I've been blogging for almost four years, but for the past six months, it has felt more like a chore than a joy. My posts have been sporadic at best, whether it was a lull in content ideas or a busy freelance schedule, one thing was clear: I seemed to have lost my passion for blogging.
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I also noticed I lost my "voice," what made my blog uniquely mine. I've always tried to incorporate humor into my posts -- how I cope with most situations -- but none of my latest posts had reflected that. I contemplated quitting blogging after many struggles to stay on a regular schedule and finding worthwhile topics. I kept thinking, Who am I kidding? No one really reads this dumb thing. What's the point? I also had been horrible about reading other blogs, even the ones I considered my friends, which is a big blogging no-no. It had all become too much.
Over the holiday break I had some time to pull back and look at the reasons why I blog. I needed to figure out if it was still for me.
I didn't start this blog to make money (okay, a small part of me wanted it generate income, but that's a side item) or to be part of some blogging niche. What it came down to was that I did it to talk about things that mattered to me and to express myself.
Expressing myself here is a lot like keeping a journal. It's interesting to look back at old posts to see what moved me to tears, made me laugh, or had me flipping pages well into the night. I realized I loved talking about things that I'm passionate about and finding others who connected with what I had to say. And those connections that I've made mean the world to me.
What's also great about blogging is that you can make it about whatever you want. It can be a business, cookbook, fitness guide, advice column, photo gallery, video blog (which are called vlogs), or a travelogue. It's what you want it to be. It's whatever is important to you at any given moment in time. Your expression of self is ultimately what draws people to your blog and connects you to your readers.
There may be some of you out there who read a lot of blogs and wondered about starting a blog yourself. I'm here to tell you to go for it. You will meet new friends, learn new things, but most of all, you will get to know your truth. Some of my favorite blogs are the ones where I feel as if I'm sitting down for a cup of coffee with a close friend. They offer up their joys, sorrows, passions, and quips all within the "theme" of their blog.
I've learned so much along the way, and even though I hit a speed bump this year, I'm so happy to have this outlet. It allows me to make friends, share my opinion, and express what is important to me in my own unique way.
- Have you thought about starting a blog?
- If you haven't done it yet, what is holding you back?
- If you do blog, what is it that keeps you blogging?
Originally posted at www.halliesawyer.com
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