I’m sure you’ve seen lists of all the things you should do to be a better blogger, but maybe you haven’t read about the things you should STOP doing to be a better blogger.
Today I want to share with you 5 things you should stop doing to be a better blogger. I am guilty of doing every one of these things. They can be hard to avoid but will make your blogging journey much more enjoyable if you lay them aside.
Check them out below!
1. Stop Doubting your Message
Make up your mind today that your story matters. Stop letting the enemy convince you otherwise.
His greatest goal is to keep Christians quiet about all God has done for them. I urge you to refuse to stay quiet.
Share your story. Share all the messy details.
In the Message Translation 1 Peter 2:9-10 reads, “But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night and day difference he made for you- from nothing to something; from rejected to accepted.”
We are called and chosen to share our story with others. Your unique story matters!
2. Stop Comparing
Keep your eyes on your journey. It is so easy to look around and see what everyone else is doing and not doing, but I encourage you to stop comparing yourself to others.
The thing is the people we compare ourselves to have more than likely been blogging for a lot longer than we have. You’ve probably heard it said before that you shouldn’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle or end.
This holds true for blogging too. You will improve over time, so don’t get discouraged when you come across bloggers who seem to have it all together.
3. Stop Overthinking
I have wasted a lot of time overthinking. Although thinking things through is important, overthinking things is unnecessary and a waste of time.
Avoid overthinking by remembering that trial and error are a part of any new endeavor. Give yourself permission to just try new things and see what happens.
I’ve heard it said this way, blogging is like throwing spaghetti at a wall. You throw spaghetti until you see what sticks. So, try lots of different topics and approaches until you see what works for your audience.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. You won’t know if it is going to work or not until you try.
4. Stop Doing Things Out of Order
Blogging can become overwhelming quickly if you begin doing things out of order or trying to do everything at once.
God does not call us to be overwhelmed. He tells us in Matthew 11:30 that His yoke is easy to bear, and the burden He give us is light.
God doesn’t want your blog to be a heavy burden. The best way to avoid it becoming a heavy burden is to do things in the right order.
You don’t have to launch your blog, master your email list, have the perfect theme, and be a genius with every social media platform all in one day.
Begin by creating amazing content. I encourage you to have 10-15 amazing posts before you start worrying about everything else.
It will all come in time once you have great content in place. Great content is the key to a successful blog. Without it you are just spinning your wheels.
So, slow down. Take a deep breath and work on your content. I promise the rest will come in time, and this will greatly reduce your burden. Remember His burden is light!
5. Stop Worrying About Tomorrow
Are fears of tomorrow keeping you from moving forward today? Like I mentioned above, blogging truly is like throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks.
This frees you to let go of the fear of things not working out or of messing up your blog.
It’s OK if every post isn’t received perfectly or if topics don’t take off like you planned.
You won’t know until you try, so don’t fear trying. You aren’t going to ruin your blog by testing different images and different topics.
Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will all work out, and you won’t ruin your blog in the meantime.
Time to START Blogging
As you stop doing the things mentioned above, you will free yourself up for more blogging.
Don’t let doubting your message, comparison, overthinking, doing things out of order, and fears of tomorrow hold you back any longer.
You’ve got this! You were made for this. Get out there and share your message unashamedly.