How To Start a Blog Without Getting Overwhelmed
How to Start a Blog Without Getting Overwhelmed
This blog almost stopped as soon as it got started. I wrote this to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you! These are the basic steps towards getting your blog setup. This will show you how to start a blog without getting overwhelmed!
There are affiliate links included in this post, which just basically means that if I recommend a product to you that I use and love, and you decide to purchase it through my link, I’ll make a small profit!
When I first decided to start blogging, I jumped in head first. I originally wanted another name, but it was taken. I went back to the drawing board and wrote out a list of possibilities, narrowed them down, and started checking them out one by one to see if they were available. You can do this for free at WhoIs.com. Just enter the name that you’re thinking of and it will tell you if it’s available! Super easy!
I eventually settled on AntiSocialMommy.com, of course, and I decided to go with Bluehost for hosting since they come so highly recommended in the blogging community, and they include WordPress to go with it for free! I am not tech illiterate, but trying to figure out all of this blogging stuff has been a struggle! Bluehost has 24/7 customer support (which I’ve already had to contact 3 times…sigh) and you can just open up a chat box to talk to someone and they’ll help walk you through any issues you’re having! If you are interested in signing up with Bluehost, you can check them out here and you can sign up for only $3.95 per month!
They include a free domain name when you sign up and if the name that you want is taken, they will offer you alternatives that you are able to select! I’ve been super happy with them and will definitely be renewing once my first year that I signed up for is up!
Alright, so I figured I was good to go, right? I’ll just create some posts and pin them to Pinterest and voila! I’m a blogger!
What happened for me was that I wanted to read more about what to do to get started. And there is A LOT out there to read! So, so much.
So, I ended up signing up for tons mailing lists and newsletters from other bloggers that show you the best steps to go about getting started. I searched on Pinterest and Google for what I needed to do before I launched. And I started to get “new blogger overwhelm”. (Okay, so I might have made that term up, but it is TOTALLY a real thing!!)
I learned sooo many pieces of valuable information. I mean, when I say I was new to blogging, I was brand new! So, must of these terms were new to me altogether! I mean…SEO, landing pages, domain…I knew NONE of it!
Bouncing Back and Forth
I’d be ready to go about getting started learning about SEO and then I’d start thinking about setting up an email provider, then I’d see how important setting up images for my posts were and I’d start messing with that, and then I’d start trying to figure out Rich Text Pins…and my head was SPINNING!!!
What ended up happening is that I basically stalled.
I didn’t know what to do next and it started feeling overwhelming and not like this fun thing that I had envisioned it would be .
I’d start thinking about getting out my computer and just get a feeling of ‘why bother?’ It felt like there was simply too much to try to accomplish and that I was just spinning my wheels.
Has this happened to you? Or are you dealing with it now?
I’ve seen so many of my favorite bloggers say that blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Another valuable piece of information I’ve seen is to not compare my beginning to another bloggers middle. This one is exactly what I was doing.
I was seeing all of these great blogs with amazing content, beautiful pictures to go along with it, and these staggering income reports showing what was possible, and I wanted to be there too!
But as hard as it is, you have to remind yourself to try to take it one step at a time.
If you can just focus on accomplishing one task, then that’s one more thing crossed off of your to-do-list. It’s not a good feeling when you get a little done on each item you want to get done. You’re not seeing any results and you aren’t seeing progress. If you can make yourself focus on just one thing at a time, you can get those things crossed off of that ever-growing list, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment. When you see yourself making some headway, you want to work just a little bit harder to see just a little bit more!
BREATHE. You’ve Got This!
So, stop. Take a breath. Check out this free checklist that I’ve given you, and just focus on crossing one thing off of your list at a time. Don’t spread yourself too thin. There is always going to be more that we need to do. Seriously. So, I’m trying to take my own advice, and take it one step at a time. One day at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were all of those other AMAZING blogs that we all love reading so much!
So just keep at it, and try not to let it overwhelm you. We are all on this journey together!
I put together this checklist that tries to encompass all of the things that needed to get crossed off of that super-long, “start a blog checklist”. I’ve been using it to help keep myself focused on one step at a time, while also letting me know all of the little things that I will need to focus on. It’s been working out awesome for me, and I hope it is a useful resource for you as well! Let me know how you like the free checklist and any other things that you think need to be added to it as well!
I honestly learn something new everyday. I feel like I’m a little better at this blogging thing every day. If I can do it as a stay at home mom of a 1 year old and 2 year old, while also going to school online, then I promise you that you can do it too! Just take it one step and one day at a time!