I have gotten a few questions recently about how I started blogging and an interesting commonality amongst those questions seemed to be how to move past the fear of creating a blog and just do it. So here is what I have to say to that:
If you want to start a blog, DO IT.
Think about all the OG bloggers who started out 10 or so years ago before blogging was a highly sought after career, think about why they started a blog — because they wanted to, it was a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and it made them happy. Those should be the same reasons driving you to start a blog and if that is the case, then you need to do it. If you’re simply looking for an easy way to make money or quit your day job then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. What propelled me the most was REGRET. I couldn’t stand the thought of 10 years down the road wondering what could have been, had I just tried. Another piece of advice — start now. I posted my first outfit on IG back in 2013 (see it here) and oh how I wish I had stuck to it back then.
Do not let FEAR hold you back.
As cliche as it may sound, that statement is true. Try your hardest not to care about what others will think or what others will say, you are blogging because it is something you want to do. Those who truly care about you will support you. The fear of failure should not hold you back either. You may not be successful in the first year or the first 5 years but again if you’re simply starting a blog for success then it will NEVER bring you joy. I am STILL trying to get a good grasp on who I am in the social media world (3 years later), but that’s okay because I’ve learned so much about who I am in the process.
Do not let COMPARISON hold you back, either.
We tend to compare our beginnings to the successful ever afters of others. But what we didn’t see was how hard they worked to get to there, the sleep they lost, the tears they cried. Like I said before it may take a while before you start seeing the fruits of your labor. Just remember that everyone’s journey looks differently and this is YOURS.
Blog about what you love and what makes you happy, the rest will follow. This has to have been my biggest stumbling block in my blogging experience thus far. I thought I needed to follow the trends on IG, post like everyone else. That in fact, was not true. Since realizing that, I have been happier and I have seen an increase in both my engagement and growth. Moral of the story — Be yourself and be authentic.
I hope these little tid-bits of advice help you in your decision. If your heart is in the right place, then DO IT! Focus on getting started, we can discuss the details later. 🙂