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When it comes to blogging, are you stressed or worried? How can you get to a place where you stop worrying and enjoy all aspects of creating content and connecting with others?
This post highlights 10 things you can officially stop worrying about with blogging. It is caulk full of reminders we all need from time to time!
Blogging is a household word these days. Chances are if YOU aren’t a blogger yourself, you know someone who is. Blogging can be anything from an online journal for sharing with close family and friends, to a viable way of making a full time income and everything in between. There are very few people who don’t know what a blog is in this present age. So stop worrying and enjoy the ride!
10 Things You Can Stop Worrying About with Blogging
It is official! There are things that you as a blogger can stop worrying about!
1. HOW to Start a Blog
Don’t know where to begin? Not a problem! There are blogs about starting a blog and step-by-step tutorials all over the internet. Getting started is only a click away. Blogger and Word Press are two popular blogging sites that are very easy to set up.
2. Finding Readers
There are blog hops, link ups, and forums, just to name a few places to find readers. Bloggers like reading the posts of fellow bloggers. They do! That’s how relationships develop. And don’t forget Google Hangouts, and my personal favorite Twitter; and other social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram. So go get social! You are sure to find more readers.
3. What Subject to Blog About
Some bloggers have specific topics or niches on which they blog but topics are as varied as bloggers themselves. Are you a crafter, DIYer, homeschooler or foodie, or do you prefer to post about life events? Find your niche and go all out.
Who doesn’t love comments, right? The Saturday ShareFest is a great way to get comments on your favorite post of the week. Please remember to share the love. Leaving meaningful comments on other blogs and even those who left comments on yours is simple social media etiquette.
If you are a blogger who posts daily the risk for burn-out is high. Take a deep breath and look around. Other bloggers are just dying to get guest post experience and exposure. Connecting with them is again, only a click away. And don’t forget about Vlogging. MamaKatslosinit provides ideas for Vlogging and a link up. For some reason Vlogging seems to take a little blogging pressure off. Burn out is a thing of the past.
6. Making Money (if that’s what you want to do with your blog)
There are a lot of networks who connect brands with bloggers these days. Joining Massive Sway is a great way to get connected. There are articles too, on how to get started making money, and lists of sites where you can sign up to start turning your blogging efforts into a money making venture.
7. What Others Will Think of You
We all have that innate predisposition to worry about what someone will think of us if we let them see the “real” person behind the blog. That is human nature. But bloggers who have actually gone deep on a particular subject, sharing some personal stuff, are usually glad they do. The feedback is almost always positive because people can relate. Being a write-from-the-heart kind of blogger is very rewarding on a personal level. You don’t always have to bare your soul, but doing so every now and then will endear you to your readers.
8. Being Techie
Trust me on this one! There are books, articles and tutorials on all things tech related. So no worries! And if that isn’t a fit for you, then check out the many web designers out there. I got a few recommendations in the SITS Forum and went from there.
9. Being Too Old or Too Young
I’m proof of that! I sometimes feel like a duck out of water in the blogging world because my kids are grown (mostly) and I’m not techie (though I’m learning). As the world of blogging continues to grow, so will the variety of people; and there are more and more teen bloggers too! The playing field is leveled when it comes to blogging. Age is not a factor.
10. Finding Support
As a general rule, the blogging world is very friendly and supportive. Bloggy Boot Camps are great places to gain support when it comes to learning about blogging; connecting with companies and brands, all the while making good and lasting friendships and having fun. I am about to experience this for myself in October when I attend the conference for women in Minneapolis!
There you have it; 10 reasons why bloggers can officially stop worrying. This is not an exhaustive list, however.
Do you have one to share? We would love to hear it!
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Embracing The Good Life says
Thank you so very much for writing this! I suddenly feel like I can take a deep breath and back away from the computer. I’m trying so hard to make my blog successful that I might be trying too hard and burning myself out early. I’m having a lot of fun but my to do list is un-ending and every day feels like ground hogs day. Everything that I learn and implement is so new and exciting that I can’t wait to see it’s effects…but unfortunately the gratification is not as immediate as I would like. All the same, I love this blog life and you have just let me take a huge sigh of relief! I’ll now be replacing my coffee with a little more water so again, thank you!
You are awesome laurie, your tips are certainly going to help me balance my aims and worries in the bloggosphere as a new bee…Thanks so Much and love from NIGERIA
Liz from WomanlyWoman.com says
Laurie! I’m so excited to see you on here. This was a GREAT post. I read it, then realized you were the author ,and thought I HAVE MET HER IN PERSON (At the Invisalign event). I hope you are doing well.
Hi Charlotte! Yes, there is always something to worry about so why bother? 🙂 You are right about inspiration being everywhere. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
YES to all of these things. I find that I can’t stop worrying lately where my blogging is concerned, and it’s something that eats away at me slowly. When I churn out content that isn’t as good as I’d like it to be or when I sit on a blog post and can’t seem to hit “publish” I worry I will lose readers because of the infrequency of my posting schedule. Always one thing after another, isn’t it?
Vlogging is something I’d love to do. And participating in blog hops. There is inspiration everywhere–we just have to find it, right? You are the best and thanks so much for this great (and motivational!) list 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend!
Tenns @ New Mama Diaries says
This is an awesome and super helpful post. I’ve been blogging for over 7 years, but recently found my passion for it with my lifestyle blog about becoming a mom. Most of the time I don’t worry much, but there are the times I get caught up and start putting unnecessary pressure on myself.
Thanks for sharing!
7 years is a long time! Awesome that you found a passion for it now. I love lifestyle blogging…the world’s the limit!
I’ve been blogging for 4 years now nearly, and I still get stressed…mostly about the techie/social media part. I still don’t tweet, pin, or FB. I knoooooww…I need to. And also, I stress about not posting enough. Time! It’s an issue!
Wow! Not FB or Twitter? I’m not big into Pinterest…yet. You have little ones. Set your own pace and make it fun!
Welcome Joseph. They do a great job!
Joseph Adediji says
Awesome Post Laurie,
Worrying does not solve anything, all we need to do is to act and our worries will disappear gradually.
BTW, i think this is my first time here and I have to say you ladies are doing a great job here (Tiffany & Francesca).
Easier said than done, this is true. Worrying never helps though. Continually working towards goals is better, no?
Malik Mudassar says
But it is easy saying not to be worried to a newbie who has nothing to do and want to blog to earn. But still when blog gets hits it bring good cents
Good for you!
It is a nice articles. I have not yet checked google hangouts. I will give a check to it.
Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty says
Thanks for these lovely tips. I worry about quite a few things on this list so its really really helpful. Thanks again.
Glad you found it helpful Shawn.
Kesha of We Got Kidz says
Great piece! To expound on #5, I’d say PLEASE stop stressing about posting every single day. I did that when I first started out and I began to get burned out very quickly. Some days I’d throw together something hastily just to say that I’d posted. Bad move! Once I let that need to post daily go, I was back to blogging about things I was passionate about. I think when you have a small to medium following, posting three times a week is plenty. If you’ve got good stuff, post daily; but definitely don’t feel pressured. Again, great piece! 🙂
Good point. You don’t have to post every day, especially if it’s stressful. People have different goals for their blogs I guess. Whatever works for the individual. It’s great you found what works for you!
Great attitude Carissa! You’re right, worrying DOES take the fun out of blogging.
Carissa Shaw says
Great thoughts! Worrying totally takes the fun out of blogging. I’m just trying to have fun with it and let go of my doubts 🙂
That’s great Cami! So happy it was helpful.
This is a great list!… I wish I had this 9 month ago when I was absolutely lost. However there are a couple of links in here that i might take a look because i didn’t know!!! Thanks so much for sharing… I’m sharing this too!!!
Cami @ TitiCrafty.com
That’s not good…we need our beauty sleep 😉
Renia Carsillo says
Good points all! I know at least a few of these keep me up at night!
Stephanie @ CrayonMarks&TigerStripes says
Joining a facebook blogging group has opened the doors to many things for my blog!!
Facebook groups are great! I belong to a few myself. Thanks for sharing.
Laurie, thank you for 10 tips we need to be reminded of— often.
I am building a web presence at 61 and a grandmother of 7. Why not share our “falling in ditches” experiences, and give hope to those younger—there is great stuff about getting older!—learning to blog is just one of ’em.
Hi Lyn! Good for you and you are so right…there is always stuff to learn. Nice to meet you.
Chris Carter says
LAURIE!!!!! I am SO glad I came by to read this!!! I love love love your tips, my friend!! But most of all, I LOVE seeing you HERE!!! Rock ON sister! XOXO
Thanks Chris! It’s a pleasure to be here.
Thanks for adding, Delia! I like your tips. Life is too short to worry about anything!
Delia @ Blog Formatting says
Hi Laurie! I have definitely been guilty of worrying about all these at different times. One other I would add is to atopy worrying about people leaving your Facebook and Twitter page, or your subscribers list. Life is too short to be sad because of that!
Thanks for sharing these great tips, they are very encouraging and I’ve also learned about a few new resources that I’ll check out 🙂
Angel The Alien says
Does Google Hangouts still exist? I will have to investigate! I don’t get many comments on my blog for some reason. I mean, I comment on many blogs, and I know people are VISITING my blog because I can see how many pageviews I have each day… but at most, one person will comment. Should I be sad? :*(
Yes, Google Hangouts do still exists. I don’t get a lot of comments on my blog either. Most readers comment on Facebook, but hey, a comment is a comment right? Keep at it, keep visiting and commenting and it’ll happen. 🙂
Thanks Shana. Ido think people respond to that even if you only do so every now and then.
Shana Norris says
Great article, Laurie. I love your reminder to write from the heart.
What a GREAT post! Will definitely check out the Saturday ShareFest!
Saturday Share Fest is the bomb and #sitssharefest on Twitter (Saturday morning 10-11 EST) is great too!
Kate from Seduced by Beauty says
Fabulous article! As an older blogger it is fantastic when I stumble across other blogs written by people more my age. In my niche I am surrounded by young gorgeous women who don’t have a wrinkle in sight. When they show the latest makeup etc on their wrinkle free skin they look flawless. I am having to learn on the job about filters, lighting, technology etc etc but am loving it. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge. X
We should start our own tribe…older bloggers. I don’t have the wrinkle issues to deal with (not in blogosphere anyway, I do have wrinkles) but I’m surrounded by young moms where I tend to hang out.
I had known all this when I first started blogging!
I know what you mean! I wish I had found The SITS Girls when I first started blogging too. There is a wealth of information on this site.
Love all your points especially 9 and 10. I am an older mum and have come across many others as well as young first time mums . I find the support from other bloggers amazing, being a new blogger I had many questions and always found answers through other bloggers.
I like the different perspectives older and new moms bring to topics and the blogging world. It’s a great experience.
I would add time to your list Laurie, time is always there – some days you will have more time than others to blog and some days you will have no time to blog. Great list for bloggers to consider before starting.
I agree Lisa, time is a huge factor when blogging…and something one could definitely worry about. It’s good to have a schedule (which I don’t), but am working on!
Definitely great tips that, even as a 4+ year blogger, I needed to be reminded of.
4+ years for me too! It helps me to review basics every now and then.
Ivey G says
Thank you! These tips are great:)
Great tips!! Definitely checking out some of the links you shared :). Thanks!
You are welcome! I love the SITS site.
Antionette Blake says
Exactly – wonderful tips!
I think my biggest struggle when starting up is that I wasn’t very tech-savvy. I’ve adjusted to pretty much everything I need to do “tech-related” and thank god my mom is a graphic designer. Love all of these points you made. Goodbye, stress.
Thanks! A mom as a graphic designer would totally rock.
Love this! I’ve never heard of Google hangouts, but it sounds like one more reason why I should get my butt in gear and create a Google+ account.
I know right! It’s all about Google these days!
Tammy Eakes says
Great post. Gonna have to check out Google Hangouts. Thanks!
Good luck with Google Hangouts!
[email protected] says
What? Me worry. NEVER. 😉
Thanks for the reminders.
LOL! Yeah, me either.
JDaniel4's Mom says
This post shares so many helpful tips!
Melissa Burton says
With regard to finding support, I highly recommend finding a “tribe” – there are many FB groups (or Google + Circles if you’re more savvy – I’m not!). There are also collectives (like SITS Girls) that are not only general but for specific interests (like FitFluential, FitApproach or Girls Gone Sporty for the fitness minded).
Blogging is scary and the pressure to “keep up with Joneses” is there but be yourself and keep doing it. If you find your voice and write like yourself, blog friends and readers will be there.
PS – It’s also great therapy to just write!
Thanks for sharing your tips! And I totally agree with your PS – very therapeutic!
Gee | EverythingWeddingsAndMore says
Great! I have never attended Google hangouts with Bloggers but i sure would love to! I love google + so much for that feature!
I haven’t participated in one yet, but I hear there’s one in my near future! I’ll probably love it!