Raindrops pitter-pattered against the cement floor outside. Quiet walked the halls like it was home. The evening was mine, and I intended to use it to draft a few blog posts. But I found myself binge watching old music videos and parodies on Youtube instead. It was my first week into serious blogging. I was struggling. Here are the top five things I struggled with and how I survived them.
1. TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED
There are usually three types of students:
- The beginner who doesn’t have a clue about where to start.
- The intermediate who knows where to find information and can eventually adapt.
- The expert who knows exactly what they’re doing.
I usually fall in the middle. But with WordPress, I was lost. Opaque squares appeared where there previously were none. Warnings in red signaled errors. Yet, for the life of me, I couldn’t determine the cause for them. Sound familiar?
SOLUTION: Take a look through the help and FAQ sections of your platform, plugin, etc. Many of them have full tutorials that are often overlooked by users. You might be surprised by what you find.
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2. TIME MANAGEMENT
HeyMr often jokes that he’s dating a single mother. All kidding aside, between a full-time job, a long distance relationship, family, and trying to build a business, I don’t have a large chunk of time carved out for other ventures.
SOLUTION: Time blocking. How does it work? Dedicate a specific amount of time to one task. During that block of time, remove all distractions. Focus on completing as much of that task as possible.
Here are some examples of time blocking:
- Two hours for drafting blog posts.
- Two hours for photoshoots.
- One hour for interaction on Instagram.
Time blocking requires some self-discipline and planning to stay on track. But once you get a handle on it, you’ll see results!
STRUGGLE 3. INSPIRATION
The blank white page stared back at me. I willed the blinking cursor to move, but it was stuck in place. My mind couldn’t think of a single word to write. It wasn’t necessarily a case of writer’s block. Rather, inspiration seemed like a distant friend.
SOLUTION: Take a break. Step away from the screen. Go outside. Even if it’s just five minutes, grab a cup of water or an apple. When you’re ready to sit back down, write whatever is on your mind. It may be a collection of fragments that don’t make sense, but write them all down. Eventually, one thought will lead to another. One of them might just become your next post.
STRUGGLE 4. LONELY JOURNEY
Months before Her Petite Closet launched, I told my sisters and HeyMr about my vision. They each blessed me with their support. But at the end of the day, it was still a one-lady show.
SOLUTION: Surround yourself with people who share the same passions and mindset as you. Join Facebook and messaging groups to connect with fellow bloggers. The blogging journey is our common language. Through discussions, one person’s struggle becomes a lesson for all.
Check out some of my favorite Facebook groups below. They are free to join and have a good amount of positive interaction and support. Let me know if you join any of them so we can take this journey together!
STRUGGLE 5. SELF-DOUBT
Just the week before, I knew exactly what I wanted. Colors needed to be the perfect shade. Images had to align at specific pixels. Every visual transition required impeccable timing. The closest thing I can relate it to was what I can only imagine planning a wedding would be like.
Now, I wasn’t quite sure what my voice was or what I even wanted to achieve with Her Petite Closet. Am I persistent enough to make something out of this? Or will this be another failed venture left to collect dust in the corner? What did it even mean to have such doubts so soon?
SOLUTION: I circled back to the reason why I started Her Petite Closet in the first place. On my About page, I mentioned that I am here because of people and things that are important to me. The story behind this statement is for another time. But remembering the root of Her Petite Closet helped to refocus my lens.