Written By Ryan Biddulph
Nothing feels worse than self-sabotaging.
You may feel powerless enough when circumstances appear to level you, blogging-wise. A Google algorithm update. The white screen of death.
But when your inner blogging critic destroys your blog this is the most frustrating, devastating, horrible condition that leads to all types of blogging failures.
Examples; “I am a terrible writer”, “I will never make money through my blog”, “Nobody cares what I have to say” and the laundry list of blogging self-criticism can go on forever.Ryan
Today I want to turn your blogging pain into blogging pleasure. I want to convert your inner blogging critic into an enthusiastic blogging cheerleader. I have tackled many of these fears and want to help you do the same.
Silencing your inner blogging critic makes you prolific, inspired and quite prospering too. It gets easier to increase your blogging traffic and income when that agitating little blogging devil isn’t sitting on your shoulder, telling you what you cannot do.
Follow these 4 tips to silence your inner blogging critic.
1 Blog Predominantly for Fun
You want to make money through blogging. Like me. We all do. But getting too attached to outcomes like making money or driving traffic moves you into a miserable, judgmental blogging space. A space where your inner critic raises Cain in your silly mind.
Blog mainly for fun. Blog your passion. If blogging is mainly about having fun then the inner critic will not appear as frequently. All harsh judgments and wicked self-indictments about the quality of your writing or effectiveness of your monetization campaign dissolve into the ethers if blogging is mainly about having fun.
When you’re having fun you get lost in the fun. No time to criticize your work.
When you blog mainly to get money or to make a living that tense, lower energy coursing through your veins (I NEED TO make this work!) goads you to judge harshly, to criticize, to critique and to run yourself down.
Blog for the joy of blogging. Blog with love. Silence your inner critic.
2: Write 500 Words Daily for Practice Only
Write 500 words daily. For practice. Keep your inner critic at bay.
Some aspiring bloggers eviscerate every line of their work, sometimes on a word by word basis. This habit fuels your biggest blogging struggles.
Writing 500 words daily helps you find your writing voice. Which helps to shut up the inner critic. Everything is good enough if you are writing from your heart. Writing from your heart is just writing in your voice.
Open a Word document. Write 500 words about your niche. Trash the document. This habit detaches you some from your writing, helping you criticize your work less and less.
3: Meditate Daily To Release Your Inner Blogging Critic
I am no Biddulph Buddha but meditating daily helped me face, embrace and largely release my inner blogging critic.
Meditating expands your awareness. Expanding your awareness helps you hear and feel the nasty memes you poison yourself with.
By identifying these memes you can move in the direction of what you most fear, helping you silence some of these inner critics for good.
For years I told myself I was not a skilled enough writer to submit guest posts to other blogs. 500 plus guest posts later, here I am. I became aware of the critic, felt the pain of slamming myself energetically, and wrote the guest posts. After submitting a few and getting the posts placed I pretty much conquered the fear of guest posting and its related inner criticism.
4: Surround Yourself with Loving Blogging Buddies
My blogging buddies pick me up during down times.
You are human. So you will be hard on yourself. But if you try flying solo blogging-wise these inner criticisms can drive you mad. Like someone sitting alone in an empty room, talking to themselves, the harsh self-criticism echoes and you feel like crap.
Friends can be sounding boards. Friends lift you up. Friends help you to learn how to defeat your critical tendencies so you can feel better about yourself and succeed with your blog.
My biggest blogging struggles were rooted in nasty self-criticisms. My greatest blogging victories usually came to me in advice offered by a blogging buddy, said advice completely destroyed my self-critical tendencies in that area, which led to massive growth.
What tips can you add to this list?
Are you beating yourself up blogging-wise?
Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
Many thanks to Ryan, one of my all-time favorite bloggers, for writing this post. I reckon I’m my own worst critic. Sue