I feel like I’ve slipped into an unofficial schedule of blogging every other Wednesday about travel, every other Sunday about motherhood with a sprinkling of ‘blogging for bloggers’ posts in-between.
In fact, that is more or less the official schedule at the moment. Monday = podcast day, Wednesday is either a travel/blogging post each week and Sunday = bi-weekly motherhood posts. If you subscribe to my newsletter you’ll receive a bit of a musings-style letter from me (like this one) on the weeks I don’t write a Sunday Mama Diaries blog post.
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Housekeeping aside, let’s get into today’s post shall we?
Recently, when working with coaching clients or just chatting to friends and especially hearing back from people who respond to my newsletter I see a bit of a theme coming up when it comes to starting a blog.
And it baffles me because sometimes these things — the things that hold you back from starting a blog you’re desperate to start — seem so simple to fix.
But I remember those days. The days before sharing everything felt so scary. The days before I felt comfortable pressing publish and navigating WordPress. The days before I stopped caring about all the stats, and got specific about tracking some of them.
So I wanted to share a few things I think might be holding you back, and try to help you move past them. Because I honestly think that starting a blog is the best thing I’ve ever done and I KNOW it’ll be a game changer for you too.
Things Holding You Back from Blogging
I don’t have anything new to say
I hear this a lot, and it always surprises me because we all have something new to say. Because we all have a completely different life experience, are different human beings and have a unique world view that can’t be replicated.
Yes, some of the topics you’ll cover will have mirror image blog posts saying roughly the same thing. You might even write a post that all the same people like. And you’ll probably have a niche that others share, as well as having overlapping audiences.
But only you can ‘do you’. I promise that despite the wealth of blogs out there in the blogosphere you WILL stand out to your right audience.
I’m scared my friends will judge me
I get this. I really do. In fact, in the past, my friends definitely have judged me and criticised my writing, my ‘oversharing’, my life online. But guess what?
They aren’t my friends anymore.
I honestly don’t have anything else to say on that matter!
My photography skills aren’t good enough
I hear you. Blogs are slick these days and when you’re looking at some of your faves on the interwebs you might be wondering how on earth you dare publish something without all the jazzy bells and whistles everyone else has.
But I’ll remind you of something I shared a couple of weeks ago, and to my newsletter too — “Don’t compare your real life to someone’s highlight reel.”
Or rather, don’t compare your newborn-baby-blog to someone else’s adult-left-home-and-bought-a-house-blog. If you really don’t believe me, look back at some of my early posts…..or someone you’ve been following for years. Blogging is a constant learning process and very few of us started out as a ready-made success story (some of us still aren’t!)
I have a full-time job
This has never been me, as I started my blog while travelling. So, in a sense, I’ve always been a full-time travel blogger. But I’ve also never been one too in many ways.
Either way, I empathise with the fact there simple aren’t enough hours in the day to complete the gargantuan list of blogger tasks you need to do to make your blog a success.
I refer you to some of my favourite humans — all part time blogging with a full time job. Jen Lowthrop, Beverley Reinemann, Sam Sparrow, Sophie Cliff, Ellie Quinn….the list goes on. None of these ladies have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to spend on their blogs but the time they have is spent differently.
Sophie is all about the content creation. Sam loves this too, of course, but focuses her time and efforts on Pinterest. Beverley is an amazing photography and prides herself on that. I’m not saying they’re crap at the other stuff, or completely ignore it — but they prioritise their efforts.
If you hate Facebook — leave it. Don’t have time for Twitter? Wait until you do. Instagram your thing? Focus on that.
But above all, just create content. Writing will always win over anything else, and the bells and whistles certainly shouldn’t hold you back from starting.
I don’t have enough content yet
When Fifi of Whimsy and Grey chatted to me for the podcast we spoke about how many people tell us they are gathering a stack of content before publishing their blog. This baffled us both because, to be frank, nobody will be reading your blog on day one.
If that sounds harsh, I don’t mean it to — I simply want to reassure you that you can press publish and the world won’t end. You can try different things, play around with your site design and very few people will be watching.
Just start! You won’t regret starting. I promise!
If you need support starting your blog, head over to my blog coaching page and let me know if I can help you.