How to Overcome Your Fear of Starting a Blog
Are you one of the many that’s always wanted to start a blog, but never got around to doing it because of fear? Let me tell you right now that I know exactly what you’re feeling. I was just in your position and I had all of my excuses:
- “What if my friends and family make fun of me?”
- “What if nobody reads my posts?”
- “English isn’t my first language!”
- “I know nothing about HTML!”
- “I don’t know where to start!”
- “I just don’t have time!”
Having fear is completely normal (I mean you’re putting yourself out here on the World Wide Web! I don’t blame you!). We all feel it… it just means we’re human! But fear will hold you back from achieving greatness. The key is to acknowledge that it exists and just do it anyway. I can honestly say that having made the decision to finally do something I’ve always wanted to do is so liberating. Here is how you can do the same:
1. Stop caring about what other people think.
It is so sad to think about how much time I have wasted doing nothing because I was scared of what people would think. Here’s the truth… everyone will always have something to say. If someone thinks badly of you, so what? We cannot please everyone and I wish I had learned that sooner. Those who truly love and support you will have your back no matter what. When I first told my friends that I created my blog, they embraced the idea with nothing but immense support. They offered to revise my posts and even take pictures for me. Don’t let those who are negative blind you of the people that are there for you.
2. Forget the “what ifs.”
“What if this… what if that…” Let’s face it, the imagination knows no bounds. It will conjure up every negative thing you allow it to. Yes, disasters could happen, but so could something else. You will never know unless you try. If the bad things happen, it will not be the end of the world. Solution-seek and figure out how to deal with it then.
3. Don’t overthink it.
Just like you, a lot of us didn’t have a clue where to start. I didn’t know jack about HTML and graphic design. I had to dig deep in my brain to try to remember what little I knew from the old MySpace days. But you want to know what? We are in the 21st century and there is a tutorial out there for everything. If you don’t know how to do something, Google is your new best friend. I learned the basics from YouTube video tutorials and other bloggers. We all have to start somewhere. Take a few minutes out of your day to try to learn something new. Allow yourself to be a beginner and just embrace the learning journey.
4. Stop comparing yourself to others.
The great thing about blogging is that we are all different. Even though there are already millions of blogs out there, we all have something unique about us to offer to the table. You’ve probably heard this a thousand times already, but just be yourself. Be your own individual and write about what you want to write about. Everyone is different, and that is perfectly okay. When you stop comparing yourself to others, you will feel so relieved. Trust me.
5. Let go of trying to be perfect.
I can totally relate to this issue. One of the main reasons it took me so long to create my blog was because I had this mindset that everything had to be perfect. I wanted to have the best quality pictures and the only way I thought I could achieve that was to own a DSLR camera. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve typed something only to end up deleting it because I wasn’t satisfied. I had this “perfect” illusion in my head of what my blog should look like. The fact of it all is that nobody is perfect. We will all create mistakes and the best that we can do is to learn and improve from them. Just like what Emily Ley says, “hold yourself to a standard of grace, not perfection.”
I hope you find these tips helpful and I hope you find the courage to do whatever it is that fear is stopping you from doing. Remember that we all have to start somewhere. Don’t let your doubts hinder you from achieving your greatest potential. You’ve got this… I believe in you!