Along with information overload, I think that new bloggers also feel the pressure to be amazing from the get-go. And you know what? You probably won’t be.
And that’s ok!
Blogging, like most forms of learning anything, takes time and practice. You get experience by doing it. Sometimes that is how you learn the best.
We All Suck When We Start Blogging
I’m going to showcase my personal blog here to show off what it was like. I started my personal blog in February 2012 with the goal of teaching myself WordPress. It wasn’t my first experience writing online (I’ve been doing that in various forms since 2002) but it was my introduction to blogging how it is today.
My very first post was just me introducing myself to the no one who was reading, almost like a letter to a new pen pal. If you remember when pen pals were a thing.
At first my personal blog was just an exercise and weight log (Day 14). It was really boring. I gave barely any context to the exercise and didn’t use photos. This went on for a few months.
Then I realised that it was in fact incredibly boring and I wanted to write about other things too. So, as any blogger would do, I announced it to the world. I have no idea how many people were reading my blog back then – probably about three? (If I was lucky!)
I finally started incorporating photos into posts around this time. Yay! It got marginally less boring. I did my first post where I attempted to help others (instead of just talking about myself) in May 2012 – my fourth month of blogging!
My next strange habit started – I wouldn’t post for a while, no one would miss me and then I would post about how I wasn’t posting. I think I did that for about a year, off and on. Sadly, my advice here is that people will probably not notice, so don’t do it. Because when people come back to your blog they probably won’t notice the dates on posts (if you even have dates on posts). Which means that you’re now drawing their attention to the fact you are unrelaibly blogging, and you risk putting the reader off.
None of this is meant to be discouraging, but more to note that there is a learning curve to anything new, and that most definitely applies to blogging. Feel your way through it, find other newbie bloggers to talk to, join communities for bloggers, and – most importantly – have fun doing it! And remember, you’ll only get to be an expert by doing something. It’s ok to be a beginner and learn from your own mistakes.
Do you feel your blog sucked when it was new? Do you feel that now? What do you think the main issue with your blog is if you feel this way?