I didn’t know that normal people could just start a blog. I guess I didn’t even realize that all those websites I visited from Pinterest were blogs.
All I knew was that I wanted to work from home so that I could raise my kids.
I did some research, and the idea of blogging kept coming up over and over again. The income reports and promises of a huge paycheck put stars in my eyes, but I still didn’t think it was something I could do.
I pursued a few other avenues for a while and continued learning about the world of blogging.
In the midst of everything we were experiencing, I knew I needed to help out financially, I knew that we need that help now, and I knew that blogging was not going to bring in the paycheck we needed immediately.
I also didn’t think I’d be able to put so much work into something without being paid.
How I wish I could go back in time and smack myself.
I came up with so many reasons why I couldn’t or shouldn’t start a blog, and I’m here today to tell you why I did anyway (and why it might be a good choice for you, too).
6 Reasons I Couldn’t Start a Blog (And How I Overcame Them)
1) Lack of Time
When the idea first hit me to start blogging, I’d just had a baby and was in the thick of the newborn days. Obviously, I didn’t have time, right?
A year and a half later my heart brought the idea back to me in the middle of my pregnancy with my youngest, and my mind told me You have a toddler, and you’re about to have a newborn. You don’t have time.
After our second little girl was born and right in the middle of the sleepless nights, adjusting to two, and drowning in poopy diapers… the idea came back to me again. But I barely had time to shower, so how would I find time to start a blog?
My hands were full already.
And to tell you the truth, that made me angry. I wasn’t angry about taking care of my girls or our home. I was angry about not being able to fulfill a need that had been sitting in my heart for years. Surely I could figure this out.
If something is important to you, you make it work no matter what.
So I created time in my schedule without taking time away from my girls. (Check out my post on how I did that here.) I sacrificed a little sleep to start creating something that has brought me so much joy, and I don’t regret it one bit.
What would you do with an additional 10-15 hours a week? Waste it on Netflix? Or spend it pursuing something that stretches your boundaries and makes you grow?
I chose growth because sitting in front of the TV every night just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.
2) Fear of Judgement and Failure
I’ve pursued alternate ways to work from home in the past. I’ve done parties and facials and spent WAY too many hours uploading photos to a Facebook group in the hopes of selling a few articles of clothing.
I was scared that if I started a blog, people would judge me.
Goodness, that sounds so silly as I type it. But don’t we all have that fear at some point?
What will my friends think?
Are people going to talk about me behind my back?
What if I fail and everyone sees it?
The fact of the matter is that it’s none of your business what other people think of you. You’re not going to be everyone’s favorite person. And your blog isn’t going to appeal to everyone on your friends list.
And that’s okay.
It’s scary to put yourself out there. It’s scary to try something new with “everyone” watching.
I want you to think about this: There are so many happy and successful people in this world. Why not you? What is it that makes you less deserving of giving something a try?
What’s the worst that can happen? Your blog “fails” (whatever that means to you), but in the meantime, you’ve earned a lot of knowledge and a new appreciation for those who do this blogging gig.
Put on your blinders and try something you’ve been wanting to try. What does your heart keep coming back to?
This was definitely a big one for us.
Here’s the problem: We need additional income.
Here’s the solution: You have to pay to start a blog.
But what I’ve found is that the money put into starting your blog is truly an investment.
There are definitely ways to start a blog for less than your average direct sales venture, but if you’re trying to bring in an additional income you’ll need to invest in yourself.
While the dream of blogging sat on my heart for a few years before I finally took the plunge, I had absolutely no clue what to write about.
Organization? Making money? Pregnancy? Raising kids?
Everything I read said to follow your passion or to choose a specific niche, and I felt that since I wasn’t an expert in anything, I didn’t really have the right to write about anything.
I started making lists and lists of topics I’d like to write about. I filled pages. Then I would set them aside, focus on learning some more, come back to them with fresh eyes, and weed out the posts that didn’t fit into my niche.
Eventually, I landed on a niche that that speaks to my heart.
Blogging isn’t about being perfect from the start. It’s just about starting.
5) Lack of Knowledge
There are tons and tons of posts on Pinterest on starting a blog, and the more I read, the more I realized that there was a lot more involved in running a blog than I could have ever imagined.
How was I supposed to learn all of that?
I’m not very computer smart, I don’t know how to code at all, and I don’t even use social media all that well.
Did I mention I didn’t have the time to try to learn all of this computer mumbo-jumbo?
I was afraid to try to learn because of the vast amount of knowledge needed to run a money-making blog.
Luckily, I realized that no one learns a new skill in a day or even a week. It takes time.
When I invested a little time each day into reading a little here and a little there, I started building up a knowledge of domains, web hosting, SEO, and affiliate marketing.
I purchased an ebook and studied it until I understood the basics of blogging.
I would run this new knowledge by my computer savvy husband who would look at me in awe as I explained what I’d accomplished that day.
What I’ve found to be absolutely the most beneficial resource I’ve invested in has been Dare to Conquer run by Paul Scrivens.
Paul (we all call him Scrivs) has created not only the most extensive set of blogging resources on the internet, but also an incredible community of bloggers.
DTC is the real deal, and if you’re serious about making money with your blog I highly encourage you to check it out. The doors are now open and I can honestly say it’s worth every penny.
6) Lack of Confidence
I’ve always been known for being the quiet one, which is fine until you start feeling like you’re more of the invisible one.
I struggled so much with starting a blog because I didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say.
Let that sink in for a moment.
I didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say.
Since I’ve always been the “quiet one,” I’ve always been easily overlooked in social situations. This has done a number on my confidence.
Starting a blog and letting your Facebook world know about it feels something like stepping out of your front door naked.
Since starting my blog, I’ve found that this blog was never meant to impress the people I know. It’s truly something for me, and I adore it for that reason. I’ve found a community of wonderful people and work that makes me happy.
There comes a point when you can set your insecurities aside for the sake of taking action in your life, and I’m so happy that I did.
Don’t ever let other people decide what you can or can’t do in this life. Don’t let their perception of you hold you back from figuring out who you are.
With All of That Said…
Blogging is HARD. It’s a LOT of work. And it can be lonely.
It takes time, and it’s definitely not a “get rich quick” kind of gig.
But time is going to pass anyway, so if you’ve been thinking of starting a blog, why not give it a shot?
Choose your Web Hosting – I personally use Siteground and love it. You can also go with Bluehost, which is an extremely popular choice and you’ll get a free domain. Either way, you’ll want to use WordPress.
Choose your Theme – There are some awesome theme resources available for both paid and free themes. Do your research and choose a theme that best serves your purpose (and your pocketbook).