Reasons Why I Don’t Have My Own Blog Yet
Reasons Why I Don’t Have My Own Blog Yet
I love blogs.
Some are a great source of useful and intriguing information. Others just make me laugh fit to burst a gut. I constantly share them on my own social networks because I’m a generous person. It’s no wonder, really, that there are over 4 million blog posts written on a daily basis.
Being able to connect with people and sharing what you have is the most fulfilling experience you can have. In fact, I can say that there are a lot of benefits and reasons why you should start a blog.
It makes me wonder whether I should start a blog. Well, I think that might be a good idea.
It’s not like I have a shortage of things to say. In my short life, I have always been a fun of imagining a lot of things and putting down ideas on a piece of paper. In fact, it is more a passion than a hobby, of which I have taken up and dropped a horde of them along the way. I have tried skiing, snowboarding, drawing and painting, and I have played a lot of video games.
Nothing has molded me as much as a person or given me as much time and freedom as writing.
I love to write.
As a blogger, you get to share it to a larger circle of people, and if you are lucky enough, people will like what you post and share as well, as I do, and get to grow your audience.
However, I have not yet started my own blog, and some people have asked me why.
I have been trying to figure that out, and I’ve discovered the main reasons why; commitment and the desire for perfection.
Let me explain these key reasons further. Perhaps they apply in your case too. Don’t forget to check out my tips in the end that can help you to overcome this issue if you are in the same boat as me.
At first, I did not think that bloggers need much time and commitment to maintain a blog.
However, I read other people’s blogs almost daily and there’s always something new. I have come to realize that blogging requires a significant amount of commitment and time to do.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons I don’t own a blog yet is because I have a full time job, and a family to take care of, so committing to a blog is not a decision to take lightly.
I don’t want to have a blog just because thousands of other people have one. I want to add value to what’s out there. I want to have more than just a free WordPress account. My blog is going to be more than an online diary. I want my readers to actually read my posts and glean meaningful insights from my blog. This would require a lot of brainstorming and effort to pull off.
To be a blogger, I need to commit to this endeavor.
Do I want my blog to be perfect when I do start it?
With over 966 million websites in the world today, the odds of making it seem to be against anyone who wants to make it in blogging. Anyone who tells you that there is room for everything is misleading you. You need more than hard work to make it in this field.
This is the reason why I am striving for perfection.
I need to find a niche that has not already been covered to exhaustion. Some bloggers say you need to come up with new content every day and promote it vigorously on social media, and I can see the logic. Neil Patel, a professional blogger says, “consistency is the key to growth,” and I agree with him. If you are committed and consistent in what you do, which includes creating content and promoting it, then you have a better chance of engaging your audience. That’s an edge you need in the competitive world of blogging.
This is the other reason why I do not own a blog yet. I can’t decide on what I want to blog about. I am passionate about a lot of things, but since I have to keep writing about it for as long as I want to keep blogging, it is hard to pick a niche.
I know a bit about many things, but not enough to make me a professional blogger. I am a sort of jack of all trades but a master of none.
To become a good blogger, I need to be focus more on one or two things, which sort of brings me around in a loop. With all the million ideas floating in my mind, it is hard to settle on just one or two.
This brings me to another dilemma.
When I do find a niche I like, am I a good enough writer to do all the content myself? Should I hire a professional service like essays.scholaradvisor courseworks just to be on the safe side? Which platform should I use to market and promote my content? Is it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or what?
It was a dilemma for me for a long while, but I did learn something very important along the way from all the blogs I’ve seen. Perfection is not achievable, nor should it be a goal. You cannot plan perfection. Things will always happen that you cannot anticipate nor control, and that’s part of the process.
Blogging is an experience you have to do in order to get better at it. It’s a lot like living your life. All you can do is to do your best, and always be improving.
For those with the same problem as I do, here are some of the things that I will personally doing this 2017 to finally have my own blog. Check it out and see how it can help you achieve your blogging goals as well.
Choose your niche.
I’m not entirely comfortable with leaving anything to chance, but that is the nature of blogging. I believe I am getting to a point of acceptance, and choosing my niche. Because I like a variety of things I plan to have a lifestyle blog and just put categories of the things I am interested in – travel, books, writing, leadership, and motivation. This will allow me to write about a variety of subjects and explore several areas of interest.
Make a conscious effort to get started.
If I wait for the time that I’m ready and the “perfect” post is written for publishing, I will never get anything done. Getting started is the most difficult part of the process and to address this, I will go against my natural propensity for perfection. “Finished, not perfect” will be mantra for 2017.
Thinking of blogging puts a great pressure on me because I often think of the cost and the time required in getting my own domain. Hence, this time around, I plan to start small and work from there, Instead of having my own hosting and domain, I’ll try out the free platforms firms and play everything by the ear. This will relieve me of the pressure to monetize my blog so that I can enjoy the process of writing rather than looking at things in terms of expenses.
Leverage the power of habit.
It’s all about not breaking the chain and forming habits. As I strive from writing and publishing the “perfect” post, I will set goals for myself that I will commit to doing. For example, I plan to write at least once a week in the first month and then increase that twice a week as make incremental progress. This way, I feel a sense of accomplishment and develop the habit of writing and updating my blog.
The Takeaway: Know your bottlenecks to success
What am I trying to say here?
The reason I don’t have my own blog yet is because I have put obstacles in my way.
Is it a form of avoidance because I’m not sure I’ll make a success of it?
It is very likely.
However, these obstacles should not stop you from starting your own blog. I have read and enjoyed many blogs that are far from polished, but they exude personality and a sincere wish to be of help to their readers, which in my opinion are the most important things about blogging. They get shared a lot on social media because of the value they give, and that’s pretty cool.
Acknowledging your problems is the first step in solving them. I can now progress much faster in my plan to start my own. If you find yourself stalled at the gate as I have been for the longest time, find out what’s keeping you standing in place.
Find a niche, commit yourself to the project, and get started. That’s really all there is to it.
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Laura Buckler is freelance writer and journalist. She believes that everything in our life is simple and achievable and tries to help people recognize their own potential. Personal motivation is her main driving force.