I love being a book blogger, but sometimes it can give me a lot of anxiety! Here are my three biggest blogging fears and how I plan to overcome them.
Fear #1: I'll run out of ideas
I love writing discussion posts and lists of recommendations, but I worry that one day I'll run out of ideas for original content. We all know it's not easy coming up with ideas for posts. I was going through this a bit in January - although I keep a list of potential ideas, I was really uninspired and I didn't have blog posts planned out far in advance like I normally do.
Try not to do so much. I don't need to have something original all the time, and I shouldn't put so much pressure on myself. If I'm feeling a creative lull, it's okay to take a break once in awhile. Plus, there are so many resources out there to take advantage of - I even have a whole board on Pinterest devoted to blogging resources. I can take the time to go through them and find some inspiration.
Fear #2: People will stop reading
This kind of goes along with Fear #1 - I worry that if my content isn't appealing enough, people will stop reading my blog. When I started this blog, I didn't expect that many people would even read it, and because I'll most likely never be a "big" blog, I appreciate all the readers I've gotten to this point. I guess I have a fear of failure, that this hobby I work so hard on will flop.
Stop obsessing over my stats so much. I know - easier said than done! Even if I'm reaching only one person, that's still something. Plus, there are ways to reach more potential readers - promote my posts more, better utilize social media, etc. And I need to remind myself that the book blogging community is simply amazing and totally supportive.
Fear #3: I will offend someone
Part of me is afraid that I will state an unpopular opinion or dislike a hyped book, and someone will get offended by it. A big argument/blow-up may ensue. I just want everyone who reads to have a good time - I don't want to upset anyone!
There are two ways I can deal with this: write completely PC content all the time or write what I want and not worry so much about the consequences. I would rather be able to give my opinion on things; this is my blog, after all, and I should feel free to say what I want (as long as it's respectful). I need to remind myself that I'm never going to be able to please everyone all the time and that in general, there will always be someone who disagrees with me. It's okay to be controversial; it's not okay to be disrespectful.
What are some of your blogging fears? How do you deal with them?