If you've noticed throughout the past few weeks, my blog posts have been sparse and scattered. I attribute this (but will not excuse it) to my transition between jobs as I'm trying to discover what I want to potentially do long term while also making some sort of income in the meantime. During this period in my life, I've learned some valuable lessons about creativity, blogging, and motivation. Without having to sit through hours of frustration because I can't find the right words or that masterpiece of a novel isn't coming to me, I wouldn't understand the value of struggling for your passion. For today's post I wanted to share my blogging experience at the moment, why I haven't been feeling motivated to write, and how I plan on changing that.
IT'S OKAY TO NOT FEEL INSPIRED
It feels like every few weeks I'll pop up a post about how I'm not feeling inspired with my writing. Whereas some people seem to be in a flurry of creativity all the time, I tend to work in ebbs and flows. If I'm not feeling it, then I won't do it. And I think that's okay. Pushing yourself to create something will only lead to a piece of work you don't like or one that feels haphazard. There are definitely blog posts still up that are evidently during one of these lulls of inspiration, noticeable by their lack of passion. Coincidentally, the posts I write when I am most inspired and passionate end up doing well, such as the post about leaving my job.
Trying to force out a masterpiece will only leave you feeling defeated and continue the frustrating cycle. I've decided to not force myself to post when I'm not feeling motivated, but will try to post at least once a week.
IT'S OKAY TO WANT TO GIVE UP
But not always recommended. No one is holding a gun to your head (hopefully), so there aren't any dramatic stakes to taking a break every now and then. But completely forgoing any more effort would only hurt you and your work. While the fear of failure is very common for everyone, giving up is for those who aren't passionate enough about what they are doing. And if you're not passionate about it, you should do it anyway. There's something out there for everyone.
SOME BLOGGING GOALS FOR THE UPCOMING MONTHS
1) Post about what inspires me
2) Not shy away from topics that make me uncomfortable
3) Be honest in my writing
4) Plan posts in advance
5) Play around with photo layouts and backgrounds
6) Become more comfortable posting pictures of myself
7) Have fun!