The Beginning of a Project is the Worst Time to Get Stuck
When you start a blog, or any personal project, it is easy to get caught up in woulds and shoulds. Would I be successful if I followed my heart? What should I do to grow a loyal readership? And even after considering these questions, there are doubts that slink through your mind like shadows in the moonlight.
These doubts led me to search the web for weeks, trying to learn everything I could on the truth about blogging before I decided to start. And you know what? Though I spent hours preparing for potential obstacles, there are still lessons I’ve had to learn on my own. Even the most obvious realizations can require personal experience to make them real.
The problem with doing extensive research beforehand, is you waste so much time trying to duplicate others’ success instead of working to create your own. To be honest, while tons of lessons can be learned from others, most insight from experienced bloggers won’t be relevant to beginners.
For instance, I knew a lot about the basics of SEO, Affiliate Marketing, and what NOT to do on social media. However, when I read through these tips, I had ZERO content. I hadn’t networked at all, and I didn’t have a plan for growing my audience. What could lessons in SEO and Affiliate Marketing do for my blog when there wasn’t any material to optimize or promote?
You Have to Learn What Works For You
It pains me to admit that I’ve taken three months to move beyond what I now call the “absorption stage”. Three months that could have been used to create pillar posts and connect with bloggers around the world. Still, I have few regrets because even if it took three months for me to become serious about scheduling and sorting my time, now I understand exactly how I need to prioritize tasks for my blog’s success.
Now, I bet you’re wondering what insight I have to share. What is the truth about blogging for money, and what can you tell us that we don’t already know?
As I mention above, even with the hours of research I spent preparing to build this blog, I still learn something new everyday. With any project you start, there will be unexplained obstacles and things you can’t help but learn along the way. That being said, sometimes the best thing to do is to JUST START. Grab a piece of paper and pen, and get those thoughts out of your head. Make them REAL. It’s like riding a bike. You can spend days watching others ride and learning about balance, but you won’t really know how to ride a bike until you hop on and go (and fall, but eventually you’ll be a pro).
Blogging Requires a New Mindset
Here is the truth about blogging.
Yes, it is crucial to thinking and start doing. However, you need to be aware that blogging requires an entrepreneurial mindset. When you create a professional site, you become your own boss. Unless you can afford to outsource some work right away, you will have to become a jack-of-all-trades. A bit of web design here, some creative work there, hours on branding, and some legal formalities to ensure you aren’t fined or sued. You have to be tenacious, proactive, and well informed.
This may seem obvious enough, but from experience I can say that it doesn’t register fully until you’re knee deep in whichever project you plan to pursue.
There aren’t any guidelines or predetermined rules. It’s up to you to decide when you want to post, where you want to share, what your business values are, and how you plan to achieve your goals. You are the only person who can fuel this progress and ultimately create your own success. When this hit me, and I mean really hit me, I was paralyzed by how overwhelming it seemed.
I was frozen for three months, so you don’t have to be.
Success is Possible When You're Passionate
Don’t get stuck before you start. Instead, work out a schedule. Set short and long term goals, then put them on a timeline for success. Use real dates and times to actualize your progress. Once you divide your dream into actionable categories and goals, you can start to get things done.
Now, that is the truth about blogging. There’s no easy way to achieve success, but if you’re prepared to tackle any challenges head on and climb those steps one at a time, then you’ll become increasingly closer to achieving your ultimate goal.