Monday, March 4, 2013

Bloggers block, discontent and other ramblings

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Lately I have been feeling a little bit apathetic towards blogging. Blogging is a hobby for me and like any hobby you want to feel like you are getting better at what you do - I mean if you take up running you want to eventually be able to run faster and further right? For me I feel like I am doing the same thing over and over and not necessarily pushing myself or trying to do something new.

I have also been finding it hard to "keep up" with the blogging world lately. I really want to comment on all the blogs I enjoy and reply to the comments I get but sometimes by the time you take photos and write a post you kind of just want to turn the computer off.

I know that everyone says you shouldn't compare yourself to other bloggers but sometimes it can be hard not too, especially when you are already feeling a little down about the whole blogging thing. I found myself comparing myself to other bloggers thinking that my photos weren't good enough, my posts weren't interesting or I just wasn't consistent enough. If lots of people are doing this whole blogging thing a lot better then me, then is there much point doing it?

Last week I was also feeling really run down, not very well and generally a little bit overwhelmed by everything plus the stress of starting a new job this week added to my overall feeling of wanting to quit life for a week and hang out under my doona.

I decided that something had to give and that I just had to not worry about blogging for a week. I barely turned my computer on all week - it was really nice. I didn't worry about whether I should photograph an outfit or about the fact that I didn't have anything to post about- it was really refreshing. It nearly made me think I should just give up all together.

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Today I woke up and I really felt like blogging (I think that means the idea of giving it all up completely was fleeting) and decided that if I wasn't happy with the way things were going it was easy enough to change.

I decided that I only want to publish posts that I 100% love. That might not necessarily mean the photos are perfect or the content fascinating but it needs to be something that I am happy to have representing me.

I also decided that I will reply to all comments on my blog with the reply button. I will always still try and comment on everyone's blogs but for those busy times it still means every comment gets a response.

I also decided to have a rough schedule, I really like the idea of being consistent (just like training sessions for a runner) so will hopefully be posting more reguarly and consistently depending on how I go with the schedule.

I am also hoping to broaden my content - outfits are fun but that's really only one aspect of my life. I want to share more about my life and opinions; what I read, do, eat, watch and all the rest of it.

Anyway this post is a little bit of a ramble but I thought it was a good place to start with a new outlook and hopefully a new way of doing things!

If you have ever felt the same way about this whole crazy blogging thing I would love to hear how you turned things around...

56 comments:

  1. lol, I feel like this on average once or twice a year... I think its normal and a break is definitely a good idea to see how you feel about it.

    I think comparison is always inevitable, we live in times where we're taught to compare to unrealistic ideals (body image, money you earn, lifestyle etc) and blogging is the ultimate in presenting a certain image to the world so its hard to avoid.

    I've always tried to blog for me though - I always say that we'll be the only people looking back at our blogs in 5/10 years time so why worry too much about it.

    I'm glad you're still blogging though, I always like reading your thoughts and seeing your photos too :)

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    1. Its so nice to know that I am not the only one who has felt like this. Sometimes I think there is pressure to only concentrate on the positive things and leave out the negative.

      I completely agree that blogging for yourself is important and I generally try to do this - I think its a very good point that I will be the only one who looks back at this blog in ten year oh and maybe my children to giggle at me.

      I definitely want to get back to my roots though and blog about more things then just outfits, I really enjoy sharing book reviews and blogs I enjoy but havent done it for ages - it will be good to shake things up!

      Thanks again for your comment - the whole community aspect of blogging is another reason why I cant imagine ever really giving up!

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    2. It's ok, we still have Facebook and Twitter if you did :)

      I think its easy to get caught up in being a certain 'type' of blogger too - I managed to become a photography blogger without trying and now the idea of posting different things is a bit scary even though I didn't share any photos when I first started... I love finding out more about other bloggers and hearing their opinions too, so I don't really know why I'm so worried about it...

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  2. p.s. I also think the best blogs are the ones where they do it for themselves, too much reader awareness tends to stifle any creativity as you spend so long worrying and trying to please that you ultimately lose the drive that made you blog in the first place.

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  3. Hey lovely, I am so glad you didn't stop. I don't think I've ever really felt that way. Sometimes I think 'what if'...I think we just have to do what's right for us an our lifestyles at the moment. This year is going to be tough for me and I know a few things on the blogging front will have to give but after that who knows. We have quite different approaches to the 'reply' button on the posts and commenting that way :) but that's okay, because we don what we need to. It's about finding what works for you and being totally okay with it. And I think you're doing just fine xoxox

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    1. Thanks Vanisha! I think I need to just let blogging fit into my lifestyle and not the other way around!

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  4. I'm so glad you decided to keep blogging Megan! :) I feel the pressure sometimes too. Just recently I decided to just focus on my main blog and put my other one on the back burner just for now. After all Blogging should be fun! :)

    Love, Rachel

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I am glad I am not the only one who has felt like this. I think its important not to bite off more then we can chew x

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  5. I think everyone has moments where they get fed up of blogging, I definitely get this regularly! Especially after a holiday I always think why bother? No one missed me..then I get back into it. Sounds like you've got some great goals to work towards :) xx

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    1. glad to hear I am not the only one who feels like this. I think sometimes we don't give ourselves enough credit for the contribution we do make to this little blogging world.

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  6. sometimes it's great to have a break. sometimes life gets a little busy. that's ok. we all have to have a break sometime! I'm glad you're back with a renewed outlook and can't wait to read more of your blog posts!

    i have been similar lately - well not really, i want to blog more and have content swirling in my head - and a new blog design (and space) im trying to come up with - i just cant find the time! :)

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    1. Time is one of the biggest limitations for me and sometimes I get homes from work an the last thing I want to do is to turn the computer on. Cant wait to see your new design.

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  7. Yes yes yes I have totally felt like this, and hovered over the delete button many a time. I suffer with body confidence issues a lot and that's what I find it hard not to compare personally, my shape and size and how much I hate it, against other people who are skinny and pretty and unattainable in my eyes. I have refrained from deleting the whole thing, or starting something new, as I always come back around to thinking that my blog is part of me, I have always blogged for me, and I guess one day I may want it to still be there to look back on.

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    1. It is really hard not to compare ourselves to others but I think when we find ourselves doing it we just need to step away and actively stop ourselves from thinking that way.
      I have also thought about deleting this blog and starting a fresh but I am the same as you I think this blog is apart of me and I do love it most of the time! I think we would regret it if we did delete them.

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  8. I know how you feel. It can be hard to not compare yourself with the million other bloggers out there and it took me a while to get to a point where I feel happy with what I'm blogging about. In the end… it was about stepping back and working out what I wanted to blog about.

    I'll never be a fashion blogger… I'm a little too self-conscious for that and if I had to do an outfit post every week I'd be worn out from having to take and delete and retake so many photos! ;)

    In the end… you're right. Do what makes you happy!

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    1. I would love to see your outfits after getting a sneak peek in your wardrobe but it is definitely not for everyone!

      Am definitely going to just concentrate on doing what I love!

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  9. I for one am very glad you didn't decide to give it up entirely. :) I do know what you mean about how it can be overwhelming--it is so time-consuming, and it can feel frustrating to spend that much time and energy on blogging, especially if you don't feel like your blog is growing (I often feel like this). Ultimately, though, I still love it, even though I don't post every day, I use a cell phone for all my pictures, and I'm never going to be a "professional" blogger. Most of all, I cherish the friendships I have made (and hopefully will continue to make!).

    I'm excited about you broadening your blog's topics. You have such interesting passions and work that I'd love to hear more about those parts of you, too. :)

    xoxoxo!

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    1. Thanks Claire I think it is really going to rejuvenate my passion for this crazy blog world. I have no desire to make money from blogging or anything like that but I definitely want to try new things and feel like I am growing! Thanks for always being such a great commenter - I love getting your comments!

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  10. man, i look at how many followers i have (or lack there of) and that makes me think i should just quit! I haven't even got 100 ... your blog looks smart and is nice to read and look at.

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    1. Thanks love - I love reading your posts!

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  11. I'm glad you didn't decide to give up, and your post makes me feel SO MUCH BETTER after the one I posted yesterday. Glad I'm not alone. I'm really excited to see what other posts you have planned, and if you don't stick to a schedule, it's not the end of the day. Forcing things never works, and people can sense it. I'm sure you'll do just great though, and I'll be doing my best to keep up every step of the way :)

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    1. Thanks Bekka such a thoughtful comment - so crazy that we wrote such similar posts at the same time! Lets stick with this crazy blogging world together.

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  12. I've been feeling like this about my blog for most of this year. I've been changing so much, and our life has been shifting focus, that I've been so busy and just couldn't be bothered sharing. But this week, I found that spark and have posted 4 posts in less than a week, and I feel so proud.

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    1. Having time to actually sit down and write posts and take photos is one of the hardest parts! I have been loving all your posts lately your journey to self-sustainability is really inspiring!

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  13. I've been feeling really similar lately, and am considering moving into a blog-free era of life. I'm glad you're continuing to blog however, and I'll try and be far more diligent in writing comments!!

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    1. Comment or not its always just nice to know people are reading! Good luck on your blog free life if thats the path you choose!

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  14. I think it's great! And I'm excited to get to know you better with any thing else you decide to post :)

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  15. It's great to hear you've decided not to give up all together. I'm currently stuck in a blog rut. I tend to go through phases where life does its thing of bashing me and i do my thing of hanging onto the last thread. I used to compare myself a lot to other bloggers in the past especially the ones who started the same time as me. But i've decided that i am not willing to get wrinkles or grey hair because of blogging.

    Looking forward to the direction you take from here

    xo Stephanie

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  16. It's so normal to feel that way! We have those days. I haven't blogged in AGES because my job is too stressful, I have a crap camera (not anymore), my photos aren't good enough.... Blah blah blah the list goes on. Keep going on with what you do! x

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  17. I bought the same notebook the other day!!! Love typo! x

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  18. It's hard not to compare yourself in anything that you do! I look at other girls running on the treadmill and find myself getting down that they are so much better than I am. But then I remind myself that I am running my own race against me and only me. We need learn that we're awesome and there is no one in the world like us, so stand tall pretty lady. You are amazing :)

    x Jasmine

    PS. I wish blogger would notify the commenter you're replying too. I hate that I don't get notifications to say someone has replied to my comment :(

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  19. I understand how you were feeling here. I had a bit of a break from the blog world it was a really nice feeling. And now I'm back and feeling a little bit inspired again. x

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  20. Everyone goes through these moments! Taking time out seems like it will work for you! Loving this post! (esp. that notebook!) e & c

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