Fear of Blogging: Why You can Overcome It!

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog for a long time but have had a fear of blogging for one reason or another, this post is your encouragement zone. I’m going to share three major questions you might be asking yourself that might be holding you back from starting your blog. But I’ll also share why you should forge through and press onward if you feel that what you want to share is worthy of a platform. I’m sharing reasons why I feel that you can and should overcome your fear of blogging.

You might ask yourself the following questions…

What if my niche is saturated?

One of the reasons so many solopreneurs-to-be have a fear of blogging is because of a looming “oversaturated niche”. When I first got started blogging I was afraid to step out there with the thought: “There are so many other bloggers blogging about blogging!” Truth be told, this blog is just one of thousands upon thousands of blogs whose niche market is online entrepreneurs wanting to learn blogging skills. In other words, there are a ton of people out there already blogging about my topic.

You might ask yourself:

Should over-saturation deter me from my goal? The answer can be a no, especially if your topic and market is too broad. But more than anything, I believe your answer can be a firm yes if you understand how to niche down your target audience.

Make sure when you’re narrowing down your niche that you focus on who you want to serve, and no one else. Who is it that your product or service helps the most? What is the information you have to share and how will you share this in a way to be personable online? Find the market that most needs what you want to share and focus on serving them.

What if I get lost in all the tech and just give up?

There is so much tech to learn with blogging. I get it. It can be overwhelming.

Between learning all the ins and outs of the various social media (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram), the different platforms to build your website on and the different tools to choose from for your blogging needs (apps, templates)… from hosting and domain name choices, to online marketing tools…you get the picture: learning to blog can be completely and totally overwhelming.

But have no fear. Your business will be just fine if you simply hire out the help you need. Fiverr is a great resource for some basic jobs (like ebook cover designs or pulling together a quick logo), while asking a friend for a referral to get you the tech help you need can also be beneficial.

The point is: get help. And start your blog. No more fear of blogging! 🙂

I have several products (a book and a complete a-z blogging course) to help you with your blog, plus I’m willing to chat with you if you need tech support just to get you started in the right direction. So hopefully you have all the help you need. Someone somewhere is willing to help you get started with your blog.

What if no one reads my blog?

One of the biggest fears bloggers have in the beginning is readership. After all, there is no business when there is no one reading. When you hear crickets, especially in the beginning stages of blog-building and even more so as you continue blogging, and you still don’t gain the traction you want, you can begin to ask yourself if blogging is really worth it. You begin to wonder if you should just give up on blogging.

It is so disappointing to spend so much time and effort cranking out posts and great content only to find yourself either growing extremely slowly or not growing at all.

While I understand exactly how this feels, I have to encourage you to keep blogging. However, don’t keep blogging the way you’ve been doing it if what you’re doing is not working. Obviously there is a reason your blog isn’t gaining the readership you desire. Keep reading to find out some reasons why you could have a low reader base.

Reasons for low readership

What is causing a lack of interaction on your blog? Is it lack of sticky content (that awesome content that keeps your readers around, coming back for more?) Is it lack of clarity on how to navigate the blog? Is it not understanding what your purpose and true niche is on your blog? Maybe you are covering too many topics. Perhaps your readers aren’t sure what you expect them to do (no CTA).

Here’s my advice: always place a call to action on your posts or provide a place for your readers to sign up for your mailing list.

Do you provide loads of value? Always give away great content and simply be super helpful to your readers. When you help them they’ll be loyal to you in return.

I truly hope that I’ve encouraged you to embark on this journey. You can start a blog and maintain it. You can be consistent, build an audience and an income. It’s all possible.

You can overcome your fear of blogging and begin an online business you’re completely passionate about and proud of!

Check out some of my recent posts for more encouragement:

Mompreneurs in Heels Book Giveaway

I’m running a giveaway and I thought you should know 🙂

For Thanksgiving week 2018, I’ve put out a survey for moms who are interested in blogging for an income. I want to know more about you and how I can serve you better, so this survey is meant to do just that…help me figure out how to help you. You’ll have a chance to win an autographed copy of the book!

Watch this video to find out more…

Then I’d love to have you fill out this survey for me…(it’s really quick, I promise!)

That’s it! After filling this out, you’re entered into the drawing to win my book. (You can find out more about the book here). There’ll be two winners!

Thanks so much for your time, and I know that I care about you and your success online.

~Demetria

MIH 045:3 Practices of Successful Mom Bloggers

(Keep scrolling below for a bonus video!)

We know how important it is to set goals for our business. Mompreneurs and mom bloggers, we know what to do.  We just oftentimes have trouble following through on the “do” part of the equation (myself included!)

However, I’ve been watching mom bloggers over the years, and especially as I’ve interviewed quite a few on this podcast. I’ve been noticing a pattern with mompreneurs who turn their passions into a successful business. 

Successful mom bloggers do these three things:

  1. Successful people set goals.
  2. Successful people are consistent
  3. Successful people are relentless

So, in the spirit of hopping right into things, the let’s talk about what each of these three things mean. Also, here’s a video to go along with this post.

Successful mom bloggers set goals.

It’s not enough to have a dream or a desire.  We have to go after it and actually chase our dreams.  We have to set a goal, then figure out a path to get us where we want to be.  Success is a process and it takes planning.

For me, that means planning out my block scheduling for the week. It means overcoming mom overwhelm and creating systems in order to work around my family.

It’s not particularly easy, but we can do this! That’s why I created this blog: to encourage you all (and myself) that we can tackle our goals one day at a time and find the success online we’re looking for.

Successful mom bloggers are consistent.

In order to be successful at our goals, however, we can’t just stop shy of planning.  Now comes the hard part: getting to work!

Grinding is hard work, my friend.  And the hardest part of all is remaining consistent. If I start a new project, then quit, I’m not consistent.  This will, of course, show up in the lack of fruit of my labors. No labor, no fruit.  No labor, no pay. (Preaching to myself here!)

When we show up for the task, we’ve eliminated half the hard work already.  Simply showing up again and again with consistency proves that we are on the way to succeeding at our goals.

I know this is hard for mompreneurs because we just are so busy. We can’t help it- we wear all the hats (and shoes!) and it’s so easy to drop the ball on what’s not right in front of us. But if we can develop systems to remain consistent we’ll be helped tremendously.

Successful mom bloggers are relentless.

Don’t give up, ladies!  Be relentless by not caving in to the fears of not succeeding.  

Being relentless means you sink your teeth into your project and you don’t give up until you see results. Keep grinding while resting in the process. I know it sounds like such an oxymoron, but in your labors you should find a peaceful resolve- especially when you are confident that success is yours. If you have support in place you can do anything you set your mind to.

Be fearless!  You can do this. Are you on your way to success?  Do you feel like you’re moving in the right direction with your business goals, consistency, and relentlessness?   Leave a note and let me know how you feel. Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Also, if you just feel that you need some extra support I’m here for you. You can either take my course or reach out to me directly for a one-on-one coaching session with your blogging questions.

3 Steps to Becoming an Online Entrepreneur

Hi, Mompreneurs! I was feeling pretty adventurous this week and realized I wanted to pop in to my Facebook page and do a live video. My topic was 3 steps to becoming an online entrepreneur- and I hope to do more of these.

Here’s an overview of some of my tips that morning:

3 steps to becoming an online entrepreneur

Discover your passion, then work it!

It’s all about finding what you love, then building a business around that.  Once you know your area of expertise, build on it.  You don’t need an awful lot to get started…sometimes you can just hop on Facebook Live (like I’m doing right now!) and start working your platform right where you are!
Find out what you love, then build on your expertise.

Overcoming business fears.

I get it- there can be a lot of fears associated with business, especially when you’re just starting off. When I was in the beginning stages of building my first online business in web design it was pretty scary.

I had to overcome fears of marketing (what would people think? would I appear to sales-y?)

I needed to overcome anxiety about whether or not I would actually make any real money.  Would I do well?  Would I waste time building something that wasn’t successful?  In a nutshell, that was probably my biggest fear.

I also had to overcome fear of placing myself in front of thousands of unknown audiences.  When I decided to start a YouTube channel and begin podcasting I knew that I would have to step out of my comfort zone, but it was something I needed to do as part of my marketing system.  Through social media and digital media platforms that allow me to share my content in a number of ways, I’ve been able to connect with so many awesome people who became my clients.

So, it was definitely worth it!  I had to overcome my fears.  If I can do it, you can.

For more action-based steps to overcoming business fears, read this post.

Get into action

Probably the hardest part of anything you do in business is to put your plans and goals into action.  Yes, you should be organized and have goals, then use reverse engineering to get yourself where you want to be.

But if you don’t place those goals into action, nothing will happen.

Sometimes you just have to act in faith- not really knowing what’s around the corner.  Building your business means that there will be some variables you won’t be able to control sometimes. There will definitely be some business challenges. You don’t know what’s around the corner exactly and you sometimes don’t feel like you’re on the safe zone, but you know you’re doing the right thing (especially if you surround yourself with positive-thinking people and coaches.)

So, you’re only option is to move forward, and keep moving forward.  As your business momentum builds, you’ll feel so free! Get into action.

So, I want to know how you’re feeling.

 Have you taken the necessary steps to get started in online business?  Are you ready to truly become an online entrepreneur?

 

MIH 036:Ten Super Productivity Tips for Mompreneurs

Listen to “036:Ten Super Productivity Tips for Mompreneurs” on Spreaker.

I can’t wait to share these productivity tips for you this week!

Being uber productive is, let’s face it: a challenge for mompreneurs.  I get it.  We’re busy. We’re tired. Life is hectic. But we also have goals, a vision, a dream. I don’t know any of us who want to see that dream die.  So the key is to keep moving, keep looking forward and moving forward, and find those things in life that help us with our forward focus.  That’s why on today’s podcast I’m bringing to you 10 super productivity tips for mompreneurs like yourself and myself- tips that I believe will help us specifically in our season as moms AND business owners and bloggers.  I am following these productivity tips as well, so my hope is that you’ll find just as much motivation from these as I am currently.

Productivity Tips for Mompreneurs

1.Get to bed and get some sleep!

Okay, I must absolutely start with the night before, because if we’re honest, that’s when our full day really begins.  The kind of sleep you get the night before determines the quality of your following day.  Get to bed early if you can, but if you have night obligations that keep you from saying goodnight when most folks are already sleeping  you’ll need to figure out a routine that works best for you so that you are getting the proper amount of sleep for your body.

Determine what that is (9 hours, 8 hours, 7 hours?) and stick with it. I know people who survive off 4 hours of sleep nightly, but I don’t recommend it. We moms need all the rest we can possibly get.

If your body is well rested so is your mind.  You can think better and make better decisions in family and in business.

2.Start your morning off right.

Now that we’ve taken care of night routine let’s focus on the morning routine. When you wake up, what’s the first thing you do currently?  This also determines the trajectory of your day. Do you normally get a reasonable breakfast?  A light snack?  You don’t have to have a full course meal in the mornings if that’s not your thing, but getting a little healthy fuel for the day first thing is not such a bad idea.  Your brain and body cells need a nice wake-up call.  For some entrepreneurs, it’s coffee or tea. I always recommend a nice full glass of water to clear the brain first, then move on to whatever makes your mornings happy.  For me, it’s a bit of protein like scrambled eggs with a side of gluten free toast buttered with coconut oil.  That’s just my morning thing. Other mornings it’s gluten free chocolate chip pancakes on the weekends.

I also have to start off my morning with prayer and meditation.  Talking to God, clearing my thoughts, reading and meditating on scripture are what keeps my days in tact for me. It’s the glue that keeps my life from falling apart.  I need it. One week a morning I join a group of women for our weekly prayer group and study session.  This has been spiritually refreshing and also helps me get motivated for the week ahead when I have the emotional support to do life with other women who are such motivators and encouragers.

3.Set non-negotiable work hours.

The thing about our lives as mompreneurs is that it can get hectic and fast.  We have to set work hours aside so that they take priority in its proper time.  Those hours are going to typically be non-negotiable so that we can be productive.   This means setting aside a block of time where we do nothing else except the work set before us.  Use whatever you need: Google calendar, your personal planner, list apps…whatever works to help you plan for setting aside time to work.  Then when it’s time to work, pour up a cup of coffee or tea or grab your glass of water, shut the door (put a sign on it if you need to), and work!

Remember, it’s non-negotiable.  You’re not going to argue with yourself about it, or with others about it.  This is your time to work.

4.Work by a to-do list.

I just mentioned Google calendar and list apps.  For me, Google Calendar has been a life saver and I absolutely don’t do life without it. I’ve heard some people enjoy the todoist app.  Others swear by the Happy Planner or iBloom Life and Business Planner.  It ultimately doesn’t matter what tool you use so long as you create a to-do list and schedule of some sort.

It’s amazing how much a check list will get you through a work day more effectively. Just a few minutes of your time to create that list and put your tasks on your calendar can really change the way your work flows.

It’s all about finding ways to increase your productivity.  Having a to-do list keeps you orderly and organized. Your list keeps you functioning within the framework of your task list.

I have found that it is difficult for me to work without a to-do list just because I need an effective way to keep my days functioning smoothly and my work life in order.  With a to-do list, I know what’s first, then next, then last on my agenda.

I always have the freedom to shift things around on my schedule, but the main goal is to have a task list so that I know what my day looks like first thing when I wake up.  I can then make it a point to tackle my tasks as soon as possible during the day – specifically during my work hours.

5.Dismiss distractions (phone, social media).

If you can get rid of distractions, you can solve 98% of your business productivy issues.  The problem with getting rid of distractions is that it’s virtually impossible to do so.  People will always ring your doorbell, give you a phone call, text you, or shout your name from downstairs right when you’ve hatched out the most awesome post title ever and you have the best idea for your first paragraph.

The best thing to do with distractions?  Dismiss them. (Not the people, just the distractions!)  Forget they exist and keep moving.  Sound harsh?  It really isn’t.  That’s why you have voicemail, email and a doorstep waiting for the next (scheduled) visit.

As for social media, turn it off while you’re working on writing and producing content.  When you’re ready to share your content on social media then it’s time to get social!

My next few set of productivity tips have to do with how you treat yourself and interact with people around you. I think this is a good chunk of what determines just how productive you are in your daily routines.

6.Factor in a good workout.

A few mornings a week I start with stretching exercises and pilates class.  A few days a week I make an early trip over to the YMCA for group exercise classes that really get me moving!

If you haven’t tried factoring in a good workout into your daily routine, give it a shot. Not only will you feel so much better (give it a couple of weeks, though!), you will be proud of yourself for making time to take good care of your body.

Also, working out helps me think better! There’s just something about a good workout in my body followed by a good brain session. I feel more invigorated and ready to hit the day when I get exercise daily- whether that’s taking a walk a few blocks around my house or going to a group exercise class or popping in a pilates DVD.

7.Set aside fun time with your kids.

Our kids are always in need of something from us.  After all, we’re mom, and we are always in high demand.

When you’ve made a solid decision to set aside time in your day only to work, if your kids are home with you, this can be a struggle. If you don’t have help, this can be even more of a struggle.  I’ve been there, and I get it.  My kids are now old enough to entertain themselves and finish up school work without my constant prodding, but when they were younger I needed an extra pair of hands involved in my life each week to keep my business life running smoothly- if I can even call it running smoothly.

The only way for me to balance out the time I spend working on business is to make sure I’m also spending some quality time with my kids: daily.  And I’m not perfect, so there are days I’m not operating at my best mode. But I really, really try to be proactive about putting aside time to put work out of my mind and only focus on enjoying the kids.

This, for me, means taking each child aside and asking her what she wants to do with me that evening.  We could play a board game, card game, do nails, or watch a favorite show together on Netflix.  Whatever they want to do. But taking time out for my kids (beyond helping them with school work) is what keeps us connected in our relationships.

Kids need this a lot more than we think.  Just spending simple time with them can make a huge difference in your relationship (and can also help you accomplish your business goals better as you receive their cooperation in exchange!)

8.Don’t forget your partner.

I admit, it’s easy to believe that your spouse doesn’t need you quite as much as your kids do. So, we tend to leave the husbands to fend for themselves as far as time together goes.  But I encourage you to not forget him and give him just as much attention as you would want in return.

If you have an awesome husband who is extremely supportive of your life work like mine is, you’d definitely not want to leave him in the dust as you work to achieve your goals.  Don’t forget about your relationship and keep the spice flowing there too.

9.Learn to say no.

As mentioned before with the idea of turning off your phone and social media, sometimes you just have to say no.  No to impromptu visits with your friends during your office hours.  No to random one-hour phone conversations with your bestie when you’d planned to finish up your digital product.

It really is okay to say no to things that keep you distracted so that you can focus on being productive. Say yes to setting aside time for your friends later on, and yes to working on your projects during your office hours now.

Another reason to say no is when you are asked to do things that you just cannot fit into your schedule.  It’s okay to say no to requests that don’t align to your values at this time in your life.  No to people that serve as distractions or that place too much demand on your time.  These are the productivity tips that will help you set boundaries for people in your life.

10.Schedule in fun time for yourself.

Don’t forget about you.  Besides taking care of yourself (like working out) you’ve got to remember to put the right foods in your body.  So…basically, no surviving on coffee and donuts right? Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and drink a ton of water.

Your body will thank you for the TLC and so will your brain and your business.

Also, don’t forget to love on yourself with your favorite music, movies or t.v. shows.  Sit down and treat yourself to a mani/pedi – either at home or out with friends at a salon.  Take a load off and curl up to read a good book in a bubble bath one evening.  Make plans to visit a jacuzzi and just chill.

The smaller things- like watching your favorite movies and listening to good music are things you can incorporate into your life daily.  If you play an instrument or paint, make sure you have time to add these valuable activities into your life.  Start weekly and then work up to daily.

For bigger things like salon or jacuzzi visits with friends- you may want to make this a monthly or quarterly ritual, something you can work up to as a big reward for all the hard work during the month.

Most of all, have fun with your life- both in work and play- and you will be a much happier person.

Did you enjoy these productivity tips?  Please let me know if they help you in your lifestyle as a mompreneur.

 

Gratefulness in business: A Mompreneur Success Key

Gratefulness in business is what keeps a mompreneur’s life in balance.

Let’s face it- we moms in business have a lot of tasks to accomplish over the course of a day, week, month, quarter, or year.  We are busy.  We’re busy with business goals, with family life, with personal issues, and financial pressures. In the midst of all of our  busy-ness, can we still find the strength to stay grateful?

I’ll tell you who and what I’m grateful for. I’m grateful for the life I’ve been given, grateful for my husband and children who support me in my endeavors.

I’m grateful for opportunity. Here in America we are so blessed to have the opportunity to become entrepreneurs and to make a flexible business opportunity work for us.  I know many of you can say the same for Canada or the U.K and other countries around the world.  When we realize that although we are the minority (those working for a company vs. those starting our own companies), that we are fortunate to be in this position, we can count our many blessings.  The freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss is priceless.  Yes, hard work and labor ensue once you sign up for this lifestyle, but at this point in my life I don’t think I could trade it in for the 9-5.  Been there, done that.

I’m grateful for my clients: people who pay me to help them make their business lives function better online.  I love tapping into their dreams and helping them birth their vision into reality.

I’m grateful for health.  Without it, what can I do?  Nothing.  Every day I’m grateful to God for vitamins and supplements, whole foods, and health care when I need it. I appreciate all the many fitness facilities and programs available. (It makes me realize I don’t have an excuse in the world not to work out every week).  Without exercise and proper nutrition, we get weak and sick and we don’t have the strength to make wise decisions in business.

So, do you feel that sense of gratefulness in business?  How are you grateful?

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