Blogging is a big world. What a massive learning curve this past couple of months have been. Start a Blog they said, it’s easy they said. When technology isn’t a strong point, I beg to differ. Hopefully, by sharing this journey so far, you may feel inspired to start your own and consequently pick up some tips along the way. This blog is still a work in progress, therefore I will continue to share new information as and when.
Technology stress and blogging
Technology stress is common. People have been known to swear at their computer or even hurl it across the room. This is the extreme, however, it may resonate or sound familiar. Frustration reigns as technology
How to deal with blogging stress
Everyone feels stress at some point. A little bit of stress is normal and natural and gives the impetus to get the job done. If you feel stress levels building at the computer it’s time to take a step back. Switch off your brain as well as the computer. Move away from the screen, do something different
- Read a book or magazine
- Meet a friend for coffee or lunch
- Work out
- Go for a walk in nature
- Do some yoga
- Travel somewhere nice
- Have a reflexology or Reiki session
Do anything that shifts the mindset into a more positive direction. Practice tuning into your mind and body. Learn to listen to signs and symptoms that all is not well. Most importantly take action immediately.
Get to know your blogging stress triggers
Stress triggers are unique for each person. Getting to know what pushes your stress buttons is important for overall wellbeing. In addition, workaholic tendencies or pushing beyond personal limits makes it worse. Subsequently, if
Back to blogging
Let’s get going because you’ve decided to start a blog of your own. Firstly know what you want to blog about. Secondly, make sure it’s a topic you can write about regularly. Most importantly, one you actually love and enjoy. Take time to think this through. Ask yourself what fires you up and gives you joy? What can you write about constantly yet not get fed up? Writing about things you are not passionate about is boring!
Choosing a Blog name
Choose a relevant name. One that stands the test of time. Blogging takes commitment, patience, perseverance and a good chunk of time. A blog name needs to continue to be relevant to the topic. Above all, be clear on the reasons for starting a blog. Many people do it as a hobby, others to make money, and for some, it’s a full-time job. In addition, you’re going to need some spare cash to start. Make sure to choose the right platform. WordPress.org and WordPress.com are different. My personal choice is WordPress.org.
This is where I have spent money so far:
- Hosting for the blog (monthly or yearly)
- Theme (make sure it is responsive and compatible on all devices)
- Site maintenance
Appealing images are an important part of blogging. Lovely free images can be found on Pexels, and Pixabay, among others. Paid images are available on Shutterstock. Using your own images is a great idea.
Images can also be created on:
- Picmonkey offer a free trial
Boredom sets in quickly with many bloggers, therefore they give up quickly. Posting now and again shows inconsistency. Most importantly, write regularly, keep going. Believe in yourself. Don’t give up or get hung up on the length of posts. Remember quality over quantity wins every time. Stay consistent because people are likely to continue to read your posts.
Getting into SEO world
This is a vast subject probably worthy of a separate blog itself. Besides, there are tons of blogs out there full of valuable, useful information. In addition, this is another area that can cause overwhelm and stress because of the sheer amount to learn. The brain absorbs and processes information every second of the day. Learning something new takes repetition. Tune into your mind and body to recognize when overwhelm is on board.
Chunk information down
Chunk information down when learning something new. Set realistic achievable goals and acknowledge small successes along the way. Small wins are just as important as big ones. Mistakes are a normal and natural part of the learning process. So what if you get something wrong. Use the experience to improve and do better next time. Sometimes the best teachers are our last mistakes!
Staying motivated is key to keep your blog alive. Posting every few months, or whenever you feel like it shows you don’t care about it. Why should anyone bother to read or care about your blog if you don’t? High motivation levels and a positive mindset keeps you on track, therefore find out what motivates you? Common motivators are:
- watching TedX speakers
- listening to positive podcasts
- networking with like-minded people
- buddy up with fellow bloggers
- join groups that have an interest in your topic
- create positive affirmations
- self-hypnosis is fabulous
- acknowledge how far you’ve come
Managing your time
Blogging about something you love is incredibly enjoyable. It’s easy to spend a few hours writing, therefore, it goes by in the blink of an eye. We’ve all heard of work, life balance. The same rules apply to
In conclusion, the subject of blogging is huge. It is i
How do you deal with technology stress if relevant for you?
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