C U R R E N T L Y Blogging || 7 Common Excuses of the Beginner Blogger

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

As an influencer + creative consultant, I've heard my fair share of reasons why bloggers won't push start in their creative space. Even though I've been consistently back in the game since 2016, it's not my first blogging rodeo since I began back in 2012. + trust me, when it comes to anything that may be holding you back, I've been there + pushed through it at some point along my blogging journey. Today on C U R R E N T L Y Kherington, I'm sharing 7 common excuses of the beginner blogger {read: EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US} + how you can cut that noise + keep doin' you!

C U R R E N T Excuse | "I don't have a camera or anyone to take my pictures."
C U R R E N T Response | "Girl you betta use that phone + stop playing!"
What if I told you that my content was only iPhone pictures taken by my husband for the first year and half after I started blogging. True story. + it's probably the same story of every single blogger you love and respect. Michelle Take Aim has 471k followers + only uses iPhone images on Instagram. Right now my images are 50/50 {phone/photographer}, anything that I'm featuring in the moment is usually from my phone. My entire Traverse City travel series were phone pics taken by myself or my #instagramhusband. Another influencer I love is Naty Michele, while her mom shoots a lot of her content she also asks complete strangers to snap her photo while traveling + for everyday #ootd's. The point is - work with what you got and go from there. I'm a little over two years into the blog game, + I am JUST now considering buying a camera out of convenience, wanting to experiment with video, + saving my battery life! In the beginning, it may be more practical to only hire a photographer for sponsored content. At the end of the day, if your audience and brands already like what you're C U R R E N T L Y doing...well if it ain't broke don't fix it!

C U R R E N T Excuse | "I'm not a good writer."
C U R R E N T Response | "Do you read captions?"
When it comes to your writing style, it's not necessarily about the writing, but moreso about finding your voice + being you. I also ask if you read captions because that will help you to decide how to go about your written content. If that's not important to you + you're moreso blogging for the visuals, keep your content short + witty. Drake quotes are ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. Not to mention, video is the future + that just may be your strong suit.

C U R R E N T Excuse | "I'm not comfortable in front of the camera."
This is something I learned QUICKLY {shoutout to Majoring in Motherhood}+ pretty much have to tell myself every day. I have also learned that true growth within your brand comes from stepping outside of your comfort zone. PLUS, your audience wants to see YOU, so find creative ways to give the people what they want! I know it feels awkward taking photos at a restaurant or in a busy street with people watching you, but like anything else it takes time, practice, + becomes second nature. You'll eventually find yourself standing on chairs to get the food shot, asking a waiter to take your photo, + standing in the middle of traffic with ZERO shame. If you're still not 100 when it comes to shooting yourself, you could always add mystery to your brand by only shooting clothing or whatever your niche is centered around. That way when you do make an appearance it gives your audience something to get excited about. + trust me, they will be excited to see your face!

C U R R E N T Excuse | "Blogging is SO saturated! How will I even stand out?"
C U R R E N T Response | "When Burger King opened up down the street, McDonalds didn't close up shop!" - c/o Jereshia Hawk
For the record I love McDonalds fries with no salt + their milkshakes, but I also will crave a Whopper with all of the onions from time to time. Also, newsflash - EVERY SINGLE INDUSTRY IS O V E R S A T U R A T E D ! Think of businesses or even celebrities that co-exist, but still killin' the game - Cardi B + Nicki Minaj, Apple + Android, Trader Joe's + Whole Foods, Target +...well Target has no competition in my eyes, but you get the point. At the end of the day there is something for EVERYONE + there is an audience just waiting to hear what you have to say, no matter how big or small it may seem. When you nail down your area of influencer + authority, you will stand out every single time!

C U R R E N T Excuse | "There's no where to shoot where I live."
C U R R E N T Response | "Beyoncé shot for Vogue Magazine in a flower crown in front of a bed sheet + people lost their minds."
I'm sorry, but when I hear this excuse I refuse to believe it! Maybe it's because I live in Grand Rapids where murals pop up weekly + there's never a brick wall shortage. Do you know how many influencers started by shooting mirror selfies or how many of your favorites shoot self timed photos inside of studios or in front of their garage? When it comes to shooting content, you don't have to be on team doin' TEW much! Take a day + drive around your city, take a pic of buildings or areas that inspire you or make mental notes or even digital notes of where you want to shoot in the future.

C U R R E N T Excuse | "I don't know anyone else in the industry."
C U R R E N T Response | "Trust me...you know someone!"
+ even if you feel like you don't know anyone, the digital world is YOUR OYSTER! You will find once you start blogging + commit to that Instagram account, it doesn't take long for local creatives to slide in your DM's + introduce themselves. Or maybe you will find yourself doing the same. Is there someone locally that you already follow that you could connect with? Are there events that you could attend (even alone...YES I SAID ALONE - it's better + will force you to talk to people) to meet others within your community/industry? Think about where you shop, eat, chill on a regular basis - the owners KNOW YOU! + if you REALLY want to put yourself out there, host an event in your city!

C U R R E N T Excuse | "I need everything to be perfect...then I'll launch."
C U R R E N T Response | "Why?"
It may be because I'm almost 30 + I feel like I'm at a crossroads in my life {think Britney Spears movie style}, but I have learned that there is never a perfect or ideal time for anything. I actually find myself stumbling upon my best ideas when everything is COMPLETE CHAOS in my life. I'm also a firm believer in if you really want to do something, you will make time + do it...no matter what. When it comes to launching your blog, it honestly can't be perfect. You won't truly know what works, what your audience responds to, or even what direction your brand will even go until you start. When I started *AGAIN* I thought my blog was going to just be about me + BQ's fashion. That lasted for about 6 months because shooting a baby/toddler is h a r d w o r k. Also, it wasn't until I pulled back the layer on mom life {here} that I realized I was better suited for a lifestyle lane + C U R R E N T L Y Kherington was born 8 months later. Think about influencers that you love to follow, they didn't start with a clothing line or book tour or creative agency, that happened o v e r t i m e, all because at some point they decided to JUST START!

So tell me, what excuse has been holding you back from living your best blogging life? Share something you've had to overcome to start your blogging journey in the comments.

For those of you who are already planning to start blogging or step up your blog game in 2019, these next couple of sentences are for you! I am C U R R E N T L Y accepting new clients for Quarter One {January - March} of the new year! Whether you are a l m o s t ready to hit launch + want to pick my brain before you begin or want to get all of your content out of the idea space + into the planning phase {read: on paper + an editorial calendar}, I'm ready to help you gain momentum + move forward with confidence and intention! Head to my services page {here} to book your complimentary 15 minute CREATIVE call with me + to learn more about which C U R R E N T Creative service is the best fit for you.

If you're looking for accountability + content c o n s i s t e n c y, I'm inviting you to join my C U R R E N T L Y Consistent Facebook group. That's where we share our wins, losses, + "what am I even doing" moments! Click here, to join a digital community of creatives who are ready to cheer you on every step of the way!

Previously on C U R R E N T L Y Kherington || What Balancing Life as a Working Mom Has Taught Me
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  1. This post is perfection. And so necessary. Very close to something I've been working on. I need you apart of it. GREAT GREAT PHOTOS!

    1. Telly!!!! I love you! Thank you so much for stopping by + reading this. I am so happy that it was helpful + already in line with something you are planning too! You know I'm always down to *FINALLY* work together.

  2. This is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you! -Lise

  3. Awww! Thank you for reading and commenting! I am so happy that this post resonated with you. Sometimes we just need to get out of our own heads and just do it! :)