Anyways, I thought I'd use this post as an opportunity to share some of my past (and current) blogging worries in hopes of sympathizing any other blogging newbies out there who may have had similar thoughts. We can revel in our anxiety together :)
Will my blog look good/ professional?When I was first starting my blog, I knew I wanted it to look like a blog. Like one of those gorgeous, polished looking blogs I'd been following obsessively. So I surfed Etsy for a few days until I found an inexpensive blogger theme and logo, and then I messed with Blogger customization until everything looked moderately okay. This helped me gain a lot of confidence about blogging, because (even though it sounds kind of superficial) my blog posts felt more valid once they looked a bit more professional (than, say, default Blogger themes). Now, three months later, I'm already dying to update my blog, but I'm still happy I started where I did.
Will I have "great content"?I did a lot of preliminary research before starting my blog, and in every "how to start a blog" article I read, I was repeatedly plummeted with the advice that overall, above all else, one must have "great content" in order to gain any sort of readership. What is "great content"?? I wondered. It seemed like an in-the-eye-of-the-beholder sort of thing, to me. Is there some sort of list of "great" vs "bad" blog posts that I had missed? I don't know. If there is, somebody please clue me in. I imagine though, if the post is something you'd want to read, and if you put some good thought into it, it's probably pretty good. Keep in mind though, everybody has had a few weaker or more boring posts here and there. We can't all be "great" all the time.
Will anybody even read it?This one kept me up at night. Like with having a pretty-looking blog, I thought I'd need a lot of followers and readers to validate sharing and investing in my blog. First of all, this isn't necessarily true. At this point, my blog is probably more beneficial to myself than to any readers. It's just a great way to sort out my thoughts and be creative. But secondly, people will see your blog, don't worry. If you have a lot of social media followers, share it through your social media! Or, if you're like me and don't (haha... *sigh*) join Bloglovin! I've found it to be a great way to gain readers and also discover other blogs of every size.
Will my friends and family judge me?Oh, if you only knew the agony I went through when I shared my blog on Facebook (and to all my friends and acquaintances) for the first time. It was kind of pathetic, actually. I had to put my phone in the other room for a few hours and avoid all notifications. I don't know what I thought was going to happen. I guess I was afraid nobody would care at all. Or people would judge me and think I was too cutesy or trying too hard (there will be a blog post coming on this soon, be warned!). But instead, everyone was amazingly kind and supportive and wonderful. I have the best friends. If you are nervous about sharing your blog with your friends, here's my advice: First, share your ideas with a few close people you really trust and get their honest opinion. Then, accumulate a few posts on your blog before you share on Facebook and social media. People will be more intrigued and more interested in following if there's stuff to read when they first check it out.
Will I seem like I'm trying too hard or not being genuine?We've all seen blogs that are too perfect for their own good, leaving us to feel slightly inadequate as a result. Firstly, remember that blogs are often highlights of the prettiest parts of people's lives, rather than a complete representation. I love lifestyle blogs because I find them inspirational and calming, but I know my life will never always be that pretty. You can have pretty photos and flat-lays on your blog and still be genuine, as long as you're being yourself in your writing! Your blog is like art that you're creating-- it can look however you want. As long as you are being yourself and being honest, I don't see anything dishonest about that.
Am I even qualified for this?Hello, I am Julia Bluhm, and I am not a makeup artist. I don't know how to french braid (but I am trying to learn). Also, despite having a fairly characteristic sense of style, I spend 80% of my time quietly wondering if I look like a fool (I probably do). My room is often messy. I am not an avid planner-user. Am I even qualified to be a blogger? Aren't there loads of girls who know how to contour and would be better at this than me? Well, yes. Yes there are. But that doesn't mean I can't. Your blog can be whatever you want it to be; it doesn't have to fit somebody else's criteria. At this point, I don't blog about makeup. But I still have stuff to say that's worth saying. :)
Isn't my life too much of a mess right now?When the idea of starting a lifestyle/fashion blog first started to bloom in my brain, I knew I wanted to do it. But my initial thought was: I'll wait. I'll do it once I start eating impeccably healthy everyday, and once I know how to french braid my own hair (I really want to get this french braiding thing), and once I clear up my skin, and once I stop throwing clothes on the floor of my bedroom when I'm tired. But I quickly realized those things weren't going to happen as soon as I hoped, and I was growing impatient. So I just started blogging anyways, imperfections and all.
Will I have time?So far, I haven't had too much trouble with this. It was a bit rough when I was in the midst of graduating high school and taking exams and trying to blog at the same time, but I think I managed it pretty well. Taking photos and planning posts in advance is a good idea. Of course, I don't know how this will hold up while I'm in college (eek), but I'm going to try my best.
What are your past and present blogging worries?