September 9, 2015
My Top 5 Blogging Insecurities.
I'm Writing To No One
Composing a post takes a decent amount of work. Editing, taking photos, writing the actual words that go with it, all that. Sometimes if you don't get the views and exposure I'd hope for, I think that no one is reading and all my work and effort is a waste. It isn't, for two reasons (in my mind). I'm writing these posts and own this blog for me - it's my own personal outlet. As long as I beta kick out of the process of making them, I'm content. Secondly, there is at least ONE person out here that will enjoy what I publish. That sounds good to me.
I'm Gaining No Followers
Before I even started this blog, I'd read tons of blogger tips and advice blogs that pretty much say the same thing: don't expect 100,000 readers/followers in two days. That just not possible. This blogosphere is huge, and to get noticed takes a lot of work, effort, promotion, and most importantly, time. Do what you do, and eventually people will notice and you'll start to gain real, engaged followers.
Am I In The Correct Niche?
By "correct", I mean the niche you truly feel comfortable in and have a genuine interest in. You should be targeting potential readers who are in that niche. Also, when you first start out, you may need to narrow down or even broaden what your blog's focus will be. When I relaunched Strange And Pretty, I realized I wanted to talk about more than beauty. So I had to broaden my topics to other things (that still interest me, of course).
Do I Sound Like Commercial?
Buy this I don't even mean for sponsored posts. I mean in general, throughout your entire blog. When I first started this blog, it took a little adjusting to find my actual voice. I will be honest - I needed to censor myself some because I have a pretty vulgar mouth when I actually speak. But I didn't want any of that here because I know there are young people who visit my blog, and it just isn't professional in general. I've just recently started to feel more comfortable with my writing voice, and I think it's only going to get better with time.
Is This What I And My Readers Want To Read?
This one is usually a toughy. What you love (or at least how you present what you love) might not be all of your readers' cup of tea. Somehow you have to find a way to balance this out. I'm actually still working on getting this particular one right.