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I’m totally stoked to introduce today’s post to you all. When Alyssa from Fit and Fun in Third and I first started talking about her writing a post for BTT, I was excited that such a fresh-young-on-the-scene blogger was ready to jump into the sharing right away.
It’s uber-important to me that HLB is a place for ALL of our voices [poke. poke. Hey, YOU. we want you to get involved!] to be heard, no matter how many days we’ve blogged, page views we’ve reached, or subscriptions counted. That’s why when the idea of writing a BTT post ABOUT being a newbie came to the table, I did a little jump for joy. PERFECTION! Enough from me, here’s a fresh voice for you to love! -H
I was a reader of blogs for quite some time. Each night, I used to sit on the couch and catch up on the lives of my favorite bloggers. I would read on, in envy, as bloggers shared their lives and thoughts with the world. I wanted to write. I wanted to share. But there was so much holding me back. I didn’t know how to get started, and I was intimidated. It wasn’t until this past February that I took the plunge and decided to start my own little blog.
How did I feel?
Like the new kid at school. During recess.
Wanna be friends? I’ll share my fro-yo…..
I had so many fears, hopes, and confusions with the process of starting up my blog, and I still do. I’m sure anyone who has ever started a blog has felt the same… and if you haven’t… more power to ya!
My Blogging Fears
- Readers won’t “get” me. Not gonna lie, 4 months into my blogging, I still get a twinge of anxiety before I hit “publish.” Will I look stupid? Will my humor be lost on others? Will I come across as ignorant by posting a picture of myself? Will I be judged? I could go on… and on… and on.
- I’ll look stupid compared to the bigtime bloggers. I realize that this statement is extremely ridiculous. Looking stupid? I just turned 30. Am I really concerned about that? Yes, yes I am. As I started to comment on blogs, I felt a bit silly. I thought that it was ridiculous that I knew these bloggers so well, yet they had no clue who I was. I mean, in the virtual world, that is the way it is… however, it’s still intimidating and makes me feel like a little kid trying to make friends during recess.
- Will I be taken seriously by my friends and family? I am still working on this one. My husband is one of the very few people who I am close with that knows about my blog. Why? Because I’m scared. I love writing, and it is very personal to me. I’m nervous to tell people about my blog… not because I’m embarrassed, but because I feel like I’d be giving up so much of myself. What if I fail?
So what have I done to alleviate these fears?
When I write a post, I’m genuine, and if someone doesn’t “get” me… oh well. I am who I am, and I try to stop myself each time I start to compare my blog with others. Yes, I love reading so many amazing blogs out there, but when it comes to MY blog, I do my own thing. I do what makes me happy. By doing that, I think that my personality, and my writing style shine through and that my readers enjoy it. I do my best, and if blogging becomes too much for me, I will give it a break. It doesn’t mean I’ve failed, it means I’m realistic about what I can accomplish.
My Blogging Confusions
- Um, everything. I managed to get my blog up and running, and I even managed to jazz it up a bit, but all the maintenance and snazzy design that I so desperately want? I’m lost. It’s hard to be taken seriously (and take myself seriously) as a blogger when I am still learning all the logistics. I’d like to get my own domain and figure out what goes into advertising on my blog, but I don’t even know where to start. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who is overwhelmed by all the details….
- How do some bloggers manage to get up 3 posts a day, meanwhile I struggle to post once a day? It’s not that I don’t have the things to say, or topics to discuss… I do. It’s just that blogging takes so much time, and after I get home from teaching… I’m beat. My brain is moving slow. I struggle to form sentences to my husband, let alone write a blog post for the world to see! How do you do it people?!
So what have I done to figure things out?
Google is quickly becoming my best friend when it comes to blog related questions. I do what I can, and the rest will fall into place. I remind myself that a post that I don’t put my whole heart into writing isn’t worth publishing. I refuse to post just because I feel I have to. If that means posting 3 or 4 times a week, that’s what I’ll do! I promise you’ll never get a half-hearted post from me!
My Blogging Hopes
- To improve my writing. One of my biggest dreams in life is to become a published author. I hope that by constantly working on my writing through these blog posts, I’ll help to improve my writing and someday, someday, hopefully it’ll help my dream to become a reality.