Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blogging: Am I Over It?

Well hello, friends! I can only assume you all missed me terribly when I didn't blog yesterday. And that is the topic of today's post.

Lately, I have been feeling less inclined to blog. For the most part, I feel like I have managed to still keep up with posting, but I haven't always been pleased with my content. There have been times when I've thrown together a post just to have a post, and life has been so crazy lately I've struggled with pimping out my blog on all the social media outlets.

In short, blogging has fallen down to the bottom of my to do list.

I know I had some big ambitions with this blog--get new followers, maybe start accepting sponsors, join up with some networks, blah blah blah. At the moment, however, I don't feel prepared to do any of that, because I am just not motivated to keep up with posting.

Don't fret, I'm not officially quitting (I know you probably almost had a heart attack, Katie), just scaling back a bit and re-evaluating. When I first began this blog, it was because I loved writing and I wanted to be able to put my writing out there in the world. (And, okay, it was also to document our wedding plans--tomato, tomahto.) I had this thought that keeping up with a blog would stimulate my creative juices (or whatever), and I would have no problem with buckling down and writing the novel I have always dreamed of publishing.

Instead, I'm spending my days staring blankly at the computer, trying to come up with a post topic, or browsing around trying to find the perfect picture or GIF. God forbid I post something without some sort of graphic!
See how I managed to get at least one picture in this post?
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Blogging has become a stressor in my life, and meanwhile, my novel still sits there on my computer, waiting for love and attention that never comes. Yes, there is plenty of support and encouragement from the blogging community. Honestly, the community aspect was completely unexpected--I was startled to find that there were others who honestly liked what I had to say, and were always ready to offer kind words when I needed it. However, I'm feeling like I'm falling behind in the community. I know I should not get into the game of comparison, but I see these other blogs that have so much going on--sponsored contents, huge giveaways, popular linkups--and I just know I do not have the time, energy, or space in my head to make that happen for my blog.

I'll admit, I even get so angry sometimes when all a blogger has to do is post up a couple of stupid GIFs and say "this is funny," and all of a sudden she's got devoted readers and followers like no other. When that happens, I think, "gee, maybe I should just post about dumb stuff and I'll get where I want to be." Then I remember that I've always taken pride in not doing what everyone else is doing, and I refrain. (I should note that I'm not even referring to a particular blog here--just the blogs in general that seem to have pointless content, and yet people come back to it every day).

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Now that I've rambled on enough, let's cut to the chase--am I over blogging? No, not completely. I still love writing blog posts when I've got a great idea, or when I need to process my emotions (case in point). I do think I will start posting around three times a week, instead of five. I've always believed in quality over quantity, and I'm disappointed in myself for letting that rule slide, just so I could keep with the blog.

I also just can't quit you, other bloggers. I do enjoy the community I've found in the blogs I read and connect with every day, but at this point I really need to take a breather and figure out how blogging is going to fit back into my life, without totally stressing me out.

All Love,

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