Worries from a blogging newbie

So, I started this blog not quite three months ago, and it's been pretty wonderful so far! It feels great to create something, and be in control of something that's entirely my own. That being said, there was a whole lot about blogging that sort of freaked me out, too. Like, a whole lot. I was a ball of stress for a while there. Blogging can be pretty intimidating because oftentimes the blogs that we see the most are those with thousands of followers and a perfect aesthetic and flawless photography. Truthfully though, everybody starts with one follower. Everybody starts without really knowing what they're doing. As a blogger who is still trying to figure it all out, I'm trying my hardest to remember this.

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?
♡ Julia 



35 comments

  1. looks amazing !
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  2. I don't know how to apply make up. I'm not really into fashion. But as what you've said, I still have something to say that someone could take time to read and that's what matters. I also have worries if someone really reads my blog and I don't have many followers. Let's say, I have many of them, 'Are they willing to click the link and read and perhaps drop their thoughts?' There's still a percent that no one would even care but I am still happy because I get to express myself, not to impress and there are some who reads my blog and drops a comment. From that, I'm loving the engagement. :)

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

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    1. Exactly! I feel like when you focus on expressing yourself blogging is way more fun than when you're just occupied with number of followers, etc. I can totally relate to your worries. <3 <3

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  3. I can totally relate! Blogging can be really hard sometimes. In fact, I just published a similar post about my top blogging mistakes. I hope you can read it too. :)

    http://sheenconcepcion.blogspot.com/2016/07/my-top-blogging-mistakes.html

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    1. I'll have to check it out! Thanks for reading!

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  4. I do worry about giving out the wrong info as I am not trained in any beauty department at all. Hell, most days I still struggle to apply my eye liner. LOL! I think it's healthy to worry about something that you are passionate about, it means you care for it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. That's so true! Thanks for reading, Shireen :)

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  5. Wonderful post! I can totally relate! =)


    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  6. This post is giving me life. I can agree with everything you said. I've stopped blogging before because college has taken a big part of my life and because I was extremely scared of people judging me, since one girl made an annoying comment about me blogging, but I've come a long way since that and I just don't care for other people's opinions as long as I love what I am doing (: also I wondered if I would be a good blogger since I don't have fresh flowers, toast with avocado and berry smoothies everyday (teehee).

    Cy | http://www.dulcedemango.com/

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    1. I so agree. I was (and still am) pretty scared about being judged for starting my blog. But at the same time, my enjoyment of doing it outweighs my worries. Even if people do judge, I'm trying my best not to care. Hahah about the toast with avocado and fresh flowers (same girl, same).

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  7. This post is great, a lot of these thoughts have and still do run through my head quite often. Thanks for sharing! Would love to follow each other, let me know if you want to! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading! And sure, I'd love to!

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  8. This was great, I literally just started yesterday and I am kind of terrified to tell friends/family. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Like I said, I just started my blog and would love it if you would have the time to check it out and give me some advice or your opinion. If you want of course!
    https://dilarabosak.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for reading! And congrats on starting your blog! I just checked it out, looks great :)

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  9. Lovely post, I agree with everything! A blogger's life can be very tough sometimes.
    Let's be blog buddies!
    Marilyn x

    www.marilynnassar.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for reading, Marilyn! And yeah sure, just followed you on Bloglovin!

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  10. These are doubts I'm sure many experienced bloggers have as well. I don't worry too much about a schedule anymore, I'm a full time uni student and forcing myself to write posts made it feel like a chore. Here's a secret, my friends don't even know I write a blog!

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. Yeah, blogging is def more fun when you don't force yourself to churn out posts. And I totally get it! I was so freaked when I told my friends!

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  11. I feel exactly the same right now. But i guess I have to figure it out myself. Thanks for the great advice and now I know I'm not alone x

    http://brookebanter.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for reading, Brooke! You are definitely not alone! Keep on blogging <3

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  12. Your blog looks amazing and I think we all have these worries, even after years of blogging.

    xo
    www.carinavardie.com

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    1. Aw thanks, Carina! Yeah I think you're right.

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  13. Will anybody even read it? Well, if you got readers you'll be more inspired to blog, well thats just what I thought on why I want to gain more readers. And beside, I want people to see what I have work hard for. Hahaha! That's my very own opinion by the way but ofcourse, we blog because we love it not because we gain from it.

    I have been blogging for a few months now but until now I haven't shared it to my friends and family because like what you have said, they might judge me or something. Glad you did overcome it already, I think I still need some confidence before sharing it to people I really know.

    xoxo, rej | reeejoyce.com

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    1. Exactly. If you're just hoping to gain something from blogging, it won't be as fun. You've just gotta do it because YOU want to!! You're so right. And that's totally fine about not sharing with your friends yet, it's a freaky thing to do, honestly. :) Thanks for reading!

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  14. Set aside all your worries. Blogging doesn't have to stress or pressure you. Just blog what's on your mind because readers love real posts in a sense that it allows us to get to know more about you.

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  15. I think we can all relate to at least one of these worries, either when we started blogging or somewhere during our journey! I'm glad you were able to share your blog with people you know in real life. That's always so important and they will most probably support you through it:)xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly. And yeah, it's a scary thing, but it ends up being better than people expect, I think. :)

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  16. Hey, it's my first time here in your blog! Haha. I've been into my blogging a year and a half and still my traffic is low. I didn't get a lot of comments like anyone does. But I tried to blog and blog. We both had the same problems which occurs to me until now. Well, we always keep on trying! ☺

    Kai | Kitty Journal (me.kittyjournal.com)

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  17. I just started blogging a couple days ago. I love love love this post and your blog! Good luck!

    somerandboo.blogspot.com

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  18. You're doing great!!! Keep up the good work :)

    Itunu x

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  19. Really enjoyed reading this Julia, there's so much advice out there for bloggers. I think the main thing is just enjoy it and write about things you love. I remember when I first started blogging, I had no clue what I was doing but in a way I preferred not knowing what everyone else was doing!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

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