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Overcome the Fear of Blogging

We fear the unknown.

And why? Humans fear what they cannot control, or do not know how to control. For example, think of sharks. A widely feared animal. Much due to the fact that we feel in little control in the ocean. It’s vast. It’s unknown. A domain suited perfectly to sharks.

On another front, when settlers came to the Americas, there was a fear for the native people. Why? The people were unknown, and thus, not trusted. Many felt the only way to overcome the problem was to bully, push and exterminate. Just take a moment to look back in history, and you’ll notice we’re very good at destroying what we fear.

When we fear, we turn our back.

I sit here talking with a new blogger. Her blog is setup, and she’s determined to begin blogging. She walks to her office, sits down poised to type, with the intention of blogging. A stumbling block.

What, might you ask, is the stumbling block one faces when blogging for the first time?

  • Opening your soul to the public.
  • Not writing well enough. Especially those in the teaching industry, to know that your writing capabilities will be critiqued.
  • Words will be read out of context.
  • Expectations for self are high. Vision is huge and afraid to tackle it.
  • Afraid of technology.

Here are a few thoughts for those of you with some of these “fears.” Fears that keep you from starting your blog. You have something to share with the world! Something grand every person needs to hear.

It’s not that you “can’t” blog. It’s that you’re afraid you won’t do a good job of it.

Inch by inch. Foot by foot. Mile by mile.

Often when you begin planning for your blog great expectations are developed, and the task becomes overwhelming. In one’s mind you start to build up a grand menagerie of success, and wonder where you might even begin. I’ll tell you one thing now. If you don’t start, you’ve failed.

The general rule in blogging is that you won’t see the fruits of your effort until after six months of continuous work. That for one, is just one reason why you must choose to blog about your passion. Otherwise, you won’t make it to the six month mark. And where does that six months success start? With the first blog post. Inch by inch and post by post, you’ll craft a beautiful tapestry of words. Your blog will become an archive of “self” where, within, your soul has been unveiled.

You think too much about what other people think.

In my opinion, a small dose of criticism helps to push you to work harder. Michael Jordan didn’t make his 7th grade basketball team. Stephen Spielberg wasn’t admitted into filmmaking school. We see these stories around us constantly.

I remember when I was ten years old, and had just started Smart Boy Designs. I posted information online about HTML, my thoughts & how I was growing. There were a few individuals specifically, you told me to give up. Their exact words were, “You will never amount to anything online and should give up now.” I remember pushing past the hurt of those words and doing my best to reach deeper.

I don’t know the exact reason as to why we’re so concerned about the thoughts and opinions of others. Do we place too much of our value in the respect and admiration of others? Although I feel we need to be good, virtue filled individuals; we shouldn’t let the fear of other’s thoughts keep us from producing our most beautiful work.

Our creative work and thoughts from the soul.

You’re about to jump into the blogging world. A world filled with the most beautiful, supportive, kind and loving people I’ve been able to associate myself with. These are people who know the object and opportunity of giving. It’s amazing to see direct competitors share one another’s work. A true indicator of a friend is someone who can be happy with success you’ve found.

Those are the types of people you’ll be surrounded with in the blogging world. Don’t let them wait too long. Do your best to push past your fears, and jump right in.

If fear is still a concern of your mind, know that there will be many bloggers who will be happy and willing to help you get past this stumbling block.

You can and will do it.

About the author: Blogger, entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant and recording artist. I make money online and teach others how to do the same.

21 comments… add one

  • Adrienne November 16, 2011, 9:09 am

    Hey Christian,

    Well, I hope your friend has written her first post by now. Trust me, we ALL go through the same thing. I sure know I did.

    I know there are some brave souls out there that never even think of the fear, they just do it anyway. I guess that’s something ingrained in them because for 95% of the population, we have a fear of the unknown.

    One thing I have learned over my lifetime is that if you never walk through the fear, you will never have those wonderful experiences or opportunities. Take shooting videos for instance. How many people do you talk to that are afraid to get in front of the camera. I was, it took me three months to post my first video and it was still horrible. Guess what, I did it anyway.

    The people who will judge you and give you their negative opinions are not the people you want to be associated with in the first place. Everyone has to learn from their mistakes and move past that. It’s just part of life I’m afraid.

    The only advice I can give is do it anyway. You’ll look back on it and say darn, that wasn’t so bad after all.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Christian. I know this will be very helpful for everyone who is new and still struggling with this.

    ~Adrienne

    Reply
    • Christian Hollingsworth December 16, 2011, 3:36 pm

      Those are some great thoughts to learn from, Adrienne. I like how you’re honest, share that you yourself were scared to start shooting videos – but in doing so, you’ve taught yourself to enjoy it all.

      So cool!

      Reply
  • Jens P. Berget November 16, 2011, 9:50 am

    Hey Christian,

    This reminds me a lot of my fear of flying. I just “hate” to travel by plane, and I’m very uncomfortable doing it. But, I keep doing it, because if I don’t, I won’t get to where I want to be.

    Very inspirational blog post.

    Reply
    • Jane Davenport November 16, 2011, 6:51 pm

      Jens,

      I am with you, unfortumately after 20 years of flying no problem I have suddenly developed a fear of flying after a bad flight two years ago and one last year – however, I know deep down the only way to overcome my fear is to keep getting back on a flight and grin & bear the anxiety, stress and feeling of sheer panic to hopefully become calm and relaxed. It takes will power and for others to be supportive.

      Reply
  • Eric Johnson November 16, 2011, 10:23 am

    Helpful post, Christian. As a blogger myself, I find that it also helps to focus relentlessly on the outcome I want — readers who appreciate and benefit from what I write. I imagine that outcome happening and it gives me a good feeling. That feeling displaces the anxiety and uncertainty. If I don’t blog, I won’t get what I want, and since I really want what I want…I do it. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. Just tell yourself you’ll sit down and write one sentence. Just one. Tomorrow you’ll write another sentence. But, it turns out, one sentence leads to two, and soon you’ve got a couple paragraphs. Hey, you’re blogging! Hit the “Publish” button. Feel that sense of accomplishment.

    Reply
  • Bruce Sallan November 16, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Christian, I have a saying about control…”The only thing I control is what I eat for breakfast.”

    Excellent points contained here – as always from you. Fear can be a great motivator but also an inhibitor. Fortunately, I don’t carry much of it except in certain extreme ski situations and, in my former life (pre-marriage), with the ladies!

    Reply
  • Ruhani Rabin November 16, 2011, 7:42 pm

    I’ve experienced this in real life. My professional job takes out most of my time. Sometimes I can’t even be on my office desk because I am running too many meetings. But the bottomline is these excuses are irrelevant. The stumble happens just as practicing math. I really agree what you have mentioned here. It is pretty difficult to get over that stumble. It needs a solid determination and objective. A blog can be new and just born, but with a right goal in the horizon may help making a long term plans about content. It may seems a lot of work but end of the day .. it becomes a habit. There is always a learning curve, but that is same for everything in life. Don’t worry about what people think, you are here to write your own story – let others know your story from your point of view.
    As Christian said : “You can and will do it”

    Reply
  • Julie Manfredi November 16, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Christian,

    Great post! I am very much like the friend that you wrote about – my blog is set up, I know what I want to focus on, but I can’t seem to get writing. I keep using the excuse that I don’t have the time, but I think it is also about my fear of not creating something that will be deemed useful, promising, and a resource to others in my field (coincidentally, I am in the teaching field). I know that everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has that first, not-so-awesome post that they look back at a year later!

    Thanks again – I will keep your words of wisdom in mind the next time I sit down and open up my blog page!

    Julie

    Reply
  • angie_seattle November 16, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Great advice! As a new blogger, I know you just have to push back the fear and stop waiting for it to be perfect. It may be slow going. Ask for help. Just get started!

    Reply
  • Tracyann0312 November 16, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Hi Christian! You know what when I was little I tell to myself that I will not wanted to enter blogging job because I do not know how to create good contents from it. But because my passion is writing, my promise is about to be broken. And here I’am commenting! maybe the reason is to face the fact from life!

    Reply
  • Oliver Tausend November 17, 2011, 2:50 am

    Hi Christian,

    this is such a beautiful post that any beginner blogger needs to read. How many are talked into it by others and addicted to instant gratification ? Let’s say it loud and clear again that it takes 6 months from your first blog post on until you will see results – if and when we blog consistently. To follow through, “making money” is the worst of all motivators, as nice as it nice to make money.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Be blessed

    Oliver

    Reply
  • Chrysta Bairre November 17, 2011, 5:48 am

    Very inspirational!

    Whether it’s the fear of blogging, or fear of taking any step in life, I have found that most of my fears are unfounded. Even when my worst fear comes true, it’s not nearly as bad as I imagined it. After all, I’m happy and healthy and successful and I’ve made it this far!

    The truth is my past experience has helped me achieve the success I have today because I learned what worked and what didn’t, and then built upon what worked and learned from what didn’t.

    Whenever I have taken on a new project I have grown my experience, my confidence, my knowledge and my skills. Blogging is no different and I am grateful for all the wonderful perks I enjoy that I didn’t even realize came with blogging, like building a wonderful community of positive, inspirational and supportive friends.

    Chrysta

    Reply
  • Pj Zafra November 17, 2011, 11:15 am

    Hey Christian,

    Great post here! It’s very true. Most people worry too much about what other people will think or say about them. It’s definitely important for beginners to know. Thanks for sharing this! If we’re serious at all about blogging, then a minor issue like this is nothing to worry about. It’s just part of the first steps.

    Keep it up! :)

    Reply
  • Mitch Mitchell November 18, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Great stuff Christian. I like that last one the best, worrying about what other people think. Of course we all want people to like us and what we write, but not everyone is going to agree with everything we write because we don’t agree with what everyone else writes. Just gotta get it done.

    Reply
  • Kris November 19, 2011, 5:54 am

    Wow…Thank you Christian for your post. This is exactly what I needed to read!

    I am in the EXACT place in my blogging life where I needed to read this. i.e. The Beginning! I have nothing more than a list of 20 or so topics that I would like to blog about. I have no site developed and no idea where I want to take it. And my reason for the procrastination is fear for the very reasons you describe!

    Thank you so much for the motivation! I will be getting something up this weekend!!

    Reply
  • Ashley November 20, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Its was a nice article, But unfortunately in my case, I started around 3 blogs one by one but somehow My confidence and spririt broke down and no one is working properly. nowadays I am doing free lancing for one Indian website.

    Reply
  • Randy Cox November 20, 2011, 8:44 pm

    It would surprise the timid how easy it is to become an authority. Often, a question arises but no one to answer it. The first to answer, right or wrong, becomes the authority and remains the authority until a better one comes along.

    What if the answer to all the worlds problems was hiding in the mind of a blogger who just felt unworthy to opine? Get it done!

    Reply
  • AnnTran_ November 25, 2011, 4:52 pm

    “Inch by inch. Foot by foot. Mile by mile.” to quote Christian,

    yes…one step at a time. I didn’t feel comfortable or did not feel the creative juice flowing in until after my first year of blogging. It takes discipline and determination and once you find your voice, it’s a lot of FUN to share with your audience. It’s still work though…

    Reply
    • Christian Hollingsworth November 25, 2011, 9:01 pm

      Love these thoughts here, Ann. Thank you for sharing. I like how you point out that although it’s fun, it’s still going to be work. It’s so true. It’s not always perfect and dandy – and you’ll have to work at bettering yourself each day!

      Reply
  • Oakley Stockholm Goggles December 15, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Blogging can be hard to get started when you think about people reading what you write, but when you get over that fear and stick to it then its a discipline that is a lot of work to keep up. It is a job and to be successful you have to work at it.

    Reply
    • Christian Hollingsworth December 16, 2011, 3:38 pm

      You’re so right here. It’s a job – so you’ve got to work at it daily. You would never be successful in any other job if you just turned off the work and thought you’d get better magically.

      Reply
  • Adrienne November 16, 2011, 9:09 am

    Hey Christian,

    Well, I hope your friend has written her first post by now. Trust me, we ALL go through the same thing. I sure know I did.

    I know there are some brave souls out there that never even think of the fear, they just do it anyway. I guess that’s something ingrained in them because for 95% of the population, we have a fear of the unknown.

    One thing I have learned over my lifetime is that if you never walk through the fear, you will never have those wonderful experiences or opportunities. Take shooting videos for instance. How many people do you talk to that are afraid to get in front of the camera. I was, it took me three months to post my first video and it was still horrible. Guess what, I did it anyway.

    The people who will judge you and give you their negative opinions are not the people you want to be associated with in the first place. Everyone has to learn from their mistakes and move past that. It’s just part of life I’m afraid.

    The only advice I can give is do it anyway. You’ll look back on it and say darn, that wasn’t so bad after all.

    Thanks for sharing this with us Christian. I know this will be very helpful for everyone who is new and still struggling with this.

    ~Adrienne

    • Christian Hollingsworth December 16, 2011, 3:36 pm

      Those are some great thoughts to learn from, Adrienne. I like how you’re honest, share that you yourself were scared to start shooting videos – but in doing so, you’ve taught yourself to enjoy it all.

      So cool!

  • Jens P. Berget November 16, 2011, 9:50 am

    Hey Christian,

    This reminds me a lot of my fear of flying. I just “hate” to travel by plane, and I’m very uncomfortable doing it. But, I keep doing it, because if I don’t, I won’t get to where I want to be.

    Very inspirational blog post.

    • Jane Davenport November 16, 2011, 6:51 pm

      Jens,

      I am with you, unfortumately after 20 years of flying no problem I have suddenly developed a fear of flying after a bad flight two years ago and one last year – however, I know deep down the only way to overcome my fear is to keep getting back on a flight and grin & bear the anxiety, stress and feeling of sheer panic to hopefully become calm and relaxed. It takes will power and for others to be supportive.

  • Eric Johnson November 16, 2011, 10:23 am

    Helpful post, Christian. As a blogger myself, I find that it also helps to focus relentlessly on the outcome I want — readers who appreciate and benefit from what I write. I imagine that outcome happening and it gives me a good feeling. That feeling displaces the anxiety and uncertainty. If I don’t blog, I won’t get what I want, and since I really want what I want…I do it. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. Just tell yourself you’ll sit down and write one sentence. Just one. Tomorrow you’ll write another sentence. But, it turns out, one sentence leads to two, and soon you’ve got a couple paragraphs. Hey, you’re blogging! Hit the “Publish” button. Feel that sense of accomplishment.

  • Bruce Sallan November 16, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Christian, I have a saying about control…”The only thing I control is what I eat for breakfast.”

    Excellent points contained here – as always from you. Fear can be a great motivator but also an inhibitor. Fortunately, I don’t carry much of it except in certain extreme ski situations and, in my former life (pre-marriage), with the ladies!

  • Ruhani Rabin November 16, 2011, 7:42 pm

    I’ve experienced this in real life. My professional job takes out most of my time. Sometimes I can’t even be on my office desk because I am running too many meetings. But the bottomline is these excuses are irrelevant. The stumble happens just as practicing math. I really agree what you have mentioned here. It is pretty difficult to get over that stumble. It needs a solid determination and objective. A blog can be new and just born, but with a right goal in the horizon may help making a long term plans about content. It may seems a lot of work but end of the day .. it becomes a habit. There is always a learning curve, but that is same for everything in life. Don’t worry about what people think, you are here to write your own story – let others know your story from your point of view.
    As Christian said : “You can and will do it”

  • Julie Manfredi November 16, 2011, 8:06 pm

    Christian,

    Great post! I am very much like the friend that you wrote about – my blog is set up, I know what I want to focus on, but I can’t seem to get writing. I keep using the excuse that I don’t have the time, but I think it is also about my fear of not creating something that will be deemed useful, promising, and a resource to others in my field (coincidentally, I am in the teaching field). I know that everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has that first, not-so-awesome post that they look back at a year later!

    Thanks again – I will keep your words of wisdom in mind the next time I sit down and open up my blog page!

    Julie

  • angie_seattle November 16, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Great advice! As a new blogger, I know you just have to push back the fear and stop waiting for it to be perfect. It may be slow going. Ask for help. Just get started!

  • Tracyann0312 November 16, 2011, 11:30 pm

    Hi Christian! You know what when I was little I tell to myself that I will not wanted to enter blogging job because I do not know how to create good contents from it. But because my passion is writing, my promise is about to be broken. And here I’am commenting! maybe the reason is to face the fact from life!

  • Oliver Tausend November 17, 2011, 2:50 am

    Hi Christian,

    this is such a beautiful post that any beginner blogger needs to read. How many are talked into it by others and addicted to instant gratification ? Let’s say it loud and clear again that it takes 6 months from your first blog post on until you will see results – if and when we blog consistently. To follow through, “making money” is the worst of all motivators, as nice as it nice to make money.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Be blessed

    Oliver

  • Chrysta Bairre November 17, 2011, 5:48 am

    Very inspirational!

    Whether it’s the fear of blogging, or fear of taking any step in life, I have found that most of my fears are unfounded. Even when my worst fear comes true, it’s not nearly as bad as I imagined it. After all, I’m happy and healthy and successful and I’ve made it this far!

    The truth is my past experience has helped me achieve the success I have today because I learned what worked and what didn’t, and then built upon what worked and learned from what didn’t.

    Whenever I have taken on a new project I have grown my experience, my confidence, my knowledge and my skills. Blogging is no different and I am grateful for all the wonderful perks I enjoy that I didn’t even realize came with blogging, like building a wonderful community of positive, inspirational and supportive friends.

    Chrysta

  • Pj Zafra November 17, 2011, 11:15 am

    Hey Christian,

    Great post here! It’s very true. Most people worry too much about what other people will think or say about them. It’s definitely important for beginners to know. Thanks for sharing this! If we’re serious at all about blogging, then a minor issue like this is nothing to worry about. It’s just part of the first steps.

    Keep it up! :)

  • Mitch Mitchell November 18, 2011, 1:03 pm

    Great stuff Christian. I like that last one the best, worrying about what other people think. Of course we all want people to like us and what we write, but not everyone is going to agree with everything we write because we don’t agree with what everyone else writes. Just gotta get it done.

  • Kris November 19, 2011, 5:54 am

    Wow…Thank you Christian for your post. This is exactly what I needed to read!

    I am in the EXACT place in my blogging life where I needed to read this. i.e. The Beginning! I have nothing more than a list of 20 or so topics that I would like to blog about. I have no site developed and no idea where I want to take it. And my reason for the procrastination is fear for the very reasons you describe!

    Thank you so much for the motivation! I will be getting something up this weekend!!

  • Ashley November 20, 2011, 8:03 pm

    Its was a nice article, But unfortunately in my case, I started around 3 blogs one by one but somehow My confidence and spririt broke down and no one is working properly. nowadays I am doing free lancing for one Indian website.

  • Randy Cox November 20, 2011, 8:44 pm

    It would surprise the timid how easy it is to become an authority. Often, a question arises but no one to answer it. The first to answer, right or wrong, becomes the authority and remains the authority until a better one comes along.

    What if the answer to all the worlds problems was hiding in the mind of a blogger who just felt unworthy to opine? Get it done!

  • AnnTran_ November 25, 2011, 4:52 pm

    “Inch by inch. Foot by foot. Mile by mile.” to quote Christian,

    yes…one step at a time. I didn’t feel comfortable or did not feel the creative juice flowing in until after my first year of blogging. It takes discipline and determination and once you find your voice, it’s a lot of FUN to share with your audience. It’s still work though…

    • Christian Hollingsworth November 25, 2011, 9:01 pm

      Love these thoughts here, Ann. Thank you for sharing. I like how you point out that although it’s fun, it’s still going to be work. It’s so true. It’s not always perfect and dandy – and you’ll have to work at bettering yourself each day!

  • Oakley Stockholm Goggles December 15, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Blogging can be hard to get started when you think about people reading what you write, but when you get over that fear and stick to it then its a discipline that is a lot of work to keep up. It is a job and to be successful you have to work at it.

    • Christian Hollingsworth December 16, 2011, 3:38 pm

      You’re so right here. It’s a job – so you’ve got to work at it daily. You would never be successful in any other job if you just turned off the work and thought you’d get better magically.

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