A healthy dose of skepticism can be extremely useful, but when you mix that up with paranoia, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Doubting yourself before you even start, asking yourself questions that inhibit you from writing your best blog posts, that’s a recipe for disaster.
Yet, we all do it.
1. Will readers like my post?
Let me translate this: “I doubt my writing is any good, so I’ll just worry about an external factor I don’t want to learn more about, so I don’t confront my own fears and limitations.”
People will go to extreme lengths not to tell themselves that they suck.
Also, why worry about this when you are writing a new blog post. Do your best. Punch those damn keys. Make yourself happy first.
If you write your heart out, someone will love it.
2. Everything’s been written about before…
Yes, but no one was paying attention, so we get to write about it again.
If you struggle to come up with ideas for your blog posts because you want to be original, don’t.
It’s now what we write about, but how we write it that matters most. Our own views, perspective, thoughts.
It’s not the idea, but the execution.
It’s not the car, but its driver.
I think those two metaphors are enough…
3. What about SEO?
What about it?
Let’s think about the folks who will read your posts, and then, if you still believe it matters, about keywords.
But the truth is that it doesn’t matter. It never did. It’s not that important, especially when linking to your blog improves your ranking, which means people have to love your stuff and share it.
But, you know, people will do anything and give almost anything almost mystical powers in order to avoid responsibility.
Real power is in the words you share, and the way your readers react to them. That is all.
4. What if I run out of things to write about?
If you are not that passionate about your blog’s topic, you are going to struggle, especially in the long run.
Other than that, punch the damn keys.
Why doubt your own brain’s ability to come up with ideas? This beautiful brain of yours never stops working…
Well, maybe only when you fall in love…
5. I’ll never become a successful blogger…
Again, people would much rather think the game is rigged than assume responsibility.
Do you want to be successful? What does success look like for you?
Different people have different definitions for success. And you shouldn’t let someone else’s definition become your idea of hell.
You are in charge. Your blog, your rules.
What do you want? What do you need in order to call yourself successful?
Go get it, then.
Doubt and fear are a part of who we are. They are emotional responses to certain external factors.
But they are not the absolute truth. I’d say that’s pretty obvious, because worrying has never changed someone’s situation, but rather made them contemplate in anguish some imaginary outcome.
Punch the damn keys, and you’ll be fine. And learn to accept the moments of doubt as an indication that you are not doing your best, that there’s still more to learn about blogging, about your niche, about yourself…