4 Common Limiting Beliefs New Bloggers Need to Pulverize

common limiting beliefs

 

**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

You feel terrified.

You may even break into cold sweats.

I vividly remember my new blogger days. Fear dominated my mind. I was just a loser security officer. A fired security officer. I didn’t know SEO from a CEO.

But here I am today. Blogging from paradise.

I learned how to pulverize my beginner limiting beliefs to live my dreams.

If you’re a lost, confused new blogger I feel your pain. I have been there.

Today I want to help you navigate through this seemingly overpowering torment of excited and terrified feelings by eviscerating 4 commonly held new blogger limiting beliefs.

1: I Feel Funny/Silly/Highly Uncomfortable Sharing My New Blog with the Public

I know you may feel worried.

What will your relatives and friends think when you share your first blog post with them? I mean, this IS the new you?!

What about strangers? Why would they ever care about you, a new blogger, and what you have to say?

What about successful big dawg bloggers in your niche? You may even see yourself as blogging vermin compared to these pro bloggers.

Fear of:

  • criticism
  • failure

stops you from sharing your blog with other human beings.

I know how it feels to both hit the publish button and to share your blog for the first time on Twitter and Facebook. I also know the joy of inspiring folks because you decided to share your blog for the first time.

Tweet your first blog post today. Facebook Share your first blog post.

Remember why you are blogging; not to hide away, but to inspire people. To ease people’s pain. To dissolve their struggles.

If you’re a bit lost about how to market your blog on social media enjoy my friend Jerry Low’s supremely helpful post:

24 Golden Rules for Social Media Marketers and Bloggers

2: Making Money through Your Blog Takes Years

Not true.

My friend David Boozer noted on his fabulous podcast how this is a lie. Basically it’s an excuse that bloggers share with one another that keeps them firmly ensconced inside of their comfort zones.

Making money through your blog takes months if you start your blog intelligently. Maybe not John Chow money but it should not be pennies either.

Don’t buy into the common beginner blogging limiting belief that it’s impossible to make money in 6 or 8 months. Blog your passion. Build your list. Make friends with top bloggers in your niche. Monetize your fun, meaning, build income streams based on your passion.

The money will flow in more quickly than you think.

3: I Need to Cover Every Topic Under the Sun Because I Am No Expert

Jack of all trades. Master of none. You know the saying.

Like the 5 in 1 shops I see here in Thailand – multi purpose motorbike rental/restaurant/copier/internet cafe/laundry you can’t become well-known in one niche if you try to cover five niches. If I need to print something I go to the internet cafe. If I want to eat something I go to the Buddhist vegetarian restaurant. We seek specialists, not generalists.

New bloggers tend to cover 2 or 5 or even 10 niches because they secretly believe they will never become an expert in any one niche. Confusion ensues. How could a new blogger who covers blogging tips AND making money online know these niches better than Darren Rowse knows blogging tips or John Chow knows making money online? Darren and John gave decades of their lives to master ONE craft. How can you cover both niches effectively?

You can’t.

Stop blogging about all things under the sun. Pick one topic. Intend to become an authority in one niche.

This takes time. Becoming a pro’s pro in any one niche. But so does everything worthwhile in life.

4: I Am a Former “Insert Prior Employment Here”

If you are having a dickens of a time building a professional blogging career you see yourself as a former “insert your prior job or business or role.”

You cannot outrun your self-image. You cannot outfox your subconscious mind.

I struggled terribly for years with my blog. I saw myself as a failed security guard. Failed security guards do not build successful blogs. Failed security guards only know how to be failed security guards.

Newbie bloggers, see yourself as a newbie blogger. Then step it up. See yourself as a successful blogger. Just note each and every success – however seemingly small successes seem to be during early days. Your first post. Your first comment. Your first blog visitor. Build on each success. Shift your self-image. Succeed.

Your Turn

What new blogger limiting beliefs can you add to this list? Let’s talk about them in the comments.

Author Bio:

Ryan Biddulph owns the website Blogging From Paradise. He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.

6 comments

  1. Mandy van Zyl   •  

    Hi Ryan,

    Thanks for this post. I am working on becoming a new blogger. I am in the process of still getting the ball rolling though. I have a million questions in my head about what my niché will be. I have a clear idea of what I want to do.

    The question is how to start?

    One thing I have figured out and that is, your niche is definitely your title and it’s your personal brand. No one will be known by their brand if they are all over the place. It makes perfect sense to stick to what you are good at and be authentic.

    So, I am going to work on what I have to give as a unique individual as only I can give.

    Thanks, Matt and Ryan for all the great content you guys give us that helps us on our way.

    All the best,
    Mandy

    • Ryan Biddulph   •  

      Hi Mandy,

      If you know clearly what you want to do – as far as your niche – definitely dive in today and write your first post. Speed up the process now. Not out of hurry, or desperation, but to dive into your fears because only fear stops you from publishing that first post. If you have a domain and hosting of course 😉

      By this weekend though, if you have yet to pick a niche, set a deadline. You have only the Now and it waits for no one 🙂

      Thanks for all the shares Mandy and for the comment!

      Ryan

  2. Robert B. Jordan   •  

    Ryan, Greetings from Colorful Colorado – the only paradise in the US. I have just jumped into the blogging adventure. I’ve posted 4 blogs (my Weekly Wednesday Blogs) I’m an older guy (83 years) who has grumpy views of elements of life – A View of Life From a Grump – I don’t know what niche I fit into, any suggestions. My posts are a bit sarcastic, sometimes biting, controversial, but always attempt to be humorous. I’m working on making them visually more attractive, I’ve added some images in the last two, but want to do better. I just ordered four of your books. Thanks for all the good info – I’m pumped.

    • Ryan Biddulph   •  

      Robert, thanks a bunch! Appreciate you picking up my eBooks.

      I love your niche as is. Here’s why: it is you offering your take from 83 years on planet earth your domain name is awesome. It feels authentic. That is it. That is the secret to succeeding. I would not change a thing. Really. Just keep writing, and adding a humorous twist too and you are setting up a clear brand.

      Images are great and feel free to add video too; videos are the wave of the present and future with blogging.

      As for

  3. Ahmad Imran   •  

    Ryan, point number 2 is important. I am the same. I am 3 years into blogging and never tried to properly monetise it because I felt that it takes time. I need to be experienced and authentic before I monetise my blog.

    I think your point is an eye opener. It doesn’t need to be years to make money from your blog. It can be much quicker if there is a will and initiative to do it. Cheers.

    • Ryan Biddulph   •  

      The initiative is that little nudge we all need Ahmad 😉 Myself included, years ago. I attempted to talk myself out of monetizing because I believed nobody would buy my stuff anyway. Had to shed that limiting belief to prosper. Thanks bro!

      Ryan

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