Are you having fears of starting a blog? If you're just getting started on your blogging journey, or have yet to start your blog, you may have fears or doubts about yourself and what you have to offer.
These fears may be holding you back and keeping you from sharing your ideas, expertise, and opinions with the world. Let me tell you; you're not alone.
We have all had these fears, and we have all doubted ourselves at some point in our blogging journey.
The important thing is not to let those fears stop you from accomplishing your goals.
How to Overcome the Fear of Starting a Blog
In this post, I want to go over the four universal fears people face when starting a blog and how to overcome them.
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1. No One Cares What I Think
If you think that no one cares what you think, erase that thought from your mind, because it's not true.
There will be people who have no interest in what you have to say, but there will also be those that do. Just remember that you're not writing for the people who don't care.
You're writing for yourself and the people who do care.
2. People Will Think I'm A Fraud
You may feel like people will think you don't know what you're talking about; that you don't have the experience or expertise, or maybe even that you're a fraud.
The fact is, people are coming to your blog because they care about what you have to say.
And honestly, even if you're technically not an "expert," you probably know a lot more about the topic than the average person. And really, that's all it takes.
Some of my most basic tutorials have been my most popular. These are posts that I debated publishing in the first place because I thought "everyone knows how to do this."
Well, everyone didn't know how to do it, and people appreciate the fact that I took the time to share my expertise with them.
So don't be afraid to share your expertise with the world. You would be surprised at how many people you could help.
3. I'm Afraid of Being Judged
Get over it. Just kidding (but not really). Being judged by others is something we all experience at some point.
We're all being judged or judging others in one way or another. But don't forget that judging does not always have to be negative.
You will be judged both negatively and positively. When it comes to negative judgment, all you can really do is focus on yourself and your goals.
4. I Will Never Be Good Enough
I think everyone can relate to this one. The biggest culprit of this type of thinking usually comes from comparing your blog to other more successful blogs, or blogs you deem as "better" than yours.
I hate to say this, but I think this is one of those thoughts that will never go away completely. But maybe that's a good thing.
A small bit of envy can be turned into something positive. Use those thoughts as motivation to make your blog even better!
If you find that this thought is discouraging you from loving your blog or blogging, try to stay away from blogs that trigger those feelings of not being good enough.
Fear is Normal
Fear is something that all bloggers experience at some point. The key is not to let those fears keep you from writing and having your dream blog.
No matter what your niche, or level of expertise, you have something that needs to be shared with the world.
So, I challenge you to write; even if you're afraid. Even if you feel like what you've written is crap.
Write It, Publish It, and Repeat.
Over time you will get better at blogging, and you will find that those fears you had initially are no longer affecting you the way they once did.
Have you ever had blogging fears? How did you get past them? Share your comments below!
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