So you wanted to start a blog…but didn’t.
I started my WinTheKids.com blog in 2012, but I would have started it a year earlier if I hadn’t been so nervous about it. Now going into my 3rd year of blogging, I have noticed that there are 5 myths about blogging that stop people from ever getting started. If you haven’t written your first post yet, then one of these myths may be the reason why.
The Top 5 Myths about Blogging
#1 You Have To Be An Expert
It may seem like you have to be an expert to be a blogger. An expert chef, an expert photographer, even an expert mom! While it helps if you are an amazing prodigy in some field, it is not a requirement to blog. Think of blogging as a TV show: people read to be entertained, to learn something new, or to consider a different perspective. Your blog can be read for a lot of different reasons. You are a character and your topic is the scene. You don’t have to be an expert to give them a reason to “watch your show.”
#2 You Have To Be Funny
While humor always helps, it’s not a necessity. There are many ways to connect to an audience: through helpfulness, through common experience, or through drama and suspense, and many more. Many bloggers are funny and many are quirky, and that works for them because that is who they are naturally, but others are insightful and straightforward. Work with your natural voice and write as you would speak. You will find a community of readers that enjoy your style and you won’t have to pretend you’re something you’re not.
#3 It’s All On You
Just because you started the blog, doesn’t mean you have to be the only one that contributes to it. Consider guest blogging, or inviting others to contribute content to your site. Whatever your subject matter is, there is probably someone in your field online with something new to say. Reach out to them by commenting on there site, reaching out to them on Twitter, or finding their email in some way. This is a great way to diversify the posts on your blog site and also take some pressure off yourself every now and then to produce a post. It is your blog, but it doesn’t have to be all on you to fill it every week. Think of guest bloggers and start reaching out.
#4 Websites are Confusing
Many are intimidated at the proposition of having to navigate a blogging website and get stopped right here. While it may seem daunting at first, the blogging platforms available have worked hard to make the experience as easy and intuitive as possible! Some succeed at that better than others, but overall it is a challenge that you can master. Consider which platform you’d like to use: WordPress (best for SEO), Tumblr, Weebly, Blogger, Typepad, etc, and then hop on YouTube to see how that particular platform works. After a few quick tutorials you’ll be ready to start your site and play around with the tools and dashboard, and you’ll find your stride in no time. While maintaining websites and using blogging platforms can be confusing, the world of video tutorial can quickly make it understandable, so don’t let that stand in your way.
#5 There Are Too Many Blogs In The World
Well, this one might be true! But, even still, it doesn’t mean that no one will find yours or follow it. There are millions of readers all around the world looking for something or another to read. While there may be many blogs on your topic, there are many readers than blogs to go around! Blog anyways. Use awesome Search Engine Optimization practices practices so that your posts get noticed and share your posts with friends and colleagues through your social and professional networks. Your blog will stand out to the people who know you and then it will grow from there. While there many be many, even too many, blogs in the world, it doesn’t mean that yours won’t be valued and noticed too. If you believe the 3 myths about blogging, then congratulations! You will never start your blog.
The hardest part about blogging is getting started.
I believed these myths for a year before I finally got started, but they are in fact myths. When doubt creeps up, if you remind yourself that:
- You don’t have to be an expert
- You Don’t Have to be quirky and funny
- You’re not alone in it, you’re part of the blogging community
- Websites are not as confusing as they seem, and everything can be learned through YouTube!
- And, there aren’t too many blogs in the world, because yours isn’t in it yet!
If your goal is to start your blog this year, then you’ll have to stop believing these myths, and start believing that you have something to say.
What’s holding you back when it comes to blogging? Drop a line in comments.