Journal is powered by Vocal.
Vocal is a platform that provides storytelling tools and engaged communities for writers, musicians, filmmakers, podcasters, and other creators to get discovered and fund their creativity.
How does Vocal work?
Creators share their stories on Vocal’s communities. In return, creators earn money when they are tipped and when their stories are read.
How do I join Vocal?
Vocal welcomes creators of all shapes and sizes. Join for free and start creating.
To learn more about Vocal, visit our resources.Show less
1. You don't have the ideas.
It’s pretty common knowledge that to write you need an idea. Although perhaps kind of rare in this day and age, people do run out of ideas. Where do ideas come from, anyway? It’s not like you wake up each morning and “poof” a list of ideas worth blogging just appears in front of you.
You don’t want just any idea. As a person who values creativity and individuality, you need to be able to trust these ideas to start acting on them. Ideas only will come to you if you are prepared for them. If you’ve been paying attention, you will find ideas are all around – what you can see, smell, hear, and touch. These are all sources of ideas.
It takes curiosity and effort, as well as a touch of serendipity to be exposed to an idea. Just a blog post idea is not going to cut it. You need to list a considerable amount of ideas before you can confidently start out a blog.
2. You don’t have a blogging plan.
It’s hard to come up with a plan, because there’s just so many things to consider. What niche are you going to be writing about? What are you passionate about? What is your main expertise? Are you passionate enough to write about these same topics again and again and in different formats?
It’s just like creating a business plan. And a business is usually the reason why people start a blog in the first place. It’s to help increase brand awareness and improve sales. But you, you don’t even have a business yet, so how are you going to come up with a blogging plan on your own?
3. You are broke.
Even if you are going to take advantage of the free themes, you’ll need to pay for many things to get your blog set up. And then you’ll need to come up with some amount of money to invest in maintaining it. You’ll need to pay for the hosting, logo design, social media accounts, and other additional services you will need along the way.
Some senior writers will tell you that the best way to get started is to just get started. This is of course true, but if you are going to dedicate all your time on that one blogging project, you will need to have enough money set aside to cover your living cost. At least until the blog starts generating you passive income. And when is that?
The answer varies. But just to be on the safe side, you will need to be able to support yourself for the first year. During that first year, you’ll be doing the same thing over and over again, and for 10 to 20 hours a week just for the blogging. So you will definitely need to find a day job or a secondary source of income to help get you through the first 12 months.
4. You suck at time management.
Many of us struggle with the idea of managing our time. Everyone fails at some point. Some people are super smart, but even they tripped on time management. There’s just no getting around this issue.
You’ve learned the warning signs far too well. Failing to keep a to-do list, not setting personal goals, not prioritizing the urgent from the important, unable to keep off the distractions, and finally, procrastination. Not being able to say “no” to people is also going to be an issue for your new blog, because saying yes to a lot of things is just going to take up too much of your time.
I’ve got no remedy for this, as I too am blessed with a somewhat strange sense of time. But I notice that this topic is generating a lot of interest and discussions online. It seems to be one of the reasons why people blog in the first place: to better manage their time online.
5. You’re unemployed.
Yikes, that’s no fun. But it happens to many of us. A recent series of research reported by Bloomberg shows that the average Millennial struggle to get jobs. Those aged between 25 and 34 are lagging behind when it comes to the job market. It seems that “jobless” has become one of the key traits of this generation.
We are struggling with debts, and we’re missing out on job opportunities. Meanwhile, to get your own blogging platform going you will need to support yourself and put some extra money into things like domain and maintenance. This is not an ideal situation to be in when you're out of job.
6. You don’t know how to network.
Introvert or not, networking is still something you have to do. Many who struggle with networking think they can’t network if their life depended on it. Our social media landscape don’t make things any easier either. We’re lacking the real engagement and rely on pseudo likes by people we don’t know and who will probably do nothing to help us move forward in our career.
Most often we just don’t know how to start, what to say, or what to ask from other people. We’re easily uncomfortable networking with people online because these new connections are practically strangers to us. It’s not just a fear of rejection. We are also cautious of the social harm and potential dangers these interactions may bring us.
7. You don't know how to have an opinion.
Having an opinion doesn’t come naturally to all of us. In many cultures, people can’t even agree on facts, let alone drawing a reasonable conclusion from them. When people do develop an opinion about something, it is usually within the constraints of education, a requirement of a job, or for purposes other than personal gratifications. Facts, opinions, and beliefs—people get these mixed up all the time. The idea of having to share your own opinion about something important can come off as unnecessarily intimidating.
I've compiled these seven reasons as part of my exhaustive list of reasons why you're not an influencer blogger yet. It is based off of what other bloggers have discussed about and my own findings on the internet. I'd like to learn about yours, too.