How to Survive Your First Week of Serious Blogging

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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.
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“It was my first week into serious blogging. I was struggling.”

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STRUGGLE 1. TECHNICALLY CHALLENGED


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There are usually three types of students:

  1. The beginner who doesn’t have a clue about where to start.
  2. The intermediate who knows where to find information and can eventually adapt.
  3. 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.

To help you get started on your blog, I am currently offering a free installation of WordPress.org. If you are ready for a self-hosted blog, send me an email for more information![/three-fourths-last]

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STRUGGLE 2. TIME MANAGEMENT


[/one-fourth-first] [three-fourths-last align=”left”]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!
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STRUGGLE 3. INSPIRATION


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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.[/three-fourths-last]

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STRUGGLE 4. LONELY JOURNEY


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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!

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“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.”

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STRUGGLE 5. SELF-DOUBT


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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.[/three-fourths-last] [box-1 align=”left”]

As a new blogger, what are some things you struggle with? Next up, I’ll be sharing a few basic tools to help manage overwhelm. The best part is, you probably already have these tools! Don’t miss out when that post goes live.

I wish you the most beautiful of days and remember to smile often!

Love,
Momo
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23 Comments

  1. April 22, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    I love this post! I’ve been blogging for a month and a half now and although I finally have the perfect theme that I want there is still so much to do for my Pinterest and Instagram! I definitely think that scheduling out your time is key! Great post (:

  2. March 30, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your advice! I think the hardest part for me is prioritizing my time. The internet has changed so many things, including killing my productivity!

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 31, 2018 / 9:51 am

      You’re most welcome! I can’t even begin to imagine how much more it will change in the future.

  3. March 27, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    Tiem management is a huge thing for me too!I don’t know if I’ve gotten on top of it, or I’m just okay with not being as well organised as I should be, but I’m no longer stressed about it! I just try enjoy the process — after all, that’s why I started blogging! 🙂

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Yes! The process is like growing through a journey. As challenging as it can be, it’s one of the best parts.

  4. March 27, 2018 / 9:42 am

    I’ve struggled with all of these as a new blogger! Time management and self-doubt especially. You have to make time for writing, editing, photos, promoting on different platforms. It is a lot!

    Seeing posts like this keeps me motivated, because I know we are all in this together. Loved this !

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      Self-doubt is one of my biggest struggles. You know what they say, we are our worst critics. But you got this, girl!

  5. March 27, 2018 / 5:58 am

    This is as real as it gets, I can relate to it in so many ways <3

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      And I’m sure it’s about to get more real in the next few months. The thought is scary, but I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

  6. March 27, 2018 / 1:33 am

    Excellent post Momo! I am a new blogger and I can definitely relate to everything you’ve mentioned above. Your writing style is very genuine and you connect well with people! Great job!

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much for this feedback, Pooja! Connecting with people is one of the reasons I write.

  7. March 26, 2018 / 10:47 am

    You do have to keep reminding yourself why you are doing all this work.I know one day it will pay off when I have my first book.I hope you find great happiness in your experience.

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      That’s so exciting! Publishing a book was one of the things on my bucket list when I was younger. I hope you get to that point soon. 🙂

  8. March 26, 2018 / 8:49 am

    I’ve been blogging for a year now, and I can definitely relate to and understand what this article is about. I struggled (and even sometimes still struggle) with getting distracted by Youtube when I should be working on my posts. I find that when I schedule times for me to write, I am most productive.

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:23 pm

      After a year of blogging, what do you struggle with now? It’d be interesting to hear.

  9. March 25, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    This was so helpful! I love the links to the blogging groups, and enjoyed relating to your perfectionism!

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Perfection can be such a nuisance sometimes, but it’s hard to shake off. XD

  10. March 25, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    And I had similar doubts when I started blogging. But as I often spent time learning and watching how others are doing I started to catch up with what was going on. An excellent article, very helpful for fresh bloggers👍

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:30 pm

      Out of curiosity, do you still have similar doubts now that you’re a more seasoned blogger?

  11. March 25, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I’m sure many bloggers can relate – myself included. Things get easier. It just takes some time.

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      Certainly! Things get easier as we become more familiar with them. 🙂

  12. March 24, 2018 / 3:43 am

    Really could relate to everysingle word! Beautiful and honest post and Im so happy to connect with you girl! I will follow you on instagram because you are just so sweet haha 🙂 hugs

    • Momo C.
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks, girl! Your comment makes me so happy. What’s your Instagram handle?

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