The Real Reason Your Blog Isn’t Up Yet
They are so many blogs on the internet telling you it is important to have a blog in order to grow your business. A lot of these sites are great resources until you have to do it and they don’t tell you why it’s taking you so long to get started.
I listed six hardcore reasons why your blog isn’t up yet, and how to overcome these reasons. The reasons may take a stab at your ego, but in the end, you’ll be a better person for having laying claim on the culprit.
- You’re on Facebook
Facebook can be your BFF or your worst enemy ever. When I get on a Facebook, my intention is to send out a notice about my new blog, a writer’s event or a tip, or a question regarding writing. What I end up doing is reading all my friends and family post and the next thing I know two hours have posted up on my clock.
Stay on Facebook
Wait! If I just said Facebook is one of the reasons your blog isn’t created yet, how can I tell you to stay on it? Easy! Create another page for your company only.
A lot of times I see entrepreneurs put both their personal and business information on the same Facebook page. There is no reason for that to happen. It confuses the follower and yields personal information to those who, perhaps, shouldn’t have it.
The way you want to make sure you get the correct Facebook time to blog for your company is to, spend at least one hour in the morning working on the business page. Once that’s accomplished then you can feel free to peruse your personal page.
- You Have a Job
It’s not always our dream job that we end up with; therefore, we are left no other choice but to make some adjustments in our lives. Don’t let your day job interrupt achieving your dream job.
Start Your Dream Job
As busy as your day is, by law, you are entitled to a lunch break. Use it wisely, eat healthy (you need to fuel your brain), and write your blog during lunch. If you decided to write it during the morning commute (this is for those who take public transportation, NEVER Blog and drive), then at lunchtime check back and see who responded or posted in the blog you wrote.
Although you may not be at your dream job, if you post to the right places such as LinkedIn, there is bound to be someone who will find you and want to use your services.
- You Have a Family
I am an advocate for family first. I have seen one to so start with this first, many marriages and relationships break apart because a career came before a family. Let them know how important writing your blog is to you. Second, engage them in the process. Hook them to brainstorm topics, perhaps, inspired by their daily experiences. Now you’ve accomplished two very important tasks talking with your family, validating their lives and getting great topics for your blog.
Include Your Family
Children, spouses, or significant others love to know they are making an impact on the important things in your life. It makes them feel included, and their help and encouragement will benefit you as well.
Set up a schedule with your family and let them know the certain time of the day or week that you will be working on your blog. If you have young ones, wait until they go to bed and use that time to write your blog. For older children, they can take on a few of the chores or even help you by tweeting or Facebooking your blogs for you. Spouses or significant others can take on house duties and even put the young ones to bed.
Keep in mind, blogging is not something you do every day, every hour–you have to have a plan.
- You Don’t Have a Plan
Sure you have so many things to write about, but you have no idea where to start. This alone can stress your mind and slow you down from even starting.
Create a Schedule
The best thing to do is create a date and time you are going to write a blog, and this way, you can see if your blogs flow and make sense, one after the other. If some type of pressing news slips in that you want to blog about, it is best to make the announcement on one of the social media and/or link followers to the blog. This way they know this is something out of the ordinary from your regular blogs.
- You Are Scared
There, there, it’s okay to be a little scared. It’s a new adventure for you. It can be overwhelming having to learn a new program, change your lifestyle, and start a new journey. No need to worry, everybody’s been there.
Just Do It
Start! That’s all I can say. You have to make up in your mind you are going to get the help, create the schedule, and pursue your blogging adventure. Easier said that done—you might say? I am proud to say that I’ve coached a many of doubters and can help you on your way to taking that first leap of faith and WRITING YOUR BLOG!
- You Don’t Know How
It’s okay to admit you have no clue about how to start blogging. With so many ‘blog sites’ and ‘How-To’s’ it’s hard to figure out which is the best one and the best hosting site for your blog as well.
Help Is Available
The one thing I try to instill with my clients is there is not just one site you can blog on. I do not point my clients to one blog site, only. I also do not assume everyone learns the same. A good coach will talk to you and find out how to use your strengths to start your blog.
Feel free to contact me if you need help starting your blog. They will be a Blogging 101 class, hosted by the Life Journeys Writers Guild, in Waldorf, MD, May 19th. In the meantime, follow my blog for the latest update and possible tips.
Blogging is fun and easy, and once you start doing it, you will wonder why you didn’t start earlier.
I’ve heard some pretty wild procrastination tales when it comes to “Why I can’t get my blogging in gear. Are there other ways you know that people procrastinate when it comes to starting a blog? I would love to hear it.