**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.
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:
2: Making Money through Your Blog Takes Years
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?
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.
What new blogger limiting beliefs can you add to this list? Let’s talk about them in the comments.
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.