going to blog about? Is anyone even going to read it?
What are you passionate about? If you’re passionate about self-care, blog about self-care tips. If you’re passionate about beauty or fashion, be a beauty or fashion blogger. Can’t choose one topic? Be a lifestyle blogger! This is what I did. I knew that I wanted to promote myself as a writer, and that I was also passionate about helping others. Why limit myself to only one? Lifestyle gives you the opportunity to blog about whatever you want, that way you don’t get bored writing about the same topic all the time.
Don’t worry about if anyone is going to read your blog or not. They will. Just make sure you’re promoting your work on your social media platforms! I’m just starting, so I don’t have a large audience yet. However, I have a good handful of people who do look forward to my posts. I blog for them and myself. That’s all that matters! As time goes on, my blog will grow. Just do what you love and the rest will follow!
How can I compare to other bloggers?
When I first started out, I loved to look at other blogs for ideas. While this is something you should do to get a feel for the blogging world, it can also take a turn in the wrong direction. I did find myself feeling hopeless at some points, because some bloggers are amazing at their job. They have a beautiful website, a unique brand, quality content, and professional photos! Honestly, it can feel quite overwhelming wondering when you will get to that point.
How do you think they got there though? Time. Hard work. Persistence. Dedication. Don’t be hard on yourself. No one starts off with all these things. You have to work your way there. It can be discouraging, but I always remind myself why I started in the first place. You will get there if you keep working at it. Until then, enjoy the ride! It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey there!
As you get to know the blogging community more, you will discover that it’s not a competition. If it does seem that way, you’re following the wrong people. Bloggers are supportive, positive, and inspiring people. We build each other up.
Do I have what it takes?
If you’re willing to put in the work, you have what it takes. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. You may not see results as fast as you want, but they WILL come. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard bloggers talk about how they regret giving up on their blog when they decide they want to pursue it again.
I contemplated blogging for a couple of years before I actually started. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. Beautiful things happen when you chase after your dreams. There is always the fear that you won’t be good, or that you will be rejected. My blog was only launched three weeks ago, and I already can see an improvement in my writing. Imagine how much better it will be in a year from now?! You can read more about my decision to pursue my dreams here!
I hope that this post was helpful to you! Remember, if I can do it, so can you. There will always be excuses to not give it a try. I, for one, am done making those excuses. If you enjoyed this post, please share! Let’s help an aspiring blogger out there pursue their dreams!