Are you trying to do ALL the things? Maybe you’ve just started blogging and you have NO idea where to start? Or you’ve been in the blogging game for a while, but you keep reading all these amazing tips and it’s getting kind of overwhelming. OR maybe you’ve just started your own biz and trying to navigate the waters, and juggling it with a full-time job? (gotta pay those bills). It’s possible you may be suffering from blogger overwhelm!
Babe, I know EXACTLY what all of those things feel like. I started blogging 2 years and I started without knowing ANYTHING about the blogging industry. I worked out how to create a website and at the time only promoted to my friends on Facebook (because I knew of no other way).
Now, 2 years down the track and 3 website later, I’ve finally found out how to battle that blogger and biz owner overwhelm, and you’re about to find out RIGHT NOW my ‘…’ tips on how to beat it and be successful in what you do!
#1 Come To Accept You Cannot Do Everything
Accept this fact now, or forever hold your peace. Unless you have a team behind (which then yes, ok you CAN do everything), please DON’T event try. I know babe, it’s tempting to want to do ALL the things (believe me, I get it), but it will only lead to more dis-organisation, procrastination, and frustration.
Don’t rush things! Blogging and building a biz takes time, let your ideas evolve, be patient with the process. Which leads me into my next piece of advice…
#2 Your Blog Was Not Built In A Day … Or A Year
Yea sure, the market is saturated … who cares! You’ve got the passion, you’ve got the fire, and now babe, it’s time to COMMIT! Time to get rid of that blogger overwhelm.
You WILL have days where you feel like quitting, where you feel like you’re getting no where, or no one is reading what you’re putting out. When you feel like, please catch yourself before giving up. Your blog was not built in a day, and you will STILL be building it a year later.
Fall in love with the process of creation, of networking, of writing, of social media. Yea, you’ll see people who make money or get heaps of page views in their first month (and I’m assuming if you’re reading this your goal is either to make money, or make an huge impact). Support those people! Learn from them, but NEVER compare your journey to someone else’s.
#3 Focus In And Narrow Down
I’ve learned a tonne in my past 2 years of blogging, and when I started my own biz, I was finally able to do things the right way. And by that, I mean I was truly able to focus.
This ties in to tip #1 in that choosing WHERE to put your focus can help you avoid those feelings of overwhelm. When I started this blog, I solely focused on Instagram and Pinterest as my main source of marketing. These are my 2 favourite platforms, so it makes sense for me to spend all my time on them.
When it comes to social media, I’d suggest to choose 2 platforms to really focus on. And when I say focus, I probably spend about 2 hours a day on the platform, or creating content for the platform.
Once you’ve got a handle on creating content and networking on those platforms, you can spin your focus to another.
Even with all the automation systems out there you can utilise to post your content, I’d still recommend to start with 2 platforms to help avoid blogger overwhelm. Social media is social for a reason. You need to be active in live time to see results as opposed to just automating everything. This will not work!
Which leads me to my next point…
#4 Automate Where You Can
No, I DON’T mean your engagement! Keep that sh*t real babe! For nearly every social media platform (the main ones anyway) there is an automation tool you can utilise. Let’s break it down!
Instagram: if you’re willing to spend a bit of money, Planoly is amazing for scheduling posts. Write your posts and choose your hashtags for the week ahead and you’re all set!
Facebook: use the ‘Publishing’ tool to schedule your posts ahead of time. I usually schedule mine for the week ahead.
Twitter: use Hootsuite to schedule your tweets ahead of time.
#5 Find Your Support Network
In my whole entire time in the blogging world, I have NEVER come across a negative, or rude person. Actually, I take that back, I had one person argue with me on a post I wrote about how I saved $25,000 in a year saying it was impossible. I was completing my Masters in Finance, so pretty sure I was correct in my calculations but thanks to that person who didn’t believe me!
Anyway! Find your people babe! I’ve connected with some beautiful people on Instagram and Facebook and everyone is so overwhelmingly supportive. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. To ask questions, to say when you’re struggling if you’re experiencing blogger overwhelm, but to also celebrate your wins.
Direct message people, tag people in posts, share their content. These are the best ways to build friendships and you will know you are not alone on this journey.
My favourite thing about this industry are the people I connect with! It’s not about how much money I make, but those people who support me, who sign up to my email list, who purchase my stock photos, who comment on my Instagram posts … find your tribe!
Your Takeaway To Beat Blogger Overwhelm
Love your own journey babe! Because that’s exactly what blogging and owning your own biz is, it’s a journey. Sure, success is the ideal destination, but you need to determine what success means to you. Don’t be in a rush to ‘make it big’, commit to your passion babe and you WILL make an impact!
If you want to chat more or have any questions about the above, don’t hesitate to email me babe at firstname.lastname@example.org.