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. Give yourself a pat on the back, because not everyone gets this far.
There are a lot of doubts that come along with being a new blogger. (It’s completely normal–so don’t stress!) Everyone experiences imposter syndrome at some point.
Below you’ll learn how to quiet some common doubts and 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? HELL TO THE NO. 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 we first start out, there’s a chance we may not be good. But that’s normal and something we all go through.
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 skills and knowledge will grow.
Do I have enough money to be a blogger?
If you really want to be a blogger then your bank account is going to have to make some sacrifices.
Cut down on unnecessary things such as cable (less TV, more blogging!), eating out, and going out. If you’re going to spend money on fun things, make sure it benefits your blog in some way.
PRO TIP: If you’re trying to start a business with your blog, then you need to treat it like a business. Meaning you need to be willing to invest. Just make sure to do your research before you spend your own 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 2019 anyways. Who isn’t taking pictures for the internet to see?
- Get someone you’re comfortable with to take pictures of you or invest in a tripod
- Use presets to get that “brand” look!
- Use your phone if you can’t afford a camera (lots of bloggers do this)
- Sunlight is your best friend
Is anyone going to read my blog?
Guess what? 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 content that is helpful and inspiring, make friends, and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Your personality will attract the right people.
Now 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 affordable Pinterest course! Here’s what the Pinterest course did for me:
How can I compare to other bloggers?
Don’t compare to other bloggers. Just 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.
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 have you conquered imposter syndrome?
Tell me about it in the comments!