As you browse your social media feeds and catch up on the latest blog posts, you think that maybe this is something you’d enjoy doing, too. You have so many things you love to share — so why not start a lifestyle blog?
It sounds fun and exciting until you actually sit down to do it. Suddenly, you’re wondering who’s going to care about what you have to say, and how you’re going to find the time to create content. You’re talking yourself out of it before you even get started!
Here’s the thing: Every single blogger you follow has experienced the same thing. And the only thing that separates them from you is that they started publishing and kept going anyway.
In this post, we’re going to address some of your biggest fears and excuses for not starting a lifestyle blog, so you can overcome your self-doubt and start your blogging journey today.
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3 fears and self-doubt you need to overcome to start your lifestyle blog
Starting a lifestyle blog requires some work — but the biggest barrier to overcome is mental. Naturally, it’s difficult to start a new creative project when you’re not sure it’s going to be worth it! Let’s tackle the most common fears so you can overcome your self-doubt and move forward.
Fear: No one will care about my blog.
Real talk: No one will know your blog exists in the beginning. It takes time and consistency to build an audience — and that’s totally normal and ok.
Here’s a little secret: Even as your audience grows, you’ll still sometimes feel like you’re sending content out into the void. You’ll pour your heart and soul out over a blog post, only to get no response.
But don’t be discouraged. The reality of blogging is that you don’t always know the true impact of your content. Someone out there needs to read exactly what you have to say, even if they don’t tell you. And people will surprise you out of the blue and tell you that they never miss a post.
Ultimately, that’s why it’s so important to enjoy the process of blogging for yourself. Even when you can’t see the impact your content has on others, remember the impact it has on yourself. Blogging is a wonderful outlet for creative expression and can be a fun hobby — so focus on that in the beginning, when it feels like no one’s paying attention.
In turn, your passion will be apparent, your community will grow over time, and you’ll have the opportunity to build genuine connections with your readers.
Fear: I don’t have anything unique to say.
Of course, you’re not going to be the first or the last to blog about a particular topic, trend, or product. What makes you unique is your own personal thoughts, experiences, and stories, and how they inform your approach to content.
We’re living in a time where influencers have massive followings and earn a full-time living sharing the most mundane things about their lives. Put simply: Humans are nosy creatures. We love seeing how other people live their lives, especially when we can get inspiration to improve our own everyday lives.
So, embrace your unique blend of knowledge and interests! That’s where the magic lies in creating unique content. It’s not about what you say, but how you say it. Sure, someone else can say essentially the same thing, but your words will resonate more with some people. And those people continue following you simply because they like you as a person.
Fear: I won’t have time to blog.
Blogging is what you make it. Consistency is important, because it’s how you improve your skills, hone your voice, and in turn, grow an audience. So yes, you do have to make time in your schedule if you want a successful blog.
The amount of time you commit to your blog is totally up to you. Think of it as learning a skill — take piano for example. You can’t play a masterpiece to perfection right away. You have to practice regularly. And the more you practice, the more skilled you become, and the more progress you make.
If you stop practicing regularly, when you come back you may have to relearn some things. But you aren’t starting from the beginning.
Blogging is the same. Start with a schedule that feels manageable to you. Put it on your calendar and set a timer. Over time, you’ll get faster at producing content and can adjust your posting schedule accordingly. If you’re not happy with the progress you’re making, challenge yourself to commit more time to blogging. And if you need to scale back or take a break, that’s ok too.
Overall, remember that done is better than perfect! You will make more progress by consistently publishing content, even if you have to shorten it due to time constraints.
Why now is the best time to start your lifestyle blog
When we put off our goals, whatever the reason, we’re delaying our progress and the rewards it can bring. In blogging, this is especially true — because the magic of blogging is that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. You develop personal skills, build a community, and even start earning money.
You can only overcome your fears and self-doubt by starting your lifestyle blog now. No one will care about your blog if you don’t actually have a blog to care about. You can’t develop a unique voice unless you publish regularly. And the only way to have time to blog is to start publishing and make it a habit.
Speaking from experience, once you’re actually blogging, you’ll always wish you had started sooner. But the great thing is, it’s never too late to start. That’s the beauty of owning your own online space — it’s there for whatever you need it be, whenever you’re ready. No limitations or frustrating algorithms.
Ready to get started? Check out our how-to guide to start your lifestyle blog today, even if you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
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