Overcoming Publish Anxiety

You know what it feels like.  You’ve spent hours crafting the perfect post for your blog and you go to push that little blue button and wham-o!  Fear hits you like a ton of bricks.

You run and hide in the corner while crying and possibly wetting yourself.  Well, maybe you don’t suffer from it as badly as I do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from a few things I’ve learned to overcome that publish anxiety.

Anxiety (noun) – Distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

The first thing to understand is why we suffer from publish anxiety.  Luckily, it’s not very depressing.  The reasons behind these emotions stem from our desire to have our content go over well with our readers.  We want them to like it.  Maybe we want it to get approved as a guest post.  Maybe our income depends on it.  We all know our blogs thrive on brilliant content.  No wonder we feel anxious!

Causes and Treatment Options

Blog Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

The sneakiest of all the underlying causes of publish anxiety!  These careless mistakes at their best can make us feel dumb and at their worst can result in being flamed by trolls.

Luckily there are some treatment options available.  First, use a browser that can spell check while you type – like Firefox or Chrome.  On top of this, add to it the spell check options in most WordPress post editors and even run a copy through a word processing program.  These can pick up the big spelling mistakes and many grammar errors now too.

To catch the smaller errors you can read your post out loud.  Also, try reading it one word at a time backwards.  You’ll find typos-a-plenty that way.  If you want to go the extra mile, have someone else proofread your post as well.

Is My Content Good Enough-itis?

The most common symptom of honest bloggers.  We genuinely want people to like our content.  So how do we stop over analyzing our quality and accept our writing as good enough?  First we have to trust that we’ve learned what it takes to write great content.  If you aren’t sure you know enough, check out these “Secrets to Create That Must Read Blog Post” or “5 Tips for Writing a Post People will Read.”  You can also read these great articles on writing epically and conquering fear  for inspiration.

Know that your content probably won’t be “good enough” on your first try.  Even the pros struggle to make their content better.  That’s how they became the pros!  All you need to overcome this symptom of publish anxiety is to have the mindset for constant improvement.  Remember, in blogging you always have a second chance.  If something doesn’t go over as well as you’d hoped, only you can keep yourself from trying again.  Ask for feedback wherever you can.  Never forget that you have something important to say!

The Prognosis

Experiencing a degree of publish anxiety is perfectly normal.  As you experience successes, your confidence will grow and you won’t suffer as often.  Feeling nervous about these things is healthy!  It means that you care about your work and that you genuinely want it to influence people. It will keep you from publishing garbage.

There are things you can do to speed up the recovery process.  Write as often as possible!  Seek out challenges that push you out of your comfort zone.  And most of all, never give up.  Persistence is the cure to publish anxiety and it’s within reach for you too.

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