Welcome back to #Bloggingforbeginners series. This is the second post for #MyFriendAlexa and I am excited to share another post for the same.
In this post, I am talking about one of the rarely discussed blogging topics. I am talking about “Blogging insecurities”. What are some common blogging insecurities and how to deal with them? Read the post to know more about it.
Before sharing more about this topic, I want to put on a disclaimer.
“This post is not meant or written with a purpose to share any “Blogging Gyan” from my side. I had experienced all these insecurities during my 5 years of blogging carrier. With this post, I am just sharing my experience and the way how I had deal with them? Also, love to do a humble request to all senior blogging friends to share their experience and some tips to deal with these kinds of blogging insecurities”.
Now, let’s start with the main topic of this post.
I believe, as a human we all have different kind insecurities in various aspects of life.
In same way, there are some common blogging insecurities that most of us bloggers face once or more during our blogging carrier.
Specially, for new bloggers it is not uncommon to feel stressed out and insecure with fast pace race of blogging.
As, I had mentioned in the Previous post , that blogging has become one of the most over-competitive field. The ever-increasing numbers of blogs (600 million worldwide) definitely puts a tremendous amount of pressure on all those who want to go ahead or sustain in this journey.
Here are some common blogging insecurities that most of bloggers (including me) face time to time.
3 common blogging insecurities and how to deal with them?
Will I get notice?
Yes, first and most common emotion that we all felt when we get started off with something new.
I remember, it was 5 years ago when I had started my first blog (positive parenting), I was so innocent and completely unaware from different complicated aspects of blogging. For me, it was just a creative outlet for sharing my areas of expertise and parenting journey.
But, later on in 2018 when I had learnt different aspects of blogging and move my blog to self-hosting platform with a proper planning, then I was so stressed out about different aspects of my blog.
I had many questions in my mind regarding my blog design, content, presentation style, social media presence, and the list goes one. Many times, I had felt that
Will I get notice?
Will people like to read my content?
Will I be able to make a place for myself in this over-competitive field?
Believe me, after re-analyzed all these emotions, I had realized that I am not the only one who is feeling this way. All those who entered in to this field may had some of these kind of performance anxiety or insecurities.
Shortly, “it is not easy to present yourself in the world that is already occupied with tons of amazingly talented people. Feeling a sense of anxiety or insecurity about your acceptance is one of the most common human emotions, that affect most artists (including actors, bloggers, musicians and other different kinds of performers).
How to fix it?
Though, I know being a mature grown-up, we all have our own ways to deal with performance anxiety and insecurities. But here I am sharing the mantra that always worked well for me.
“Do your best and leave the rest to god”.
Like my all other academic exams, I always put my best-efforts for writing each blog post. And then I did not think much about it. Of course, there will be some people who will like or appreciate my work or there will be some who will not like it.
So, as a short piece of advice for new bloggers. I will conclude that “never put too much emphasis on the end result of any creative process. Yes, put your best foot forward and then leave the rest to god and the universe. enjoy the journey of writing, creating or learning new things. Making your blogging journey a learning experience is one of the best ways to deal with these annoying symptoms of insecurities.
Blog growth (new number of followers/subscribers) and reader engagement (views, like and comment)
This is the second most common blogging insecurity that affects most of the bloggers time to time. “Growth” is one of the important aspects of life, and we all have a strong desire to go ahead and achieve more success. The same emotion of “Having a fast and strong growth” affect our blogging carrier too.
Unfortunately, nowadays blogging has become a big number game. having a large number of followers shows your popularity or eligibility to established yourself as an authority in your niche.
In fact, reader engagement is also being calculated by checking numbers of views, likes, and comments.
Of course, there is nothing wrong in having an ambitious attitude for increasing the numbers of followers or subscribers. And having a desire to get more views, likes and comments for your blog and social media posts.
But this thing become stressful, when this ambition gets turned into a “feeling of insecurity”. here are few signs that shows that someone is truly obsessed with this number game.
- Constant checking of numbers of followers/ subscribers.
- Feeling of restlessness and check numbers of views, like and comment, as soon as post gets published.
- Keeping a watch on other fellow bloggers’ growth and feel not so good with their growth.
- The mind is constantly revolving around the ways to increase the numbers of followers and like-comment etc.
- Never had a happy or satisfactory feeling with own growth and numbers.
All these signs indicate that “Number game” has affected your mental health badly. And you need to put an immediate attention to fix it.
How to fix it?
Of course, I had also felt that “Number obsession” in the beginning of my blogging journey. And wished that I want to grow fast. But very soon, I had understood that this is not a meaningful approach to go ahead in this journey. Instead of focusing on these numbers, I should try to focus on creating more meaningful content that help at least some people in their life.
Conclusively, “This number game race is never ending. Concentrate on your own journey, and growth is one of the best work policies. Instead of moving fast, focus on steady growth. enjoy your achievements (even small) and work consistently with best possible efforts is one of the most effective way to deal with insecurities related with your growth.
Money-making through blog
Yes, third most common insecurity that most of the bloggers face is “Money making through their blogs”.
After an initial set up and putting some sincere efforts, we all want to move one step ahead in our blogging carrier. And that next step is “Money making” Getting sponsored projects and work for different brands is dream of many of us.
I had felt that emotion so many times during last 2-3 years.
Sometimes, I had a feeling of disappointment too.
I had a repeated thought as “I am not doing any productive thing in my life as a blogger. I am not getting enough monetary benefit despite putting lots of time and efforts for nurturing my blogging carrier.
How to fix it?
After getting that emotions, here are the few things that had relived my money-making anxiety,
- First, I had understood that blogging is not primarily a money-making field. Blogging is more like a connecting and creative outlet to get connected with other like-minded people.
- Second money making with blog is not as easy seems. And you need to reach on that stage (in term of numbers such as blog stat, traffic, social media following) to get regular sponsored opportunity.
- Third, I should enjoy and feel proud on the work or projects that I am doing. Focusing on other people’s journey will always make me feel insecure.
So, these are some things that I had applied to deal with my blogging insecurities. What are your thoughts? Please share.
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