Blogging is something most people have at least thought about. It’s easy enough to start a blog, but what do so many people slow down or stop after going live with their site? After all, it’s a channel that’s open to anyone. Unfortunately, one of the limiting factors that holds thousands of people back is fear.
What will people think? How will I monetize? Am I a good writer? Will I fail?
Four Tips for Overcoming Your Blogging Fears
“When one thinks of the American dream, it often means owning your business, working for yourself and designing your own life,” says Jenni Jermyn of New York-based Jay Suites. “Individual autonomy is a core American value.”
While everyone has their own definition of what individual financial autonomy looks like in the business world, many turn to the power of the internet – and blogging in particular.
The trouble is that fears associated with idea generation, poor self-confidence, and the unknown can easily manifest and prevent you from getting started. So, here are some helpful and practical tips for overcoming just about any blogging fear:
- Write About Topics You’re Familiar With
When it comes to self-confidence issues, many bloggers are fearful because they aren’t “experts.” Well, you can’t sit around and wait to become an expert. It’s perfectly fine to start writing basic-level content and then go more in-depth as you become increasingly familiar with certain topics.
The quickest way to overcome this fear is to write about familiar topics. The more you write about familiar topics, the less you have to worry about “getting things right.” Instead, you can focus on crafting compelling content, and know it’s structurally sound.
- Write Topics for Fans, Not Critics
There are plenty of bullies, trolls, and negative people on the internet. All you have to do is spend a few minutes on social media and this will become very clear. As a blogger, you’re going to interact with your fair share of negative readers. The important thing is that you focus on writing for fans – the folks that appreciate your writing – and not the critics. If you’re focused on the critics, you’ll find yourself tiptoeing around and over thinking everything. In the end, this is crippling and leads to a lack of production.
- Don’t Worry About Analytics
Over the years, a variety of incredible tracking tools and technologies have entered the marketplace. They allow businesses and bloggers to gain in-depth insights into who’s interacting with their content and what they’re doing.
As a new blogger, you must resist the temptation to use analytics as an indication of your success. In the beginning stages, analytics will lead to peak and valley moments. You’ll feel high one minute and depressed the next, but the reality is that your traffic numbers are volatile, and therefore inconclusive. Instead, focus on things you can control. There will plenty of time for analytics in the future.
- Create a Design You Can Stand Behind
If you look good, you feel good. Choose a design and layout for your blog that you feel perfectly embodies your style. You’ll feel so much more confident in the final product and the blog’s aesthetics will relieve some of the pressure associated with the content side of things. Here are a few helpful design tips to get you started.
Just Do It
As the famous Nike slogan says, sometimes you need to just do it! While there’s something to be said for brainstorming and strategizing, there comes a time when you have to dive in headfirst and start writing.
Once you take the plunge, you’ll begin to gain confidence and then you can focus on growth.
What Is Your eBook Income Potential?
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Let’s get right down to it guys. Your ebook income potential is whatever you put your mind to. Every cent you make in life begins in your consciousness. If you think and feel really really really rich, trust in the process and generously help people there is literally no limit to the amount of money you can make. Never base your income on someone else’s results because you have no idea what is in their mind and how they feel. This is a common new author mistake. They set the bar based on other people’s results. Bad idea. You never know what’s in another person’s mind so you never know what’s going into their income and you never know how brilliant YOU may be if you focus on yourself and never compare yourself to others.
Even if you see a super inspired person who lives their dreams, and they have pretty sweet results as far as ebook income, never base your potential on their results. They may make a ton of money every month in ebook sales but your journey may be to make a hundred times that amount of income. Never base Your Potential on somebody else’s results. Even if the person has knocked it out of the park as far as sales, you never want to base your life on someone else’s life.
Just look to inspired authors for inspiration. Never look at numbers on a screen. Sales are numbers on a screen. What do numbers mean? Nothing. What does money mean?. It is an illusion, a neutral means of exchange that doesn’t mean anything until your mind assigns some meaning to money.
If new authors ask me how much I make, they haven’t followed my blog for too long LOL. I never make income claims. This is because I would never want to cripple you and your potential. I am only human. Even if I made 2 billion dollars a month through ebooks, that’s still on the low side, because we are infinite beings capable of everything. Knowing this, I never want to hold back your potential and I never want you to base your life on my life because that would dishonor me and dishonor you too.
If you want to succeed as a new author, Follow Your Passion, trust in the process, genuinely help people, and keep making friends. Your sales increase as you help more people for free. It is that simple. That’s the recipe to my success. I never get caught up in sales and I barely check my metrics. I just have ten thousand more people to help today and that’s all that I know. This is how to live a movie worthy life, like I live, helping people all day long and having no concerns about sales or what you’re getting. When you get lost in the process with love, the money takes care of itself in a beautiful way.
Your ebook income earnings potential is unlimited. How is that for inspiration? That’s all you need to know. Me telling you about numbers will not inspire you because numbers are meaningless. Only serving human beings means the most. Being free means the most. Move away from goals and just carry an intent to live a free life through blogging and you will the happiest, healthiest and wealthiest you.
4 Common New Blogger Mistakes
Common new blogger mistakes often cripple blogging careers before entrepreneurs can gain any momentum.
I made my fair share of newbie boo boo’s in the beginning. Be real with yourself. Be straight with yourself. Newbies often have oodles of blind spots to face, own and release, in order to become successful. Excited, but scared new bloggers cannot see themselves in the light of truth but being shown errors helps you travel a straighter, more narrow blogging path.
Common New Blogger Mistakes
Own these mistakes and make the appropriate corrections to accelerate your new blogger success.
I received a sponsored post from a blogger a few minutes ago. Unfortunately, I quoted him the price over 1 month ago. My price rose ten fold since that time; discount for some bloggers, for a short time. This common error cripples many new bloggers; hesitating. He should have written and submitted the sponsored post in 12-24 hours to lock in his price, to get featured on my blog and to grow his business. Waiting 33 days to submit a sponsored post is an eternity in the blogging world.
Act now. Stop hesitating. Nudge into discomfort. Do not hesitate if you receive an opportunity. Act on it immediately to do as pro bloggers do.
2: No Bond Building
New bloggers commonly try to do everything on their own. Write a blog post. Publish. Share on social media. Sit there. Wait. Repeat the cycle tomorrow. Quickly, new bloggers understand that if you network with nobody, you write for nobody.
Build friendships with top bloggers. Comment genuinely on blogs. Promote top bloggers through your blog and through social media. Make friends. Show an interest in bloggers; not in what they can do for you. Make friends with these pros to better connect with these individuals, and to influence them to promote your blogging success.
3: Not Learning from Pros
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I teach you how to gain the trust of your audience, a key step for new bloggers to take. But alas, most new bloggers choose not to learn from pros, instead, winging it on their own. This is a recipe for disaster because if you have no idea how to blog – and you do not – you will have a 100% failure rate. Example; most newbies are filled with fear and doubt, so their readers cannot trust them, because they do not trust themselves. My eBook helps you to trust yourself so you move into actions that gain reader trust. Buy the eBook, avoid struggles by gaining reader trust and cut your blogging learning curve.
4: Not Blogging
Not blogging is common among new bloggers. Newbies sit on the sidelines, waiting for the right moment. Now is the right moment. Here and now, you can dive into your blogging journey, diving into the game. Sit with fear. Feel it. We all fear. But just feel fear, then, blog, anyway. Feel the fear and do it anyway to become a successful blogger; hit the ground running.
Blog. Free yourself. Commit. Think about why you want to blog. Dwell on fun and freedom.
Embrace the Journey
Expect the unexpected. Waves of different emotions assault your mind as a newbie blogger. Preparing for emergencies simply unearths different emergencies, unearthing deep fears and conditioning you to expect the unexpected. Relax. Be gentle with yourself. Own these common new blogger errors from a compassionate energy to smooth your new blogger journey considerably.
I still make little mistakes here and there as an experienced, veteran blogger but I forgive myself for being human. Do the same thing but also own your errors to free yourself of these struggling, failing energies.
4 Common Blogger Time Wasters
I wrote an eBook on how NOT to waste time online.
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Full time employees, busy moms and college students working part time often find blogging difficult, for there seems to be no time to blog. But there is time to blog the split second you stop wasting time on these incessant things, for minutes or even hours daily.
I do not buy minutes for my phone. At times, my wife buys minutes when she….just chooses to. I am not a doctor; nobody will die if they do not contact me via phone. I can read a map. I can speak to people offline. My phone is a time waster so I rarely use it. Guess what? Some people believe I am an elite level blogger….and I do not use my phone, barring using it at home, with an internet connection. Doesn’t that suggest you can succeed in blogging even if you do not have a phone with minutes? Turn off your phone or trash it or delete minutes for a few weeks. Observe your fear-attachment to technology and being connected. Save 1, 2 or 10 hours of time of needless phone checking and chatting, over a month.
Email. The ultimate time waster for most bloggers who check email 10 to 20 times daily or more. Unless you are a doctor or in emergency services, your blog is not a life and death business. Clients can wait. Really, they can. But most bloggers are so filled with fear, and too desperately attached to clients, that they check email 10 or 20 times daily, wasting time better spent writing a guest post or blog post. I check email 1-5 times daily. No more. My life reads like a movie because I am creating and connecting versus desperately checking my email, fearing loss.
3: Stat Checking
Oh my goodness; stat checking. Who signed up today? How many courses did I sell? How many eBooks did I sell? What are my metrics? Some bloggers check stats hourly. This is madness, because blogging is a year to year, not an hour to hour, endeavor. Nobody blogs well over an hour to hour basis, so why would you check stats hourly, or even, daily? I have blogged for 20,000 hours. AFTER 20,000 hours, some people believe I am one of the best bloggers on earth. Not because I stopped every hour to SEE IF I WAS DOING GOOD, DOING WELL. Successful blogging is like running a 26 mile marathon, enjoying the journey, and finishing. Failed blogging is like running a marathon and stopping every 200 feet to see if you finished, or, how you are doing. Insanity, and a huge time waster, too.
You will never get it perfect. Sorry. So stop wasting time on your 45th draft and just publish the post. We will love it. I promise. Perfectionism robs joy, steals happiness and snatches freedom from every blogger. Be at peace with publishing content. Edit a bit, but go live. Go public. Stop wasting time trying to make something perfect or flawless because critics find fault with anything, and, fans see past your imperfections.
There you have it, guys. Make sure you buy my eBook on the way out.
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