1. Not Knowing My Voice
I started MilwaukeeMillennial.com and then two weeks later, started DreamForALiving.com. At that point, I wanted to start more of a coaching/goal setting site that was very business focused. Obviously, my goal is to make money from my blog and I have ideas of where I want to be and what I want to be writing about in a few years once I am monetized.
But why am I waiting?
After listening to many podcasts and reading so many first-hand accounts from men and women that I admire, they all are adamant on being yourself. The word “authentic” is thrown around a lot and I needed to explore inside my head with what I really wanted to do.
What did I find out? I want to be ME. I want you to read my posts and know who I am. I want you to connect with me as a person and love (or hate) me for that. At my full-time job, I don’t always have the luxury of sharing my own opinion and using my own voice. I have been so rehearsed in thinking that I need to speak on behalf of an entire organization that I was under the impression that I should be doing that on my personal blog.
It is actually impressive how wrong I was to think that way!
So for now, I am going to continue with MilwaukeeMillennial.com and put DreamForALiving.com on the back burner for now. I want to focus my time and energy on sharing myself with you. I will most likely get burnt out or bored (as I do often) and want to go back to DFAL as my main focus, so I won’t be deleting it for now.
2. Finding the right theme for my site
Don’t get me wrong, your theme is extremely important to your brand and can make or break your blog. HOWEVER… I have 0 people on my mailing list and an average of 1 view per day. When initially starting a blog, you need to focus on writing articles and providing good content so you can actually see what the theme looks like on a blog post vs. an about me page vs. a home page etc.
I wanted to make sure I mentioned this because I have literally spent HOURS looking for a theme, installing it, and then realizing it didn’t quite work how I wanted.
Just pick one and leave it alone for now.
3. Not Realizing The Time Commitment of Starting a Blog
I knew it was going to take time to get a blog up and running. That’s pretty much true for any new project/hobby that anyone starts. Unfortunately, it is hard to work on a blog for 30 minutes, go make dinner, then come back and expect to just pick up right where I left off. It takes a while to really get into the mindset of a blog post, so I suggest finding a time to put aside at least an hour at a time and solely focus on your blog. Don’t turn on Netflix or reply to any text messages while blogging. If you want it to make money like a business, you need to treat it as such.
What struggles/issues did you run into when first starting a blog? If you could tell yourself one piece of advice when you first created your blog, what would it be? Let me know in the comments below!]]>