7 Things That Scare New Bloggers

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It is natural for new bloggers to be a bit apprehensive about blogging (After all, they have very little experience in the area of blogging).

Today, I am going to highlight seven of the most common fears that newcomers to blogging have as well as the things that they can do to overcome them.

So, without further ado, it is time to get cracking!

1.) The Fear Of Filling A Blank Screen

Newcomers to blogging are often filled with fear whenever they look at a blank screen.

And, why is it that they are so fearful of a blank screen?

They are fearful of blank screens because their job is to fill them.

A typical blog post will require one or all of the following things:

  • Words that are arranged in a way that makes sense to the reader.
  • A picture (or pictures) for the person who is viewing your blog post to look at.
  • A video that entertains or educates the reader.

Dear friend, knowing exactly what your blog post is going to be about is the first step.

The next step is planning it all out (By the way, the folks over at Canva published an article called, How to Organize a Blog Post While Writing; it would provide newcomers to blogging with the information that pertains to planning their blog posts).

I have been filling blank screens since 2008.

Therefore, I am not intimidated by the sight of a blank screen because I know to myself, that I can fill it every time I focus my mind on creating a blog post.

Guess what?

With practice, any blogger can do the same.

2.) The Fear Of People Hating What They Post On Their Blog

A lot of new bloggers are eager to make a good impression in the blogosphere (And, part of making a good impression for them is desperately wanting people to love their blog posts).

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that it is impossible to please everyone; there would be people who:

  • Liked what they published on their blog.
  • Hated what they published on their blog.
  • Have a neutral feeling towards what they published on their blog.

Instead of wasting their energy worrying about what people think about their blog posts, they should publish whatever it is that they desire on their blog.

3.) The Fear Of Failure

One of the main reasons why some blogs fail is because their owners abandoned them before they could ever have a chance to be successful.

It is a sad fact that there are some people that expect overnight success (Sorry. There is no such thing as overnight success where blogging is concerned).

Just in case you did not know, blogging involves a lot of hard work.

Also, it takes a while for a blog to gain traction.

Some blogs may gain popularity within eight months’ time while there are those that will have to wait the time period of two years in order to achieve the same level of popularity (From a realistic point of view, the time frame in which blogs gain traction varies from each other).

My advice to new bloggers is to continue blogging in a consistent manner. As time goes along, they will acquire a readership.

4.) The Fear Of Being Unable To Come Up With New Topics For Their Blog

I always come across a blog post from someone complaining about Writer’s Block whenever I am going through the WordPress Reader (Apparently, Writer’s Block will always be an issue for some bloggers).

My article, 10 Ways To Come Up With Topics For Your Blog, will help new bloggers (and some experienced bloggers as well) to come up with topics for their blogs easily.

I genuinely believe that bloggers are underestimating themselves by believing that it is difficult to come up with new topics for their blogs.

Why?

Because the mind has limitless power (It is up to us to tap into it and use it wisely).

5.) The Fear Of Dealing With Trolls

Thankfully, trolling is not rampant on WordPress.

Unfortunately, trolls still do their damage on a smaller scale.

On a positive note, there are bloggers who have never been harassed by trolls (And, I truly hope that it remains that way for them).

Any blogger who is deeply worried about trolls should read Camryn Rabideau’s article — the one that is entitled, How to Deal With Trolls on Your Blog.

6.) The Fear Of Leaving Comments In The Comments Section Of The Blogs Of Their Fellow Bloggers

Yes, my friend. There are bloggers out there who are deeply afraid of leaving comments in the comments section of their fellow bloggers.

Apparently, those bloggers who are afflicted with that type of phobia worry about:

  • Writing a comment that may appear stupid to the blog’s owner.
  • The owner of the blog not responding to their comment.
  • Receiving criticism from other commenters that read their comment.

Leaving a valuable comment is a wonderful way of breaking the proverbial ice.

As a matter of fact, bloggers from all over the world have forged friendships with each other by commenting in the comments section of the blogs of their fellow bloggers.

Another thing to consider is that bloggers are happy to receive comments (If they were not into that sort of thing, they would have disabled their comments).

Believe it or not, the best way of overcoming their fears of leaving a comment is to actually leave a comment in the comments section of the blogs of their fellow bloggers.

I would also like to add, that if the blogger has a Commenting Policy page, you should visit it (Doing so will let you of the dos and the don’ts).

7.) The Fear Of Losing A Follower

New bloggers tend to count each new follower that they get.

However, when someone unfollows their blog, they tend to become a bit worried.

Some of the new bloggers have wondered, “What was it that I did wrong?”

The truth is that worrying is not going to help you regain that lost follower.

A harsh fact is that people unfollow blogs all of the time.

By the way, the same thing happens to the blogs of well-experienced bloggers.

On a positive note, those newcomers to blogging will eventually gain new followers; thus making the ones that unfollowed their blog insignificant.

Wrapping Up

The sooner that those new bloggers overcome those fears of theirs, the better.

The nice thing is that their fears will eventually subside as they gain more experience in the area of blogging.

Please feel free to share your opinion (Before doing so, I strongly advise having a look at my blog’s Commenting Policy page).

Thank you for reading!

58 thoughts on “7 Things That Scare New Bloggers

  1. This is spot on, I really appreciate your posts 😄 I can see how all these can be issues.

    For me, it was mainly #3. Not b/c I expect it overnight, but from Imposter Syndrome and if I did well eventually I wouldn’t deserve it, as a form of failure (or not ever being a ‘real’ blogger).

    So agree. I think aiming for traction, as a new blogger, takes a lot of learnt patience. My first month was a lot of, am I stupid – should I delete my blog? I imagine a lot of people might do that.

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  2. “Instead of wasting their energy worrying about what people think about their blog posts, they should publish whatever it is that they desire on their blog.”

    Aah! It’s refreshing to see another blogger say this. Every time I’m about to post I have to give myself a pep talk that I am writing and posting what I want, not what everyone else wants and that is okay and what makes me happy. Always great tips. Thank you for sharing, Renard!

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for sharing those personal experiences of yours with me. I do hope that you overcome your fear of filling a blank screen.

      Try not to worry so much about negative feedback.

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  3. Great read! The fear of running out of topics hit home for me. I’m only blogging once a week for that reason but I am finding that in my quiet time topics are coming to me. When that happens, I create drafts and develop the topics as I feel inspired. My blog is still less than a month old so there is a lot to learn but I’m enjoying the process and bloggers like you help very much!

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  4. I actually don’t think I’ve ever had these fears. I don’t exactly fear people hating what I post, but I guess I do try to stay as neutral as possible. Other than that, I’m good with everything else.

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  5. It’s always pleasing to read your blogs, Renard. 😁

    Our online classes just started so it’ll take me some time to come back on the blogging track. Thank you.

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  6. Excellent post, as usual, Renard. I focus on my writing and do not worry about what people think, however, I stay within certain boundaries. I don’t post on hot topics such as politics, religion, discrimination, etc. because that is not the intent of my blog. Plus, you can’t please everyone all the time.

    When I began blogging, the blank page used to be intimidating. I would add an image to the page to foster ideas. Once, my words started to flow, I either kept or deleted the image.

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  7. Hi Renard, thank you! Spot on as usual. I can relate to at least 3 on your list, if not more! The biggest one for me is knowing what subject matter to come up with – and then trying to be very accurate in what I write about. This takes too many hours of research. Hours that I don’t have!

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    1. 🤔 Truthfully speaking, doing in-depth research is one of the requirements for blogging (There is no way of getting around that).

      Publishing less often might make things easier for you since researching your chosen topic takes up a lot of your time.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  8. Useful tips for all bloggers. I don’t allow myself to be bothered by someone unfollowing my blog. Life is a choice. You can follow or unfollow. Those whose posts resonate with mine will definitely follow and stay.

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  9. Great tips, as I am new (within last week – I find most information useful) especially when it comes to blogging. Not sure if it is the mobile app version as pc does seem better to click on others sites- or way set currently for me but as someone trying to read alot of others the way the discovery is set can not be too great – nor clicking on random people who make a comment so difficult at seeing random peoples posts that are not already liked or followed) tags key words etc pulling up not alot of different people… so any suggestions or tips on blogging I find incredibly helpful. Especially if they optimise how you use the site or set up (followers if they are wanting) and topic ideas problems (should you be doing so often etc) – lots of areas to a blog and process.

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    1. 🙂 I stopped using the WordPress mobile app years ago; therefore, I cannot give you any suggestions on how to use it effectively (WordPress made modifications to their mobile app during my time from being away from it).

      In my case, I use the PC (WordPress is very straightforward when one is using a PC).

      A blog is way easier to set up and navigate on a PC.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  10. Thank you for this wonderful post and the great advice. I’m just getting started as a blogger as well, so this was very encouraging!

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