Are you too scared to blog?
Does the thought of people actually visiting your blog, reading your posts and even commenting on them, send shivers down your spine?
Then maybe we should be friends.
Because I still struggle with fear daily - it took nearly 18 months for me to finally get up the courage to launch this blog!
But wouldn’t it feel good to finally launch your blog?
Just to see what would happen if you could get past the fear?
Blogging is a wonderful creative outlet, an easy way to make like-minded friends, and who knows, you might make some money too. What’s not to love?
So I’m sharing 4 more blogging fears I had and how to overcome them.
Grab your comfort blanket, silence your phone and let’s fight some fear!
1 | The Scary Legal and Financial Side of Blogging - Because I’m Too Pretty For Prison
While the Internet might seem like the Wild West, as a blogger there are a butt-load of rules and actual laws you must know about and stick to.
And if you’re a beginner it can be overwhelming to understand what your responsibilities actually are. Especially as they’re always changing - hello, GDPR!
But luckily, there are lots of reliable resources out there to help you understand your blogging responsibilities.
Here are some of my favorite:
Suzanne Dibble - (Because GDPR is scary AF.)
And don’t forget if you’re earning from your blog, the taxman will need to know:
If you’re US-based check out this helpful video on getting your books ready for tax time
If you’re UK-based check out Easy As VAT - Julia is an accountant who helps online business owners. Phew!!
If you take time to familiarise yourself with your responsibilities, you’ll find that you can let go of the fear.
2 | I Might Make a Mistake. And get Sued. And my Life Will Be Over!!!!
Ok, so we know there are rules and laws.
Which means people are going to mess up from time to time.
But that doesn’t mean the end of your online business dreams.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at these two stories from women currently dominating their niches.
They both bounced back from low points in their blogging career.
And they were open and transparent enough to share their worst moments - read on…
3 | My life isn’t Insta-Pinterest Worthy. (And even if it was, I couldn't photograph it because I suck at using a camera!)
I’m guessing your favorite bloggers have plenty of photos of themselves, their beautiful home, and their fabulous dog slapped all over their blogs and social media accounts.
Even their ‘candid real life’ shots look pretty fucking flawless. And I’m also guessing that this makes you feel like garbage.
I reaallllllly struggled with fears about comparison.
And fears about violating my family’s private life, too.
So I chose not to share photos of my home, my kids or my coffee on my blog.
And what you share is up to you.
For the rest you can use stock photos - here’s a list of the best stock photo resources
Quick Note: You do need a photo of yourself on your blog - readers just don’t trust writers that hide behind a dodgy avatar image.
So here’s my helpful guide to getting a decent about page photo - even if you’d rather have a lobotomy than attend a photoshoot.
4 | Somebody Might Actually Bloody Read My Blog
Yes, that it kind of the point!
But as a beginner it can be a daunting prospect. Especially when the last thing you wrote for an audience was way back at school. And how do you even use grammar, anyway???
Climb down from the edge, mama!
I faced this fear when I launched my blog. And again when a pin went viral.
So here’s what you do:
Launch your blog
Publish some posts to practice your writing
Tell no one! Especially not your family!
Do not join FB promo days and don’t even think about promoting it on Pinterest. Yet.
Believe it or not, it can takes ages to get traffic to a new blog.
So just because you launched your blog, doesn’t mean anyone is reading it yet. This is both horrible and quite comforting.
Pop your writing cherry gently. Once you’re used to publishing posts, share them on a few Pinterest boards.
How to Get Over the Fear of Blogging
Blogging is an amazing way to connect with like-minded people, a great creative outlet and if you’re really good, a way to make money.
But it does take guts to put yourself out there.
Just be gentle with yourself - if it takes a little longer for you to launch your blog that’s ok. Blogging is supposes to be fun. Don’t let it stress you out!
Don’t forget to pin for later!
Let me know in the comments below what blogging fears are holding you back. I can’t wait to hear from you!