8 Excuses Not to Start a Blog (and why they totally suck)
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Since I started blogging, I’ve gotten a TON of texts, emails, Facebook messages, and (I kid you not) shouts from across the room from people telling me they want to start a blog.
My response is usually twofold:
Part 1: “That’s AWESOME” (because it is)
Part 2: “When are you getting started?”
That’s when people start to stir and get uncomfortable. They say, “When things cool down at work” or “When I finish school” or “When money is less of an object” – you know, the usual.
I respond with something like, “Okay, well I’m so excited for you! Let me know if I can help out in anyway!”
And that’s that.
I never usually hear from those people again. If we happen to cross paths in person, or online, they usually make it clear their goal still stands, they still want to start a blog, or whatever.
But one thing is usually always true across the board… most people who say they’ll start a blog, will never actually start a blog.
I’m not really sure why.
It’s easy enough to get going. In fact, you really can get a solid website setup for blogging within 15 minutes, maybe fewer if you’re extra motivated. And there’s absolutely no lack of resources online to help you get the ball rolling.
So, I’ve come to this conclusion: As with most things in life, there are plenty of reasons not to do something, and very few reasons to actually do it. A small percentage of people will act on the few reasons to do it (the optimists), and a large percent will focus on all the reasons not to do it (the pessimists).
Yes, life isn't that black and white - but I do think that, in this case, this is largely true.
The sad thing is that I do feel a bit let down when people who express interest in blogging never get started. So that’s why I’ve decided to outline all the ridiculous excuses to not start a blog – and explain why they suck horribly. Like really really suck.
Think of it as 50% venting and 50% useful.
Maybe (just maybe) one person who said they would start a blog but haven’t taken the leap yet will understand why excuses are just excuses and actually get going with their goals.
So let's get to it, then.
1. “I don’t have anything to write about”
Michelle Jones says this was her excuse not to blog before she finally got started and launched Love Music Sing.
Likewise, Shauntae, who shares healthy recipes, fun activities for kiddos, and different diets for busy moms at HealthyMomJoyfulLife, also agrees and says this excuse is a prominent one she hears among not-yet-bloggers.
It’s true… people say this ALLLL the time. I can certainly attest to that.
But here’s the thing: everyone has something to write about.
If you want to start a blog, chances are you have something you want to say. Else, you wouldn’t want to blog anyway.
Usually the excuse “I don’t have anything to write about” comes from the deeper fear that you’re afraid what people will say about you when you “go public” and start writing for the world.
My tip: quit worrying about everyone else. Your opinion is the only one that matters and EVERYONE has something to say.
2. “I don’t have enough money”
Blogging can cost you anywhere from $12 for the first year to $60. From then on, it will cost you between $80-$100, depending.
You can run a blog for WAY (way way way) less than a dollar a day.
And, if you hope to monetize your blog as many of us bloggers do (people make REALLY strong livings off of blogging), your blog will eventually pay for itself.
If you think about it, NOT spending the money to blog could potentially cost you an opportunity to MAKE a lot of money of a blog.
3. “I don’t have TIME”
If you have time to watch your favorite Netflix show, grab a bite to eat with friends, or go shopping, you have time to write a blog. You have time for anything you make time for.
If you really want to blog, you’ll make the time to blog.
4. “I don’t know how to blog”
Rosie Richings of rosemaryrichings.com, says she often hears people say that blogging is “unfamiliar territory” so they aren’t ready to start. It’s an excuse, but people play it off as if it’s some sort of requirement to know all the ins and outs of the blogging world before they get started.
Here’s the truth:
If by “I don’t know how to blog” you mean you don’t know how to start a blog or website, then we can solve that problem right here.
If by “I don’t know how to blog” you mean you just don’t know how to write a blog, then read this carefully (and read it two to three more times after that):
You don’t know how to blog because you’ve never done it before. That’s no excuse not to start.
When a baby learns to talk, it sounds like gibberish. That doesn’t stop the baby from trying to talk.
When a kindergartener starts school, they stumble as they learn to read. That doesn’t stop the kindergartener from learning to read.
When you start blogging, you’ll probably stumble and get lost along the way. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
5. “I’m not a good writer”
Joseph Lipsky, an aspiring physical therapist, is no foreigner to this excuse.
Joe frequently writes about health and fitness strategies while trying to demystify all of the conflicting information in the industry. He says a lack of confidence in his writing and fear of being criticized is what keeps him from writing as much as he’d like.
If you can hold a conversation, you can blog. Plain and simple.
Remember, blogging isn’t like high school English class. You don’t need to be perfect, and there aren’t really any rules to follow.
If you write just like you speak, then you’ll blog well. So, try talking out loud to about anything (literally anything). Next, start typing everything you say out loud in a word doc.
Blogging gets easier with practice, but it’s usually pretty intuitive to people.
6. “I don’t have the right personality or style”
There’s no such thing.
The great thing about the blogging space is that literally anyone can be successful. It doesn’t matter if you’re super outgoing, incredibly introverted, abrasive, aggressive, sensitive, or whatever.
The best thing to do is to be yourself. When you write in your own voice, readers will trust you and relate to you. They’ll start following you and listening to what you have to say.
Bloggers who fail are the bloggers who try to be someone they’re not. The only “wrong” personality or style you could possibly use as a blogger is one that is not your own.
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7. “People only care about the photos and don’t feel like reading blogs”
Tiffany Elder, a DIY natural beauty crafter for skin and hair who blogs at www.transparentbeauty.life, says that she’s heard this once or twice.
YES, people DO skim blogs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t read them.
Pictures and graphics are important, but so is what you write. Successful bloggers infuse a healthy amount of imagery into thoughtful blog posts.
8. “No one really gives a crap about what I have to say”
Liz Wilcox, who writes about her life in an RV (how cool is that?!) over at lizwilcox.com, says that this is an excuse she’s heard before.
That’s worth repeating: this is an EXCUSE.
Imagine we all walked through life with this mindset. The world would truly be a depressing place.
Write for yourself first and for your readers second.
People WILL find you, and they WILL care. That’s just how these things go.
If you have readers on your site that don’t care about what you have to say, they’ll bounce from your site and hop to the next one. You don’t want them as part of your audience anyway, if that’s the case.
But you WILL eventually strike a chord with the right people. When you find those people, you’ll forge a connection with them and you’ll begin to understand target audience better. That’s when the growth spurt magic will happen.
Soooooo, what about YOU? Are you going to start a blog? What excuses do you hear all the time? Tell us in the comments section below.