At the very first moment, After clicking the "Publish" button you feel pure joy. You made it! Finally, you left your first stamp on the online world. Now there is a little piece of you in the sea of the internet, one you can call your own. It wasn't easy and you had to put a lot of energy to put all your million different thoughts into words, that will somehow make sense. And then, after writing it all down, you probably went over it again and again, correcting all those little mistakes and inaccuracies, making sure everybody can understand what the hell you are talking about. Pleased with yourself you posted your fresh new blog post on to every social media your mind can come up with and invited everyone on your friend list to like it.
But after this moment had passed, you suddenly start feeling strange. The happy feeling starts fading away, and instead you start thinking about what you just did and you get anxious and scared. What will people say? What will they think of you? Will they like your blog post? Hate it? Share it?
What should you do now?
To help you overcome those negative thoughts, I put together a list of negative emotions that can come up and how to get them out of your system:
Fear. Exposing yourself to the world can be very scary. It is inevitable that your friends, family and people you forgot on your friend list might see your post. You can't control who will see it and how will they react, so instead of focusing on what you can't do, try focusing on what you can.
The most important thing is that you have to stand behind your words. You must truly believe in what you wrote, and be ready to answer some questions about it. Make a list of the people whom reaction to reading your blog post frightens you the most (for example if you write about why people should leave their work, your boss reading this might get awkward) and think about what you are going to tell them if they approach you. Getting it all out will make you more confident in your content and much less scared.
Anxiety. Just like when you start dating someone new, you will find that after you posted your first blog post you became seriously obsessed with your digital media. Going to the toilet with your phone, eating in front of the computer and jumping every time you hear something that resembles an incoming message sound are just a few of the symptoms you might notice. Of course, it is natural that you would want to see that people are reading your blog post and interacting with it, but thinking about it all the time is probably not good for you.
Although easier said than done, decide on an hour of your day in which you dedicate to promoting your blog and answering comments and stick to it. On the rest of the time – keep yourself busy with something else like traveling or writing your next blog post. Soon enough writing posts on your blog will become a routine, and you won't get so anxious with every post.
Frustration. Getting a loyal group of readers takes time and effort. It doesn't happen over a night. Sometimes it takes weeks, and sometimes it takes years. Seeing those low traffic numbers on your first blog post might be frustrating, but don't expect thousands of people to rush out and read your posts right away.
You will have to work very hard in order to get to those people who will read and appreciate your blog. You will have to post it in groups and forums, talk about it on social events, ask your friends to share it and more. The most important thing is that you keep going. Post your articles regularly and send your emails as scheduled. Eventually, you will get there.
In the end, it's worth it
Overcoming the fears of your first blog posts is a process. To some, it may be easier than to others. But what comes after that makes it worthwhile. Think of the reason you started this in the first place. Did you want to tell your story? Did you want to help other people with a topic you know best about? Did you want to make money giving your audience something they might need? Remind yourself of that reason every time a negative thought comes up, and you will stay focused on your goal.