The end of April marked the anniversary of my second full month of blogging! To tell you the truth, these last 2 months seem like a whirlwind. I spent TONS of time on my blog doing all the blogging tasks that go into posting content online.
And surprisingly, I actually didn’t even feel overwhelmed in the beginning!
I did, however, feel like there was tons of things to learn and do for my blog (and still do feel that way!). But because of these tips I’m about to tell you, I was able to avoid feeling overwhelmed as a new blogger.
These exact tips are what allowed me to take everything in stride and not get stressed or go crazy when I started this blog.
I read somewhere that bloggers should try to track the hours they spend working on their blogs. So I started trying to track my hours, but somewhere along the line I forgot to log them and just sort of gave up on that.
I believe the reason that happened was because I worked on my blog in bits and pieces here and there.
You see, between my after work & after school duties of helping the kids with their homework, making dinner and cleaning up, and carting the kids around to sports practices, my evening time is very limited.
I’m guessing your evenings are just as crazy!
I can’t stay up too late during the week working on my blog either, since I get up early in the morning to start my day job at 7 am and I NEED my sleep.
I absolutely can not function when I get very little sleep and I am not a fun person to be around without enough rest (my husband can attest to that!). Since I work with people at my day job, I have to get my sleep.
My best guess is that I put at least 15+ hours per week into working on my blog.
After working on my blog so much for a full 2 months, there are a few realizations I came to about how to avoid feeling overwhelmed. I know I am FAR from being someone that would be considered knowledgeable about blogging.
But if you are seriously considering starting a blog and have not done so yet, I do feel I can offer some very real and true insight about what to expect and some basic advice on how to go about getting started.
I wanted to create this post to not only help you understand what blogging is like at the very beginning, but also give you some helpful advice to get going without a ton of headaches.
I decided to write this post now before all the things I am thinking about become a distant memory as I continue on my blogging journey.
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5 Tips to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed as a New Blogger
Create posts before you start your blog
I would highly recommend trying your hand at writing some blog posts before you actually pay for hosting and start your blog.
Even though I officially launched my blog at the very end of February 2021, I started diligently working on writing blog posts since the beginning of October 2020. That was 4-5 months I spent just preparing to start a blog.
I did this for two reasons. The first reason was to see if I could actually write multiple blog posts about my chosen blog niche.
The second reason was to have several blog posts ready to go so I didn’t have to learn how to start the blog AND use WordPress AND worry about writing posts.
Let me tell you, I am so glad I did it that way!
First, I proved to myself that starting a blog with my chosen niche was actually going to be something I can accomplish.
If I was not able to come up with ideas for content AND devote the time out of my busy schedule to write them, then how was I going to fill a whole website with awesome information to help my readers?
Secondly, I knew absolutely nothing about creating a website on day one. So I knew that I wanted to have a whole bunch of posts ready to go as I was learning the ropes of starting a blog.
My goal was to have 25-30 blog posts written. I think I actually had 21 written at the time that I launched.
Now, at the end of my second month blogging, I have 23 blog posts on my website. I still have 9 posts saved and ready to go that I wrote before launching. This means that I wrote 11 posts out of the 23 already on my blog in these past two months.
Having those blog posts written beforehand will help you to avoid feeling overwhelmed when first starting your blog. You will also be able to post some great content on your blog early on so your new readers have something to read!
Buy an awesome course to help you start your blog
As I said before, I knew absolutely nothing about creating a blog. I’m talking no clue whatsoever. If you are like me and do not know the first thing about starting a blog, you must invest in yourself to expand your knowledge.
What do I mean by invest in yourself? I mean it’s important that you find a great course to help you start your blog and buy it. Then go through it step by step to get your blog up and running.
Then you won’t have to Google every little thing! It’s impossible to even know what to Google when you are first starting a blog. You should definitely find a good course to avoid feeling overwhelmed as a new blogger.
Take my word for it, it’s so worth it!
She basically holds your hand and goes through starting a blog step by step. It is exactly what I needed and it saved me so much time! Her course will save you so much time too.
Plus, it is not as expensive as some of the other start a blog courses that I checked out. At the time of writing this, it is $97. She really does over-deliver with the value you get for your money. There are tons of extras she includes in that price.
I devoted a whole post to my two favorite resources for starting a blog and Suzi’s course is one of them! She is such a great teacher!
Invest in professional templates for your legal pages
Talk about nerve-racking! I am not a lawyer. I would not have the slightest clue about what to write on those pages.
You can actually get free templates online, however, I wanted the peace of mind knowing that everything was legal and by the book on those pages to give me peace of mind.
I ended up purchasing Amira’s legal templates. She is a lawyer and a blogger and sells legal templates that she has written herself.
If you want to see a sample of what her legal pages look like when you use her templates and customize them to your site, you can look at my Disclaimer page.
See how professional and thorough it is? It gives me such peace of mind knowing I have the appropriate legalese on my blog. Plus Amira’s templates are super easy and quick to use.
If you would like to learn more about her legal templates, check them out here.
Don’t freak out if you break your blog
“I didn’t think it would happen to me.” Isn’t that what they all say?
It was a Saturday afternoon, right before dinner, and I wanted to work on a blog post to try to get it posted the next day.
I went to log into WordPress, and an ugly red warning came up that said that my site was not secure and that it could possibly have been hacked!
I kept my typical cool and calm nature as I nonchalantly told my husband what I had just seen. Inside I could feel my heart pounding in my chest and my stomach was starting to do flips.
A quick Google search on the error message told me I needed to contact my hosting company. I started my blog with Bluehost, like many beginner bloggers do.
I contacted Bluehost through their online chat service. Immediately one of their representatives was online ready to answer my questions and help get my blog back up and running.
As it turns out, I unknowingly enabled something I shouldn’t have and it interfered with my SSL certificate! Thank goodness I was not being hacked!
The representative had my blog fixed within minutes and it took 3-4 hours to reconfigure (he said it could take up to 24 hours for that part so I am glad it was only a couple of hours for mine).
I have read some mixed reviews about Bluehost prior to starting my blog, but one of my main deciding factors to choose Bluehost was the cost.
You can get hosting for as low as $3.95 per month. Plus you get a free domain name for the first year. Sounded like a win to me!
I know it’s only been 2 months with them, but after that ordeal happened, I am quite happy with Bluehost.
So if you choose Bluehost and you break your blog like I did, do not panic! Their customer service representatives will help you get your blog back up and running.
You can check out Bluehost here!
Use a planner to help you focus on one thing at a time
Learning how to start and grow a website is no easy task. There are so many things to learn about blogging that it is very easy to get overwhelmed and distracted.
Becoming overwhelmed and distracted is certainly not good for productivity. I was finding that I was constantly thinking of new ideas and new things to try on my website and then I would get sidetracked from what I was working on.
So in order to nip this in the bud, I started using a planner. In this planner I am planning out my weekly content and anything extra I might want to accomplish that week.
I love this planner by Clever Fox! It is undated so you can start using it any month of the year. It also includes an awesome section for writing down your goals.
Setting goals for your new blog is so important, especially if you are planning to turn it into a side hustle!
So when I sit down to work on my blog, I know exactly what I should be working on. If I get an idea about a post or a lead magnet I want to create, I quickly write it down in my notes.
If I am at work or out and about somewhere and get an idea, I type it in an app in my phone for later.
My planner has been been helping me to avoid feeling overwhelmed as a new blogger by helping me to focus on one thing at a time.
If you are just beginning to think about starting a blog, there are some things you can do to help you get started and prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and lost.
By writing some posts ahead of time, investing in a great course to help you start your blog, purchasing legal page templates, signing up for hosting with good customer service, and using a planner to keep yourself focused on one thing at a time, you can set yourself up for blog creating success.
Do you have any other thoughts on how to avoid feeling overwhelmed as a new blogger? I would love to hear them! Let me know in the comments.
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