BLOGGING 101: 5 BLOGGING FEARS

2.18.2015


As I have said in my previous Blogging 101 post: Why I Started Blogging, blogging is not a piece of cake. It doesn't matter how new or successful you are in blogging, it's hard and scary to publish thoughts and ideas in the internet space that will be forever there even you've deleted it. After blogging for more than two years now, I want to share my 5 blogging fears that I've conquered and conquering as of the moment. 

  1. The fear of having grammar mistakes 
  2. The fear of being criticized 
  3. The fear of people might find my post boring
  4. The fear of running out of blog post ideas 
  5. The fear of having a long hiatus 

18 comments:

  1. yess! omg the fear of having boring posts! I can SO relate! and also the fear or running out of things to blog ESPECIALLY when you're like me in year 12 trying to juggle part-time work, cathup with friends, 7 assignments, 2 research project investigations, camp, blogging and styling all in one omgggggg how am I even doing all this !

    https://www.bloglovin.com/people/manishaanwari2-11510825

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    1. I feel the same Manisha! The only answer is time management and multitasking :)

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  2. Wow I honestly haven't realized this but it appears that I have the same fears too. Everything you wrote here is what I fear too. Thanks for this post!

    xo
    Janine | Lime & Life

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    1. Glad to know we're on the same page Janine :)

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  3. Mine is not being read at all. Hehe.

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    1. I am pretty sure there's someone out there :) especially your friends and family :)

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  4. Jerboy, I agree with Lois someone out there is reading your blog. :) Linking your blog to your social media accounts helps.

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    1. That is also a major help in finding a readership, thank you Jhecel! :)

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  5. The fear of having grammar mistakes! :( :(

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  6. Love this! I have so many minor freak outs before I press publish.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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  7. I guess fear stems from the reason why a person blogs. I see nowadays that most blogs are more commercial and audience-driven. Bloggers would want as many people to read their blog. Way back in 2002, we bloggers made blogging just an online diary and we weren't even expecting people to really read our blogs. In 2008, when I started with my own domain, my reason was still the same: it was just for self-expression. That's why I had no such fears. It was purely for catharsis. I didn't care if anyone would read my blog. I was just happy that I found another venue to express my thoughts, aside from writing down on a journal.

    I'd be a hypocrite if I'd say that I am not happy about being read by others. I am, of course. But that is different from writing just for the sake of having people to read my blog. I write because I want to write, that's all. Ironically, it is when I really write from the bottom of my heart, without expecting readers to read, that my posts cut through. Proof of it is my blog, for some years, hitting PR5 and PR3 before I got so busy since last year with other things that I left my blog for some time and now it is only PR2. But I'm still happy about it. I have not been concerned anyway with ranks. My only concern has been to express myself, regardless of readership.

    I am glad that you have been able to overcome your fears. But to those who still fear these things, I hope you won't mind if I share some thoughts:

    The fear of having grammar mistakes. I don't think people expect you to be grammar-perfect, but of course it is great to have a spotless blog. Grammar checkers sometimes don't work too well. It also helps to read, read, read (books and magazines, too!)

    The fear of being criticized. You'll only stress yourself thinking of people who criticize you. No matter how much hard work we put on our blog, it will never be perfect for all our readers. So if you receive criticisms, just evaluate them. If you think they're spot on, then take them constructively and see them as opportunities to improve your blog ;-) But never, ever, stress yourself over it hehe.

    The fear of people might find my post boring. Taste is relative. What may not be boring to you, may indeed be boring to others. But do you really write for others? Or do you write for yourself? I guess pleasing all our readers with our posts will eventually tire us in the end. So the best thing to do is write from your heart and not worry so much about what other people would say ;-)

    The fear of running out of blog post ideas. Again, I'll go back to the idea of writing from the heart. By doing so, you will not run out of blog post ideas ;-) You will only run out of ideas if you keep thinking of what other people would want to read from your blog. There are so many potential readers out there and it is hard to satisfy them. So your best bet would be to write what is close to your heart ;-)

    The fear of having a long hiatus. I always tell my friends that blogging is just like a real friend. If you'll be on hiatus, it will always wait for you. You can always go back to it when you have time. It will never abandon you ;-)

    Oh well, I guess this is too long a post already haha. Good luck, iha. Keep on blogging!

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    1. WOW, Thank you for adding these! This will surely help others! <3

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  8. All of these are so true for me! I always double and triple check my posts for grammar. LOL.

    http://www.thepeculiartrouth.com/

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    1. I guess every blogger who just wants what is best for their blog does that. :)

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  9. I don't really fear grammar mistakes but sometimes when I reread my blog posts and find some mistakes, I feel embarrassed. Even if we proofread it, there are still missed corrections. I agree with you about being criticized, sometimes even if you make your blog your own space, there are still who are not afraid to speak their negative reactions which makes me wonder why they don't make their own blog where they can express their long negative opinion.

    http://akoyprobinsiyana.blogspot.com/

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  10. It all depends of the point of view you see it. We can't please everyone, at the moment of writing you need to think about yourself & why you enjoy blogging. We aren't perfect, we make mistakes so it's ok to have some spelling mistakes. Also, to remember to not force inspiration if not to write with the heart.

    Mafer, Euphoric Wanderlust x

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