The old me had a terrible time gaining clarity and confidence in my blog.
Now I walk around wearing T-shirts of my blog, carrying my paperbacks to all corners of the globe, promoting myself freely.
I slammed into years of struggle because secretly I had like zero belief in what I did online. I feared criticism. I feared failing. Sure enough, criticism and failure followed me around for a minute.
It wasn’t until I established a clear, confident blogging direction that things turned around and I saw greater success.
If you see any of these red flags with your blog take a deep breath, own your lack of clarity and confidence and follow the solutions.
1: You Fear Sharing Your Blog with Family
I speak to many new bloggers who fear sharing posts with their family and friends.
This is simply the fear of criticism and rejection manifest. But it shows more than anything that you lack confidence and clarity in your blogging message.
You may use any reason to support your lack of sharing:
- sensitive subject matter
- uncomfortable encounters with family and friends who don’t like your blog content
- the belief that your family will think you’re nuts or taking dangerous risks by doing what you do
In the end, either you feel confident, clear and at peace with what you do on your blog and can share it with any human being or you fear how they will react to the post, which has everything to do with them and nothing to do with you.
Be bold. Believe in yourself. Get clear on your blog.
If you hide the true you from family and friends you will never be true to yourself.
Share your posts with everybody you know. Not 1 to 1, but fear not sharing your latest posts on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere. If somebody has an issue with it the issue is with themselves, not you.
2: You Fear Guest Posting
I feared guest posting for years.
Turns out the fear of criticism was a big deterrent for me but getting to the bottom of things I simply lacked clarity in my blog. I was unclear on my blog’s niche and the value I had to share through posts. I lacked clarity around my income streams too.
Finally, when I trashed my old blog to create Blogging From Paradise I felt like an energetic fog had cleared from around my blog. I could see clearly. I had a special story to share to inspire aspiring pro bloggers. I felt confident in my message. But I need to gain clarity and boldness in what I did online to dive into guest posting.
Do you feel terrified to guest post? Assess your blog. You likely have little confidence in your cyber home and need to get clearer on your niche, message and value you provide to start nailing down guest post opportunities left and right.
Check out this helpful post on Blogging Wizard to land a guest post on your dream blog:
3: You Fear Buying a Domain and Hosting and Premium Theme
For years I felt terrified to buy a premium theme. I secretly believed doing so was a waste of time anyway.
Who was I? A loser who ran a ho hum, failing blog. Even when folks told me my theme looked terrible I either cursed them out or simply ignored their good advice.
I finally spotted the issue: I had clarity and confidence problems. I was not clear on my blog and lacked confidence in my online real estate so investing in a premium theme would be wasted money.
I finally agreed for my web developer to upload my bespoke theme. Never looked back.
If you resist buying a domain and hosting or purchasing a premium theme you need to be fully committed to your blog. That commitment grows if you gain clarity in your blog and increase your confidence in your offering.
4: You Fear Changing Things Up
I hated changing up my blog in the past because I secretly believed that improving my job was a hopeless cause. I’d fail anyway.
I had zero confidence in my blog and the clarity of a captain sailing through a typhoon.
I eventually listened to feedback, honored my intuitive nudges and got clearer and clearer on my blog direction. I believed in my blog and message so much that I was willing to make huge scale changes to become successful.
If you feel unclear on your blog it may be time to change things up. Doing so alerts you to where you can get clearer and believe more in the direction of your blog.
To genuinely commit to improving your blog read this resource from Jerry Low at WHSR:
Are you lacking clarity and confidence in your blog? Why?