Many aspiring bloggers rock.
They are doing their best to spread the word about their blog and brand.
Even veteran bloggers are doing their best to promote their blogs effectively.
But they still come up short.
Here’s why: sneaky subconscious beliefs trip you up.
Almost like walking on a sea of marbles in pitch black conditions, you will trip, slip and fall again and again until you find firmer footing.
The worst part about tripping up routinely is that it feels impossible to end your failures.
You can’t build bonds with influencers.
Blog traffic feels like water in the Sahara Desert.
Blog comments? A veritable chorus of crickets serenades you kindly – but passively – with each new blog post.
How can you stop tripping up?
By addressing an all too common blogging block:
Being embarrassed or shy about promoting your blog.
Embarrassment, Shyness or Coyness
You may *talk* a big game about believing in your blog.
Maybe you fancy yourself the PT Barnum of Blogging, being willing to hawk your wares like a carnival barker drunk on self-promotion.
But when it comes time to step things up a level, you cower like a puppy with its tail between its legs.
In truth, when you have the opportunity to:
- Submit guest posts to top blogs
- Get featured on world famous blogs
- Build profitable friendships with top bloggers
- Let your authentic, inspired, entertaining writing voice out with each post on your blog
Because deep down, you feel embarrassed or shy about promoting your blog.
The reasons run from here to Hades to Heaven and back.
Deserving issues. Worthiness issues. Low self-esteem. Lack of self-love.
Lack of clarity about your blog. An ego-based stubbornness to try to do it all on your own.
Since this is not the Dr. Phil Show – although I may be the blogging equivalent (with much more hair, perhaps more rugged looks, and much better abs) – I will not delve into the reasoning part of being stupid embarrassed about promoting your blog.
Let’s just say: You are shy or embarrassed about promoting your blog because:
- You aren’t clear on it
- You don’t believe in your blog (I mean, REALLY believe in it)
- You don’t believe in yourself (I mean, REALLY believe in yourself)
What’s the Big Problem with Being Shy or Embarrassed to Promote Your Bloggy Blog?
Energetically, you are telling readers to: “stay away!”
If you hide away from readers – on some level – readers will hide away from you.
You may see some success. Make some inroads. But you will self-sabotage, implode and reach a serious sticking point if you don’t feel clear and confident in yourself, and in your blog.
Here’s 1 quick way to see if you are – or aren’t – embarrassed about promoting your blog.
1 Quick Way to Call BS on Your Bravado or to See if You Do NOT Feel Embarrassed to Promote Your Blog
Design a T-shirt with your blog logo and URL plastered on it.
Wear the T-shirt out in public.
You will IMMEDIATELY see where you are at, clarity-wise, when you begin the design process online.
Then, when you order the shirt, and receive that bad boy a few days later, you will quickly, easily and simply see how you feel about your blog when you:
- Wear the shirt in public (in very public, busy places, where you get max visibility)
- Elicit comments from passerby
- Wear the shirt regularly to get mad eyeballs on your shirt and blog
I felt so excited when designing my Blogging From Paradise shirt.
More excited to don it when the t-shirt was in the mail.
Then when I received it, and prepared to wear it for the first time in public, amid the excitement I felt a little persistent voice in my head:
“You’ll look like an idiot/clown/moron/tool wearing a shirt with your blog logo, your URL, and your face plastered on the darn thing! ”
Of course, I was happy to see this little lack of clarity/belief shortage/embarrassment/shyness feeling arise.
I faced, embraced and released these feelings and dove out of my comfort zone, deciding to wear the T-shirt in public.
A few hours later I was walking around hyper busy JFK Airport donning my Blogging From Paradise walking advertisement.
When I sat down on the Air Tram a Scottish gentleman asked me:
“So, how’s your blog?”
“Richard Branson’s writers liked it. I do too. But I am biased.”
10 minutes later I had a subscriber and one more set of eyes on my 126 eBooks.
Beware these Mental Blocks!
While reading this post and pondering the idea of creating a blogging shirt you may say to yourself:
“That’s just not me.”
“That’s not my style.”
“That seems *too self-promotional.*”
The prior 3 lines are blogging limiting beliefs based on some wickedly confining mental blocks you should face, embrace and release to accelerate your blogging growth.
Hey, maybe wearing a T-shirt with your blog logo and URL on it doesn’t vibe with you.
But it’s well worth doing this experiment to see how you REALLY feel about your blog, when you are well outside of your comfort zone, in the Truth Zone.
Being aware of and letting go these limiting beliefs can accelerate your growth as a blogger in miraculous fashion.
Have you designed your blogging shirt?
How often do you wear it?
Do you feel embarrassed or shy to do this?
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