Has your blog become a source of stress?
Recently I’ve been feeling paralysed on AliDark.com. As ridiculous as being paralysed on a blog with your name as the .com might sound. This led me to psycoanalyze myself (again) and I came up with a number of things that cause me to get freaked out by blogging – and I suspect you too.
Here’re some possible reasons this might happen.
Your afraid of loosing your audience.
When you have only 50 subscribers (or only 10, or ‘only’ 2000) and the posts aren’t flowing or sitting right, you can’t help but get anxious about being forgotten or discarded like yesterdays good blog. I mean, the internet is a torrent of information and it’s easy to ‘go under,’ right?
I choose to stick with quality over quantity, one strong swimmer in the rapids as oppised to a human-raft. AliDark.com currently has about 50 subscribers, including both mail and RSS. I’m okay with that because I’ve chosen a very organic way of building this blog – e: not deliberately building the blog but letting myself wander.
But I know some of the subscribers to AliDark came after a couple of well recieved posts on blogging. So any time I want to post something else, I get nervous. Then it’s not about me in a good way, it’s about you in a bad way.
The only solution is to accept the fact that I haven’t nailed myself (oh that sounds bad, but bear with me and turn of your grossometre and leave it switched off… because stuff like that makes me ha-ha-happy when I’m on caffeine) or my niche yet.
This has been said roughly a billion billion times in the last year or two, but you just gotta be yourself (or as I prefer to put it, not be someone else). Think back to high school. It was only when you accepted you were a freak that you started to feel okay about entering the playground, right?
Now with that said, I believe my last two posts weren’t a perfect fit here. I’m not sure what to do about that because I want to write more on digital empowerment in a practical sense. But what to do? DigitalEmpowerment.com’s taken, and who wants a .net?
Your passion has evolved but your blog hasn’t
Let’s say you don’t run your blog under your OwnName.com, but run a fairly personal topical type blog like MomentumGathering.com, DevaCoaching.com, AlwaysWellWithin.com or TheNewPursuit.com (the first that spring to mind. Abundance Mentality people!).
When you started it you had a thousand years worth of material saved in draft form in your brain.
But since that time, you’ve got bogged down with something else and lost your inspiration, or another passion has taken over your life.
The solution in this case might be to bring your blog topic around and see if it feels right. Or if your new passion is too far away, you might simply need a new blog. You can always keep the momentum and backlinks of your current blog and simply change the name and topic, as I’ve done with AliDark.com – which has had around ten domain names. I no shit you.
You’ve been infected by the monetization virus.
Is it possible to make money with a blog? Sure. Will you need a day job? Probably. Don’t stress about income from your blog. Aside from being very clever and dedicated to marketing, there’s not much that can guarantee it. You’re better off not worrying about it.
If your aim is specifially to provide value and earn a real income, realise that the factors involed in building and monetising a blog take time – months at the minimum and sometimes years.
Pick fruit. Clean floors. Temp. Build. Demolish.
Blog with a light heart.
Thank you vandan desai for the pic. It’s got FA to do with my topic but it’s nice decoration.