5 Myths About Blogging (That Will Stop You From EVER Getting Started)

So you wanted to start a blog…but didn’t.

Maybe you wanted to monetize a blog and live off it like this guy did, or maybe you wanted to develop your personal brand online. Either way, something has stopped you from getting started.

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.


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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.”


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#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.


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#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.


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#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.

8 replies
  1. Ryan Biddulph
    Ryan Biddulph says:

    Camia thanks so much for linking in to my blog! And smart points all around!! Goodness gracious, I was so far from being an expert as a newbie. Back then I was BFP, and it wasn’t Blogging from Paradise….it was Biddulph from Plainfield (NJ)…..and what a different story that was. Knowing why I wanted to blog – to free me and to free my audience – helped inspire me to make the freeing and uncomfortable decisions I needed to make to rock out this blogging bit.

    All the points above killed my excuses and I know you’ll inspire Matt’s audience to live their blogging dreams.

    Well done, and hey, congrats on being Huffington Post published Camia!


    • Camia Gavin
      Camia Gavin says:

      Hey Ryan, thanks so much! I look forward to typing from a beach one day like you do. Until then, I like the idea of freeing myself and encouraging others to do the same. Keep rockin it!

  2. Silke Jager
    Silke Jager says:

    Thank goodness one doesn’t have to be funny to be a blogger. I would have quit years ago, lol.

    Great article by the way. We all had to start somewhere and making that first step by writing your very first article is always the hardest. I felt like I was writing solely for myself for about the first 6 months when I started my first blog (all about women’s high heel shoes) until I got a ‘real’ comment. I was so excited and have been hooked ever since.

  3. Naomi Dinsmore
    Naomi Dinsmore says:

    Hi Camia,

    A lot people i speak to say “I just don’t know where to start”. Meaning, the website confusion (like you mentioned). They think they have to pay hundreds for a web designer, images, management of the site.

    But I guess with anything new, there are always lots of questions that follow

    Thank god I can recommend WordPress!


    • Camia
      Camia says:

      Hi Naomi,

      Yes! There are always a lot of questions that follow and WordPress is an awesome resource for sure.

      On top of that, these days YouTube has been a go to source for learning new platforms. It’s amazing how much free information is right at our fingertips.


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