Psychologists and therapists work with people who have severe phobias. So do hypnotists. They have probably never worked with people who fear blogging, though. Fear of blogging? Somehow it doesn’t seem as important as agoraphobia, the fear of leaving one’s home. But it is real. And lots of people who face creating blog posts have fears that actually freeze their fingers on the keyboard. I know – I’ve been there. Over time, though, I learned to identify these fears and face them. You can too. Here are the most common fears aspiring bloggers face and how you can overcome them.
You can’t settle in on a single idea to develop. This is not because you have ADD; it’s because you are afraid of actually picking one and then being forced to do some research and craft a piece of writing that you hope other people might find worthy of a read. You hop because you don’t want to get started, and you don’t want to get started because you are afraid of the response (or lack thereof). You fear failure.
Conquer It: You have to bite the bullet. Stop. Pick one topic. Write the thing. You may not even like what you write, and that’s okay. The point is, you did take an idea and develop it. Now, go back. Sleep on it. Re-work it. The more you do this – take an idea and develop it – the more focused you will get. You won’t like everything you write and you may trash lots of pieces. But you have good company. Every famous writer does the same.
Fear of What Others Will Think
It is a bit daunting to think that you will write something, publish it and that other person may not like it. And if you let that fear creep into your writing, two things will happen. You will never finish the piece, or you may trash a perfectly good topic idea. You will second-guess yourself on every piece you write.
Conquer It: Every book gets reviewed by critics; so does every play and movie. And the people who wrote those works may experience some disappointment, maybe anger, but they move on and write more. The great thing about what you do is that your audience is not that large – you only have to appeal to that much smaller demographic of your audience. And here’s the thing: they may not like a piece you write, but they will not publicize that dislike, except perhaps through a comment. And you can respond to that comment with grace, inviting them to return and read more.
Fear That No-one Will Care About Your Posts
This fear leads to loss of confidence and the self-fulfilling prophecy that you will never be more than just mediocre. That belief will affect your optimism, your motivation, and your writing itself. You will not produce as much as you should; you will not develop your “voice” – something that every good blogger must have. You will lose your sense of humor and your ability to use words creatively.
Conquer It: The goal of every blogger is to be engaging. If you are experiencing fear that no one will care, and it is affecting your voice and flow, take some initiative and use some tools that will help you get your “groove” back:
- Use some headline and content generator tools. They are likely to spark some good ideas that will motivate you.
- Access Quora – put in a few keywords that relate to your blog niche. You’ll get the questions that people are asking. You will find questions you an answer with a blog post.
- Contact Writing Daddy. This writing service has an entire department of creative writers who can give you creative ideas or provide sample blog posts on specific topics.
- Buzzsumo is a great source for topic ideas. You can type in a keyword and find out the most popular posts that have been recently written. You are bound to find some and say, “I can do better than that.” Then write a better one.
Fear of Reaching Out
One of the things that bloggers do for recognition and spread of their personal brands is published in as many places as possible, over and above their own platforms. Most do this by guest blogging. When you read fellow bloggers, there are certainly those you admire. You would love to have a guest post published on their blog, but you can’t bring yourself to do it.
Conquer It: The old adage is true: “You don’t get what you don’t ask for.” What is the worst that could happen? They might turn you down. Will the whole world know that you have been rejected? Of course not. No one likes rejection. J.K. Rowling got it over 200 times. There are lots of bloggers out there. Send your best pieces to them. And think of J.K. Rowling.
Fear that You Won’t Make Enough Money
You didn’t go into blogging for your health. You went into it because you love to write, and you want to get paid to do so. In your fear, you may hesitate to submit posts to well-paying sites; you may fear that you are not good enough to ask for a top price for your work. If you continue to operate this way, no, you will not make enough money.
Conquer It: Make a list of paying to which you want to submit posts; make another list of online businesses that don’t yet have blogs. Commit to contacting five each day, either submitting a post to a few blogs or to submitting your portfolio or a few sample posts to business owners. If you keep writing and keep submitting, you will begin to earn. Embrace the reality that it will take the time to reach an income level you want.
Passion Conquers Fear
You would not be a blogger if you did not love this business. That love can do so much to help you get over your fears because it will drive you; it will awaken you in the middle of the night with an idea; it will cause you to skip meals and make extra pots of coffee. But more important, that passion will push you through your fears.