The beginner blogger is entering the vast unknown: The Blogsphere. It can be scary entering the land of All Things Virtual when your entire life has been spent in the “real” world. I sympathize, I empathize, I get it. And there are too many other people dying to have a chance to be the Next Big Thing in the blogsphere for you to crumble in the face of a challenge.
Today’s article is meant to provide insight, inspiration, and a sweet (but firm) push forward so that you can become the next big blogger in your niche, and the newest influencer on the block. I will offer practical steps you can take to overcome resistance writing or publishing on your blog.
Defining Blogger Resistance
What exactly is blogger resistance, and why is it important to understand? Blogger resistance is not too different from other forms of resistance. It is a “refusal to accept or comply with…”, in this case, the act of writing or blogging.
Blogger resistance can take different forms:
- Writer’s block
- Procrastination publishing
- Struggle balancing blogging with full-time job
- Difficulty prioritizing blog
Managing Blogger Resistance
The first step in managing any resistance you might be feeling regarding your blog is to make an honest assessment of your relationship with your blog.
- Why am I blogging/ what are my motivations for blogging ?
- How does this blog serve me/ how will my blog serve me?
- What expectations do I have of this blog?
- What expectations do I have of my success as a result of my blog?
- Have I set realistic blogging tasks, targets, and goals (have I set any at all)?
- Have I walked through basic blog set up to lay the foundation for my blog?
Once you answer these questions you will have a much better sense of your relationship with your blog, and how you can move past any resistance you might be experiencing.
Working Past Resistance
Would you believe it if I told you that your mindset is everything? If you are starting a blog because you are desperate to make money, but you have no idea how to write so you are posting random, cheap giveaways and affiliate links, it would not surprise me if you are experiencing some serious blogging resistance. On the other hand, if you are dealing with personal issues that occupy a great deal of your emotional energy, finding extra time and energy for writing could prove challenging. While there are 100 reasons till Sunday that you might be experiencing resistance to writing and posting on your blog, there are steps you can take to overcome this temporary problem.
Steps to Beat Resistance
1. Find your center
This might sound New Agey or cliché, but the first step to meeting and overcoming resistance is to center yourself. This is extremely important for bloggers who need to connect with their inner voice. When we write from our inner voice, words flow from the mind without too much interruption from unnecessary and unrelated thoughts (such as fear, etc.).
How can you find your center? Everyone has their own way to find their center; do what makes sense for you. Some suggestions:
- Take a long to get the blood flowing and fresh air circulating.
- Meditate, dance, or do yoga.
- Take 20 minutes and relax, think about nothing.
Allow your mind and body to relax and find a flow, then sit down to write when you are ready, when you feel you are not forcing yourself.
2. Research Your Heart Out
There is no doubt in my mind that your blog, article topics, and niche are unique and one-of-a-kind. That said, whatever you are writing about is not completely unique. Someone has thought about a related topic before. Take advantage of the conscious collective and do online research about the blog topic that has you stuck. You might be surprised; your article could take a completely different turn, or you may be infused with fresh inspiration.
3. Connect with Other Bloggers
You are not the only blogger suffering from resistance. Even if no one is experiencing your precise form of resistance, hundreds to thousands of other bloggers can offer you support. Where to find other bloggers:
- Top Facebook Blog Groups, Google+, LinkedIn
- Social: Pinterest/ Instagram
- Twitter Chats
- Niche-related #hashtags
- Find, follow, and comment on favorite blogs
Let me know how your Beginner Blog is doing – Comment Below or message me: firstname.lastname@example.org.