Blogging struggles visit every blogger at one time or another.
Pros make things look easy now but struggled as newbie bloggers 5, 10 or 15 years prior. Everything felt like a struggle during my newbie blogger days. From writing blog posts, to promoting posts to opening income streams I had a tough time overcoming even the most basic blogging problems.
Struggles do not need to be overcome as much as being identified. Bloggers often have no idea that they are struggling. Ego loves to create blind spots. Observe struggle #1 below. A hefty percentage of bloggers slam into the same struggles often because they believe that their struggle is unique. Oddly enough, the more you own a struggle as afflicting only you the more struggles you face because where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Identify this issue and other common struggles by seeing yourself and your blog in the light of truth. Look at yourself honestly. Pinpoint areas of blogging stagnation over the years. Admit that you are struggling to move in the opposite direction of fun, freedom and greater ease.
Blogging feels uncomfortable sometimes but owning your struggles feels freeing as you correct big mistakes fueling your blogging heartache.
Keep an eye out for these common blogging struggles in this re-written blog post.
1: The Idea that Your Struggle is Unique
Nothing feels worse than believing you are alone in your blogging struggles.
I assumed pro bloggers never had to face the problems I slammed into years ago. But every professional blogger suffers through similar or identical struggles as newbie bloggers. Release some struggle resistance. Accept how your struggle is not unique. You are not alone.
Knowing other bloggers suffer through similar struggles lessens the emotional burden you carry because commonality bonds you with other bloggers who know exactly how you feel. I felt better knowing beginner and even veteran bloggers shared my struggles not by relishing their suffering but by knowing others struggled similarly yet succeeded. Or fellow bloggers still struggling picked me up because we cheer led one another, knowing the fear and pain we all experienced.
Your struggle is not solely your struggle. Release resistance in your mind by knowing every blogger has been in your shoes. Professionals in particular faced all manner of struggles; otherwise, they would not be pro bloggers!
2: Complete Overwhelm
Excitement greets new bloggers.
But overwhelm soon cripples most beginners for the fear of missing out. Newbies fear missing out on critical blogging research. Honoring this fear leads to information overload. Cramming a high volume of blogging information into your mind leads to an overwhelmed feeling resulting in paralysis and struggle.
Imagine a pre-med student who fears missing out on acquiring enough medical knowledge. Said student tries to take 10 classes each semester through 5 different universities. Overwhelm ensues. The pre-med student learns little by trying to learn everything from everyone, in essence.
Pick 1-3 professional blogging mentors. Find pros who vibe with you. Learn how to blog primarily from these professionals. Release the fear of missing out by dialing in to a few skilled, compassionate blogging mentors. A small group of pros teaches you all that you need to know about blogging.
Blogging does not seem to be rocket science. Pros do a few simple things routinely for a long time. Although we all master a series of skills to go pro you can easily pick up these skills from 1-3 professional bloggers.
3: Giving Your Attention and Energy to Number Goals
As a rule, ego loves numbers.
Ego desires reaching certain number goals like:
- traffic stats
- profits numbers
- number of comments
- follower counts
because ego believes attaining specific number goals leads to a professional blogging career.
After being a blogger for 13 years I can assure you that:
- numbers never followed my blog
- a number never bought my eBook
- numbers never hired me
But bloggers struggle horribly because bloggers give oodles of attention and energy to reaching specific number goals. After reaching these goals success rarely if ever finds them because numbers cannot do anything.
Human beings help you to succeed. Give all of your attention and energy to:
- listening to your readers
- spotting their problems
- solving their problems with your blog content
- engaging pro bloggers in your niche via blog comments and social media
to lay a successful foundation for your blogging campaign.
Help humans. Pay little attention to numbers. Struggles dissolve as you generously, genuinely, persistently and patiently help people through your blogging campaign.
4: Trying to Do Everything By Yourself
Blogging lone wolves struggle, fail and die.
Connected bloggers who outsource succeed and thrive.
As a rule, almost every new blogger struggles because newbies try to do it all solo. Forget networking. Why would you outsource if you can do it yourself for free? Observe new bloggers who spend days struggling to find one line of code to fix their theme. Meanwhile, hiring a developer to get the job done and spending that time creating and connecting is the way to go. How many newbies take this route? Few outsource and network. Struggles follow.
No blogger succeeds solo. Gone are the days of manipulating Google to drive buying traffic without networking. Even Google nudges you to network in order to gain organic backlinks. Relationship-building became more important with each successive Google update as the Big G forces bloggers to focus on the fundamentals of creating and connecting.
Stop trying to do it all solo. Network generously. Help top bloggers in your niche. Ask for nothing in return. Let go outcomes. Earn their trust through your generous service. As your skills increase, more top bloggers promote you, endorse you and accelerate your blogging success.
Observe your struggles dissolve into a generous, loyal blogging buddy network.
Invest money in outsourcing to free your:
- peace of mind
At the end of the day, investing money to promote your peace of mind may be the ultimate struggle-killer. Bloggers suffer terribly mentally and physically by trying to do it yourself their way to a professional blogging career. Nobody succeeds without investing money to hand off work to skilled professionals who do certain things far better than you.
I invested money in:
- web development
- web design
- my domain and hosting
- educational resources for my blog
Handing work off to skilled pros and learning from equally skilled pros let me scale. I have ample time to focus on business-building tasks because credible professionals handle work I simply cannot handle.
Think like an entrepreneur. Outsource to scale. Reach more targeted people by giving your energy to business-building activities. Outsource all else to pros who do what you cannot do.
5: Picking Your Niche
Niche selection seems to cripple bloggers.
Analysis paralysis sets in the moment you explore one niche. What seems profitable? Which niches seem popular? How do you ever whittle down niches to a single blogging niche?
Bloggers struggle to select a niche to the tune of spending weeks going back and forth between multiple blog topics. But this struggle is not really a struggle if you ask yourself a few simple questions:
- what feels fun to you?
- does that fun-feeling activity solve a pressing problem?
Picking a fun-feeling niche that solves a pressing problem does not seem terribly difficult to most bloggers. We possess passions. We can easily see if our passion solves some issue. Narrowing down your fun-loving, problem-solving niches from a few to one demands you to get fully clear on why you blog. Picking a fun, freeing driver influences you to pick the right niche for you.
I picked Blogging From Paradise because I had fun blogging and spotted a large number of bloggers who struggled to go pro. Following your fun feels good. Solving a specific problem makes your blog appealing to readers. Dissolve niche-struggle by doing what you love to help readers solve their problems.
Niche Selection Warning
Bloggers amplify their struggles by choosing niches solely based on popularity and profits without consulting their heart. Going back and forth between profitable and/or popular niches for weeks does not seem to be uncommon.
Struggling in this fashion reflects your fear-greed back to you. Struggle is fear. Blogging with a strong fear driver perpetuates struggle until you let go your fear driver to focus on your heart-passion that solves a problem for humanity.
Do not pick a niche based solely on popularity and-or profits. Follow your passion first. If a niche feels fun to explore you clearly see whether or not the niche solves a problem or not. From there, selecting a blogging niche becomes easy.
6: Finding Time to Blog
One part of me finds it weird that people cannot find time to do something that frees them.
But another part of me recalls how my formerly fear-dominated mind struggled to find time to blog. Never mind how I seemed to have a wide open schedule. I simply never could find time to blog.
Fast forward 13 years. I found time to blog. 🙂 But facing, feeling and releasing fears to create a value-shift marked the turning point with this struggle. I always had 24 hours daily to choose from; I never lost time. Time never evaded me. But sitting with fears in mind scaring me into valuing:
goaded me to blog.
Life seems incredibly busy for:
- working moms
- working dads
- college students holding down a part time job
but if you value busy-ness over freedom you will never find time to blog.
When my wife and I helped raise our niece I do not recall me needing to stare at her and care for her 24-7, 365. True; she did seem to require much of our attention and energy but after caring for her I:
- did Kriya yoga
- did yin yoga
I value freedom over fear. Naturally, I blog because blogging is one vehicle toward freedom.
Sit with fears in your mind scaring you into valuing busy-ness, distraction and aversion over freedom. I have not met a parent who works then stares at their child collectively for 24 hours each day. Every working parent has hours to blog every day but making space for those hours involves facing, feeling and releasing fears to shift your values.
Face fear. Release busy-ness. Let go distractions. Blog.
7: General Feeling of Wasting Your Time
Bloggers struggle mightily with the idea of wasting their time with blogging.
Blog for months. 3 readers visit your blog on a good day. Zero profits flowed to you even though you promoted affiliate offers hundreds of times. 4 people joined your email list. No one comments on your blog. Nobody hires you or buys your stuff.
At this point, most bloggers feel like they wasted their time for months. The cycle continues for years. Nothing seems to grow. Nothing seems to expand. Success feels frustratingly elusive. Why do so many bloggers seem to succeed while you waste years of your time blogging?
Overcoming this struggle seems difficult until you simply realize how studying pro bloggers reveals every pro takes a similar journey of helping people for free persistently before money and traffic flow to the pro. Every blogger works for free for a long time before working for pay.
Studying professional bloggers shows you are not wasting your time solely because traffic and profits do not seem to grow for you. However, studying pros also alerts you; you better learn how to blog the right way to ensure you do not waste your time. Sticking your head in the blogging sand through sheer ignorance does not get you off of the hook.
Learn blogging from pros. Observe their careers to understand that blogging the right way with a generous, trusting energy leads to success but only after helping readers for free for a long time.
Bloggers only struggle by stepping away from successful blogging actions.
Dissolve your struggles. Step into fears fueling your blogging nightmares. Let go resistance to free yourself as a professional blogger.
Do you struggle with your blog?
How do you struggle?
Have you overcome your blogging struggles?