In order to create a blog you love, you must trust yourself.
In creating blog posts and in growing an audience, you step into the unknown. And it’s a little bit scary to put yourself and your voice out there.
You might think…
- What if no one likes this post?
- Who am I to say I’m an expert?
- Am I doing this right?
- What if people think I’m crazy?
And on and on.
When these fears come up, it’s easy to:
A. Stop yourself from blogging at all.
B. Search out the advice of so-called blogging gurus.
C. Blog about what you think people want rather than what you truly care about.
But there is an option D. Which is to trust yourself.
You can do things to build that trust day by day, week by week.
Until, one day, you will find yourself thinking I got this, and plunging into a new blog post without a second thought.
That feeling is awesome.
So…how do you develop that trust?
1. Show up for yourself and do what you commit to doing
There are 2 parts to this, and both are equally important.
1. Make a commitment to yourself that you can keep.
How often have you told yourself, I will write a blog post every morning, and then you feel like a failure when you only write once a month.
It’s okay. You are human.
But in the future, try not to make commitments to yourself that you can’t keep.
How often can you actually commit to working on your blog? Choose something that feels good and that you will do.
You know yourself, so just lovingly ask, Self, what is realistic here? and you will get the answer.
2. Show up for your blog when you say you will.
You may want to put your blogging time on the calendar. Or you may want to commit to doing it on a specific day, but leave it open as to when.
Just make sure that you make a solid commitment and follow through with it.
Every time you sit down to blog when you say you will, your trust in yourself as a blogger will grow.
2. Listen to your intuition
Trust your gut. Trust your intuition. Do what it says.
You know what I’m talking about. That little voice inside that says, Why don’t you try this? or Maybe you could do that.
We all have a wise inner self. And when we consistently listen to it, we are able to hear it with greater and greater clarity.
This is especially important when it comes to writing and growing a blog. It is so easy – almost inevitable – to fall into the trap of looking at what everyone else is doing and then falling into line.
But your blog’s success – and your own fulfillment as a blogger – depends on you doing your own thing in your own way.
Your intuition knows…
- Your deeper purpose for blogging
- What you need to write right now
- What your readers care about
- How to leverage your greatest strengths in your blog
The only thing that’s keeping you from knowing these things is your fear and your desire to “get it right.”
Drop your fear, lean into your intuition, and you’ll find your way.
3. Let go.
There is a strange interplay between trust and letting go.
On one hand, how do you let go when you don’t trust? On the other, how can you be held if you don’t let go?
How will you know you’re safe if you don’t let yourself take down your defenses?
Blogging takes a tremendous amount of letting go.
- Let go of your attachment to outcomes.
- Let go of wanting it to be perfect.
- Let go of knowing how it will be received.
- Let go of needing the approval of others.
- Let go of that voice in your head that tells you you’re not good enough.
When you let go of these things you don’t need, you will find your creative core at the center. And that’s where truly transformative blog posts come from.
4. Lead yourself forward.
Guide your blogging decisions from a place of strength and self knowledge.
Take time to ask yourself what you actually want from your blog.
Why do you want to grow an audience?
What is the message you care about so much that you’re willing to write about it week after week for the foreseeable future?
How do you want to earn money?
How can you grow your online presence and feel good the whole time? (Or at least most of it?)
Create a foundation for your blog and your business. Base it on self knowledge and thoughtfulness.
Then when a decision comes up like, Should I buy this course? or Should I put ads on my blog? you can go back and make your decisions from a place of strength and self trust rather than fear.
If you’re a blogger, you are a leader.
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So treat yourself like the powerful, trustworthy person you are.
- Only make commitments you can keep, and then show up for them.
- Listen to your intuition.
- Let go.
- Lead yourself forward.
When you fully trust yourself as a blogger, others will trust you as well. And then you can finally reach the more people and make a greater impact with your blog.