Before I started blogging, I was quite clueless about the digital world, as you know, if you’ve read my previous blog post on how I started my journey. I was surfing trough different pages, blogs, sites and what I’ve noticed was, that no matter the content that site was about, many of them had some blog tips to share. I was amazed that all of these people learned so much about it, they could pass the knowledge on to others. They were all experts to me. I thought I could never learn it, yet alone write about it. For me, it was an unknown world of digital chaos.
When you decide to blog, you enter a world of endless possibilities, a world of countless amount of content, words, numbers, tips, tricks, advises, people. You enter a world that is constantly changing, upgrading, refreshing, restoring. And you have to keep up the pace in order to make it. To get noticed. To be heard. To not get swallowed by the mass of data.
It’s quite a scary world, putting it that way. God knows, there are times when it would be so much easier to just press Erase, Cancel, Delete. It gets overwhelming, especially if some sneaky little monsters start to get the best of you…Just remember, you can overcome them, learn from them, and turn them into challenges that push you to be better, work harder, get stronger.
My top 4 “blogging-monsters” and how to overcome them:
You gave it your all – to your posts, the content, your social media channels. You feel like this is it, the breaking moment you’ve been waiting for, when your blog’s stats will go crazy, followers number skyrocket. You wait and wait and wait a bit longer (for Australia to wake up!), you wait (cause in USA it’s just early morning) and wait and …. Nothing happens! What?! Why?! How?! Close the computer for the rest of the day…
Overcoming Stats: Consistency. Posting, posting, posting. Don’t stop. Don’t get depressed. You have to earn your audience. It can take only one great post on one great Liky that will set your stats into motion. And if you have higher number in comments than in your stats, focus on your comments. Read what your audience is writing to you, comment back, be engaged with them. Read what you mean to them, how they see you… For me, that is far more rewarding than high stats. They will come in time, but knowing that I make a difference – priceless.
Another little monster that eats away your confidence. You think to yourself, why keep going, when there are thousands of them that are doing the same thing but like a hundred times better than you (you look at their stats of course, where they have over 20K followers and making 1000$ with their blog, their posts are popular, they are popular, where as for you – you have maybe 1k followers and struggling with writing, posting on SM, trying to get your first review..).
Overcoming Comparison: You are unique! No one else has the experience you have! The knowledge you’ve learned, the skills that you have, assets you possess. We all have to start somewhere. Don’t compare, look up to those who are successful, get inspired by them. They have worked their asses off to be where they are. Hard work pays off. If I can do it, so can you and if you can do it, so can I.
- Endless learning
Right, ha?! It just doesn’t end!!! Learn how to write, learn when to post, learn how to post on SM, learn to connect, learn to monetize, learn to design, learn to schedule, learn about FB, learn about joining groups,… Why the hell did I go to school for 20 years or so?!!
Overcoming Learning: Don’t get ahead of yourself. One step at a time. There are million things to learn and million things will change. Make a plan, what you want to learn and what you need to learn in order to make progress. Know what works for you – like having a Facebook day or Facebook hour/day. Schedule – just like in good old school, remember?;)
- Writing black-out
You write and you write and then comes a day when you run dry. The words don’t feel right, the content is useless, un-relatable, un-sharable, title just isn’t working. You are just out of ideas.
Overcoming writing black-out: Let it go. Take a break. Do stuff. Read and get inspired. Try new things. Or just write about your blockade, your running dry on ideas, your empty head, your losing of words. It just might be a great post to share. And it just might bring some new ideas… Just don’t over analyze it and get to caught up in it.
What are your blogging-monsters and your techniques to overcome them? Let us know!