This is the Top 9 Worst Excuses for Not Starting a Blog. In this post, you’ll learn the lies that you tell yourself about blogging, and how giving yourself permission not to start leads to failure.
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Excuses for Not Starting a Blog
Like anything new, it can be quite a big first step to get yourself going in the world blogging. After all, there are so many things that you have to learn, so many unknowns, and so many things that could go wrong.
As a beginner, it’s easy to focus on the negatives. It’s easy to look at something brand new and say that it would be too difficult, or too expensive, or that you simply don’t have the skill set that’s needed to be successful.
Starting a blog can become easily the victim of this type of thinking, and the result is that you may never start at all. However, if you look at your excuses for what they really are, just a bunch of words, then you really do have the answers you need already.
I’m going to explain the nine biggest excuses for not starting your blog, and show you why each one of them is complete crap.
Starting a Blog is Expensive
Some people argue that starting a blog is just too expensive. No it’s not. You’ve probably wasted enough money this month to pay for your blog for an entire year. In fact, depending on your spending habits, you may have wasted enough this week or even just today.
It only cost about $70 to have a fully operational website, with your own name, and your own hosting for an entire year. This means you own everything you need for an entire year without having to pay one more penny.
Basically for the cost that you probably spend on coffee for the month, for a few rounds of beer, or a nice dinner for two, you could have a blog for an entire year.
If you don’t have a blog, but you have any of those other things, you are making a choice. It’s not that it’s too expensive to start a blog, it’s that you would rather do other things.
See Also: How to Start a Blog on the Cheap
You’re Not a Good Writer
Another really big misconception about starting a blog is that you have to be a good writer in order to begin. While being a good writer is an amazing asset, you definitely don’t need to be good in the beginning.
Here are a couple of reasons why you don’t need to be good to start. First, as you write, you gain practice, and will become better. Simply having the blog itself will make you a better writer as long as you are spending time writing as often as you can.
Can you talk? If you can, then you are probably already a halfway decent writer, you just don’t know it. Instead of typing, you could dictate your blog posts and they will have a wonderful, conversational tone to them that’s fun to read.
While you may not end up writing the great American novel out of the gate, you can definitely write blog posts that are easy to read, give the user the information they came for, and make them better for encountering your work.
You Don’t Have the Time
Time is really a matter of priorities. Everyone in this world, all the way up to the most successful people that you’ve ever met have the same 24 hours in a day to get things done. If you don’t have time, you really don’t have your priorities straight.
Do you watch television? Do you play on your phone? Do you sit around on your lunch break at work and just wait for the time to go by? If you do any of those things instead of writing, you’ve made a choice to spend your time in different way.
Literally all of those times are completely wasted, and you could spend every one of those minutes writing and working on your blog instead. Skip the television and spending time on useless apps on your telephone, and instead write for your blog.
If you really look at the amount of time that the average person wastes during the week, you can easily cobble together 40 hours or more of free time that you can spend on your website. That’s basically a full-time job without disrupting your existing schedule.
Think you don’t have the time? It’s more than likely an issue of the choices you make, and not the time that’s on the clock.
You Can’t Type Well
One of my favorite misconceptions about blogging is that you need to be able to type really well in order to be a successful writer. Typing is great, and there are people that are very fast, but you definitely don’t have to type well to be a blogger.
You more than likely have the ability to dictate in your hand right now. Your phone or your tablet will allow you to speak into the microphone, and translate that into text. The text can then be exported, and pasted it into WordPress.
The little mini miracle called dictation is all you need to create amazing sounding and conversationally flowing blog posts. You could almost rip your keyboard off your desk and throw it away, at least when it comes to writing.
Not only is dictation easy, it’s also free in most cases. There are lots of free apps that can help you, and there are also paid solutions that work well too. You won’t have to learn to type at all, and nobody will know the difference.
See Also: How to Write Faster
You Don’t Have the Equipment
Another big burden, or at least a perceived big burden to getting started in blogging is that it requires a lot of equipment. In reality, the only thing you need is a computer and an internet connection in order to be a blogger.
Truth be told, you can even borrow those things for a while until you save up the money to get your own. There are also apps that let you get into WordPress on a tablet or a phone, and those can be helpful too.
The technological barrier, at least as far as equipment goes is very low. You can probably find a used laptop for $50 that will work well for you for a long time. Again, it’s about being resourceful, and using what you have to get started.
Make good choices, and say no to temporary happiness in the form of coffees, beers, eating out, and random little purchases here and there. If you are buying those things and not saving for a laptop, it’s not the laptop that’s the problem. It’s you.
Fix you, and you’ll get your laptop fast enough.
See Also: Why You Must Work For Yourself Daily
You Don’t Know How to Get Started
One of the easiest excuses is writing off the entire process is because you believe that you don’t know how to get started. In reality, it really doesn’t take very much to get started at all, so this is nothing but a hollow excuse.
All you need to do is buy a domain, and hosting, and then install WordPress. Once you have your website name, a place for the site to live, and WordPress to help you build, you have all the ingredients you need to get started.
In fact, once you’ve come this far, you’re already started! Getting started is actually the easiest part, and you can do the entire thing in under an hour. Even if you’re not technologically savvy, there are plenty of resources for that too.
You literally have access to all of the information in the world in the device that you’re holding in your hand right now. With all of that information at your fingertips, you should never wonder how to do anything ever again.
A simple Google search, and some YouTube videos contain the answers to about every question you could ever ask. All you need to do is ask, and then read or watch your answer. Just like that, you never have to worry about the technology side ever again.
Why Would Anyone Listen to You?
A common roadblock for new bloggers is lack of self-respect. It sounds mean when you say it that way, but it manifests itself in a way that seems a lot more innocent than what it really is.
Lots of new bloggers never start because they feel like there isn’t a reason for other people to listen to them and their opinions. This comes from a core sense of self-worth, and even maybe the belief that you are an importer disguised as an expert.
The question I have for you is why do you listen to someone else? How do you really know that they are an expert? What makes them better than you? What makes them more reliable, or more intelligent, or better suited to answer the question than you?
You don’t have to be the most gifted person in the world in your niche in order to teach others. You only need to be better than the person you’re teaching. In a case like this, there are plenty of people in this world that could listen to you and benefit from the interaction.
For this reason, you should never worry about people not wanting to hear what you have to say. The people that don’t will just move on, but there are plenty of people that will stay.
You Don’t Understand Computers Well
Though not as common anymore, lots of people think that you have to be technologically savvy in order to be a successful blogger. Having some pre-existing knowledge when it comes to computers and programs is helpful, but it’s not a reason you shouldn’t start.
The internet is such a wonderful place. If you run into a problem, and do a simple Google search, odds are that millions if not hundreds of millions of answers would populate in less than a second.
This means no matter what stage you are in your ability to use technology, as long as you know how to type a question, you can find the answer. It’s not about some secret knowledge, it’s about just being willing to look for the answer.
No matter what you are experiencing with your website, I promise that you are not the first person to have this problem. This is so true that there are probably already millions of answers to your question online, and again you just need to be willing to look.
The willingness to look changes the technological burden and simply turns it into a choice. It’s a choice that you make to either look up the answer or not. It has nothing to do with your abilities on a computer.
It’s a Lot of Work With No Guarantee of Success
Of all of these myths, excuses and reasons not to start a blog, this is the only one that is 100% true. Yes, a blog is a lot of work, and there is no guarantee of success.
A blog is not a get rich quick scheme. If that’s what you thought, I’m sorry to let you down.
If the long game is not for you, than neither is blogging. If you know in your heart that you are just not built for a long-term project, then getting into blogging is probably not going to go well for you.
However, if you are the type of person that enjoys incremental victories and enjoys moving forward slightly every single day, then you will love blogging. You might even be exceptional at it, and be quite successful.
However, this again comes down to a choice. None of the best things in life are easy. They all have a degree of difficulty and no promise success. By those accounts, a blog is no different than anything else that’s worthwhile.
Your Blogging Assignment
Now that you know all the top excuses for not starting your blog, it’s time to take action on what you’ve learned, and not let these things hold you back.
Whether you think it’s an issue with time, money, technology, or skill level, you are most likely creating extra rules that aren’t even in the game to begin with.
Think about that last sentence for a second. The world is already difficult enough without you adding extra rules and constraints on yourself that don’t need to be there.
All of these excuses just make the task of blogging seem harder than it actually is, when in reality another person may not have any of those restrictions in their mind. Is their blogging adventure easier because they don’t think about the same limitations you do? I believe that it is.
If you’re the type that makes excuses, for whatever reason, you are always going to find the road to be harder than someone who doesn’t.
Instead of excusing yourself from blogging for a poor reason, why don’t you just get started instead? You’ll be glad you did.