If you’re like me, you may have felt a little shaky writing your first blog post. WOW! Am I actually doing this?
Why is this so hard? you wonder.
I know my topic, I’ve already done a bunch of research, and I know my goals for the post. So why can’t I just sit down and write it?
It wasn’t easy for me to put words on a page and share them with the world.
The first thing that happens is that you want to give up on writing altogether or think less of yourself.
But don’t do that; instead, keep trying and believe in yourself.
If you have been considering writing a blog post but have not felt confident enough actually to do so, here are 11 top tips to help you overcome those fears.
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How Can I Improve My Confidence When Writing Blog Posts?
Set realistic Goals
The first thing you need to do to increase your confidence in writing a blog post is to set realistic and achievable goals.
You may not get it right the first time, but if you take it a step at a time, you’ll be able to turn out a great post just like the ones you admire.
Just remember not to let your expectations get the better of you. If a goal seems unachievable, don’t be afraid to lower it a little bit.
2. Get To Know Your Readers
When you first start blogging, it can be hard to know what to write about.
Figuring out what your audience wants and needs is essential to keep them coming back and reading more of your posts.
It also helps you create content that speaks to them directly instead of appealing to everyone at once. The problem is that your readers aren’t usually interested in reading just about anything without seeing why it will be valuable for them.
It’s a good idea to find out what your audience wants to learn about and then write blog posts around it.
You can do this by using Google’s keyword planner tool. Input phrases you think people will search for in Google, get the number of searches per month for each keyword, and choose the most popular ones.
Remember to pick topics searchable on Google/Bing with low competition so that your posts rank higher in search results. The reason is if you choose high competition, then the chances are that authority websites have written about it, limiting the probability to rank high.
Therefore, don’t just write about anything – instead, try and figure out what would interest your target audience. That way, you can write something that will captivate them from the very beginning.
3. Create Content You Are Really Excited About
Identify your passion and your purpose. The first thing is to ask yourself why you want to write this post in the first place.
- Is there a purpose behind it?
- What about it makes you excited to work on it?
- What about it excites you?
It’s best not to write a blog post about something you don’t enjoy writing.
Instead, pick topics that you like or are passionate about. If you’re not feeling particularly passionate about the subject and it doesn’t excite you, take some time away from it until you feel more enthusiastic about it.
Though it’s sometimes hard to come up with fresh ideas, try to find topics that get your creative juices flowing and focus on those areas when scheduling blog posts for the future.
However, it’s best to make sure your blog post solves a problem. If you can do this, you’ll make other people feel good about reading your content and sharing it with their friends and followers.
4. Face your fears
Writing is a magical thing. You write something you feel confident about, click publish, and it’s out there in the world.
Then, as you wait to see what happens, you start looking over the post, feeling unsure about how good it actually is. Sometimes this becomes such a problem that we fear publishing future content! But what if we see our writing as bricklaying? One brick (truly one sentence!) at a time…
Each sentence is just a brick. Each post is one layer of a house that you’re building. After enough work, you’ll have created a solid piece of writing that gets the attention of your readers and converts them into customers!
Go ahead, put your foot on the first brick and start. Though your mind may go blank, just keep putting down one sentence after another.
Don’t be afraid of what others think. Be yourself. And know that writing your blog post will improve your life and the lives of others.
5. Conquer That Self-Doubt
It’s not uncommon for people to feel intimidated when writing a blog post. We can all feel this way at times, and there are many reasons why we might feel that way, including:
- Not having enough knowledge about the subject matter.
- Being afraid of what people will say.
- Not having enough time to write a good post
- Not wanting to offend anyone with our writing
Self-doubt is your greatest enemy when you are writing a blog post. It sneaks in like a thief in the night sabotaging your ability to produce an amazing article.
It’s hard to be confident when you’re in the early stages of creating your blog, and you don’t know if anyone will read it.
Tips to overcome self-doubt and boost confidence when writing a blog post
- Make sure that your niche is hot right now.
- Choose a topic that people will find helpful and want to read.
- Create a great title before you start writing. It’s the most essential part of your post, and it should tell people exactly what they’re going to get out of it.
- Come up with a list of at least 25 keywords related to your niche and your topic. That will help you use the right words in your article so that Google can index it correctly. However, don’t go overboard with keywords.
- Have more than one source for every piece of information to help you create a better quality article and boost your credibility as an author.
- Create an outline to prevent you from losing focus and wandering off-topic, which can sometimes be time-wasting.
- Clear your mind of stress or read before you write your blog posts. It helps you relax and clear your mind for writing.
- Commit to writing at least one post before you make any edits.
- Keep a journal – Journaling helps relieve stress, which can help you overcome your self-doubt issues when writing blogs.
However, the best way to overcome self-doubt is to push through simply. The more you do something, the more you get used to it and the less intimidating it becomes.
So, next time you feel the self-doubt creeping around, bring yourself back to the positive side. Remember that you are good at what you do, and you can do this with ease. Keep a positive attitude at all times.
6. Look At Other Blogs For Inspiration
You might be having a fear of being judged, fear of letting people down, fear of failure. But, unfortunately, the harsh reality is that many other people are on a similar boat as yours.
And sometimes, it’s just best to reach out to others with similar interests.
Find writers who are also struggling with their confidence levels when writing and get some feedback. You’ll be surprised by how helpful they can be! Some of them could even offer you some great advice on how they overcame this obstacle themselves.
You can never stop learning about Blogging, which I love about it.
Therefore if there’s already an established blogger on the same topic as your blog, it’s important that you learn from them and see what they’re doing right.
7. Edit Your Blog Post Before Publishing
Knowing the basics of grammar, spelling, and sentence structure makes all the difference in how your readers perceive your content. So, make sure your writing is error-free before posting it online.
If you find anything wrong with the article, fix it before publishing it. You’ll be surprised how much better it will make your blog look if everything is grammatically perfect as well as adequately spelled.
Nobody wants to read something that has typos or bad grammar. So make sure that you edit everything before publishing it so that you can take care of any mistakes and get them out of the way before anyone else sees them.
8. Take A Break Every Once A While
Trying to push yourself to write more than you’re able will only lead to burnout.
Take frequent breaks, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes every hour or so. It allows you to return to your blog refreshed and helps prevent the burnout that could cause you to quit altogether.
My favorite track is to take a 10 or 15-minute break every hour or so. You might not be able to write much during that time, but it gives you the chance to get up and stretch and possibly get some fresh air. It also helps keep your mind working.
Taking a break doesn’t mean you’re slacking off or wasting time. Instead, it means that you’re doing something productive by getting away from the computer and allowing your mind to wander (or relax).
Go somewhere quiet. A coffee shop can be a great place for writing if it isn’t too crowded, but it can also be frustrating if there’s too much noise and activity going on around you.
So instead, find someplace peaceful where you can concentrate on your work without distractions.
9. Treat your blog like a business
I can’t stress this enough. If you don’t treat your blog as a business, you won’t get anywhere with it.
Work on your blog regularly – it doesn’t matter if it is an hour here or there, as long as you improve each week! If you want the best possible outcome from your blog, you need to treat it like a business.
Be passionate – The best bloggers share their passion with their readers through their work. Passionate bloggers are more likely to engage with their readers and create excellent content that keeps people coming back for more.
Finally, stay consistent – schedule time each week to write recent posts and tell people when they are published.
10. Practice, Practice, and Practice
Writing is like any other skill in life — you need to practice it repeatedly until it becomes second nature. The more you write, the more comfortable and confident you feel about writing.
To get started, come up with a topic that you’re excited about. Even if it’s something small, like how your favorite pair of shoes look good with your favorite outfit, this kind of enthusiasm will carry through to your blog readers.
If you feel a lack of confidence as you’re writing, remember that not every post needs to be perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them and try again
11. Celebrate your successes
Perhaps the simplest way to feel more confident is to celebrate your successes.
What progress have you made recently?
- Did your guest blog post go live and do well on social media?
- Has anyone shared your posts with their friends on Facebook?
- Did a few people retweet one of your posts yesterday?
When we’ve achieved something, we tend not to celebrate our achievements, but focusing on positive accomplishments can really help us feel more positive about our own abilities.
There you have it, our top 11 tips for building confidence when writing a blog post.
Writing a blog post every week is a tough job, and it’s not always easy to stay motivated. And of course, there will be times when you’ll want to give up, but if you keep trying, you will get there. Little by little, you can get more comfortable and confident with your writing style and voice.
While there’s no foolproof way of guaranteeing success (especially given the massive variety of blogs out there), these tips are certainly a good start.
And in the end, it’s all worth it.
Thank you for reading!
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