It’s been over a year since I have written a blog post. There are many reasons, mostly personal, but I’m hoping to get back at it. A lot has changed over the past year and those changes have needed my undivided attention. Blogging has been the furthest thing from my mind until a few weeks ago, when a new co-worker told me she had found my blog through Twitter. She told me she had spent time browsing through it, reading old posts and looking through pictures of the kids. She said that my posts were well written and she enjoyed learning a bit more about me.
But as she was telling me all of these positive things about the blog, all I could think of were the negatives: It had been so long since I had posted. My posts were always scattered and unscheduled. There was no consistency or theme to my post topics. My pictures were low quality and I had no pin-able images. I never took the time to connect through social media and I had no followers. And I can’t even begin to untangle the jumbled mess that Google crawlers, SEO and keywords make in my head.
I love blogs, but I am not a blogger. I want to be, but I’m not. I have post ideas in my head and spend time pinning blog information on Pinterest. I print off hundreds of writing prompts and tell myself I will join blog groups and link-ups. I plan to blog, but I never do.
So this year, I’m not making a resolution to blog more, to gain followers or to follow a blogging schedule. I’m not committing to anything. But I do want to be open to blog posts, open to ideas and open to writing. I want to be free to write what I want, when I want. Maybe it will be tomorrow, maybe next week, next month, next year. I’m not committing, and hopefully that will allow me to write more. Without putting pressure on myself to make this blog all or nothing, I will go with the flow, write in the time I have and not force posts.
And I would appreciate it if you will give me the support and encouragement I need along the way. Be patient with me.
Older Blog Posts
There are some posts that I am proud of. I need to focus on these posts for inspiration. I hope you will click through and read some of these older posts.
- Tonight I Met a Man
- In a Dark Tunnel
- 14 Tips for Coping With Depression While Raising Children
- Why I Chose to go Back to Work and Why it was the Right Choice For Me
- Dear Baby (That Would No Longer Be A Baby)
- My Birthday/I’m Sorry
A Few Suggestions for Motivation
A good way to motivate myself, and others that are looking for blog motivation, is to remember these suggestions.
- Find Inspiration Where You Can: One of the biggest kick starts I can get for writing is finding something that inspires me. Sometimes this is a book or a movie, poetry or music. Reading other blogs is always a great inspiration for me. (A few of my favorite blogs are Finding Joy, Wellington Farm and Mommy Miracles.) I also get inspiration from photography, photos I have seen, or pictures I have taken. But my biggest inspiration of all is my children. I love writing about their day, their accomplishments and their personalities. I love to write about motherhood and my hopes for my children. Find something (or someone) that inspires you.
- Write In A Positive Environment: This is really a hard one for me and one of the reasons I don’t write as much as I would like. We live in a small house that is always cluttered and messy and we all fight over one family computer. There is no spot in our house where I feel calm, inspired or motivated. My suggestion to you is to find a place where you are comfortable, where it is quiet, where you can relax and write freely with no interruptions. (Who am I kidding – if you have kids your whole day is full of interruptions!) When I do write, journal or blog it is after the kids are in bed, when my house is finally quiet. I also find that getting out of the house and into the fresh air and sunshine helps to clear my head. I also prefer to write with a pen and paper, rather than on a computer. A fresh page or a pen that glides over the paper always inspire me to keep writing. Surround yourself with beauty, a favorite color or a great view. Find what setting inspires you the most.
- Get Support: Find someone, anyone, to support your writing. This can be a friend, your spouse, a family member or a co-worker. My biggest support has come from other bloggers. Bloggers help to lift each other up and motivate you to do your best.
- Follow A Prompt: I love writing prompts. When you are stuck on an idea or have no specific thoughts to write about, grab a prompt. These can be found on-line in writing groups or from blog link-ups. Do a search on Pinterest or Google and you will find thousands of prompts! A few of my favorites are Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, The Daily Post, and The Learning Network. But you can find prompts anywhere. Look through magazines and use an article title as your inspiration, write a top ten list about anything, write something that corresponds to the time of year or upcoming holidays, pick any random word (a color, an object, a feeling, etc.) and write about how you feel about it.
- Join A Blog Community or Group: You can find so much support from other bloggers. Join an online blogger group like SITS Girls or a Facebook group like Awesome Bloggers. I met a lot of awesome bloggers through The Biannual Blogathon. I even looked up some local bloggers! Don’t be afraid to reach out.
- No Pressure: This is the most important thing to remember. I find I get writers block and I can’t even remember the words I need when I am rushed or feeling overwhelmed. Relax, let the words come to you and enjoy the writing process. Or, if you write better with a time limit, set a timer for five minutes and write whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about spelling or punctuation (something that always interrupts my thought process) – just write! Once you have a few ideas or sentences down, then start writing a post and worry about grammar and punctuation when you are finished the main writing. And don’t stress over your writing! Write what you can, when you can.
*Stock photo from Ashley Creates Things.