You sit down to write, and you sit and sit.
After a few minutes, you’re still just sitting there. You start to type, and then you backspace it away.
After a while, you just get up to do something else and make a promise to try it again some other time.
Does this sound like you? If so, what’s holding you back?
If you’re like most people, it’s probably the fear of blogging that’s keeping you from writing.
As much as you don’t want to admit it, it is something that many people deal with. It’s also something a lot of people are able to overcome. The following are some of the reasons people fear blogging and what they do about it.
No One Will Like It
One of the biggest challenges you may have (I certainly do) when writing a blog post is thinking that no one will like it.
This negativity keeps people from moving forward because they think it’s better to not write than to write something that won’t be accepted.
That’s not true.
Always remember; a blog is a place for your voice. The people who follow your blog will inherently like your voice.
Those who don’t will find blogs that are better suited for them. Not everyone likes everyone else, and that goes for blogs too. Embrace your individuality and trust that the people who will read your work are the exact people who will like it.
You’ll Make a Mistake
How many mistakes have you made in your lifetime?
You’ve probably made hundreds if not thousands of them.
What’s happened because of those mistakes? Well, if they were colossal ones, they probably didn’t lead to much distress.
You simply learn from the mistakes and moved on to being a better person. It’s just the same with blogging.
If you make a spelling or grammatical mistake, someone may tell you about it. All you need to do is correct it, thank the person for catching it, and then move on. It’s not a reason to beat yourself up over it.
If you misquote something or give out inaccurate information, don’t worry; that happens a lot on the Internet. Explain why it happened, and thank the person who told you about it.
Always turn negative situations into positive ones when it comes to blogging.
There’s Too Much to Say
You may have so much information you want to include in a post that you don’t know what to write first!
You’re worried that if you write about one point of the topic first, it might not make sense to the reader, so maybe you should start with another point.
Before you know it, you’re so confused about where you should start you feel paralyzed.
Just take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think about the topic as a whole. What logically makes sense when it comes to telling people about it? What the easiest part of the topic to understand? Start with that and then go into the details as you write more of the post.
I find that writing blog posts is a lot like working on a potter’s wheel, or any other craft for that matter.
You have to get something out there before you can make it good.
Think of your blog post as a lump of clay you’re going to work into a great piece. You’re never going to finish a great blog post if you never start writing one. Likewise, you’ll never make anything great out of your clay if you don’t throw some down on the wheel to start.
You’re Not Good Enough
People often read other blogs and immediately think how good it is, and when they turn to their own, they don’t think it will ever be as good as the ones they read.
This low self-confidence is what keeps many people from getting to the success of many of the most well-known blogs online today.
The truth is that your blog can be just as good as these other blogs. You just need to start writing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it’s good and it doesn’t matter if other people don’t think it’s good.
What matters is that you’re getting content on your blog and that you are practicing the art of blogging.
You will soon see your blogging skills improve. You will learn from other bloggers and from your own writing. You may even learn from some of your commenters on your blog. Remember, always turn negativity into a positive. That’s the only way to create a blog that’s going to benefit you.
Don’t be afraid of fear.
It’s okay to be afraid.
It’s fear that motivates many of us to do the things we do.
Sometimes, fear can stop people though. Don’t let it stop you. Let it be the power you need to rise above it. Write a blog post right now. Just do it. Don’t think about anything other than the topic. You may just find that it’s the easiest blog post you’ve ever written.