As much fun as blogging can be, it can also be so intimidating. First of all, you have to put yourself out there and be willing to face criticism. And then there’s the fact that while some of us are just starting out, others are literal millionaires. No big deal.
When I was in college, I had all of these blogging goals and business dreams. I would take e-courses, write down each and everyone one of my ideas, and talk to like-minded friends about everything. The problem is, I didn’t pursue any of those ideas for a ridiculously long time because I never felt ready. I didn’t feel confident enough to share any creative ideas in the blogosphere, so I kept them to myself.
The trick to diving into the the blog world is just that – diving in. At some point, we all just have embrace whatever our dream job or hobby is and that takes confidence. Here’s how I was able to find confidence in the ever-growing land of blogging.
1. Start seeing others as inspiration rather than competition
I used to have a hard time reading certain blogs because, even though I truly admired the bloggers behind them, they just made me feel so inadequate. As a newbie, it was overwhelming to think about how far behind I was in terms of blog success. Eventually, I learned how to be inspired by my favorite successful bloggers rather than jealous. I realized they had worked really hard to get where they are and that I could do the same if I wanted to.
Side note – if a blog or IG account really bums you out, don’t be afraid to click that unfollow button. :)
2. Join welcoming blogging communities
We believe that blogging is all about community. Whether you want to create community on your blog or engage in it through Facebook groups or meetups, there is always an opportunity to connect with bloggers who have similar interests as you. Angela and I love finding FB groups in which people share their successes as well as their failures. It’s comforting to see that we’re all kind of in the same boat.
3. Eliminate negative self talk on your blog and IRL
Positivity is something I’ve always been passionate about, but every now and then I find myself talking negatively about myself. I’ll make an offhanded joke about how much I suck at something, and before I know it, I’ll start actually believing that. I used to be the queen of qualifying my statements. Like, “this isn’t my best idea, but…” or “I know this has been done a hundred times before, but…” Not only does that kind of language negatively affect how you see yourself, but it also influences how other people feel when they read your blog. Try to keep it positive online and also when you talk about your blog in real life.
4. Don’t take yourself too seriously
Embrace your imperfections! Honestly, reading authentic, unfiltered blog posts is my favorite thing. Keep in mind that none of us are perfect and that’s the whole point of being a human. Have fun with your blog and know that people love it when you keep it real. :)
Do you ever struggle to feel confident as a blogger? It took me a really long time to find my voice but I still find it hard to open up sometimes. Whether you’re just getting started blogging or you’ve been doing this for a while, we would love to hear what motivates your blogging ventures the most.