Are These Excuses Holding YOU Back From Becoming a Serious Blogger?

11 Lame Excuses That Could Be Holding YOU Back From Becoming a Serious Blogger




You’re thinking of spending more time on your blog.


Actually, you’ve been thinking about it for a while.


Thinking about it. Talking about it. But not doing it.


Something is holding you back.


If any of the following 11 lame excuses sound like what’s holding YOU back from becoming a serious blogger, then relax and consider them busted says Linda Formichelli (author of Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race… And Step Into a Career You Love )


1. “People might not like what I have to say”

  • Like it or not, putting your ideas in the public domain and running the risk that someone might not like them – even hate them – is the price of entry for being a successful blogger.
  • If you think your blogging heroes aren’t nervous each time they click “Publish” then you’re kidding yourself.
  • But putting yourself out there yields some major benefits.
  • You’ll attract a crowd of like-minded readers and get to hone your blogging skills the tough – but highly effective – way: in a trial-by-fire.
  • Yes, you may have to deal with haters.
  • Everyone does.
  • But over time the haters become more amusing than frightening. You’ll realize that while they’re complaining, you’re blogging.
  • Remember, if someone has a negative reaction to something you wrote, that means your writing is powerful.
  • Your writing caused someone to react.
  • And that’s a good thing.

2. “I don’t have anything new to say”

  • Feeling like you can’t add to the conversation as a new blogger is only natural.
  • But it’s not just about what you say, but rather how only you can say it.
  • The truth is that genuinely original ideas are rare, even for the top bloggers and writers.
  • Instead, bloggers attract fans due to their personality, writing style and personal viewpoint – not because they pack their blog with hundreds of startlingly unique, never-done-before ideas.
  • Few bloggers can do that.

3. “Lots of people blog about my topic already”

  • Even within the sub-niche of blogging, you’ll find dozens of variations on the theme.
  • A new blog might focus on the craft of blogging, the use of psychological techniques to draw more people to your blog, using guest blogging to get more traffic, blogging to generate affiliate sales, blogging to sell information products, blogging to sell ads, blogging for clients, or another of the many slants you can take on that topic.
  • Lots of competition isn’t a valid excuse for not blogging – it’s a cast-iron reason to blog.
  • So don’t be afraid to plant your stake in a topic that others are already covering.
  • You can approach a subject in an infinite number of different ways, and put your own personal spin on it.

4. “I don’t have time to blog”

  • Successful bloggers are just as busy as you are, if not more so.
  • The guy you’re so jealous of who churns out post after quality post doesn’t have a trust fund and a maid.
  • Like you, he has a job, a family, volunteer commitments, pets, school functions, chores… the list goes on.
  • So the question isn’t “Where are you going to find the time?” It’s “How are you going to make the time?”
  • Carry your smartphone and tablet everywhere, and take advantage of those random 10-minute blocks of free time to write – while you’re in line at the supermarket, in the dentist’s waiting room, or in the car waiting for your kid to get out of school.
  • You have to do it because it’s what real bloggers do.
  • If you wait until you have the time, it will never happen. So make the time

5. “I don’t have a clue where to start”

  • You make a list of all the tasks that need doing on your blog and become frozen with indecision.
  • Should you work on your blog design, brainstorm some post ideas, build your social media presence, or do one of the other 200 things on your list instead?
  • It’s enough to make anyone quit in frustration.
  • Here’s a tip: start anywhere. Seriously.
  • As long as you do something, anything at all, you’ll be ahead of the game.
  • It’s the only reliable way to break through the paralysis of indecision.
  • As a blogger, often it doesn’t matter what order you do things in.
  • Create a list of everything you need to accomplish and start chipping away at it.

6. “It’s not the right time”

  • Every time you think about starting your blog, you tell yourself, “It’s not the right time.
  • As soon as I take care of problems X, Y, and Z, I’ll get started.”
  • But the truth is by the time you’ve fixed X, Y and X, new problems will have taken their places.
  • So guess what? There’s never a perfect time to do anything.
  • As a wise person once said, sh%^ happens.
  • So if you wait until conditions are perfect, you’ll be waiting – well, forever.
  • When life calms down, the smart blogger takes the opportunity to get ahead of themselves, in preparation for the next perfect storm.
  • And before you know it, you’ll make the subtle transition from fair-weather blogger to all-weather blogging hero.

7. “I’m too exhausted”

  • You have no energy left for your blog.
  • This excuse doesn’t fly. You know why? Because nothing gives you more energy than working toward a goal you’re passionate about.
  • So if you’re too tired at the end of the day to work on your goals, the answer isn’t to abandon your goals – it’s to set more exciting ones.
  • Try it yourself and see.
  • Fire up the laptop and work on your blog after hours, and see if you’re not hit by a burst of energy and inspiration.

8. “What if I fail?”

  • No one actively wants to be rejected, or worse still, ignored.
  • So you take the safe route by not working on your blog. No blog = no chance to freak out as a quick check of Google Analytics tells you no one cares.
  • But guess what? Not getting started is just another type of failure. You end up in the same place whether you try and fail or whether you don’t start at all: without a successful blog and kicking yourself.
  • If you try blogging, you have a chance of succeeding and a chance of failing.
  • If you don’t try, you have a 100% chance of failing.
  • Which is the less risky choice?

9. “What if I succeed?”

  •  Subconsciously, you may worry that you’ll lose your friends, because they’ll envy your success and no longer want to socialize with you.
  • If you do succeed wildly, you will probably lose some friends. It happens and honestly you’re better off without them.
  • The problem is theirs, not yours. If friends spew envy and make catty remarks about your blog’s success every time you see them, they’ll just be holding you back from becoming your best self.
  • Don’t let the thought of losing fake friends at some point in the future stop you from getting serious about your blog today.

10. “I don’t have enough knowledge yet.”

  • There’s so much to know about blogging!
  • You’re inundated with tips, courses, books – even other blogs – on how to start a blog, and that next one might have just the information you need to skyrocket yours to success.
  • So you keep learning, and learning, and learning – and never getting off the launch pad.
  • The problem is no clear finish line exists. No one can tell you, “Okay, you know enough now, you can stop learning and start blogging.”
  • The best way to learn is from experience.
  • You’ll learn directly from your readership’s response – or lack of response – what works for you and what doesn’t.

11. “I don’t have enough good ideas.”

  • What if you can’t come up with enough good ideas to keep your blog going?
  • How do you remain passionate enough to generate idea after idea and write post after post on the same topic?
  • The good news is, you don’t need to worry about having hundreds of post ideas in the bank to keep you going forever.
  • Once you’ve hit your rhythm, you will  have many ways to keep the ideas coming.
  • To come up with fresh ideas you can:
  • Be prepared for inspired moments.
  • Get your readers to do the work.
  • ‘Steal’ ideas from social media. Hang out on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to find out what friends and followers are actually talking about right now. Which topics are trending? Which provoke the fiercest debate? And which the most confusion? Use one of these topics as the starting point for your next post as a surefire way to deliver the goods even when inspiration eludes you.
  • You can also do this instead:
  • Refresh posts from the archives.



So, don’t you think it’s time to ditch the excuses

Keep in mind that every successful blogger faces their own demons. They’re not naturally immune to the fear, the uncertainty and all the other obstacles – they’ve just learned to plow through and take action in spite of them. Take a page from their books and let your passion guide the way, instead of your fear.

Don’t tell yourself and others what you can’t do. Tell them what you can. Ditch the excuses – and just write.



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To Your Success,
Joan Harrington



























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0 Replies to “Are These Excuses Holding YOU Back From Becoming a Serious Blogger?”

  1. Hi Joan,

    Don’t tell anyone but I think at one time or another I have used every excuse you listed here. I think the most profound advice that I received just before I put out my first product was from Donna and David Merrill when they both said to me, “What are you waiting for? Just do it.” And I did.

    No more excuses. “Just do it.”

    1. Hey Monna,

      Me too my friend me too 😉 Donna and David are right…………What are you waiting for? Just DO IT and good for you that you took action and did 🙂 Awesome awesome!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Joan,
    This is great! I hear a lot of these types of excuses from folks in my writing group: they’ll go for two weeks without writing. My blog gives me a reason to write every single day. I love it! Every writer ought to have a blog!

  3. Great post Joan!

    I have to tell you when I first got started I used every single one of these excuses.

    Then something happened…

    I took action…

    People began to notice and I got such a rush from people commenting that I began to blog every day and now I’m addicted to it!

    Dr. Lisa

    1. Thank you Lisa!

      Taking action is key to success 🙂 It is so true, once you start taking action, people WILL take notice and comment and share as I am realizing now with my own blog and yes definately a rush from people commenting 🙂

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