Written By Marie Rimmer
Are you feeling like you are just so tired of not getting the hang of this whole blogging business? Do you feel like just maybe you should have never thought to do this at all? Blogging shouldn't be hard right? I mean it is just adding words to a page on a site, why does it seem like it is so darn difficult? Everyone around you seem to be getting the hang of it. They are getting traffic, followers, comments, and you are getting nowhere fast. Why? Why are you so frustrated with blogging? Well I am here to help you find your answer.
I have found in my observation of new bloggers that there are many reasons why frustration comes when they want to blog. One of the main reasons I have noticed is they just don't get how to start. "What? Who doesn't know how to start a blog, I mean it is so easy." Maybe to you but to them it is like going into a house of mirrors. They see many copies of themselves but can't find the exit. Blogging is more than just putting together words on a page, it is strategy and marketing skills. When you want to blog I am sure the first thing that comes to your mind is that you want to let people know about your writings. You have something you want to share and say to the people. But the issues come in when it comes to what to blog about. Since blog posts are based on topic and subjects, you have to choose what subject you want to blog about.
Many new bloggers are not too good with writing. Sure they know how to type words out but it is about the way the message comes across to the reader. Many new bloggers may just write in a way that makes it seem as if you are reading their diary. Some write about books they like to read and give reviews on them. Others like to write about fashion and the latest outfit. You see, there are many many topics that can be covered as a blogger but are these topics people want to read about? That is the ultimate question that needs to be answered.
When you blog you have so much to think about when first starting. Many new people ask the common question of " Do I need to buy a domain name and get website hosting first?" Many will tell them "Yes because if you want to have a self hosted website and be able to own your content that is the way to go about it." But I am that person that tells the truth and lets the real deal be known. If you ask me that question I am going to tell you no, don't do that. Why? because why put the cart before the horse? Have you taken the time to think about your blog topics or subjects? Have you written out any blog posts and drafted them out first in word document and google drive? Do you know what your overall goals are for this blog? Do you know why you are even starting this blog?
Do you know how to go about the technical sides of connecting domain names to website hosts and dealing with the files and etc. that come with that? Why pay for a domain name and host before you ever write one blog post? Ha that rhymed, I just chuckled a bit. Think about a fashion designer, do they just get the materials and start sewing clothes and then sell them? Or do they plan out their designs, draw out their look, get the measurements correct for the body types they are going to be selling these clothes to first?
I will say they go with the plan first then work on the clothing design and marketing for sales. Everything has to have a well thought out plan. I mean really think about this. What is going to happen if you do not pay for all of that right now? Is the site host going to go away? is the domain name not going to be able to be registered? No, it will all still be there. "But I don't want my name stolen." Who is going to steal what they do not know exists? if only you know your name you have chosen for your blog then no one can steal it. Seeing how blogging is about strategy, you have to figure out the layout and design of your website after you choose your site host.
You have to think about what you want your site to represent, what about you is it speaking? What about you does it show? That is what people come to your site for, for you. Your words are an expression and representation of your overall personality, seems odd right? But it is. Emotions are needed in writing needs to be doing something to someone, making them feel something. It is not just about writing and they read it. Give your readers you. "Ok, but when do I get to my domain name and website host, I want my information and content to be mine." Who said your content that you created and upload on to a website is not yours?
Did the website host business tell you that or did an individual tell you that? Did you ask the website host? No, well then you may have been misinformed. Misinformation is also another reason why many new bloggers are frustrated, there is just soo much information out there about how to start a blog and they all say the same things pretty much " You have to buy a domain name and get website hosting first." But really no you do not, what you should be doing FIRST is planning out your blog posts, your blog goals, your blog topics, design, layout, and then after you work it all out and draft it up in something like google docs or word, because you also want to back it up on something and have copies so just in case something bad happens to your site you did not lose your posts and all you worked hard on.
Then after you have your posts drafted out and your design plan chosen, you can go looking for what site you want to use to host your blog on and if you want to pay for these things then by all means, that is completely up to you. Just make sure you know all about what you need to when it comes to price and what all you will be giving out monthly, yearly or whatever frequency they want their payments. Also it may be good idea to find out what can happen to your site if you miss a payment, are late or cannot make one. You need to know what happens to your domain name as well. Reading terms and conditions of sites are important so make sure you do that. When it comes to the question of if you own your content of your site, you can check out the following photos from 4 sites that many bloggers use to blog on and see what they said in reference to that. I just Google searched " Who owns my content on my (name of site) site?" And these are the results I got for each one. Click photos to enlarge.
It is always a good idea to go to the source for information, I am sure many site hosts and domain name businesses have a customer service department or a way to contact them, so ask them your questions and see what they say. Before spending hundreds of dollars on things, I just want you to make sure you have an understanding of your blog and the blog process before you start churning out money. You can still do the purchasing of things but get the most important things done first. So let's take a quick recap of why you may be frustrated with blogging.
You're putting the cart before the horse
Before you have any blog posts topics written, anything drafted out, you go buying all these things to build your site, but you don't have a clear vision of what your blog will look like, what topics you will write about, who your blog is for, how you will get traffic and get readers to your blog, what your blog goals are for the long term. You are working backwards and are frustrated that it isn't coming together, take one step at a time and work in order and with a plan. Come up with a routine that you can follow to help you stay on task.
You're following the wrong information
Now there is nothing wrong at all with getting advice from a person, but when that advice doesn't add up to terms and conditions of the websites, and companies then that seems to me to be they are just saying what they heard from someone who heard it from someone else. They are listening to others say the same and it is all incorrect. If you want to know for certain, it is best to go to the source when it comes to knowing things from a business or company. Advice is based on people's experiences with other people, services or products. But what you don't know about those experiences is what they did, what they did not do, how things transpired, etc. Advice that is based on facts and truth vs opinions and suggestions seem to be the more better way to go. What do I mean? I can suggest to you something maybe because I like it or have used it but does that mean your experience with the same will be a 100% failure proof guarantee? no it does not. I can give you advice but the results are not a guarantee to be the same for you as they are for me. They may not be a guarantee at all, because you don't know what can happen to make things change and go in a different direction then what you hoped for.
You are too impatient
Another reason why bloggers get frustrated is because they try to rush it and put it all together and do it all at once. Have you ever heard " Don't count your eggs before they hatch?" you have to slow down. You will get there one step at ta time, chill, relax, calm your mind, stop it from going 1000 miles a minute with thoughts and questions. Relax. and focus. When you have an unfocused mindset and you are all over the place it is chaotic and will not bring you good results, you have to take your time with blogging, it will all come into place for you just work out your plans and goals then put into action the process of getting them met.
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