Ask Rachel: How to Overcome those “First Post” Jitters as a New Blogger

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Today's WBW Post was originally published on 5/3/16. 


WOOHOO! Got the first “Ask Rachel…” Question! I am (HOPING!) to make a weekly feature of “Ask Rachel…” where I answer reader's questions (on ANY topic!) and give some advice (FO' FREE!). Submit your questions here!

Alright, let's jump into it!

Hello!
I am a struggling twenty-something working on starting my own lifestyle/life fails blog. Do you have any advice for me as a launch into this new endeavor? I have written some practice posts to get those”first post” jitters and to be sure that it is something I actually want to take on. I am currently working on design layout, etc. but am very nervous to officially “launch.” 

I'd love any advice, encouragement, etc that you have for me.
Thank you!


Ahh thank you for the question! I can totally relate to being at that point of “Is this something I actually want to take on” when I first started blogging.

Some back story for you: I have been blogging on and off since high school (What up LiveJournal days! Who else remembers those?? Drop me a comment!). I would go through spurts where I posted multiple times a day to not at all. I've had a public blog, a private blog, and an anonymous blog over the years. I have constantly struggled with this pressure I put on myself to create the “perfect post” or “perfect content schedule” … I would obsess for hours over what other bloggers were doing and constantly compare myself…

…Which reminds me of episode 4 in Girls season 5 where Jessa tells Hannah she spends too much time reading articles and content on-line that it's actually made her stupid and is the culprit of her writer's block…

 

As bitchy as Jessa was in this scene, there's some serious truth to it… I digress…

I actually put so much pressure on myself that I stopped enjoying it and would ultimately stop writing.

So the first point of advice: Limit how much content you are consuming on-line!

Seriously this is so important, I found that if I spend hours reading other people's work, I lose my voice completely. I do like to read 3 bloggers regularly for inspiration, education, and fun, but any more than that I have found to actually be harmful.

Which leads me to my next question/piece of advice: Why are you blogging? What is your blog's mission? 

Write that shit down! Seriously, WRITE IT DOWN. Cherish this. Never lose this. As your blog grows you will have challenges that may pull you away from your original mission or purpose, so stay connected to your “Why” – as in “why you are starting this adventure”. Click here for more tips on how to write a mission statement.

Whether you're blogging for money, fame, or fun – just remember to let go of the fear.

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Seriously, let it go. In the blogging world, they say that your first “hate” comment or e-mail means you've made it. So really the only thing to feel “concerned” about is apathy… but at the end of the day, if you are clear and focused in your blog's mission, it will connect with someone (because emotions are universal, and nobody is so unique that they don't have a tribe out there).

3 Big mistakes I see with new bloggers include (there's more I just won't get into all of them in this post):

  • They filter. They filter their thoughts and words so much that we never really get to know them or their personality.
  • They try to please everybody and end up connecting with nobody.
  • They have a really ugly/crowded layout that makes it impossible to stay on their site or finish an article.
  • They are afraid to self-promote (because people need to know you are out there!).

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I hope that helps!

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99 thoughts on “Ask Rachel: How to Overcome those “First Post” Jitters as a New Blogger”

  1. Yes, fantastic tips! It can definitely be nerve-wracking clicking ‘post’ for the first time. I love your points on letting your personality shine through and also not looking at others’ content too much. Loved this post!

  2. Courtney Patterson

    I always tell newbies, “Be you. It’s the most glorious gift you can give to your readers otherwise, why even bother blogging?”

  3. I agree it’s good to do it because you love it, not hoping it will get popular or make money (although hopefully you do)! If you enjoy it it will come across in your writing and be more fun to read.

  4. As a new blogger I can totally relate to this. Great tips! I have tried several blogs before but got overwhelmed and gave up. Not this time, I know my mission and I’m so motivated now.

  5. These are such great thoughts. I worry that I over-filter on my blog because I want to appeal to/please everyone but I also try to get personal. IDK! You never stop learning, right? 🙂

  6. Solid advice! I feel like when I first began blogging 6 years ago and was “only writing for myself” it was a whole different ballgame. But I did end up getting jitters once it got more public.

  7. Such solid advice! I agree with you about losing your blog when you read too many posts. I lose my voice too when I’m consuming other people’s content too much!

  8. Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    “Ask Rachel” – how fun is that! Can’t wait to see and learn from this new series!

  9. I’ve been blogging off and on again since middle school on tumblr, (old!) blogger, wordpress.com, literally every platform in the book because I was just itching to get things out in the open. I’ve just started a full-fledged blog this month, though, and this post made me realize that I’ve been filtering my posts a little bit instead of just writing for myself like I used to! Thanks so much for including this advice – I’m going to try to sound more like me in my future posts 🙂

    1. So happy you found it helpful Katrina! When you’ve been blogging that long and you make a more “official” change it can be easy to get in your head (I’m talking about my own personal experience there). Excited to see your blog grow!

  10. I think I was too excited to be nervous when I make my first blog post. This was back in 2009 when blogging was still pretty new and honestly it never occurred to me that people would actually READ IT!

    1. Love that your brought that up Rachel! It’s funny excitement and nerves sit the exact same way physically in our bodies! It just comes down to whether your perception is positive or negative!

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