Hey there, I know you probably feel like you’ve had it and don’t feel cut out for this blogging thing.
It sounded like a fun adventure when you started, but the more you do it, the more you realize how little you know.
Between choosing a specific topic and blog name to the right blogging platform, web hosting, blog theme, plugins, updates, malware, pageviews, and learning SEO, social media, how to edit pictures, website design… there’s a lot more involved than you ever dreamed, and it’s a lot to juggle.
The first year can be completely overwhelming, and you might wonder if you can see better results by downloading an app to play games for money.
It seems so effortless for other bloggers. That one’s making $30,000 a month, and you barely have two Adsense pennies to rub together.
Another blogger started when you did (or after!), and her blog has skyrocketed in popularity. You wonder what she has that you don’t. You think people must not like what you’re sharing, you’re wasting your time, you’ll never make any money, and you should move on to something else.
I can totally relate. I’ve had these same thoughts too (sometimes on a daily basis!). There’s so much more to blogging than I ever anticipated, and it can be overwhelming, but I have a secret for you… you know that blogger who seems to have it all together? The one who started her facebook page and immediately had a ton of followers? The one who gets comments on every post and seems to be a natural? I bet she’s had these thoughts too.
It’s completely normal (and almost unavoidable) to have these thoughts when we’re feeling overwhelmed and our blogs aren’t growing like we thought they would so I wanted to share some of the things I do to help myself when I’m feeling discouraged:
1. Stop obsessing over stats
Constantly checking your stats will drive you crazy.
It’s really no different than deciding to lose weight and then hopping on the scale 20 times a day. It will make your progress as a new blogger feel slow and small, and you’ll probably end up discouraged that you aren’t getting where you want to be faster.
This is easier said than done sometimes, I know. Google analytics feels like immediate gratification, but ultimately this is an aspect of blogging that we can’t really control.
Instead, focus on creating high-quality content and new blog posts because they are the backbone of a successful blog. As you consistently publish, the amount of visitors, clicks, and rankings in the search results will improve over time.
2. Stop comparing
If following another blogger leaves you feeling discouraged and inadequate, stop reading them for a while. Give yourself a break from the comparison trap. Your time is too valuable to do things that make you feel bad about yourself or your progress.
Instead, ask yourself or your readers what resources you could create for them. What kind of content and blog topics do they find most helpful?
The more you’re able to see how your hard work is positively affecting others, the less you’ll care what other bloggers are doing.
If there’s an area where you’re feeling particularly inadequate, learn more about it.
As a blogger, you’re required to wear many hats. The good news is increasing your knowledge and understanding of how blogging works will help to alleviate your insecurities and only improve your blog over time.
Try searching for a “step-by-step guide” for the topic in question.
If it’s a topic you don’t really want to waste time learning about…
4. Get help
If there’s a certain part of blogging that you hate, and you don’t have the interest or time to learn how to do it yourself, please don’t hesitate to get some help.
Hiring someone who is more knowledgable than you are to handle a task you don’t enjoy frees you up to do more of what you love.
If you need help with search engine optimization or updating your sidebar, hiring someone to help you can be a great investment! A little bit of money can save you hours of frustration and lost time.
For example, I don’t know anything about coding or creating a blog design. I tried to design my own blog with free resources for over a year, but I never loved what I came up with. Eventually, I accepted that it would be best to pay someone else to do it for me. My designer was able to create what I had in mind much faster than I ever could have, and I was able to focus on other things that helped to move my business forward.
The truth is if I can create a successful money-making blog, you can too. No two bloggers will have the exact same experience, and that’s okay. Honestly, that’s one of the great things about blogging! We can craft our own journeys and still be successful.
It’s not always easy, but I promise it’s worth it.