Most of the people who wish to start a blog of their own often gets stuck with many questions in their mind that make them stay away from starting a blog or a website.
Even when I started blogging 4 years ago, I was also concerned about many thoughts that made me reluctant from starting my first blog. But luckily, the guidance I received from many other bloggers and vloggers helped me to realize in the beginning itself that all my concerns are just temporary and it is just a matter of time to get over all my concerns.
Here in this post, I will be discussing with you the most common concerns or doubts people have against starting a blog and I will be giveing explanations on why those concerns are not relevant and how can you overcome those obstacles and start with your first blog.
I feel like, I don’t have anything more to add
Problem: At the beginning when I started learning about blogging by reading what other bloggers have written, I really started liking the concept of blogging and really felt amazed by reading what other bloggers have written. Even though I started reading blogs to learn more about personal finance management, seeing the way the bloggers write and the way they get connected with their subscribers and how much they are able to get connected with their reader, I too felt like starting my own blog. Then I went on to learn how to do blogging and started my own personal finance management blog. But the moment I started writing posts, after completing a couple of posts, I felt like there is nothing more I could add on to the topics I’m writing as everything and anything in personal finance management is already written and there is nothing more I could provide to my reader.
Solution: This is something that you will face in any profession. If you are a film director, you may feel like all stories are already written and there are all sorts of movies already released and watched by the public. If you are an interior designer, you may feel like all types of designs are already available, and there is nothing new I can do.
The problem here is the way you think about it. If you are always in the hunt of finding something new, then you are in trouble. You, to be a blogger, you don’t need to be an inventor. You can write the same thing that is already written many times by other people.
Your mindset will be like this…
- I will write what I learn.
- I will share with others what I have learned
- I will write in my own way and thereby even though my article is not something new, the way I have written will be unique
- I will share my knowledge with others in the most easiest way and that will be the value addition that I will be providing
Nothing new… but still it is new…
I’m not a good writer
Problem: This is a common concern for non-native English speakers. You believe that to be a blogger you need to have excellent command over the English language. English is the most common speaking language in the world and if you want to get a huge traffic/readers you need to write your content in English. Hence, you will decide that blogging is not for you
Solution: Well, if you are an excellent writer in English, it’s well and good for you. But the point is, you don’t need to be a good writer to start your own blog. Yes, it is true that you need to have some basic grammar and vocabulary. But you really don’t need to be a talented writer to start a blog.
Now, how can you test whether you have the basic hold on English to become a blogger? The answer is simple. If you can speak to someone in English without being too conscious about your English grammar or without struggling too much for the right words, then you have passed the test. Just being conscious about your grammar and vocabulary is still ok. 🙂
The point is, you are not writing to impress your English school teacher. You are not in a school writing the Grammar test to get a good score and pass the exam. You know something and you want to share that with others in a way others can understand. That’s it.
What you need to do is, think that you are sitting with you close friend and you want to talk about a topic with him. Now just think about what you would have talked to your friend and whatever it is, just write it down.
- The sentence may be short
- The sentence may be long
- The sentence may be too long
- You might forget to put space somewhere
- You might forget to put an exclamation mark somewhere
Doesn’t matter… Just start writing…
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I don’t think, I will be able to monetize my blog
Problem: I may be able to write something on my blog. Even I may write 100 or more than 100 posts in my blog, but I don’t think that I will be able to monetize my blog. Because …
- I don’t have a product to sell
- I don’t have the time to write an e-book
- I don’t know how to set up and e-commerce site
- I don’t think I will get good traffic to my blog
- Competition is huge
Solution: Whether a movie is gonna be billion-dollar box office hit or not, first you need to have a good story, direction and actors. Whether the movie is gonna be a box office hit or not is always secondary even though you wish it would be.
Just like that, what matters is the content… Remember, content is always the king and if you are sure that what you know is valuable to others and there are enough number of readers who are searching for the content which you have, then if not tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow, definitely people are gonna come into your blog to read you content and one way or the other, you will be able to monetize your blog.
Also keep in mind that monetizing you blog is not a time taking process, whether you want to monetize your blog by using ad networks like Google Adsense, Adthrive, it takes only a few hours to apply and set up. Even if you want to do affiliate marketing, it won’t take much time to set it up. You can always do it later on.
Also remember, when you are not focused on monetization initially, you tend to write good content that is more authentic and valuable to the readers. Because when you are too much focused on monetization, especially at the initial stage, you tend to write only on keywords that brings high traffic and your opinions might be biased because you want to write in favour of one amazon product which you really don’t like and put an affiliate link thereby people click on that link and buy those products and you get a commission out of that.
So stop worrying about making money, start worrying about the content. If you can provide value, people are gonna come and if you have traffic in your blog, your blog is gonna be on-demand one way or the other.
Focus on content, focus on value addition and write genuine articles at the initial state. Everything else will follow at the later stage.
I’m afraid that I will not get enough traffic to my blog
Problem: I have started putting posts in my new blog, but I feel like I’m not going anywhere. I have been writing for a few months now but I don’t find enough traffic coming to my blog. I think my blog is a failure and I think I’m not good in this business.
Solution: The problem here is you are focused too much on the outcome and not on the milestone you are crossing each day or each week. Remember, in any case, even if you are writing a good number of articles a month, it will take at least 6 months for you to find a reasonable amount of traffic. As I said earlier, as long as you are sure that what you write something that is valuable to other and as long as there is enough number of the reader for your topic, definitely traffic is gonna come in future.
Write now, you just need to set some milestones and focus on achieving those. Instead on wondering how you can write 100 posts in your blog just set you milestone of completing one post a week or 1 post in every 3 days. Whenever you complete each milestone, reward yourself. Like, if your target is to complete a post every 3 days, once you click the publish button, go out and watch a movie or go for a dine out. Whenever you complete a larger milestone like 8 posts a month, go for a long ride. Don’t get just tucked with writing. After all, you are doing all these to have a life that you enjoy. So, let’s enjoy the process and not the outcome.
I’m afraid that my site will get hacked or will crash one day
Problem: You have read too much about sites getting hacked and you don’t want something like that happening to your blog. Also, you are too concerned about your site getting malfunction because of some technical problems which you can’t even explain.
Solution: This is a genuine concern, it is good that you are concerned about this. But the point is there are clear laid down action plan on these issues.
About getting hacked, just make sure that you have a strong password with a mix of numbers, alphabets and characters. Make sure that password is long enough. Don’t write it anywhere, not even on your laptop, mobile or notebook. Don’t even share it with your spouse and don’t log in from a non-personal computer. Also, make sure that your registered email id is accessible so that even if you lose your password, you can easily change it with a new one.
Now about getting your site crashed, all of a sudden, it is pretty simple. If you are using Siteground on Bluehost, you simply need to contact the customer care and they will put your site back on track exactly as how it was one or two days ago. So make sure that you buy your hosting plan from Siteground or Bluehost.
Starting a blog is too expensive
Problem: I don’t want to start a blog because it is too expensive and I don’t have money for that.
Solution: Do you know how much it will cost to start a blog? It comes around 15 dollars a year. Yes, for a started that is all required to buy you hosting plan and domain. You may need to buy premium plugins, search analysis tools, premium themes and all. But not at the beginning. To start a blog you just need a paid hosting plan and a paid domain address.
Now, I know that there are many concerns which I may not have listed here because they an endless and each individual will have different things in their mind that makes them reluctant from stating a blog. See, whether you are good at something, you can understand that only if you start it. Just starting a blog will not waste your time and money. So why not giving it a shot. If you feel like starting a blog, just try it. Don’t overthink.
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