***Little back story – I wrote this before I had a self hosted site (over a year ago). I wanted to share my struggles with starting a blog and figuring out all the logistics to it and boy did(do) I struggle.***
This might not seem like a big deal to you but it is to me, so I’m writing about it because it’s my blog and I want to be transparent about my journey. Why is it so hard to just pull the trigger sometimes? Well, let me back up a bit.
If you’re reading this you probably know that I’m in the process of trying to start a blog on a self-hosted site. I’ve enjoyed using the free version to get started but I want my blog to grow. In order to do that I need to have my own web site, not something that ends with wordpress.com. I have nothing against them. I just want to sound a bit more official.
So, this leads me to my current situation. I am embarrassed to admit it has taken me over a YEAR to buy my own site, but I’m proud to also admit that I have finally done it. Yay me! Now I need to do something with it!
That leads me to my next situation or hold up. I need to buy a blog theme that is going to represent my page. There are many problems within this situation…
One, I am not tech savvy at all! So, the terms used on a web site are totally confusing to me. For example; widgets, pages, categories, and so on. I can change some titles but I don’t know how to actually put something on it. The whole thing makes me feel like an idiot.
Two, it’s such a big commitment. What if I buy a theme and then find out I don’t like how it looks. What then? So, instead of just pulling the trigger and making up my mind. I wait and ponder and stall. It’s been two weeks now. I know I need to just do it and move on.
Three, money…ahh, money! Such a necessary evil. Now that I’m a stay at home mom or full time mom money is pretty tight. So, I want to make sure I really love something before I commit to it. In fact I’m actually writing this right now instead of just making a commitment and buying a theme.
Like I mentioned in a previous blog having a successful blog that people actually read and relate to is a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious, goal) for me. I’m pretty sure that’s why getting all the pieces in place are so daunting. Once everything is done then I’ll need to share it with the world. What if they don’t approve? Oh man, that’s a whole other blog.
***Update Now as of October 2017***
As I re-read this, the thing that stands out to me the most is how I have a habit of waiting to do something before everything is perfect. Since then I’ve learned that if I wait for perfection I’ll never do anything!! Cuz news flash folks, I ain’t perfect, so nothing I do will be that way.
My blog has been public for a little over six months. It’s definitely not perfect but like all things in life, it’s a work in progress. I am further now than I was then. At least I know what a widget (haha).
But, I wanted to share this to say that we all start somewhere and NO ONE is perfect. That person that you are comparing yourself to right now once had a beginning. They didn’t just wake up to awesomeness. It took one imperfect step at a time to get there. I bet money that they are comparing themselves to someone they deem as perfect too.
I do believe it’s important to strive for excellence and not perfection. I’ve also found that surrounding yourself with people that have done what you want to do and done it well, is key. Find people who you respect and want to learn from and it will help your progress.
A huge game changer in my blogging journey was when I found Suzie from Start a Mom Blog. She is a genuine voice in the midst of blogging confusion. It’s hard to know who to trust when you’re looking for guidance, but after much research I can honestly say I totally trust her. That’s why I decided to take her class, Blog By Number.
I wish I would have found it when I was originally writing this post (over a year ago). Blog By Number literally walks you through the steps to creating, starting, growing and making money blogging. She gives great ideas on what to write about, ways to make Pinterest work for you and my favorite encouragement!
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But, if you’re not ready to spend $47 dollars yet. Which, I totally get. It took me a couple of weeks to finally commit to it. Here is a FREE First Month Blog Plan by Suzi. This way you can get a feel for what she is about a little more for yourself.
Wherever you are in your journey and whatever your BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) is I hope this serves as encouragement. Remember, everyone started somewhere(and it wasn’t pretty for them either), no one is perfect and most importantly…you are not alone!!
I’m cheering you on in whatever you are working towards!! Go get ’em mama!