Yesterday I was browsing on Twitter. There was a article about the fears we face in starting a new business. That hit a nerve. Friday on my blog I posted, “Frustration, A Powerful Tool For Change”. It was about my frustration but it was also about fear. The fear of not being good enough.
It also made me think that not only am I a Blogger, I am an Entrepreneur. The tweet was referencing the fears that an entrepreneur faces. When I read the article I realized that most of the fears are the same fears we face as bloggers.
As a blogger we do not have a store front or sell a physical product. We are selling our skill as a writer. Writing is our product.
My ability to write is my biggest fear. It is also my motivation to improve. That was the cause of my frustration and my last post. I had written three articles for another publication. One article was published and two were not, Wake Up. Hello. Alarm bells went off.
I have high expectations. I set high standards for what I do. I may become nervous and fearful when I start something new. Blogging is new to me so I am fearful of some of the tasks I have to complete.
When I look back to my first posts, and then read the posts I am writing now, I do see improvement . I thought I was doing OK but I was starting to have concerns.
There are many posts written by bloggers describing their fears. How many likes and comments do they receive? How many followers do they have? When I read their concerns I immediately look at my blog Stats. How do I compare? How concerned should I be? Maybe I am not good enough.
I am building my blog from scratch just like an entrepreneur building a business. When I started I knew nothing. There are still many skills I have to develop. I am not savvy. I do not know the ins and outs of Social Media. Sometimes it has been overwhelming. I have the fear of not being able to do all I need to do.
The future scares me. What does the future hold for me. Will I be able to maintain my mental and physical abilities? Will I be able to improve? Those are certainly my goals. Those are the driving force behind my blog. I do not want to be stagnant and I am pushing myself to learn.
At first I worried about finding good content to blog about. I have found that not to be a problem. In fact now I have more than enough ideas. So much so that now I am writing them down in a notebook.
Time is always an issue. My fear is squandering it.
I am retired. I have an open day, each and every day. I am busy and there is always something else pulling at me. Recently it has been my gardens and being outdoors. I love both. Yesterday and today I dedicated part of my day to gardening and part to writing.
I do waste time. Creating a schedule and sticking to it is a continual issue for me. There is so much I want to do. Right now my focus is improving my writing skills. Am I fearful that I can do that? Not really. I know it will happen. I just have to keep writing.
Sometimes I am fearful about how readers will react to what I am writing. That is a common fear. I have read other bloggers mentioning the same fear. It goes back to fearing my ability to write. It also is a fear of offending someone or hurting someone’s feelings.
I am also fearful of sharing strong opinions. An example would be politics, religion or racism. We all have opinions though and I should not be fearful of sharing mine. It is an opportunity to share what I am passionate about.
It is not really my niche but I may be adding new material to my blog. Is that the right thing to do? Now I will be fearful of modifying my blog. I have read it is not a good thing to do. Maybe I will continue to look for other outlets.
When I started writing my blog the purpose was to add dimension to myself. I want to expand my thinking, my knowledge and abilities. Can I develop the skill to add enough dimension to my writing so that my blog reflects that. Will my blog help my readers expand their thinking, knowledge and abilities too? That would be so awesome!
Should I at some point allow advertising on my blog? That is something I had not planned to do. At this point I am still uncertain but I most admit I am intrigued by the possibility. It is an opportunity to earn income. Do I want to?
One thing I am intrigued by is developing products of my own. It is an interesting concept and I see other bloggers who do it. Blogging really is a business. We sell our writing, maybe I could develop something related to the blog. I am fearful of it but I will add that to my list of ideas.
Fear is normal. All bloggers and entrepreneurs face fear about accomplishing their goals and being successful. Fear is a motivator which helps us become better. Fear is not our enemy. When we face what we are afraid of doing we become stronger.
As always, Thank You for reading my blog. Have a fearless day!