The hardest part of blogging is self-promotion

Posted October 5, 2015 by Paula in Blogging / 3 Comments

The hardest part of blogging is self-promotion

I love writing for my blog. I love designing my blog, and tinkering with the layout. I love finding new plugins to improve the functionality of my blog. Those things are easy! For me, the hardest part of blogging is self-promotion.

There’s something about it that just feels, I don’t know … icky.

I don’t know why it feels that way. At work, I have no problem promoting myself. When it comes to interviews and my yearly evaluation, I can talk about my strengths. I know what I do well. I go after what I want.

But promoting my blog. Makes me feel weird.

Maybe I’m not as confident about my writing, as I am about my job in retail?

I do admit that that is a part of it. All writer’s have doubt.

But I think the biggest issue is my inherent shyness.

Self-promotion requires getting out there. I’m all about the staying here.

But I can’t do that anymore. It’s discouraging to write, and receive little feedback. It does make me question if my writing sucks. But then I read all these other blogs that talk about what they do to promote their work. And I know that that is where I am failing.

I also know that even the big bloggers are seeing a decline in their comments. Because it’s not just about comments anymore. It’s about Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

And I need to get out there. I need to participate in the blogosphere. I can’t keep hiding and expect it to come to me. Blogging, and well life, doesn’t work that way.

Do you find it hard to promote yourself and your blog? How do you deal with it? What are your tips on self-promotion? What is the hardest part of blogging for you? Let me know in the comments!

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3 responses to “The hardest part of blogging is self-promotion

  1. Self-promotion is hard and doesn’t come easy for many of us. That said, I think the blogging world has also changed significantly in the 10 years I’ve been doing this. There is just so much of everything now and the attention span is shrinking and it’s hard to know if anyone is reading anything anymore. Sometimes I think we’re all just sharing the same posts/news articles/pieces over and over. It’s crazy. That’s why I think it’s so important to figure out what you want out of it all and find a way to be happy with the process.

    • Thank you Vicki! Reading Big Magic has helped me with this a lot. It helped me realize that what I want most from my blog is a creative outlet. I want to write even if no one reads it but my boyfriend and Mom. lol Though it is wonderful to connect with others who love to write too! 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

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