Self-doubt happens to everyone, even bloggers. You are blogging away, full of inspiration, motivation, and energy, then wham! Something happens in your personal or professional life or you get hit upside the head by some bloggy or social media incident and your confidence is sucked away. Self-doubt moves in, and it doesn’t move in pretty.
We set great goals for ourselves, commitments like this Blog Exercises series – honestly, what was I thinking? Five days a week for a year? Tips to help you blog better! Really?
Yes. I used to publish 6 or more articles a day, so five a week is nothing. A slow down. Then why the sudden burst of self-doubt that anyone cares what I have to say about blogging or WordPress any more. Hasn’t it all been said? Who should care about my little site any more? Really, I’m not good enough.
Welcome to a peek inside of my brain. This doesn’t happen once in a while. Sometimes it happens multiple times in a single day. We all face our demons in different ways and on different schedules, but we all have them.
What do you do when your bloggy self faces self-doubt?
For me, prevention is the best protection.
Here are my tips.
- Friends: Surround yourself with energetic and passionate folks. There is no better recipe for a positive attitude.
- Get out and about: Socialize outside of your blogging world. Get your mind stimulated by things and people away from the web.
- Feeds: I love my feed reader and sometimes it can be a great source for inspiration and motivation, keeping me busy and not thinking negative thoughts. Feeds, however, can also overwhelm, so use them judiciously if you tend to get whelmed easily.
- Stay away from stats and analytics: Seriously. While you may think your blogging life depends upon the numbers, scorecards can be depressing. Traffic takes time and organic traffic, traffic led there by your dynamic energy and blog topics, can do more to generate traffic and community than number watching.
- Focus on the goals not the feedback (comments): If I blogged for comments, I’d starve. It is critical to focus on the goals of your site and your purpose for blogging, not the comments and feedback. You may get a ton of comments, you might get two. Be careful becoming dependent upon the comments as not all posts require nor need comments. Think bigger picture.
- Don’t listen to the naysayers: The world is filled with naysayers and pushers of negativity. Trust yourself to know what is right and stay away from the negative energy generators.
- Exercise your body and your mind: Exercise stimulates the creativity and positive thinking juices that flow through your body. Step out of your chair and move around. Make exercise a regular part of your life and you will find your mood and energy lifting.
- Resort to affirmations: When all else fails, I’m a fan of turning to affirmations, those quotes and sayings that motivate and inspire. Lately, I’ve been turning to Zen, Taoism, and even Confucius for those concise words that push me back on the right track. Everyone has their own sources of affirmations. Find yours and tap into it to straighten your own path.
- Focus on the long term not short term: The narrower our perspective and vision, the less light that comes into our hearts and minds. Open your mind up to the big picture, the long term view of your site and its goals to stay on track.
- Get a Physical: Negativism, lack of energy, depression, frustration – these are all part and parcel of blogging as well as work in general. These are also symptoms of a body out of balance or a medical condition. Get a physical annually, a check-up to make sure all the organs are in the right place, doing their job, and that all the natural chemicals are flowing as they should throughout your system. I’ve known people who blamed blogging for their mood when it turned out they had bigger physical problems. Get a check-up. Be sure you are blaming the right thing.
Your blog exercise today is to set up a prevention plan for when the self-doubts hit you.
You may blog about it or just make a list and hang it somewhere prominent to remind you to stay on track when you slip and slide.
We all do it. Let’s help each other out within the blogging community to make this industry a happy workplace.
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