In one word, the thing that kept me from blogging for years was FEAR.
I was afraid of trying and failing. I was afraid if I succeeded I might turn into someone that got consumed with my internet obsession. I was afraid of what people would say about me and what I had to say. I was afraid no one would even care. I was afraid I’d never figure out how to make it look half way decent. I could go on…
I attempted it a few times. But I found I just wasn’t gelling with it. It wasn’t quite right…And the technical side scared me. What, with the hosting, the DNS servers, the white screen of death from WordPress, the glitches. The gazillion mistakes I made…frustrated me to no end.
But I’ll tell you when I would really make headway and see a light at the end of whatever tunnel I was facing. When I took time to just pray in the Spirit. For me that looks like me listening to some Bethel worship like:
I also will get my guitar out and play and sing.
And I would just pray in the Spirit and worship God. And…I prayed in tongues. Let me tell you something: “The White Screen of Death” is a real thing- look it up. But it could not stand against me when I prayed in tongues. DO NOT KNOCK IT till you try it. It’s gotten me through so much.
Also, if God has put something on your heart, and you are on Facebook always talking about it. You should definitely think about starting a blog. No, you should just start a blog. Facebook is getting filthy rich off all their unpaid minion unblogger bloggers. Every time you post cool content that moves you, or talk about something you bought that you love, or just state your opinions and tell your stories…you’re doing the work of a blogger. The hard stuff, I think, is getting all the “framework” of the blog set up. You have to do all the leg work of setting up your domain, hosting, installing a theme on wordpress or Squarespace. So many options. So many decisions. You need direction. I decided I was going to stop flip flopping and just take a good solid course in blogging. So I saved up my money and bought 2 different courses. The 1st was Abby Lawson’s “Building A Framework” and it was really good. It’s just been updated and re released and you can find more on it here.
Before I finished Abby’s course though, I got impatient with plugging through and also jumped in and bought Elite Blog Academy by Ruth Soukup and it took me all year to pay it off. And you know what? It’s the same information. But from a slightly different angle. Taking both courses made the information just stick. I finally understood. And it was simpler than I thought, but there have been more technical steps than I could have ever imagined. It’s just one step at at time.
Elite Blog Academy only opens once a year in February. So Abby Lawson’s course would be a really great choice if you want to go through a great blogging course that is super reasonably priced. Cause Elite Blog Academy was a real stretch for our family to afford. But I’m so glad I did. At some point, I just became convinced that I could and would do this. And that no matter how many times I saw the dreaded “White Screen of Death” I was going to metaphorically punch it in the face. I’m so thankful that there are people out there that are willing to de-mystify blogging.
If you are having trouble finding a niche or a topic to write about, or feel scattered in that area Abby and Donnie Lawson have some more tools and content to help you narrow it down. A lot of it is free. So check it out, it’s so helpful.