The ONE THING All Bloggers Are Entitled To
Let’s just skip the long intro and get right into it:
All bloggers are entitled to their own opinions.
My Blog – My Opinion – Take It or Leave It
Several years back, I had another blog (it’s long gone), and my tagline was “My blog. My opinion. Take it or leave it.”
While I’m actually glad I killed that blog because it kinda sucked, I do wish I had at least kept that motto front and center in my mind. It would have saved me a lot of headaches. And I would have WAY MORE blog posts on this blog for you guys to read today.
I’m workin on it.
My point is that to make it as a blogger, you have to have the guts to put yourself out there and not worry too much about what everyone else thinks of you and your blog. Because there will always be critics, trolls and haters.
You could be Mother F***ing Teresa and you will still have haters.
It’s not you, it’s them.
And if you let their comments get under your skin, you will start to doubt yourself and will quit blogging.
I’ve done that more times than I can count over the last 10 years. And I wish I didn’t let imposter syndrome and self doubt and insecurity cripple my blogging productivity. But I did. Many times.
Don’t let that happen to you.You could be Mother F***ing Teresa and you will still have haters. It's not you, it's them. - Chris Desatoff Click To Tweet
Your Blog – Your Opinion
You are entitled to your own opinion. And as a blogger, you can write pretty much whatever you want on your own blog. Nobody can take that away from you. It is your platform.*
You don’t have to be an expert to be a blogger.
You don’t have to be nice and only say nice things to be a blogger.
You don’t have to say the same thing everyone else says to be a blogger.
Hell, you don’t even have to be right to be a blogger. Every word that comes out of your mouth could be wrong AF and you can still be a blogger.
It’s just a f***ing blog – you can say what you like.
So if you are a blogger – newbie or otherwise – who struggles to put out content because you think you’re not qualified – forget that nonsense.
You’re just a f***ing blogger – you can say what you like.
It’s okay to share your opinion on your blog.
How to Deal With Criticism as a Blogger
“But what if people think I’m full of crap and criticize me in the comments section?”
- Well, just suck it up and take it.
- Or ignore them completely.
- Or criticize them right back.
- Or follow Wayne Dyer’s advice and just say, “You could be right.”
- Or block them from commenting in the future.
- Or just disable comments entirely.
It’s your f***ing blog – you can do what you like.
“But what if Google won’t send me any traffic because I don’t have any expert credentials?”
- Well, there are at least 151 other ways to get traffic to your blog besides Google.
Try using them.
Your True Audience Is Out There
There’s this line of thinking that, as a blogger, you have to cater to your readers, follow their suggestions and give them what they want.
I agree with this to an extent.
I mean, if people don’t like your blog, they won’t keep reading it or sharing links to it on their blogs and their social media. And if you want to go pro, then you will need a decent amount of readers and supporters to make that happen.
But the flip side to this is that the internet is a VERY BIG PLACE.
And no matter how many visitors to your blog come and go, there are people out there who will like what you have to say and will keep coming back to your blog – once they find it. It’s just a matter of sticking with it long enough for them to find you – or for you to find them.
That’s where networking with other like-minded bloggers comes in, as Ryan Biddulph always points out to “lone wolf” bloggers.
You Entitled Little Blogger You
So if you’re a blogger who struggles to hit that PUBLISH button because of fear of what others think, fear of being good enough, fear of being unqualified to speak about the subject – perish the thought.
You are entitled to your opinion, and as a blogger you are fully entitled to share that opinion on your own damn blog.
So just hit PUBLISH already and get over it.
*Obviously, free speech does have its limits, even here in the United States. For example, you can’t use your blog to harass people or instigate violence against others or promote illegal activities. Do that and you’re bound to get shut down at some point, perhaps by your hosting company or even by law enforcement. But for us regular bloggers who aren’t psychopaths, it’s your blog and you can share your opinions on it.