- Trolls and people saying mean things about us
- Starting in the wrong niche and having to start over again from scratch.
- Choosing the wrong blog name
- People thinking less of me for quitting our “real” jobs and becoming full-time blogger
- Most of all: Fear of putting myself out there and exposing who I am to the world.
Everyone feels some or most of these fears to an extent.
Nobody just starts a blog without these doubts looming in the back of their minds. Doubting yourself is as much a part of being human as breathing and loving chocolate. It’s just not realistic to think that you will ever feel 100% ready. Remember that everyone starts at zero with a new blog and related social media accounts. Everyone has to build their blog and community from the ground up. It’s easy to look at the top bloggers sometimes and feel discouraged when you are first starting out (“I’ll never get there!”). Just remember that they started at the bottom too, and with the information age growing exponentially, you have even more tools at your disposal than they did when they started!
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Below are some of the strategies that I have found to deal with these fear.
- Realize you cannot eliminate fear, so stop trying.
I have read a lot of posts on this topic and I have to say, I feel like most people are doing this 100% wrong.
You cannot eliminate fear. Having fears keeps you alive.
Fear of losing your job keeps you start learning new things. Fear of getting fat keeps you to do regular exercises. Get comfortable with knowing that fear can actually be a good thing. The goal in life is not to eliminate all pain or fear (What are you, a robot?). The goal is to learn how to deal with fear and act accordingly. Confidence is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. It’s being unsure of yourself and pressing on, not hypnotizing yourself into not feeling natural feelings anymore. Here is a great strategy for this…
- Frame all mistakes and failures as learning lessons.
I never once felt like our previous blog was a mistake. It was part of the journey that got us here. Even if your first blog does not succeed, guess what… you will learn a lot from it. As you continue to learn, you will continue to get better and better, eventually making your own blog and giving us lessons!
There are no mistakes, only learning opportunities.
- Write out what will happen to you if you do fail
I sat down and wrote down some worst-case scenarios. If I quit my job and gave this our everything, what was the worst that could happen?
- I will lose our safety net (well-paid full-time jobs) to spend 6+ months blogging and never actually figure out how to make any real money from it.
- I have to tell my family and friends that I failed.
That’s it. Notice that there is no “starvation or death” anywhere in there…
When you write out your fears, they become kind of silly.
The truth of it is, if that’s the WORST that can happen, I think you’ll be okay. Just having the ability to read this post wherever you are means that you a living a pretty good life by the world’s standards. A large percentage of the world is illiterate and does not even have the opportunity to read let alone blog for money… That’s just some food for thought for you.
Why Start a Blog?
The two most important reasons for starting a blog that come to mind immediately are: financial freedom and time freedom.
A blogging career allows you the financial freedom to control your income. Sure, there are risks involved and some people are never able to make money blogging. But if you stick with it and really commit yourself to growing your blog, there aren’t too many limits on how far you can take it. Blogging also allows you the time freedom to travel, work when you want to, and completely design your days.
How can I start a blog and make money?
If you already have an idea of what you want to blog about, you can get started in less than 10 minutes with our step-by-step tutorial on how to start a successful blog.
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Mahabaleshwar Co-Founder, Trade_Psychology
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