One of the most common issues many bloggers face is one of confidence. Whether it’s imposter syndrome, or a fear of failure, many struggle with achieving their goals. Learning how to become a confident blogger is important to the long-term success of your blog.
This post tackles exactly this topic and the key obstacles that may be holding you back.
I’ve been there. There have been many times I’ve fallen into the trap of imposter syndrome as a blogger.
It’s almost derailed me a few times from blogging altogether! I almost quit blogging in 2017 because I was at a crossroads.
However, I found solutions and I’m going to share them with you so that you too can be on the road to blogging confidently… and profitably!
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How To Become A Confident Blogger: 7 Key Ways
Before you delve into the solutions, it’s time to do a bit of soul-searching.
What is holding you back from success?
Write down what you perceive to be your key obstacles. Be honest with yourself, even if it makes you feel disappointed in yourself, angry and frustrated.
Writing your thoughts on what’s holding you back can be both cathartic and useful.
Identifying what is holding you back will help immensely and you’ll now be able to tackle the problem.
In this section, I’ll look at some of the key reasons why bloggers aren’t confident and what they can do about it.
1. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
One of the most common ways bloggers derail themselves is by comparing themselves to other bloggers.
Most often, they compare themselves to more advanced bloggers in their niche.
This leads to feelings of imposter syndrome – where you feel like a fraud, not worthy of being considered knowledgeable in your blog niche.
We all end up having these feelings as bloggers and solopreneurs.
There’s one thing that I do to get past this.
I remind myself that every pro blogger had to start somewhere, making similar mistakes. You’ll make them too but with consistency and perseverance, you’ll succeed in the long run.
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2. Set Goals In Chunks
One of the mistakes many bloggers make is to attempt to learn and do everything – all at the same time.
Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint.
Instead, set smaller goals that focus on mastering one blogging skill at a time.
Want to learn how to create amazing content that readers find super useful and interesting?
Tackle this first.
Want to learn all about SEO and writing great blog content?
Tackle this next! And so on.
When you break things down into smaller goals, it’s easier to achieve them and you start feeling like you’re actually getting it.
You start to feel more confident in your blogging abilities.
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3. Build A Network Of Blogging Friends
Another great tip for how to become a confident blogger is networking.
It may seem a bit intimidating at first, but when you start connecting with other bloggers at the same level as you, you realize, you’re not in it alone.
Blogging friends can do many things:
- Give you much-needed feedback when you’re working on something
- Help you promote your content or new product
- Share tips with you as to what’s working for them
- Just be there when you need a pep talk
Start making blogging friends!
The best place to find them is in Facebook groups for bloggers, like my own: The Blog It Better Society.
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4. Celebrate Your Wins
Did you learn something new this week?
All the small wins amount to great successes over time. This next tip on how to become a confident blogger is an easy one.
Here’s what I did when I was starting out as a blogger:
- Every 3 to 4 months I’d reflect on what I’ve achieved
- I kept a tracker with metrics to know how my traffic or social media stats were growing
- When I achieved something big, I treated myself to a coffee or special lunch
Small achievements add up when you want to become a confident blogger.
5. Update Your About Me Page
When you update your About Me page, you’re going to be writing about yourself as the author of the blog.
But when was the last time you updated it with strong, positive positioning about your knowledge, passion and interest in the topic?
Going through this exercise forces you to think about yourself positively, and self-confidently.
You’ll think about all the great reasons why somebody should read your content.
Take the time to do an About Me page update exercise with the help of my free workbook:
6. Learn From Mistakes And Move On
Here’s something we always forget: even pro bloggers make mistakes.
They make them all the time! I’ve seen it myself. Dumb mistakes that really affect how they’re perceived. Like putting obnoxious ads on their business site that turn readers off.
But I digress.
When you’re just starting out as a blogger, or have been blogging even for a couple of years, you’re going to make mistakes.
That comes with the territory of learning something new.
When you change your mindset about learning and mistakes you’ll find yourself becoming more confident at taking risks.
Become a confident blogger by learning from the errors you make.
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7. Be Easy On Yourself
Underpromise yourself and then over-deliver.
I hear it all the time from new bloggers: their goal is to make their blog a business.
But they don’t remember that it should be a fun thing that makes them happy. Pushing yourself too hard and placing high expectations on yourself results in blogging feeling like drudgery.
Blogging Confidently Comes With Time
Ultimately, the longer you blog, make mistakes and learn from them, you’ll gain confidence.
However, time is sometimes against us. You don’t want to be a statistic and quit blogging before you’ve had a chance to truly give it all you’ve got.
Work on what’s holding you back. Much of it is your mindset which you can change.
Don’t give up!
QUESTION: What’s keeping you back from blogging confidently?
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