I’ve always loved keeping diaries and documenting experiences so a blog was bound to be the next thing for me. I finally created my little space on the internet back in 2014 but I kind of come and go.
Before I started my blog and even now, I have a really bad fear of it. If you are anything like me then you will have the thoughts of But what about everybody’s reaction? … Everybody’s going to laugh… Everybody’s going to judge me… And the list goes on. I still have the exact same thoughts now that I do blog but I have kind of learned to push these thoughts to the back of my head and I’m going to share how.
Start the Blog
First thing’s first (I’m the realist), start the blog. Whether you intend on publishing a post today, tomorrow, or not yet because you aren’t quite ready, just start one. Find your blogging platform, create your URL and start the blog. Once you have created it and have the space to write posts, it doesn’t matter whether you publish them now, schedule them for the future or leave it for a while. You will now have the platform to do so!
Once you do decide to publish a post, click Publish and then shut down your laptop or close down the app. I won’t lie to you, once you begin to get notifications of likes & comments, you won’t be able to leave it shut down but up until that point, just step away from the post. If you’re worried and sit and watch it/think about it, you are likely to send the post to the bin. Your mind will go in into overdrive, the fear will set in and you won’t handle it. So, step away and go do something else.
This is the same for publicizing a post. I struggled massively with sharing my posts on my social media accounts and I actually did the above. I shared it on Twitter/Instagram and then walked away. The messages from my friends I didn’t know you had a blog!? were awkward but it got me past a massive hurdle.
Remember why you started
No matter what you are blogging about, you are doing it because you love it or have a strong interest in it. Or, if you are more of a lifestyle blogger, then to document things to look back on perhaps. Don’t let the fear of anybody else’s opinion come between that. It’s your life and you can’t live it worrying about what other people think about you and your interests! It’s also guaranteed when blogging that people are going to have the same interests as you so you won’t feel alone
Consider your ‘friends’
I’m sure your friends will be supportive but on the off chance they aren’t, consider whether they are your friends at all. True friends will be happy for anything you decide to do so if anybody reacts the exact way you feared, then they aren’t your friend in the first place and you don’t need that negativity in your life.
Talk openly about your blog
This is really, really hard at the beginning and I still struggle with it now. I will not let my boyfriend or anybody read my blog when I am with them because I don’t like being judged secretly if you know what I mean. However, once you have posted/shared posts, talk about it with people because the more you talk about the blog, the less awkward it becomes.
Interact with other bloggers
I still lack on this in the grand scheme of things but I’m getting there slowly. I think interacting with other bloggers makes you feel as though you are part of a community and once you are in that community, you won’t want to leave. Looking at other people’s blogs also helps you cement the reasons why you blog as well as giving you ideas for blog posts or even reasons to go shopping!
Those are my ways to reduce the Blogging fear. As I said, I still have the fear now but the above steps definitely help me. Let me know if they help you at all!
Were you worried to start your blog?