At first, I was hesitant to start With Audrey. It made me nervous putting my writing out there for the world to see. I had all kinds of doubts about whether or not I was the blogger “type” or if anyone would read what I wrote, but eventually, I went for it. I started a blog and I’m so glad I did. Here are some of the excuses I tried to give myself and why they’re not relevant anymore.
I don’t know what to write about.
The biggest hurdle for so many of us bloggers is starting. Just start writing. There are tons of prompts and resources out there designed to inspire you- use them! Pinterest and other blogs are my favorite places to go. And if nothing gets your creativity started, write about your life. You would be surprised how many people are interested in things that you see as ordinary.
People won’t care what I have to say.
This is just not true. Maybe everybody won’t care, but some people do! Even if you start with only getting the word out to your family and friends, I’m sure they would be thrilled to support you. And besides, if you’re writing for the sole purpose of popularity- you won’t get far. Blog for them a little, but mostly blog for you.
I’m too young.
I started my blog at nineteen, which was intimidating when the only other bloggers that I seemed to find were at least five years older than me. I worried that I wouldn’t be taken seriously because of my age or that my age reduced my credibility. I still struggle to find similar bloggers (so if you’re out there, comment or email and say hello!) But I’ve come to appreciate my young age. If you are young and a blogger- good for you! You are accomplishing something that not many people your age are doing and that is impressive.
I’m not a good photographer.
Before I started blogging, I spent a lot of time on pinterest and google looking up photography tips and tricks- there’s a lot more to it than I thought! I gained a whole new appreciation for photographers. Do your best to learn and practice, practice, practice. Even I’m not the photographer I wish I could be, but part of blogging is learning along the way.
I don’t understand HTML.
This is another concept that had me spending a lot of time on google and pinterest. Especially when I first started With Audrey, I invested the majority of my time in learning about design and how to adjust the layout of my blog. I wouldn’t call myself an HTML expert, but I have learned enough to be able to sustain this blog and make design tweaks. And if you don’t want to learn HTML, there are plenty of simple layouts that you can choose. My advice- your blog will be better if you have some understanding of HTML, but it’s not necessary.
It takes a lot of time and effort.
Okay, this is true. And this is why you have to love what you do! From the start, I’ve put countless hours into creating this space, but I adore it. I love that it’s an ever-changing space that reflects who I am and I have the ability to encourage people by what I write- really, that’s so cool. Also, the time and effort you put in depends on the kind of blog you want to have. If you’re looking for a personal space to let your friends know what’s going on in your life- that can be pretty low commitment. If you have goals of monetizing your blog someday- that will be quite a bit more of a time investment. It’s up to you.
Whatever your hesitations may be, they’re probably not relevant. You are awesome and can make a great blogger if you want to be.
If you have the desire to start a blog- DO IT!! What do you have to lose?