How to Beat Imposter Syndrome as a New Blogger

You’ve taken the first step and started your blog…

(Cue the party music and confetti)

It may not feel like much, but starting a blog is huge. Not everyone gets this far so don’t hold back on celebrating this win!

There are a lot of doubts that come along with being a new blogger. Every creative experiences imposter syndrome at some point.

That’s what I’ll be talking about today in this post. I’m listing the top insecurities new bloggers experience, and how to overcome them so you can confidently call yourself a blogger.

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What if my work sucks?

When Elle Woods had a rough first day at Harvard, did she give up law school? Nope! She worked hard at it, became a kick ass lawyer, and proved everyone wrong.

Putting your work out into the world is scary. Let’s face it—when we’re first starting out, we might not be good! But that’s normal and something we all have to go through in order to get better. You have to start somewhere, right?

Your first blog post isn’t going to be perfect, but over time, your writing and blogging skills will progress. All you have to do is start and continue to make time to write.

Do I have enough money to be a blogger?

is a blog affordable?

If you’re trying to start a business with your blog, then you need to treat it like a business. You have to be willing to invest. Blogging can be a career if you work hard enough and invest in it.

I would definitely make your blog self-hosted rather than using a free platform. It looks more professional on your part and gives you complete ownership of your website.

I use GreenGeeks as my web host provider. They’re fast, have amazing customer service, make it easy to switch over to their hosting, and best of all, they’re eco-friendly.

You can read more here about my eco-friendly website and why I love it!

I also bought presets for the photos I use to promote my blog. If you want to promote your blog on social media—which you should—the photos you use should be visually appealing. We’ll get to that in the next section.

If you’re worried about blogging draining your bank account, then do what I did and cut down on unnecessary things such as cable (Netflix is so much cheaper), eating out, and going out. This saved me so much money!

If you’re going to spend money on fun things, make sure it benefits your blog in some way. For example, if I went out to eat or visited a cool place in my city, I would make sure to take photos for my blog or social media while I was there.

When getting started, the only things you really need to spend money on are your website, photos (presets, editing apps, props, or a camera), and a blogging course. Just make sure to do your research before spending your money.

I’m not photogenic or a photographer. How am I supposed to get those candid blogger shots?

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We’ve all seen it on the ‘Gram and can’t help but wonder how they do it.

Perfectly centered, cool background, stylish outfit, hair done, makeup on point, and all their pictures seem to match in some kind of way.

For some, it might come naturally.

However, if you’re awkward and forget how to be a person when the camera points at you (like me), then it’s going to be a little more of a challenge. 

Just like blogging, getting quality photos takes time and practice.

As an introvert, taking pictures in public can be hard. Occasionally you’ll get the Judge Judys who aren’t afraid to snicker or roll their eyes. Let them. You’re a business owner and this is for your business!

It’s 2023 anyways. Who isn’t taking pictures for the internet to see?

Tips for Instagram-worthy photos:

  • Get someone you’re comfortable with to take pictures of you or invest in a tripod
  • Use presets to get that “brand” look! This was a game-changer for me.
  • Use your phone if you can’t afford a camera (lots of bloggers do this, including me!)
  • Sunlight is your best friend when it comes to lighting
  • Make it fun and enjoyable! Put on some music in the background and dance to it, be goofy, or buy delicious food and take a picture of you eating it ridiculously. (The last one is my new favorite!)

Is anyone going to read my blog?

Typing out a blog post and hitting publish ain’t going to attract readers.

You need to promote your blog.

That means it’s time to start getting active on social media. Engage with others and build a following. Be nice, post helpful and inspiring content, make friends, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Your personality will attract the right people.

If you want your blog traffic to explode, consider learning SEO and Pinterest skills. You can take a free beginner’s SEO course on YOAST, or this awesome and extremely affordable Pinterest course! Here’s what the Pinterest course did for me:

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Results on Pinterest.
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Blog traffic I received.

How can I stand out when there are so many other bloggers?

Be yourself. You’re not going to get anywhere if you try to be like anyone else except you.

It’s perfectly fine to learn from other bloggers, but never copy or compare.

There are tons of bloggers out there so your best bet is to let that unique personality of yours shine. It’s the only way you’re going to stand out as a creative entrepreneur.

Learn to admire others while knowing you too are badass in your own way. Blogging 101: Community over competition!

Now, I want to hear from you. Did you find this post helpful? Are you a new blogger and if so, what’s your biggest struggle with imposter syndrome?

Tell me about it in the comments!


  • As a new blogger I have found this so helpful! When I set up mine I also thought – wait can I afford this?! Then I guess it’s definitely worth giving up some other things – like eating out because it means I am growing instead! And if I am growing and learning.. then it’s worth the additional costs! Thanks for sharing xx

    Rebecca x

  • Great post! This has a lot of great tips for getting started and getting over the tough parts. My biggest challenge when we got started was comparing to other bloggers, especially when they post multiple times per week! What a dream! It definitely takes re-focusing on your goals and constantly trying to work towards them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Totally know the feeling!! The impostor syndrome is real OMG. I have started to battle it and being more sociable. I know i have a.long way to go but one small step at a time helps.
    Thanks for the reading. Really encouraging


    • So glad to hear it was encouraging! But you’re so right: One small step at a time helps. Just focus on that. Before you know it, you’ll look back and see how far you’ve come. <3

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