How to Avoid the Mental Blocks That Plague Most Bloggers

Blogging mental blocks that plague most bloggers

There’s one thing that all bloggers MUST do to create amazing, inspiring, fulfilling blogs:

They have to keep going.

It may sound simple, but it’s actually really hard to keep blogging and creating week after week, year after year.

That’s because there are so many mental blocks to overcome in the journey of creating something that matters. There’s the feeling that you’re not good enough. There’s the tendency to want to do everything “right.” There’s the ever-present danger of burn-out.

More than anything or anyone else, we bloggers get in our own way of creating a blog that we love and that inspires others.

Here are 6 of the most common blogging mental blocks that will stop you in your tracks, and how you can move past them to create an incredible blog.

1. Imposter Syndrome

What it is:

Imposter Syndrome is the ever-present feeling that you’re not good enough.

It’s that insidious little voice at the back of your head that whispers, No one will care about this, Who are you to write about this? That other blogger is better than you, and other equally damaging things.

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

When you give in to Imposter Syndrome, that gross feeling of unworthiness, you will lose the motivation to blog. You’ll throw out perfectly good post ideas because you’ll (wrongly) decide that what you care about doesn’t matter. And you’ll put a barrier up that prevents your creativity from filtering through.

Symptoms of Imposter Syndrome:

  • You’re constantly comparing yourself to other bloggers and feeling bad about yourself because of it
  • You automatically assume that what you want to blog about isn’t that important
  • You are unwilling to promote your posts because you don’t want to “bother people
  • You feel insecure about sharing your blog with people you know in “real life”

How to move past it:

When negative thoughts emerge, write them down. Ask yourself, “Is this true? How do I know it’s true? What opportunities am I missing out on because I am giving power to this thought?”

You can also write them down and put them in a special place so that you can deal with them later, thereby giving you the space to forget about them right now and do the creative work.

Byron Katie’s book Loving What Is (Affiliate link) is an incredibly powerful resource that helps you move past negative thoughts. If you find yourself struggling with Imposter Syndrome on a regular basis, I highly suggest you read it and learn from it.

2. Perfectionism

What it is:

Perfectionism is when you are so afraid of “getting it wrong” that you read dozens of blog posts on how to do every little thing before you do it.

It’s when you fail to publish your posts because you want them to be perfect before you put them out there.

You may think, Perfectionism is good because it makes people strive to be the best bloggers they can be.

For some people, that is true – as long as their commitment to creating is stronger than their commitment to “getting it right.”

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

If you’re constantly focused on being a “perfect” blogger, you’ll struggle to write blog posts because they will never measure up to your expectations of yourself.

You won’t give yourself the time and space to improve because you’ll expect yourself to be an amazing blogger right from the beginning.

And you’ll experience “education stagnation” – the phenomena of learning at the expense of actually getting things done.

Symptoms of Perfectionism:

  • You go over your blog posts dozens of times before hitting the “Publish” button.
  • You cringe when you read your blog posts because they never measure up.
  • Any time you attempt something new, you get lost in reading tons of blog posts on how to do it right – instead of trusting your own creative impulses.
  • You often hold back from innovating because you’re afraid it won’t work out.

How to overcome it:

Check out this guide from Personal Excellence on how to overcome perfectionism.

The steps include knowing the difference between healthy and neurotic perfectionism, removing the all or nothing mindset, and using your ideals as guides, not absolutes.

3. Trying to do too much

What it is:

Does this sound familiar…?

You’re trying to master Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and LinkedIn all at the same time.

But it’s really hard because you’re also trying to blog 5 times a week and participate in a different link party every day of the week.

On top of that, you’re wondering what you need to do to optimize your blog for SEO and how to install Google Ad Words into your blog – despite the fact that you’re only getting 10 page views per day.

Yeah. You’re trying to do too much.

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

You may think that doing all of these things is helping you build your blog and your audience, but you’re sadly mistaken.

In reality, when you try to do too many things at once, you spread yourself thin and prevent yourself from developing expertise in any one area.

You also run a high risk of burning out – which will keep you from doing the steady work that needs to happen if you want your blog to blossom and grow.

Symptoms that you’re trying to do too much:

  • You come up dry when you try to think of things to write about because your creative well has already dried up
  • You spend hours on social media, with a little voice in the back of your mind asking you, “Why am I doing this again?”
  • You feel like you’re expending a ton of energy and not getting anywhere

How to move past it:

Stop. Write down everything you’re doing to grow your blog and why you are doing it.

For anything you write down that you can’t come up with a “why,” force yourself to stop. Just for now. You can come back to it later if you want.

Start with one social media platform and only add others once you’ve mastered it.

Cut down on writing. Once or twice a week is enough. Really.

If there are things you need to do for your blog but don’t enjoy, outsource them to technology or people.

4. Stats addiction

What it is:

Stats addiction is the unquenchable desire to check and refresh your blog stats all. The. Time.

Under the table when you’re eating dinner with friends. While you’re walking your dog. In between helping your kids with their math assignments.

And you’re not checking them for any strategic purpose, but just to reassure yourself that people like you and your blog.

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

Every minute you spend checking your stats is a minute you could be doing something creative or giving yourself a rejuvenating break from blogging.

When you obsessively check your stats, you are doing it because you feel like you need external “proof” that what you’re doing matters. And you don’t have control over them – not really. So instead of focusing on what you can do for your blog, you are putting your energy into something you can’t really do much about.

Symptoms of Stats Addiction:

  • Your number of page views affects how you feel about yourself
  • You refresh Google Analytics multiple times each day
  • Sometimes your need to check your stats gets in the way of being present in the moment – or being creative.

How to move past it:

Instead of worrying about your stats, focus on what you can control – which is how you spend your time.

Whenever you find yourself checking your stats over and over again, ask yourself, Why am I doing this? Is it to prove I’m worthy? If the answer is yes, get on the phone with a friend instead. Or meditate. Or do something you love.

Remind yourself that you ARE worthy, regardless of your stats.

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5. Wanting it all NOW

What it is:

It’s the feeling that you’re not successful unless you grow your blog FAST. It’s the insistent voice in your head that tells you that you need to make income from your blog in the next month to make it worth it to keep going.

It’s focusing on how your blog is doing today, rather than looking at longterm goals.

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

When you pressure yourself to grow faster, you lose out on the opportunity to build relationships with the people you want to serve, which is something that only comes with time.

You waste time, money and energy on activities that don’t serve you or your blog, because you think they’ll result in instant growth.

You’ll forget to celebrate the small wins, and instead feel an insistent sense of impatience and dissatisfaction, neither of which are good for creativity.

Symptoms of “Are We There Yet” Syndrome:

  • You compare yourself to other bloggers who have found success faster than you have and think “Why isn’t that me?”
  • You give yourself unrealistic deadlines for achieving blogging milestones, and then you feel bad when you come up short
  • You spend money on courses that promise to make you an overnight success, only to feel bitterly disappointed when they don’t work

How to move past it:

Celebrate the small wins. One tweet, one blog comment, even writing one blog post is a win. Don’t forget to acknowledge your growth – no matter how slow it feels.

Have conversations with other bloggers about how long it’s taken them to grow their audience and make money from their blogs. When you hear what is realistic, you’ll stop pressuring yourself.

Don’t jump into blogging expecting to be an overnight success. If you have a day job, keep it until you’re making steady income from your blog.

6. Fear of investing

What it is:

Do you avoid spending money on your blog at all costs? You have a free domain, a free theme, a free…well, everything.

You don’t know if you’re going to make a profit from your blog, so you avoid investing in it. You tell yourself, I’ll invest once I’m making money.

How it will stop you from creating the blog you want:

Not investing in your blog isn’t just being frugal – it’s keeping you from growing.

When you invest in (the right) courses, you learn much quicker than by piecing together advice from many different bloggers by reading free blog posts.

When you invest in a self hosted WordPress site or in a Squarespace site, you come out with a much more professional looking and versatile website.

When you invest in a VA or in software that does mundane tasks for you, you free yourself up to create more and do more of the work that will actually grow your blog.

Symptoms of Extreme Blogging Frugality:

  • You want to invest in your blog, but you don’t feel like you can because you’re not making money yet.
  • You spend a ton of time figuring everything out instead of investing a little bit of money to pay for coaching or courses.
  • You use the free version of everything and won’t upgrade even though you know it will probably make your life a lot easier.

How to move past it:

Make a budget for your blog, and then invest in things that will help you meet your goals.

Blogging mental blocks that plague most bloggers

Do you suffer from any of these mental blocks?

(If you don’t, what’s your secret?)

But seriously, all bloggers will battle with these at some point or another. The important thing is to get back up and keep going.

If you’ve experienced any of these, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

  • Super post. I really need this right about now. After a year of blogging part-time, I’m STILL tackling each of the blocks you’ve covered. Really appreciate your great suggestions for tackling them. I’ll be prioritizing them one by one. All the best to you, Daniela. Great content on your site.

  • Amber

    Love this – I’m prone to several of these. Great tips for overcoming them!

  • Mark Newsome

    Excellent advice and so incredibly real Daniela!

    And yes, it floods my mind with some not too
    long ago memories!LOL!

    And while I can certainly appreciate and relate to all six of
    your six potential mental blocks, # 3 & 5, just say it all for me!

    Thanks for giving us a much needed reality check!

  • Boon Ong

    So true…. I had past those feeling and try to do whatever I can instead of hoping either of those you mention will appear. Glad that I am in your community so I can share my blog post with so many people.

  • heidi williams

    So good and so true. I see so many people obsessing about numbers and I have even done that myself. It’s drains the ener gy. I think I have dealt with all of these issues at one time or another. I have been at it for almost a year and I am just starting to funnel money into it. Great post.

  • Fabiola Rodriguez Licona

    #3 was totally me and it really burned me out. It was awful! I couldn’t even write because I felt so burned out. I just had to take a break from everything. Now, I’m just starting to get back on track on my own terms. I write as much as I can, without pushing myself to the point that it feels like a chore. I also only focus on the social media sites that actually bring traffic to my blog. The best part is that I don’t feel burned out anymore, and my traffic has actually increased! It’s incredible how much you can do when you don’t spread yourself out too thin.

  • How about #7: Laziness. Lol. But aside from a lack of motivation, I’ve definitely suffered from the imposter syndrome. I think I’m mostly over it at this point, just need to commit to writing regularly. Also just want to say that I think your blog is awesome and I’m totally drinking your Kool-aid.