1. DaLynn DeWitt
    March 9, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

    Excellent article! Exactly what I needed to read today.

    • Nidia
      March 15, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

      Just what I needed! Thank you, Ruth! I haven’t started yet on a blog. So far, I’m writing a d saving my content. I want to have at least ten good ones before I launch them, and create my official blog. When you mentioned creating content and refinement, and finding voice, it made me feel better about what I’m doing right now. 15 articles are a great number, and attainable, I think! So I’m going to keep on writing, saving, and refining, until I have enough good content to finally start.
      I really didn’t know money could be made through blogging, until I took your FOCUS free webinar in February.
      Right now I really want to focus, abd find the courage to just start!
      Thanks again!

    • Renee Jump
      March 28, 2017 @ 6:48 pm

      Thank you!! Was at a spot just for reading this. Well said and heard! RJ

  2. Maggie
    March 9, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

    I’ve had my blog for about two and a half years (hard to believe!), and I STILL feel like I hardly know anything about blogging, and really overwhelmed. It’s helpful having those things I can skip clearly laid out for me!

  3. Lauren
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

    Ruth-You never cease to amaze me! I seriously think that you were divinely chosen to blog because every time you write one of these posts, it’s as if you’re reading my thoughts and speaking to me only. This very thing is what I struggle with the most. I’ve bought the Ultimate Bundle Genius Bloggers Toolkit, Building a Framework from Abby and watched and read a gazillion other resources, all of which had good advice. I’ve seriously contemplated about also purchasing EBA because of it’s rave reviews, but hesitate to add more information to my brain. I’ve been left feeling overwhelmed to the point that I feel stuck. The analysis-paralysis is real!

    So thank you for taking the time to write this today and for caring about us little fish in the big sea!


  4. Icy at Creative Living Abroad
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:05 pm

    Spot on! Thanks for this Ruth. Blogging can really be overwhelming, and it helps to have someone to remind us newbie bloggers to prioritize and spend our time on things that matter. Xx

  5. Jennifer
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

    I recently ditched a Facebook group for food bloggers I was in because they were all operating at a much higher level than me. Yes, I learned some things from them and I’ll probably rejoin in the future but every time I opened my feed I had major photo envy and frustration with where I am currently in my own photography. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my brain.

  6. NanaPennypockets
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

    I think you’ve hit my problem head on – analysis paralysis. Love that term – so descriptive. I keep having more and more questions the more I read and I’m realizing that many of those questions will get answered if I just get started with the blog and start writing. Thanks so much for a dose of practicality.

  7. Joyce S.
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

    I so related to this post. I created my blog in August of last year and still feel as if I’m at square one. I’ve posted some good content and I’ve had some likes, but no comments with any type of feedback. When I started, I had no idea there was soooo much involved. All I wanted to do was write my posts and communicate with folks and find out what they enjoy as well. But I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a river and the fish just swim right on by. I didn’t realize all the technical stuff behind the scenes and that’s where my dilemma starts and that’s pretty much what is holding me back. Being on a fixed retirement income kinda stops you in your tracks unless you can find help for free. Thank you your post, it really made me think.

  8. Jaye
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:25 pm

    This was really good advice, Ruth. Thanks!

  9. Kristina
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:39 pm

    Thank you for this post, it really helps for beginners like me to focus on really important things!
    After reading a lot of different posts, articles and lists with “How to start a blog” topic, I also came to the thought, that good content is a king right now. This can help me and other new bloggers to find out our voice and focus. Because, when you write, you have to concentrate and also enjoy the process of writing – and this can help to find your topic(s) – what you really like to write about. Why else to start a blog, if you are not going to enjoy the whole process from the beginning, right?

    So content first, everything else later. We beginners just should let the world to wait for the birth of another amazing and valuable blog. 🙂

  10. Rhoda Oba
    March 9, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

    Dear Ruth,
    What an amazing woman you are. Every time I read your post, it feels like taking a glass of chilled water on a very hot summer day. You are an inspiration, and I am writing every day now, the only thing on my way right , is that I am trying to complete a book. (Christian book)
    Abou my book, I would very much appreciate your advice about editing and publishing it. I know for sure that your strategy will only lead to the mountain top and I am willing whole heartedly to climb to that mountain top of blogging.
    I am about to create another website with WordPress.org as you suggested.

  11. Lorna Erickson
    March 9, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    I’ve been blogging for about a year now on WordPress.com. I am not sure how to transition over to WordPress.org like you suggest. I have about 50 blog posts and am on the business plan. I feel like I’m closer to being ready to monetize. I have your book. I am learning something new every day. Not sure what to do next.

  12. Becky
    March 9, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

    Ahh! Yes!
    Halfway through reading this I instinctively took a deep long breath. As a one-week-old blogger, this is exactly what I needed to hear.

  13. Dana Tramba
    March 9, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

    Thanks for the information. I have had my site for about two years, but not many followers and few read my site. But, have found it therapeutic to write. So now will work on the content more, and maybe everything else will fall in place. I was never planning on making money from my site.

  14. Ashley Grubbs
    March 9, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

    PERFECT time to read this. I have 15 days left at my corporate world job. After that I am 100% focused on my organizing business and blog!! My head has been spinning. I got into EBA and plan to start asap! Thanks for EVERYTHING!

  15. Diana
    March 9, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the timely info! I keep reading and reading and getting ideas, it’s time to sit down and write!!

  16. Martika Diaz
    March 9, 2017 @ 7:22 pm

    I have been feeling awful the past 2 days so I haven’t been able to do any work in EBA. My biggest concern was social media because I was afraid I will lose my audience or not have any views or what not. After reading this, I’m not going to worry so much about the social media and really focus on my content. I really want my blog to grow with great content. Thanks for sharing this! It helped a lot and assured me that the only that matters right now it content!

  17. Kirsten
    March 9, 2017 @ 7:41 pm

    As a brand new blogger, this is EXACTLY what I needed to read right now. I’ve felt so overwhelmed with all of the information out there on blogging, and this really helped me cut away al the clutter and refocus on what really counts.

    Always great advice Ruth!

  18. Zoe
    March 9, 2017 @ 8:05 pm

    Ruth I really needed this today. I’m so glad I saw your email. I feel like I’m still in two minds about my site. I love writing and blogging but I’ve also loved loading affiliate products like fashion, books and homewares onto my store. I need to see where to take it. So confusing, but I’m going to not worry so much about making money and do the one I love the most. I think I just need time to figure that out.

  19. Shelly-Ann Smalling
    March 9, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

    Ruth, if I had only found you when I started blogging, I’d be better FOCUSed. If blogging was being taught in a university this article should be the first the students read before they started the course. Thank you for sharing and caring for the minnows and being such an inspiration.

  20. Karen Edwards-Gregory
    March 9, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

    This has been really informative and helpful. I have not started my blog page to date but after reading this article I am learning so much about what to avoid and what to focus on. Blogging has been my dream and I am anixious to start. The point made about ‘learning vs doing’, is of great importance and one that I will be implmenting.

    Thanks for you assistance and guidance.

  21. Jessica
    March 9, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I have spent far too many hours over the last year or so, stressing about every little thing people are telling me I “should” be doing for my blog. So much so, that I barely write any actual content!! 🙁 Today, I will be giving myself permission to forget about monetization, heavy social media, and design: three areas that I’ve gotten completely under water trying to figure out.

    I will go back to the basics and just write! Find my focus and voice and deal with the details later. Thanks again for the reminder and encouragement!!

  22. Sharon Wright
    March 9, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to hear, and understand! I was feeling a little overwhelmed trying to keep up with the comments and posts on FaceBook and found it was taking away from Unit 1 assignments. I started my blog in January of this year and want my writing to be great, so back to the basics for now. Thanks again.

  23. Gabriela Gosse
    March 9, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

    Still feeling overwhelmed and after starting in September with only 2 posts written I’m wondering what my problem is. Thank you for,this informative article about what to prioritise.

  24. Menangsilig S kastai
    March 9, 2017 @ 11:27 pm

    Ruth thank about this but up now don’t know well focus for that and you know use time use money and no supporting such thing program it is good but much better before to learn this it is good supporting money to paying print entent copy

  25. Janie
    March 10, 2017 @ 12:08 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have yet to push that “launch” button because I felt like my theme is just not right. I will make the leap and keep working on my content.

  26. Sharon Kiewitz
    March 10, 2017 @ 12:43 am

    Thank you Ruth it’s two small words, but believe me, I am so grateful right now. I can go forward with a clear head now

  27. Adriana
    March 10, 2017 @ 1:35 am

    I started my first blog back in 2007 and, even though there weren’t as many sources to learn about blogging as there are now (no social media, fewer ways to monetize, etc.), focusing on what was really important was still pretty confusing. Good thing I didn’t start blogging to make money, I only did it because it was “so cool”. Learning about the potential of successful blogging was just the icing on the cake 😀

  28. Jeanette Walker
    March 10, 2017 @ 5:12 am

    Like all the above bloggers, I cannot thank you enough for this email.
    I was in email advice overload when I decided to unsubscribe to all others and just bite the bullet and join with the Elite Blog Academy. That was about a week ago. Apart from being away from home on family matters, I have been signing up with my new website host, and then joining up with a Theme and getting everything up and running. It is amazing how many full-stops I have encountered all through my own computer savvy ignorance. But every-so-often the fog lifts long enough for me to see clearly the light at the end of the tunnel – but I still have to get through the tunnel.
    Overall, what an exciting ride we are on!
    So now back to writing, and a few more hiccups to discover.
    Analysis Paralysis. I think I’ll print that out and hang it on my wall!
    Website not yet on line, but getting closer each day.
    – Jeanette

  29. Helen
    March 10, 2017 @ 7:36 am

    A lot of the advice I’ve had has been to join Facebook blogging groups so I was interested to see you including that as something that can fumble your focus. I think I’m going to take your advice and focus on content for a while, and not get too stressed out over setting up every social media network for my blog. Thanks!

  30. Lois
    March 10, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    Just what I needed to read today. Just starting out and feel like I need to read everything. Just start creating content- makes perfect sense. Thanks

  31. Marie Pierre
    March 10, 2017 @ 11:42 am

    This is so true! I have been trying to create a blog since Christmas but reading all the advice out there was definitely overwhelming. I was pulled one way then the other trying to figure out all the different social medias, product creation, sales funnels, lead pages, advertising and so on, it became so bad that I unsubscribed to any mail that had to do with blogging and business and stopped blogging until I found and read “Blogging for Profit” that I had from a bundle on homemaking I had bought two years ago. I read it and immediately felt better. There is a plan to blogging and no, I don’t have to lose my mind over it. But I was still lacking motivation, so I enrolled in EBA this year and it makes everything so much easier. All the overwhelm is wiped away and all I have to do is concentrate (focus) on just one thing at a time. You have no idea (well, I think you do) how great it is to be able to put aside all that stress and worry. I finally have permission to take time, to think and to refine Every day I progress a little bit, it is slow but I know where I’m going and I know I will get there and all the right bits will be in the right place in time. What peace of mind!

  32. Joelle Byrne
    March 10, 2017 @ 5:23 pm

    Thanks for this one Ruth that’s really helped me! I’ve got Learning coming out of my ears and a to-do list as long as the Nile! It’s exhausting! And as a result it’s led to me procrastinating something chronic and not always being as inspired as I first was. I just need to focus on my proper content, my niche and my people, all 20 of them Thanks again xxx

  33. Sue Shortt
    March 11, 2017 @ 10:27 am

    Very helpful advice, thank you!

  34. Heidi Scheibner
    March 11, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Thank you! This is just what I needed right now.

  35. Elizabeth Langenmayr
    March 13, 2017 @ 10:04 am

    Thank you, Ruth, for sharing! God has been laying it on my heart for almost a year that this is something He wants me to do. I have had that analysis paralysis (I call it stress paralyzed. 😉 )

  36. Robin E.
    March 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

    I am new to blogging but know I have something to say that will benefit my audience. I have been concerned about finding an audience since I have like 2 followers right now and I thought I had to get on all the social medias as that was the only way to find an audience.

    However, I see your point about waiting on social media until I have at least 15 solid blog posts. I don’t have that yet, although I am nearing it. I will make getting more content on my blog my focus.

    There, I set myself a goal. I will complete at least 8 blog posts (to get my total up to at least 15) by the 17th of April. That is two solid blog posts a week, with some flex as we have an upcoming screen-free vacation planned for the first week of April.

  37. Stef Henne
    March 13, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    This is seriously what I needed to hear right now! I started my blog a little over a month ago and only have 2 email subscribers and a handful of Facebook and Instagram followers. It is nice to know that I don’t have to try and do everything all at once – that I just need to focus on the content and that everything else will come in time. Thanks for a great article!

  38. Sierra
    March 14, 2017 @ 12:13 am

    You’re great Ruth and I love this blog 🙂 and I actually like reading the comments after the posts, too. 😛 The audience is kind here and that’s so nice to see. I’ve come across so many blogs where the guests just pick apart the blogger’s post and point out the flaws they see. It’s discouraging to see that!!!
    Aside from that, this article speaks to me. I wanna start a blog. But I haven’t figured out a name yet that will allow me to write about whatever I want and not confuse my audience. I like to be as prepared as possible when going into a situation so I’ve done SO much research about starting a blog. It was a breath of fresh air to read all the things that aren’t important starting out; took a huge load off of my mind!! So now I just need to decide on a name and get to writing about my life from my point of view 🙂

  39. Diana
    March 15, 2017 @ 4:27 am

    Yeah! This is indeed inspirational. I am an aspiring blogger and did not have any idea as to what to do, where to start and what exactly to put together. Now with this I am beginning to see the whole picture. I hope to learn more and be able to pick it up. Big up to you Ruth

  40. Chandra
    March 15, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

    Very helpful, thank you. I was starting to think maybe I needed to worry about… well, all the things you said not to worry about yet! Back to writing I go. 🙂

  41. Amy Patton
    March 28, 2017 @ 6:35 pm

    I’m in assignment two, creating amazing content. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with getting the content out in the right way so that this amazing content isn’t missed. Thank you for both the wisdom and the permission to stop worry about perfect or even right. For letting me know it’s ok not to know where I am going (in 5 years) or to perfectly see how all this content fits into future products. This is my foundation. People will find the amazing content later when I start decorating the house. Right now, I’m going to take a deep breathe and get back to making sure my site has the strongest foundation I can give it.

  42. Renee Jump
    March 28, 2017 @ 6:50 pm

    Thank you!! Was at a spot just for reading this. Well said and heard! Just wondering, do you think this is an over saturated market? RJ

  43. Lindsay @ Let Me Give You Some Advice
    April 14, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

    So helpful! I needed this reminder today and will be bookmarking this to come back to again! This is a helpful visual of what ‘put on your blinders’ looks like!

    • Shalaria LeNoir
      May 3, 2017 @ 8:09 pm

      I personally don’t think blogging is saturated, I do think the amount of bloggers make it harder to advance quickly (unlike 10-15 years ago)

      It’s all about being yourself I think and showing people why you’re unique.

      Then again I’m just going off of what I’ve read. I’ve only been blogging for 3 months.

  44. Shalaria LeNoir
    May 3, 2017 @ 8:06 pm

    Thank you so much!! I’ve literally spent all day reading articles about how to create a successful blog as a new blogger and I really felt like my head was about to explode!

    I’m so glad I can relax now and focus most of my time on creating content and connecting with other bloggers.

    Talk about a weight lifted off my shoulders.