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For the last few weeks I have been working on a new website in a niche I’m passionate about, but one that is focused on a different type of content than I’m used to creating. It’s started to make me feel pretty nervous, uncomfortable, and frankly that I’ll never be “good enough” to succeed. Who else ever feels that way in online business?
The niche I’m moving into is very heavily focused on photography. Although I have an interest in photography, I am very much a beginner. Looking around at all the blogs in similar niches to mine, I started to feel very frustrated and like mine would just look awful in comparison!
Side note, I most definitely did not take the photo I’m using for this post 😉
The same applies to all other types of content online: blog posts, eBooks, videos, podcasts and so on.
I haven’t even started my new website (which is why I’m not ready to share it) and yet I am already feeling down about it and ready to give up on the idea!
But then I remembered I did feel this way when I first starting writing online, it’s just that enough time has passed – and enough words have been written – for me to forget about it.
And the truth is that I’m far from perfect. There’s always more to learn, and I’ve neglected this particular blog for way too long. But has that held me back from running a very successful business? No it hasn’t! In fact, I’ve now been making a living online for 8.5 years, so it can’t be that bad!
This has become a bit of a rambling post, but here are the key things to remember:
- You’re never going to get “good” unless you practice.
- Even “not good enough” is still good if it means you get to share your knowledge, experience or ideas with people who will find them useful, entertaining or inspirational.
- Those perfect blogs you’re comparing yourself to? They probably weren’t that great when they started either, but it didn’t hold them back!
- Just start – stop coming up with excuses.
This post was really a pep talk for myself, but I hope you get something from it too!
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been making excuses or, on the flip side, let me know how you’ve improved after “just starting”!