For many people, the hardest part of becoming a blogger is getting started—but not because they don’t know what to do technically. It’s the blogging anxiety or fear of not being sure you have enough credibility or are qualified enough to write a blog. It’s a common feeling that everyone thinks about before starting out with a blog. You think to yourself, “Am I really important enough to write blog articles?” Or, “Is anyone really going to be interested in what I write?”
The best advice I can give you is: Just go ahead and blog! However, I realize it may not be that easy if you really feel embarrassed to launch your blog. So, how can you get over this anxiety? Let’s take a look at some techniques you can use to ease your way into your blog and be more confident in your blog writing.
Write for Yourself First
One of the great things about blogging is that anyone can start doing it. You don’t need to get anybody’s approval. Just get on your computer and start typing—or you can start writing by hand in your notebook. When you start out, write what you’re interested in, about your experiences, and what you want to express to your audience. But at this point, don’t worry about what anyone else will think. Right now, you’re just writing for yourself. Don’t try to write the perfect blog post. The goal is to write something that you yourself would be interested in reading.
Share with Family and Friends
The next step is to share your writings with family members or a close friend. The idea here is to share your work with someone you’re comfortable with and to get their feedback. You can actually accomplish a couple of things here. First, you’re able to get more comfortable with letting others see your writings. And second, you may be able to incorporate the feedback you get to actually improve the way you write your blog posts.
Join and Participate in Online Forums
When you’re ready to take the next step, try joining some forums related to the topic you want to blog about. Engage with others on the forum. Post some excerpts from some of the blog posts you’ve written to get some feedback. As you communicate with others in discussion forums, you’ll get more comfortable writing online and sharing your thoughts. It’s a great way to transition into writing for your own blog, and should boost your confidence as you get more use to posting your thoughts online.
Utilize Social Media to Test Things Out
Once you actually start your blog, you can utilize your social media channels to post links to your blog posts. You can also ask your followers for their feedback and then use the information to refine and enhance your future writings.
Go For It!
While I can certainly understand someone being uncomfortable or even slightly embarrassed when deciding whether to start a blog, I have to go back to the advice I gave at the start, “Just go ahead and blog!” However, if you’re still not totally confident, try the steps above to gradually ease yourself into being the blogger you want to become.