4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start A Blog

Do you have a business that you would like to start a blog for?

Perhaps you have been thinking about this for a while but you are not sure whether now is the right time?

What is holding you back from taking the plunge?

Today we are going to look at the 4 main reasons why people don’t start blogging.  Could one of these reasons be your downfall?

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I recall when I first started blogging.

I spent weeks thinking about my domain name, choosing a keyword that I thought would work and planning my introductory posts.  My mentors from learn how to blog at the time were telling me “just get started, take the plunge and we will work with you from there”.

I really didn’t get what they meant at the time.  All I could think of was “How can I start a blog when I don’t have the perfect domain name”, or “the posts I write will be a waste of time if I don’t optimize them properly” etc etc etc.

I wanted everything to be 100% perfect before I would consider starting.

What happened?

Well, I did eventually set up that blog.

Do I still have it?  Absolutely not!

I used it for 3 months and then guess what happened?

I recall very clearly having a conversation with my mentor Sean Rasmussen, who quite bluntly told me to leave it behind and start a new one on a premium platform!

Start again?  You have got to be kidding me?!  Really?

I was in total anguish at the thought that my 3 months of hard work was going to be for nothing.

What I couldn’t see at the time was, that blog was my training ground.  It gave me the opportunity to experience what blogging was like and how to actually run a blog.

Was that blog ever going to be successful?  I highly doubt it!

So with the advice, I started a new blog, purchased a premium theme and suddenly found I could do all the things that I was struggling to achieve on a free platform.

So my new shiny blog with 3 months of experience.  Was it great?  Nope!

Since I started that blog, I have made SO many changes to it, including the design, the layout, and even the way I write my posts.  When I look back at the early posts I seriously cringe, but it is all part of the learning process.

My fears to start a blog were  the same as for many of you.  You are certainly not alone here.

The truth?

Blogging is a roller coaster ride, and you are going to have a ball, BUT, a rollercoaster has lots of twists and turns!

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You will NOT know everything when you start a blog.

You will NOT have awesome posts.

You will NOT have lots of social shares and comments on your posts

You will NOT have a great design.

But the thing that will really hold you back from starting a blog is YOU!

So it’s time to put aside all of those objections for why you shouldn’t start a blog and concentrate on the reasons why you should!

I’m not experienced enough to be a blogger

OK, seriously…who has experience when they start a blog?

Bloggers are just normal people from all walks of life.  Not everyone has a marketing or IT background.

Heck I was a Social Worker whose only experience of social media was my personal Facebook account and I only ever used the internet to book holidays!  I could hardly be called a blogger with experience behind me.

The truth is, it is made really EASY for you to start a blog.  If you set up a blog with WordPress, you don’t need to have a lot of coding knowledge (or even any).  The platform is there for you, and you literally make it your own.

I have no idea about SEO

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Yes, SEO is important to run a successful blog, but having no knowledge of this should not prevent you from getting started.

You can learn so much from other bloggers about good SEO practices and it really is one of those things that you will become better at the more you do it.

If you feel that this is still too overwhelming and you have no idea where to start with the vast selection of posts, then joining a program will help you work through it.  If you feel that you need someone to guide you through the process then do it!

I have no shame in admitting that I was asking my mentors on a daily basis how to do things.  The support is there for you if you really want it!

I have no idea what to blog about!

Before you start a blog you really do need to have some idea as to what it will be about.  Your domain name should reflect the blog’s content, so knowing your niche will certainly help.

What first springs to mind when you think about blogging?

What is it that interests you?

Would you like to blog about your travels around the world, or your love for wine.  How about your expertise in fishing or your love for designing jewelry.

The one thing that you need to make absolutely certain is that you love what you are going to blog about.  If you don’t, there is a high chance you will loose interest very quickly.

Don’t blog about what other people think you should.  This needs to be something that you feel comfortable writing about, and something that you want to write about.

There is however the extreme that you also need to think about something that others will also find interesting.  Whilst it may be absolutely fascinating for you to write about your daily adventures, will it be of value to anyone else?

Yes, you need to have passion about a niche, but it also needs to be useful for someone else, otherwise you will struggle to gain readers.

I can’t afford to invest in a blog

Blogging can take money to keep operational, but it doesn’t have to cost the earth.

How much are you prepared to pay to go to college and university?

Do you see that as money well spent?

Money you spend on your blog is also investing in your future if you are intending to make an income online.

I would certainly recommend that you use a self hosted site, but if you don’t want to do this, you can operate on a free platform.  You may decide to do this just until you get going and decide whether it is something you want to continue with or not.

Hosting services are offered on many different platforms and you would need to undertake some research before deciding who to go with.  But just to give you an idea, our Learn How To Blog Hosting service is just $15 a month, so it’s hardly likely to break the bank.  It will cost less to host your site than it costs for a meal out!

Email marketing can cost anywhere from $10 upwards per month (depending on the number of subscribers you have).  With our learn how to blog services, you can start up an email marketing campaign for free!

There are of course other costs, but you can certainly work around these to find something that is manageable for you and your budget.

At the end of the day, there will always be reasons that come in your path as to why you shouldn’t start a blog. The question is, whether you are going to let those reasons deter you, or whether you are going to face them head on and accomplish your goals.

Which is it to be?

Your Turn:

Was there anything that held you back when you decided to start a blog?

What about now?  Do you still have any of these demons in your closet?

Please share with us below.


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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

42 Responses to “4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Start A Blog”

written by Brittany On 18 August 2014 Reply

That’s very encouraging that you scrapped one blog and started over. I’m about to do the same thing!

written by Catherine Holt On 18 August 2014 Reply

I think lots of bloggers do Brittany. Quite often the direction can change, and sometimes this is because the original blog didn’t have direction in the first place! It’s not a bad thing to start all over, it’s only bad if you scrap one thing, don’t learn anything new and do the same thing again (expecting different results).

Blogs evolve all the time and that is also a reflection of the blogger and where they are at in their journey.

Good luck with your new blog. Sounds very exciting :-)

[…] There are always reasons why you shouldn't start a blog. The question is, do you have enough drive to move past this?  […]

written by Sylviane Nuccio On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

I don’t know if any one blogging today knew what blogging was all about when they first started. I don’t care who they are now, they had to be clueless at one point. I had not experience when I started blogging. The first time I heard about blogging was in 2006 and I had no idea what a blog was. My first blogs were on Blogger and I was so confused.

SEO knowledge should definitely not be a stopper nowadays, as we all should know Google like natural keywords now, so all you have to worry about is writing good stuff with common sense insertion of your main keywords. Plus there are so much info out there to learn more about SEO.

The only thing I would say is that to start blogging you need to have the will and do what it takes to maintain and manage your blog. While it’s simple, it’s not always easy. It does take time and effort.

In the past I’ve trained many people to start a blog, but it was still too much for them, so blogging is not for everyone, but for those who love it like we do, it’s such a wonderful way of doing business. I love it!

Thank you for the tips and have a wonderful week ahead!

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

The point you highlighted here is one of the most important Sylviane. Unless bloggers have the will power to keep going with their blogs, they will find it tough. Blogging is easy in the sense that really anyone can do it, but it is difficult in the sense that it requires a LOT of time and commitment. It can become very time consuming and draining (especially when first starting), so unless you have the drive to push past that, it is unlikely you will see the results you are hoping for.

However, for those that are prepared to put in the hard yards, the results will come, and it is a great and enjoyable way of doing business.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome week :-)

written by Brittany Bullen On 19 August 2014 Reply


So glad I read this. It’s so true that you have to be passionate about your niche. I had a very nichey site back when I started and now write about a lot of things, which I know goes against conventional blogging wisdom but I’d rather have a good time on my blog and try to make money elsewhere. I’m curious who your mentors were/are?

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

Being passionate is crucial isn’t it Brittany. It’s the passion that is going to fuel the fire when things get tough, and is what will stop you from giving up. If you are not enjoying what you are doing, it’s probably time to have a re-think!

My mentors were and still are from learn how to blog. I have found it to be such a valuable program and hence why I support it here on this site. I am now an affiliate partner with the program and recommend it 100%. The man behind the program is Sean Rasmussen. Sean is an incredibly successful blogger who loves to help other’s out. It has been a pleasure to get to know him, and he has helped move my business forward in so many ways :-)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and sharing your thoughts with us :-)

written by DOK Simon [Blogging Engage] On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hello Cath !
It is really being a while, I was caught up by the title, .. It is the hard truth, but it is realistic. you just hit the hammer on the nail..

Even though it might discourage people wanting to go into blogging with no idea. However, there is nothing to be done about it .. they just have to get acquainted and equip themselves before they even think of taking up the challenge….


written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

I want to be open and honest with people on this site DOK. I don’t believe in making something sound all warm and fuzzy if it’s not. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind! This site is predominately aimed at newbie bloggers and I want to be able to help and guide them in their journey. I am certainly not going to say that blogging is easy, can be done in a bit of spare time and you will start rolling in the $$. It would make me fake!

If people know what the reality is then they are more likely to succeed as they will be prepared at the beginning. Like you pointed out, they need to equip themselves before setting on the challenge. There is SO much potential in blogging, but people need to be aware that it is not an easy get rich quick kind of deal.

Great to see you back again, and thanks for leaving a comment with us :-)

written by Marc On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,
I think it’s a good that you pointed out the cost of college or university as a comparison. I often feel the same way about comparing online business to a traditional business. No one would start a traditional business and try to avoid spending $100. But for some reason with online businesses the tendency is to want all of the tools to be free, or at a minimal cost. Yes, it is important to avoid unnecessary expenses, but not every expense is bad.

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

Absolutely Marc. I have had lots of comments along the way that clearly internet marketing “doesn’t work” because I havn’t been able to replace my 9-5 income in 12 months etc. Well…I don’t know how many degrees that people undertake that you would be able to replace your current income in that time either. In fact, don’t you study and work for no money and pay for the privilege?? Hm….

There does certainly come a point when you don’t want to keep spending money, because we all only have so much to spend, but you do need to look at the bigger picture and look at what investments you need to make to achieve your goal. If you feel uneasy about it, you can always put a time limit on things and evaluate where things are at in say 6 months. Sometimes the small investments can make the biggest impact!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

[…] There are always reasons why you shouldn't start a blog. The question is, do you have enough drive to move past this?  […]

written by Don Purdum On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

You are not kidding about the roller coaster ride are you Catherine?

I go from having energy, to no energy, to there are so many other things to do. But, in the end you do what’s important to you right?

My site is always undergoing improvements and changes. Over the weekend I made a few structural and cosmetic improvements. It’s seems like it is always ongoing and necessary.

You bring out several great reasons why people have insecurities and don’t want to do it.

Blogging takes work and effort, and it’s deeply tied to ones business. If you don’t know what business you are really in and what problems you solve, you’re going to struggle.

However, if you’ve done the hard work it gets easier as you resonate with your readers who tell you their problems and give you more and more ideas to write about in order to help them.

If you’re not willing to do the foundational work in your business, then don’t bother with a blog.

Great post Catherine. I hope you have a great week!

~ Don Purdum

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

You know what Don, that roller coaster ride is just going to go on and on and on….lol. But hey, people enjoy roller coasters!!

To be honest I think if you ever get to the point of saying “Yep I’ve got it”, then your blog is likely going to go stale. It is the constant improvements that keep it fresh. Of course, these will become less and less as you develop the blog, but it is always a good idea to keep on top of things and make sure that your blog is presenting the best it can be.

In terms of the energy levels, this is something that will make or break you. It is not uncommon for bloggers to fall at these hurdles as it all becomes too much. But pushing through means you get to ride another of the roller coasters loops :-)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us :-)

written by Don Purdum On 19 August 2014 Reply

Good Morning Catherine,

You are so right!!! I’ve been blogging for nearly four years now in one capacity or another, and pushing through is hard in the moment, but so rewarding in the end!

The beauty of my work is that you can never know it all. It’s very humbling on one level and very exciting on the other. And, updating my website is so much fun for me. As I journey around the web I learn so much about what I could do to improve my site and so several times a month I’ll work on it so that my site visitors have a better experience as the visit my site.

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

It certainly is the great thing about blogging Don. There is never a dull moment and there are always challenges that prop up. It all depends on ‘us’ as to how we are going to react to those challenges and whether we let it affect our longer terms goals.

Updating a website regularly ensures that you are staying in touch with your readers, what’s relevant, but also means that you still care about your site!

Thanks for leaving a comment :-)

written by Ravi Chahar On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Such an amazing post.:)

Many people may think that what’s the reason they are blogging for or for what they need to start any blog?

In my opinion to start or not to start a blog we don’t need any reason.
As you have mentioned above that man people who think about domain name, not having proper knowledge and more give up blogging.

If someone has hard determination to start a bog then these type of stuffs don’t matter. SEO is a great thing to know but it doesn’t mean that people don’t have it’s proper idea then they shouldn’t start their blog.
We all need to learn.

The main problem occurs with the niche of the blog. Many people get confused. They should write about their interest.

Great post indeed.:)

Hope you have a nice weekend.:)


written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Ravi, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Learning all the technicalities involved with blogging are important, but unless you know why you are blogging and what you want to blog about, the rest is pointless. Everything can be learnt if you give it the commitment. If you find that you are constantly finding “excuses” not to blog, then probably it is not the right thing for you.

Learn the basics, choose a niche that you are PASSIONATE about, and get started! If the blog is not great, then you can start all over again, but you will learn more in the ‘doing’ than you will in the reading. Start a blog and scrap it if you need to…but just get started. I have no love lost over my first blog, but the learning I gained from it is invaluable!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Ravi :-)

written by Ryan Biddulph On 19 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine.

Have I ever been there. Sean shared some dead on advice.

I did it, letting go, to build my new blog but boy was it difficult for a minute there. We want to start perfectly, and when we don’t, it becomes so difficult to let go, if we need to do so, to start smartly.

I felt like letting go 3400 posts was cathartic for me though. Each post was an energy anchor. I felt that by letting go, I could feel light, clear and focused on reaching a target reader. Namely, someone who wanted to blog from paradise.

Sometimes you’ll save yourself 2, 4 or 5 year’s worth of struggle if you’re willing to let go, 1, 3 or 6 month’s worth of work. It pays to begin a new blog with an intelligent, focused, professional approach, versus hanging on to an old blog with an unintelligent, unfocused, amateur approach.

Take it from a guy who learned that lesson.

Thanks so much Catherine.

Tweeting through Triberr.


written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

When I gave up my first blog Ryan, I had a lot less to let go of than yours. I can imagine it would have been a really difficult decision for you, but I know you have a very clear vision with your new blog and I’m sure its going to go forwards in leaps and bounds.

But yes, you can certainly save yourself time by letting go of something and moving on. Whilst it feels at the time that you will be spending more time on it, that time will be well spent and will set yourself up right for the future.

Like you say, it’s better to have a focused and professional approach.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us :-)

written by Paul Taubman On 19 August 2014 Reply

Great points in this post, Catherine! It is easier to put off creating a blog using these 4 ideas, than to going out and building it! A lot of people want to take the easy way out (it may seem easier to do nothing) and not start at all. That is when the excuses come into play.

Many time people do not even realize that it is all in their head! Just start it and learn as you go!

I will be sharing this info on my site! Thanks!

written by Catherine Holt On 19 August 2014 Reply

Isn’t that so true Paul, it really is often in people’s own heads. Objections often come from ourselves not from others, and we can really be our own worst enemy in that regard. Sometimes you just have to dive in and immerse yourself.

Even if you do answer all these objections, the likelihood is that there will just be more that come along. The difference is whether you really want to do it, or whether you are just happy to find reasons not to!

Thanks for popping over. Have a great week!

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written by Tim Bonner On 19 August 2014 Reply

I think if I started over again Catherine I wouldn’t have used my name as the domain name. It was what I was advised to do at the time but I think the domain name needs to be geared towards what you’re writing about.

I’m constantly tweaking things on my blog, particularly whether I have ads or not or a pop up or not. I stopped showing ads altogether now but I’ve kept the exit popup! It’s now so intrusive as a lightbox so hopefully not so annoying.

I’m considering upgrading my hosting service at the moment. I keep thinking about the cost but I also want to invest. I’m also having problems with being in Akismet jail and I suspect it’s to do with my IP address. If I change that then hopefully I’ll get out of jail!

written by Catherine Holt On 20 August 2014 Reply

Ah yes, there you were in Akismet jail Tim. But I found you and rescued you :-)

You know what…my first blog had my name in it too. Cathspartyplanning!! Check it out…..it’s cringe worthy don’t you think?! http://cathspartyplanning.uwcblog.com/ Eek…can’t believe I just shared that. Well, it goes to show we all started somewhere!!

I agree that I wouldn’t recommend starting with your name in the URL, but if you have built up a brand and it works for you, then there is no necessary reason for change. I can tell you….cathspartyplanning was going no-where tho…lol.

Investing in your blog is one thing you wont regret Tim. Any business requires an investment and the small amount you pay will be minimal compared to many other businesses. Investments are never a bad thing if they are going to project you closer to your goal. Good luck with your decision!

Thanks for leaving a comment here, and hopefully next time you will remain jail free :-)

written by Emmanuel On 20 August 2014 Reply

Hello Madam Catherine,

Just like Ravi, I also did enjoy this post of yours. I see the motive behind setting up your blog is what determines how it will go or not.
Many people find themselves wanting to start a blog and when they are being asked what exactly do they want to blog about, they are left wanting.
Being passionate is what matters the most and if that is out, it is course better not to start one at all.

written by Catherine Holt On 20 August 2014 Reply

Hi Emmanuel. It is definitely advisable to have a plan and know what it is you want to blog about before you start. Otherwise you end up with a blog that is all over the place and doesn’t really provide any value to anyone. Knowing your “why” will help answer all the other questions.

If you have a passion for your blog, you are also going to have the determination to learn the skills required and to work hard (even when you don’t feel like it). If that is lacking, then these “excuses” will take precedence and will stop you from moving forward.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment here, really appreciated :-)

written by Harleena Singh On 20 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Good to be over at your blog, and this is surely a wonderful topic that I can relate to :)

It reminded me of the time when I started my blogs, both of them on a free Blogger platform. Being a writer, I had NO idea of what a blog was for starters, leave along know the various terms we use in the Blogosphere. Nor did I have any blogging friends, audience, nor any mentor, unlike you.

So, it’s all been a self-learning curve for me to be honest, and I am glad Google was there right through to teach me along with the various blogs I visited and learnt things from. I guess if you are keen, there’s nothing to stop you, isn’t it?

As soon as I learnt that we should be on a paid WordPress blog, I switched, and that was within a few months time. I started interacting and visiting many blogs, learnt to comment, share, interact, develop a strong social media presence and just go full out. :)

There’s been no looking back ever since. Yes, that time I was posting once a week as I had two blogs to manage, but I put my writing blog on hold to do up the present one, and here I am. Yes, you do need to learn a little SEO, so that you can rank in the search engines, and investing in a good theme is important too. I guess it all comes back to you, though with time.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

written by Catherine Holt On 20 August 2014 Reply

Blogging is definitely a steep learning curve isn’t it Harleena, especially if you are doing it alone. Learning about SEO, backlinking, social media etc are all great along the way, but the important thing is to set up your platform right at the beginning and start in a professional manner.

We can learn so much from other bloggers. The engagement, and sharing with others is a win win for all bloggers and the more you can commit to this, the greater rewards you will receive.

Appreciate you taking the time to comment here Harleena. Have an awesome blogging week :-)

written by Akshay Hallur On 20 August 2014 Reply

This is a great post for parents who do not like their child to spend time in blogging.
Don’t knowing what to blog about? Everybody is passionate about something. You can blog about anything. One can blog on his passion. Sometimes starting blogging discovers passion.

Nextly, can’t afford. Newbies are always recommended to start up blogging in free blog hosting sites like Blogger. Latee they can shift to self hosting services. There are numerous tutorials to do so.

Good post. Keeping in mind the above points you mentioned and blogging helps us to blog effectively. Overcoming all these drawbacks increases our confidence. Good writeup.

Akshay Hallur.

written by Catherine Holt On 20 August 2014 Reply

Thanks for stopping by Akshay.

If you can blog about your passion, this is certainly a great place to start. If you are passionate about a subject, this is what will keep your momentum, your commitment and your love for your blog high. You do however need to be careful that you have defined a niche within that passion otherwise you could run the risk of not being able to connect with readers. Ensuring that your content is of value to others should be paramount.

But have your niche in hand, keep the passion high and don’t let the other excuses stop you!!

written by Mi Muba On 21 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine

Very interactive post as proved by the number of comments also. :-)

Many people follow herd-stinct to start a blog. They just do that because several other around them are doing great in the field of blogging. They actually forget the fact it is not a bed of roses but once you succeed here it really is more than a bed of roses.

It is also wrongly advised by many that just start a blog then learn how to blog and you will eventually become a great blogger. Here a little gambling is involved with 50-50 chances of success and failure. In business this approach never works. We all must understand blogging is a business and not a gambling type of thing.

Point number 3 is very important. It is widely ill-advised that so what if you don’t have money. Just start a blog on everything-for-free, earn money from it and then invest in it to earn more.

This is the worst kind of advice I hear very frequenlty. A business can be started free but it is nothing but a charity organization, not the blogging.

Thanks a lot for sharing this more than wonderful post that revived all the thoughts which I have about the topic.

written by Catherine Holt On 21 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Mi. Who would have thought that so many bloggers would be keen to comment on a post titled why you shouldn’t start a blog! LOL.

You are right….blogging should be treated as a business. It doesn’t cost the earth to start a blog, but an initial investment and investment over time is worth it’s weight in gold. If you are serious about your blog, then you need to treat it seriously.

It definitely pays to have some idea about blogging before you start, unless you want to be another statistic of those that stop! Knowing what you are getting yourself into can help you along the road rather than going in blindly. Of course this can change over time, but having a strategy and a goal are going to be beneficial.

Hope your week is going well, thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us today :-)

written by Shajahan On 21 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Awesome post! everyone should read about this post. I am a regular reader for your posts and you are doing good.


written by Catherine Holt On 21 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Shjahan, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Was there anything in particular that stood out for you??

written by kelli On 21 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine
This was a great post and you gave some great tips. The part about scrapping the blog and starting fresh was particularly poignant because I think people can get very attached to their blog–and understandably so–and the idea of scrapping it completely seems really painful. They just keep trying to make that blog work, and sometimes that just isn’t the most effective way. The first point was excellent and one of the biggest barriers. It is easy to look at successful bloggers or any one that is successful in any field, and forget at some point, they were where you are now. They didn’t spring from the ethers fully formed successes. Great stuff!

written by Catherine Holt On 21 August 2014 Reply

Oh absolutely Kelli, it is so easy to get attached to blogs. It’s hardly surprising when you put so much time and energy into them….blogs are a part of you! It is completely understandable that many bloggers can’t let it go, even when they know their blog will never be what they want it to be. Unfortunately sometimes you have to make hard decisions in order to be able to move forward for the better.

And yes, everyone has to start somewhere, and the pro bloggers have got to where they are from trial and error and lots of hard work. If anyone says they know a formula for overnight success in blogging then they are simply lying! Put in the hard yards and the results will come.

Thanks for popping over and sharing your thoughts with us :-)

written by Carol Amato On 22 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

When I saw the “n’t” in your Should, I knew I had to see what this post was all about…. :-)

You sound a lot like me– perfectionist tendencies… I definitely agree with you that blogging is a roller coaster ride for sure.

I wanted to have all of my ducks in a row too before getting started, but you learn as you do, and mistakes help us grow as you so beautifully illustrated with your story.

You’re right!:-) Nobody has experience when they start. I also struggled with knowing what to say in the beginning but learned to share what I was learning on my journey.

It took me a long time to figure out that I just need to get going and at that everything did not need to be perfect.

I enjoyed your article, Catherine, make you so much for sharing it.

Have a great evening.:-)

– Carol

written by Catherine Holt On 22 August 2014 Reply

Ha ha Carol, the “n’t” certainly does draw intrigue. Well I’m glad you stopped by!

Yes, I can be a perfectionist which can also be a downfall. At the end of the day, what is perfect?! There will always be something to change, so when do you reach that point of saying “I’ve done all I can do”. If I hadn’t actually started when I did, there was a danger that I wouldn’t have started at all, and that is something my mentors picked up on.

There is only so much learning that can be achieved from reading, and the rest comes down to the practical side of things. Getting stuck in will teach you far more than reading 100 posts. Besides, you need to implement what you learn to truly understand it.

I’m glad you enjoyed this article Carol. Hope to see you back here again soon :-)

written by Kevin Duncan On 23 August 2014 Reply

Hey Catherine,

My first blog was my “practice blog,” too! Granted, it was a “Xanga weblog,” so it wasn’t so much a blog as it was a… I’m not exactly sure what Xanga was. An even uncooler version of MySpace? Is such a thing possible? Haha.

Glad you learned so much from those early days. You’re putting your knowledge and know-how to great use here on BloggingTips101!

written by Catherine Holt On 24 August 2014 Reply

One thing we often forget as bloggers is that we all started somewhere. To be successful you have to put in the hard yards; it is not just going to happen. Nobody woke up one morning and found “hey, I made it”!! If practicing on a blog first is what you need to do, then that’s what you need to do. There is no shame in starting one, and then moving on to something bigger and better when you have more experience. In fact, probably most successful bloggers have done this.

Thanks for providing your feedback here Kevin :-)

written by How to be a blogger people pay attention to On 2 September 2014 Reply

[…] In this post, Catherine Holt shares her experience when she first started blogging. She describes a major point early in her blogging career where she experienced a failure and shares that with her audience. […]

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