You’re Still Not Blogging? Don’t Let These 5 Excuses Stop You

You’re Still Not Blogging? Don’t Let These 5 Excuses Stop You

Creating a blog is easier and more accessible than ever, yet writers all over the world hover over keyboards, fearful to hit “publish” and get started.

It’s easy to get stuck in our own heads and create excuses for why we can’t do something. Blogging is no different.

I’ve been casually blogging since 2004 (remember Xanga and LiveJournal?) and more seriously on WordPress since 2009. My blog allowed me to quit my job to pursue my dream of running my own business.

When I talk to fellow writers about blogging, they often tell me, “That’s great you have a blog, but I could never do that.” They share their fears around blogging. They rattle off a laundry list of reasons they can’t do it. They make excuses.

I get it. Blogging takes time, energy and strategy. It’s daunting. In the beginning, it can feel like a lot of work for little reward. Blogging can take time away from your other writing projects.

But ultimately, blogging can change your life. It can help you build a personal brand that draws attention to you and your writing. It can lead to book deals, valuable connections and new opportunities. It also helps you improve your own writing skills.

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If you’re nervous about becoming a blogger, stop letting these five fears hold you back from starting a blog.

1. “Do people even read blogs anymore?”

Here’s a fun fact to try to wrap your head around: 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every single day.

That’s a lot of content.

Between blog posts, news articles, snaps, Facebook posts, tweets, live streams, GIFs and pins, we’re in a state of constant content overload. Yet we continue to consume and demand even more content.

So, yes. People do still read blogs. The way we read blogs and interact with content has changed, but the eyes and opportunity for attention and growth are still ever-present.

If you put good content into the world and take the time to promote your posts properly, you can build a blog people actually read.

2. “It’s too late for me to start now.”

Starting a blog in 2016 when so many veteran bloggers have been at it since the early 2000s can be scary. You may feel like you’ve missed the boat and there’s no way to catch up if you get started now.

To that I say, It’s never too late. Start now.

Think about this very website. The Write Life came onto the scene in 2013, relatively “late” in the blogging game. But we have an engaged email community and a strong social media following. All this was built in fewer than than three years.

In fact, thanks to new social media apps and tools, there’s more opportunity than ever — right now — to create a blog that gets noticed and grows quickly.

Though Snapchat has been around since 2011, it has exploded in popularity in the past 12 months and bloggers who recognized the opportunity early on are reaping the benefits. Fashion bloggers, travel bloggers and online personalities of all kinds are getting massive attention on Snapchat, and if done smartly, you can actually use the app to send eyes back to your blog.

Snapchat is just one example here. Newly-introduced Facebook Live is getting lots of press and bloggers everywhere are experimenting. Musical.ly is capturing the attention of teens. Pay attention to new social media sites and see if you can become an early adopter to help grow your blog.

It may feel like getting started now is a disadvantage, but by being savvy and strategic, you can play catch-up quite quickly.

3. “I don’t know how to make a website.”

Sorry, not sorry to be the one to tell you this. Not knowing how to make a website is no longer a valid excuse.

I know. You’re not a website designer. You don’t know how to code. You’re not a graphic designer, either.

But that’s the beauty of blogging in 2016. You don’t have to be. Resources like Wix and Squarespace make it easy to create simple websites using drag-and-drop tools. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Similarly, consider hiring a web designer. If you’re serious about blogging, it might make sense to invest a bit of money into a professionally designed website that helps grow your brand.

If money is holding you back, consider bartering with a website or graphic designer. Offer up your writing skills in exchange for website design. A win-win situation for everyone!

4. “It’s all been said before. I don’t want to get lost in a sea of sameness.”

I hear would-be bloggers say, “There are already too many blogs out there,” or, “I have nothing new to contribute to the conversation.”

Yes, this is true. There are so many of blogs in the world; more than 74 million, in fact. And yes, little content is original. Many of the same subjects have been covered over and over again.

But that doesn’t matter.

It’s all been said before, but it hasn’t been said by you.

Whether your blog gets thousands of hits a day or has just five loyal readers, those people want to hear from you because they trust and value your opinion and insights. Your unique spin on a topic might be exactly what someone needs to hear in this moment. Why rob the world of that?

Don’t let the fear of being another voice in an oversaturated blogosphere hold you back from making your mark.

5. “What if I lose interest?”

You start a blog. You’re super pumped about it. You wake up eagerly every morning to publish your latest post. And then a few months later, you feel uninspired. Bored. You’re over it.

There’s nothing worse than starting a project and having the initial excitement wear off within a few months. This is a common fear that holds would-be bloggers back from getting started.

It’s a completely valid fear, but one that can easily be smoothed over.

If you lose interest, pivot. Make a change. It’s your blog and you call the shots.

Or, go against popular advice to find a niche and instead, choose to keep your blog more general. Rather than cornering yourself into a niche subject that you may lose interest in down the line, write about the subjects you’re most passionate about. Your readers will connect with you more when it’s clear you’re excited about your topic of choice.

If you let it, blogging can change your world (and your writing career), too.

But in order to allow that transformation to happen, you need to stop letting fear hold you back. Stop making excuses.

Get started now. A year from now, six months from now, maybe even a few weeks from now, you’ll be glad you did.

Are other fears holding you back from starting a blog? Let’s hear them in the comments.

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54 comments

  • ohita says:

    Thanks, Jessica for this post.Please educate me: What is the difference between having a website and having a blog? Are they synonymous terms ? I would really like to be enlightened.

    • They can be used as synonyms, but a blog is something that is updated more frequently, whereas websites can be static.

      • ohita says:

        I am convinced I should start a blog now but it is another thing to know how exactly to go about it. I would appreciate if you can do a few more posts to hep writers like me to get started.

        • ohita says:

          I have just read Susan Shain’s post on the step by step process of how to start blogging. Things are somewhat clearer now. Thanks.

    • Tal Valante says:

      A website is any collection of pages that is displayed on the Internet. Everything you visit on the internet is a website.

      A blog, short for web-log, is a collection of posts usually by reversed chronicle order (from newest to oldest). A post can be anything from a personal rant to a professional article (such as here). A blog is simply one type of a website.

      Hope that helps!

      • ohita says:

        Tal, thanks. It was quite helpful! Any writer who is told the benefits of blogging as explained by Jessica is sure to be convinced to start but one needs further to be taught how to go about this. I mean practical step by step way to go about it.

  • Holly says:

    Thanks so much for this post, Jessica. Not only have you convinced potential bloggers that they CAN start blogging, you’ve also reassured current bloggers (like myself) that running a blog is a really great and powerful thing!

  • JRodmore says:

    After 1 month very excited about the idea of starting my blog, and the last week making up thousands of excuses about why the blog will fail and is no worth the time I would spend, your post is the one single final kick i needed to clear my mind and go ahead.

    You will never figure out how grateful I am. Thank you, God bless you

  • Douglas Gwilym says:

    Interesting post. Thing is, it’s less about fear of web programming and getting bored with creating content and more about generating actual readership who aren’t bored, and getting enough attention for it to be worth it to expend the energy to keep it up. I appreciate the spirit of your article, but I doubt I’m alone in this.

  • I finally got a handle on most of these but I’ve never seen #4 addressed. You are certainly correct and thank you for this motivating post.

  • I like number 4. I know there are blogs for single, Christian women. I am thinking of putting a spin on my blog that would make it different from most.
    Basically my blog (and e books) would be to single women over 35, about making the best of life alone, although they wanted to be married and have children. Too many websites and forums gloss over this, telling them “Don’t worry, your knight will ride up on a white horse any day.”
    Finally we grow sick of hearing it. And for many of us it never happens.
    We need to make the most of the life we have now, and not wait for the rosy future that may or may not arrive 20 years from now.

    • Thanks for commenting, Rachel! Glad number 4 resonated with you. Good luck with your blog!

    • Dana Michaels says:

      Wait ’til you’re in your sixties, and still single, facing old age alone. But don’t give up your dreams. Anything is possible.

      You might enjoy the novel I’m polishing for publication, about a woman in her fifties who gave up on love and gets the surprise of her life. Watch for “In Your Dreams” by DJ Michaels. I’ll probably e-publish it in early 2017. (Sorry to make a blatant plug, but your sentiment hit home with me, too.)

  • JazzFeathers says:

    I’ve started blogging recently (not even two years ago). Before, I used to think a lto of these things, especially what am I going to write, there’s nothing interesting about me. Then I started because everybody says an author mast have a platform and in that platform there must be a blog.

    I’m so happy I did. Today, my blog is my favourite place on the internet. I met so many fantastic people, it is giving me so much.

    I have indeed heard people say that blogs are dead, that other forms of social medias are more modern and effective. To me, my blog is the most effective of all my socials. I just love it!

  • Donna Foulis says:

    Hi, this was a very motivating read as I’ve been meaning to start up my blog but plagued with many of the excuses that you address here! It’s definitely given me the kick I needed to get going.

  • Cadie Laine says:

    I have heard that blogging is good and for a writer probably needs to be done but I don’t feel that my writing right now is really worth reading and most of the time I journal about my day. Who wants to hear about my simple life?

  • Neha Srivastava says:

    I used to have a personal blog, by personal I mean only myself and friends whom I allowed access could read it, sometime in 2007 until 2011 I think. But after that I stopped writing on it due to increased workload and haven’t visited it in years.

    About a year ago, I wanted to start writing again so I registered a new blog. But I never got around to fixing it’s look and hence never published anything. I guess it’s about time to do that.

  • Lucky says:

    This article is a push for me to start my own blog. Thanks to giving voice to our fears.

  • Susan Korah says:

    Thanks for the encouragement Jessica. I’ve re-launched my travel blog but find the prospect of getting enough readers more than a little daunting. Any tips on promoting it other than on facebook and twitter?

  • It’s okay to do something afraid! A few years back I wanted to write a book. I didn’t have the confidence to do it. So, with the help of a friend I started a weekly blog.What’s nice is that you can choose how often you post something. I started out weekly, then bi-monthly now just once a month. At times, it can be daunting, but I knew I had a message to get out into the world. Doing the blog and getting positive feedback encouraged me. I am now taking the weekly first year of the blog and working on making it into the book I wanted to do from the start!
    I am not computer saavy(yet!)but I have friends who have helped me…..don’t be afraid to ask for help. I will eventually try other social medias i.e. Facebook, but for now I am going at a pace of which I am comfortable. I am in my sixties and am excited that I have had the courage to take that leap of faith!

  • Brandon Albright says:

    To Jessica and all of the commenters – thank you! Echoing much of the sentiment above, I too have been dragging my feet in starting a blog. I’ve read book after book and post after post; I’m excited about the idea but hesitant to pull the trigger. #4 and trying to think of a niche are my biggest hurdles, but it’s posts like this, and the subsequent comments, that reassure my that I’m not alone and that I can/should just do it. Best of luck to all setting out on this endeavor!

  • K. Eddy says:

    Dear Jessica—I have been a blogger for almost three years. I want to make money from my blog and I haven’t a clue how to introduce this facet into my WordPress blog. What do I do to get started? My content is 100% original and I occasionally re-post from other bloggers…help!

    • Hi there! I’d encourage you to do some research on the topic- this website is a great place to start! Ads, affiliate marketing and sponsorships are three options to consider. Good luck!

  • Andrea Phillips says:

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  • ana micaela babao says:

    yes I would like to start.
    I just don’t want my blogs to be stolen by others.

  • Eloise says:

    You know what holds me back? Sharing my personal life with the general public! I like to write about things that happen in my life, good or bad, but some of it is quite personal involving my kids and close relationships and I am not sure I want to bare my soul like that on the internet. I guess how I write is more like a diary and I am yet to work out how to tone it down or change it so that I would feel comfortable having the public (and moreso my own family!) read it.

    • Actually, diary writing in blog form is a thing of the past. Unless you are giving marital or parenting advice, people probably wouldn’t be interested in it, unless you are a celebrity. If you did either of the above, you could use general examples instead of specifics, or not name your spouse/children.

      • Echoing Rachel here! Most blogs don’t read like a diary, but there is still a way to share your authentic self and some personal tidbits, without being too revealing. Honestly, the best way to figure it out is just to get started. You’re never going to be figure out a balance unless you start doing it and tweaking and adjusting along the way.

  • Abby Foster says:

    Thanks for sharing these encouraging words. My head was filled with many of these same thoughts as I contemplated blogging. Then I was struck by inspiration and plunged head first into the blogosphere. It is reassuring for me to read this and based on my experience Jessica Lawlor’s points are true. I encourage others to “just do it!”

  • c j hook says:

    do you know what today has been a revelation I have just read through some previous blogs . I thought I’d done it wrong however really it seems they are just diaries of people who want to speak /or tell other people of things that matter.

  • Seigha Onwuteaka says:

    Thanks, Jessica, for setting this out for us to read. I have struggled with the idea of writing a blog as I had been told that I had to stay with a theme and that’s not me really. Because of that, I just forgot about it because I didn’t think I could come up with content. Well, I am having a rethink now. I am trying to think of a suitable name for the blog.

  • Janet says:

    Thanks Jessica for the great blog post. I started a blog a week ago. Beside create a quality content, most important things to do is promote the content. I’m still learning about SEO, internet marketing. Recently, I read great article http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blogs/eight-effective-ways-to-use-social-media-to-promote-your-content. Hope, you will find this article useful too. Thank you for very informative post, Jessica.

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