Welcome back everyone! I thought I would write up on the struggles I am currently facing as a new blogger, and hope to help other new bloggers too, that all bloggers have experienced some of the listed at some point before. I hope you find this useful!
- Losing Motivation
It is very easy to lose motivation when you first start as a blogger. From my experience you can get disappointed if you have put time and effort into a good blog post and it doesn’t do very well. You at least expect the post to be reflective of your followers etc. You need to ignore that, the views and followers will come overtime, you can’t expect your posts and following to blow up overnight because it won’t. The key principle is you started blogging because you enjoy it, not to gain thousands of followers and earn lots of money. Once your motive is for those reasons then you won’t get anywhere! You have to love blogging.
- Fitting in to the Blogging world
Blogging has been around for a while now, and there are lots of popular bloggers who have put out content that you would like to do. So why would anyone want to follow you? Well, every blogger is different and puts their own twist onto their posts.
The best way to fit in is, follow current bloggers whether they’re big bloggers or perhaps someone at your level. Get chatting and become friends and share ideas with each other!
Make sure you are active and post as often as you can to start with, this helps your blog get recognised. Also, share on social media, I find Instagram to be the best for me as there are lots of bloggers on there. Get following them and share their content, they may repay the favour to you, getting you more followers.
- Don’t try and be perfect!
Especially when you are starting out, you want to do everything right. But the problem is, if you aim for too much perfection, you will have a hard time getting things done.
Blogging success is not about being perfect. It is about getting started, learning and getting better. It’s a process like most things in life!
While you want to create awesome content for your audience, 10 finished posts with flaws are taking you that step further to success than one post that is going to be perfect.
Keep in mind that no blogger was born a perfect writer or marketer. Looking back we all think we could have done better with some (or almost all) of our earlier posts.
Plus, the little flaws and rough edges are what makes you you and turns your blog into something personal, engaging and inviting!
- Looking desperate
I constantly worry that people think I’m a desperate loser, especially when interacting on Instagram. I’m not one of those to beg for a follow, but I do like to have a good browse around of everyone else’s feeds and like everything.
I also like to comment sometimes, but I get scared people think I’m annoying, especially if it’s a big-time blogger with a huge following. Posting on stories and tagging other bloggers, makes me feel like they hate me and I’m an irritant, it’s normal. They have done it themselves and it’s great to be engaging with other bloggers, get talking to them!
As a newbie you wanna get yourself noticed but still be friendly. IT’S NOT EASY.
- Not getting the views
The tension after you hit “post” and worrying that your topic is rubbish. Your views are not what you expected, and you just spent hours refreshing your page hoping that your views suddenly spike. Your mind starts wandering to the worse case scenario.
You just spent hours editing all your pictures that you will be using for posting on Instagram etc, and all you various advertising methods, then the next day or week you check the post and the views are extremely low. This can make you disappointed to the point where you can become depressed. Don’t worry about it, it happens to everyone, all you can do is keep going and stay active, keep posting, talk about things you enjoy and are passionate about. The views and followers will come but it takes time!
Have you had struggles when you first started your blog? What were they? And what tips do you have to get over them?
Thank you for reading, I hope you find this useful and keeps you blogging!