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 tell them “Bye Felicia” 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, absolutely killed, and proved everyone wrong.
Be like Elle Woods… minus the pink if that’s not your thing.
Putting your work out into the world is scary. Let’s face it… when anyone is first starting out, they’re most likely not going to be good. That’s normal and something we all have to go through in order to grow.
You have to start somewhere or else there won’t be room for improvement.
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?
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.
Don’t you think writtenbybella.com looks way better than writtenbybella.wordpress.com?!
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.
Starting a blog isn’t going to drain your bank account. If you want to turn it into a career, then putting in some money will help you in the long run.
If you’re still worried, then do what I did and cut down on unnecessary things such as cable (less TV, more blogging!), 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, and maybe a course on blogging. 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?
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 did, makeup on fleek, and all their pictures seem to match in some kind of way.
For some, it comes 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, damn it.
It’s 2020 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)
- Sunlight is your best friend
- Make it fun!
Is anyone going to read my blog?
Typing out a blog post and hitting publish ain’t going to attract readers.
You need to have a following and 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:
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!