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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Hard Truth about Blogging

Well hey there! Long time no see, my friends. At least it feels like a long time to me....it's really not, most of you probably hadn't even noticed. 


You know what I've noticed though? Other than the fact that this adorable picture of my dog has absolutely nothing to do with what I'm writing about. I've lost my blogging mojo. You've probably started noticing it too (I've mentioned it a few times here this past month or so). This week I've come to this little corner of the internet I call mine, started a new post and.....just stared at the blank screen. It's not for lack of ideas for posts. Nope, my blog planner has a full month of post ideas written on cheery little post-it notes just sitting there waiting to be written about. 

And yet here I sit with a stark white page in front of me and no interest whatsoever in writing about any of those post-it notes. It's days (or weeks) like these that I wonder why I do this thing called blogging. 

Oh I know, I know--so many of my favorite bloggers have written about 'blogger burnout' and so many times I've quirked an eyebrow and wondered 'what the hay are they talking about??'. 

Well, today I know what they're talking about. 

They're talking about not obsessing over having a post written, published, tweeted about, pinned, and otherwise promoted every day of the week. They're talking about trying out a new recipe for dinner and not spending a half an hour trying to get a Pinterest-worthy photo to go along with it for the blog. They're talking about reading someone else's blog post and not feeling a twinge of jealousy at how many comments they received or how many likes they have on bloglovin or how many sponsorship opportunities they've taken part in. They're talking about not feeling an obligation to churn out content-worthy posts and missing out on real-world events because they're stuck to a computer screen. 

Don't get me wrong--I LOVE this space. I love the bloggy friends it's given me, the chance it's given to me spread my writing wings and fly a little. But sometimes it's so incredibly hard not to compare myself to others here in the blog-sphere. Every day I open my computer and read the amazing things my friends have to say and I start second guessing why I even come back to this space. What do I have to say that somebody else hasn't said before and probably has said more eloquently than I could ever phrase? 

And then of course, I give myself a little shake and berate myself for throwing my own personal pity party complete with ice cream and netflix over something as silly as being internet popular. Because let's face it....that's pretty much what blogging is about. Putting ourselves out there for others to see and chime in on. 

I mean, I'm pretty sure if I were blogging for the family who reads this, they'd be happy with 10 pictures of Zach in each post and not one Pinterest-worthy post in the bunch! But the truth is I'm not blogging for them. I'm blogging to be 'internet popular'. Gasp!!! Hey, people don't usually write a book and never hope to see it published, do they? No, they work their butts off and burn the midnight oil so one day other people can enjoy their creative abilities. Right? Right!

Oh, you were expecting this post to end all wrapped up in a tidy little package with a bow on top? I'm sorry, my friends--that's not happening today. I'm not in the mood for tidily wrapped up questions and answers. 

Instead I'm leaving all of you with a few questions of my own--What brings you back to blogging day after day (or day after every other day)? Do you ever struggle with blog jealousy or finding your own place in this blog-sphere of ours? Do you feel like what you put into your blog is worth what you're getting from it?


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Hard Truth about Blogging

Well hey there! Long time no see, my friends. At least it feels like a long time to me....it's really not, most of you probably hadn't even noticed. 


You know what I've noticed though? Other than the fact that this adorable picture of my dog has absolutely nothing to do with what I'm writing about. I've lost my blogging mojo. You've probably started noticing it too (I've mentioned it a few times here this past month or so). This week I've come to this little corner of the internet I call mine, started a new post and.....just stared at the blank screen. It's not for lack of ideas for posts. Nope, my blog planner has a full month of post ideas written on cheery little post-it notes just sitting there waiting to be written about. 

And yet here I sit with a stark white page in front of me and no interest whatsoever in writing about any of those post-it notes. It's days (or weeks) like these that I wonder why I do this thing called blogging. 

Oh I know, I know--so many of my favorite bloggers have written about 'blogger burnout' and so many times I've quirked an eyebrow and wondered 'what the hay are they talking about??'. 

Well, today I know what they're talking about. 

They're talking about not obsessing over having a post written, published, tweeted about, pinned, and otherwise promoted every day of the week. They're talking about trying out a new recipe for dinner and not spending a half an hour trying to get a Pinterest-worthy photo to go along with it for the blog. They're talking about reading someone else's blog post and not feeling a twinge of jealousy at how many comments they received or how many likes they have on bloglovin or how many sponsorship opportunities they've taken part in. They're talking about not feeling an obligation to churn out content-worthy posts and missing out on real-world events because they're stuck to a computer screen. 

Don't get me wrong--I LOVE this space. I love the bloggy friends it's given me, the chance it's given to me spread my writing wings and fly a little. But sometimes it's so incredibly hard not to compare myself to others here in the blog-sphere. Every day I open my computer and read the amazing things my friends have to say and I start second guessing why I even come back to this space. What do I have to say that somebody else hasn't said before and probably has said more eloquently than I could ever phrase? 

And then of course, I give myself a little shake and berate myself for throwing my own personal pity party complete with ice cream and netflix over something as silly as being internet popular. Because let's face it....that's pretty much what blogging is about. Putting ourselves out there for others to see and chime in on. 

I mean, I'm pretty sure if I were blogging for the family who reads this, they'd be happy with 10 pictures of Zach in each post and not one Pinterest-worthy post in the bunch! But the truth is I'm not blogging for them. I'm blogging to be 'internet popular'. Gasp!!! Hey, people don't usually write a book and never hope to see it published, do they? No, they work their butts off and burn the midnight oil so one day other people can enjoy their creative abilities. Right? Right!

Oh, you were expecting this post to end all wrapped up in a tidy little package with a bow on top? I'm sorry, my friends--that's not happening today. I'm not in the mood for tidily wrapped up questions and answers. 

Instead I'm leaving all of you with a few questions of my own--What brings you back to blogging day after day (or day after every other day)? Do you ever struggle with blog jealousy or finding your own place in this blog-sphere of ours? Do you feel like what you put into your blog is worth what you're getting from it?


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Your comments warm my heart!! Leave one for me and I PROMISE to email you back (unless you're a no-reply blogger in which case please fix that)!!