Are you interested in starting a blog of your own? Should you start a blog? Maybe you’ve been an avid blog reader for years now, or you might be just learning what a blog is, and your interest has sparked up. Either way, I would strongly encourage anybody that is on the fence about starting a blog to do it. Don’t let fear or intimidation of being “exposed” hold you back.
For the longest time, I wanted to start a blog. I loved spending my time reading blogs and learning new things. But, even though I wanted to, I didn’t start one. I was too afraid of what people would think when they heard that I wanted to start blogging. And I was even more afraid of what people that read my blog would think. What if I sucked?
I didn’t realize that blogging could be an actual job, and I was afraid people would think it was just a weird hobby.
I didn’t realize that you actually could make money from a blog, I just wanted to start it because I wanted to share what I was passionate about, but I always shoved the thought to the back of my mind, trying to forget about it. I would tell myself I wasn’t interesting enough for people to actually want to read what I had to say, that I wasn’t talented enough to write good blog posts. After all, when I was in school, I didn’t even like to write! And lastly, I was just plain scared.
I let all these thoughts convince me that starting my own blog was just a silly, unrealistic idea. So I just kept reading blogs that interested me and trying not to let the idea of starting my own come to my mind.
Until one day my husband and I were driving home late at night, and we somehow got on the topic of blogs. And believe it or not, my husband encouraged me to start a blog of my own! Now, my husband is the most amazing, loving, kind, and respectful man around, but I didn’t mention blogging to him because I thought he would think it was a silly idea.
I even convinced myself that starting my own blog was a silly idea.
But when I heard my husband say that I should start a blog, I got pretty excited. And extremely scared. Because, now that I was actually going for it, it was clear as day to me that my thoughts and whatever I blogged about were going to be out in the open, for anybody in the world to read.
That was a terrifying thought.
After deciding that I was going to do this, I jumped into the research. And boy, oh boy, was it ever overwhelming! There were words that I had NO idea what on earth they meant, there was so much techy stuff, I was SO confused, and was just about ready to stop because I was feeling so overwhelmed.
I am sure I read over 500 different articles on the same topic: “How to start your own blog”, and I always came out the other side even more confused.
I had no idea what these people were talking about, using their fancy blog-slang. But I kept trucking on, and what do you know, eventually I got the hang of things.
But I was still scared. What if I was terrible at it and boring, and just a flat out failure? But thanks to the support of my husband, those thoughts didn’t stop me. I signed up for a free blog with WordPress.com and stared at a blank screen for a long time.(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. YOU CAN READ OUR DISCLOSURE POLICY HERE.)
I was excited and terrified. I had finally done it, I had my own cute little blog. And when it came time to write my first blog post, I didn’t have even the slightest clue what to do. Despite reading blogs for years, I didn’t know what to write about, or how to go about it.
When I finally got my first post typed out on the computer and ready to hit publish, I was actually shaking. I was so nervous for people to read what I had to say.
Let me backtrack a little bit here. Growing up I was super shy. And even now, I am not the most outgoing person around, I’m still an introvert. So you can only imagine my fear when I published my very first post.
Fast-forward a month and I was starting to get the hang of things, but looking back now, my blog was embarrassingly, so obviously a “newbie blog”, but it was all a part of the learning process for me.
After experimenting with my WordPress.com blog for about a month, my husband and I discussed it and decided it was best to take the plunge and invest in a self-hosted blog. I signed up with Bluehost, installed WordPress.org (thankfully they have a 1-click WordPress installation because I was SO confused when I tried to install WordPress.org by myself), and off I went.
**UPDATE – I HAVE NOW SWITCHED TO SITEGROUND HOSTING AND AM MUCH HAPPIER WITH THEIR SERVICES. YOU CAN LEARN MORE HERE.
In reality, I didn’t go very far. I sat there for several minutes staring at the screen. It was all so different from what I had FINALLY gotten used to on WordPress.com, and now I had to start learning all over again (I have realized that you never really stop learning when you’re a blogger).
So back to the researching I went. I had done some research before I purchased Bluehost, but now I had to do even more to learn how to use it.
It was confusing, and my blog looked awful. But I was pretty thrilled nonetheless because I had a “professional” blog (ha, right!).
But, eventually, I did get the hang of it. I signed up with pretty much every affiliate program on the planet (not really, but it sure felt like it), soon to realize I wasn’t even going to promote an eighth of the programs because I had never used them and they were something I would never use.
Then came the awful stage where I didn’t know what to do with all the affiliate links, so I plastered them all over my site. They were everywhere. I want to take this opportunity to apologize to anybody who read my blog back then because it was plain terrible.
Not long after doing that I thankfully realized that it was doing me no good at all, so I removed the links.
Then came a time in my blogging journey that I was going to throw in the towel. My husband and I had gone away for a few days to visit family, and when we came back, I had no inspiration at all to write. It wasn’t just for a few days, either, it was for quite a while. I had no idea what to write, I was discouraged because I was getting such little pageviews (if I got 30 page views a day, it was a big day for me and my blog), and I was growing weary of it.
And I wasn’t prepared for my blogging dry spell. I didn’t know that it was a good idea to have content pre-written and saved in drafts, or on the editorial calendar for times like these. So I had no content to write, and I had no saved content to post. My blog went for a while without a new post, and for a new, little blog like my own, this was lethal (not to be dramatic, or anything…).
But, thanks to my husband, I didn’t quit. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for him, my blog would be gone right now. I would have thrown in the towel and just given up. But when I told him I wanted to quit, he encouraged me to keep at it for just a bit longer, to give it some time.
So I did. I started writing content again, and I started writing extra content to save for when another blogging dry spell came around.
This time, I was prepared. And I wasn’t going to give up.
I definitely owe my blogging success to my husband and to God. It is because of them that I am where I am now.
It has been heaps and heaps of hard work, having no life, and taking up all of my days, but we’re finally getting somewhere.
And above anything else, it’s been loads of prayer. I’ve had to learn how to let go of my blog and let God take it out of my hands and do what He wants to do with it. It’s not up to me anymore. I’ll still put in hard and consistent work, but the ultimate outcome is His choice, no matter how hard I try to make it up to me.
When I look back now, a part of me wishes I would have started blogging years ago when the interest first sparked in me, but another part wonders if I would even still be around the blogosphere if I had started back then, or if I would have given up since I didn’t have my husband to push me on. I can’t help but wonder where this blog would be if I had started back then, but that is just going to encourage me to try harder and push forward, and enjoy where I am right now.
So, if you are on the fence about whether or not you should start your own blog, I strongly encourage you to do it. If your family and friends all think it’s ridiculous, you’ve got me. I believe in you, and I want to see you succeed.
You SHOULD start a blog.
Starting this blog has been one of the greatest things in my life. I love that I can use my blog to reach people and encourage people that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
And you can, too.
If you’re afraid that you’re not interesting enough and not talented enough, I am here to tell you that you can do it. I thought my blog would be super boring because I didn’t have anything interesting to write about, but here I am still trucking along. I didn’t think I was talented and like I said earlier, I didn’t like writing when I was in school, but here I am. I love it now.
If I can blog, so can you.
I would also like to do a shout-out to Lena Gott’s Traffic Transformation Guide.
This guide has helped me understand blogging and find new, creative ways to create better content and helped with gaining more readers. I strongly suggest any blogger looking for ways to better their blog to check out Lena’s courses.
That’s my blogging story, what’s yours? Are you working up the courage to start a blog? Or have you been blogging for years now? I’d love to hear from you!
If you have questions, concerns, or just want to talk, please don’t hesitate to email me and I will try to help you the best that I can.