Now, before you all read this and either congratulate me or hiss at me for my awesome productivity skills, I would like to add that they are all in my drafts and not one of them is completed.I have over 30 posts in my notepad that I should write up (If you want some of them then I am happy to share them out)
Yet I sit here now feeling very lethargic and unmotivated; I have felt like this for weeks.I know that all of us go through a bit of a blogging drought and the irony here is that daily I think of two or more posts to write, for me it is motivation more than ideas.
I am blaming this on four things:
1. The Summer Holidays
4. My Mental Health
These summer holidays have sucked. I think that we will all be in the agreement that the weather has definitely put a dampener to some of our plans. I still have had the boys, we have still gone out and taken part in activities, yet far from what have wanted, and subsequently the posts that I have wanted to write about have gone a miss. What hasn’t helped within this is that the sunnier days have been when the boys have been with their Mum. We have also been pretty slack with Home Ed, it hasn’t been pushed within our routine as it normally would be.I love a Linky, I often join up to quite a few Linkys each week. I also completely see the irony of me saying that Linkys are a problem when I have just posted this on a Linky that I host! Let me explain though:
Linkys are fabulous but within them comes a certain criteria. If for example you link up to one of my favourites like Wicked Wednesdays you are looking to link up a post where your child has been a little angelic pain in the bum and we all rejoice in the fact that we are not alone within this aspect of our parenting. What happens though if, for whatever reason, your child/ren haven’t actually done anything Wicked?The Big Fat Linky too, I feel, has certain restrictions. I won’t, for example, link up posts that surround Home Schooling; which is difficult at times because primarily I am a Home Schooling blogger. Home Schooling is a unique and a personal lifestyle choice and one that I am aware of through previously linked posts and comments, that people don’t know how to respond to. The same would go for my regular food and cooking posts. Ultimately these topics fit better within other specified linkys rather than a general one, especially as a host.
The last part to the Linky point comes down to my Mental Health. I am currently struggling with it and am in a “funk” yet I know that this, again, is selective and not everyone will understand or want to constantly read depressing posts.This then leaves few topics to actually cover and write about.
These last few weeks I have received a fair bit of negativity regarding my blog and posts. I know we all get it from time to time and we, as bloggers, develop a certain level of thick skin, yet sometimes the excessive lengths others can go to, especially fellows bloggers, is quite extreme. Subsequently through this you can have an underlying thought of what to write without reaching negativity.Finally my mental health, as stated above, has been flaring and to be quite honest, I am fed up with it. I therefore don’t want to write posts about it. I understand that there are people who would write it and use blogging as a form of therapy but there is also an amount where you go “Enough is enough, you’re depressing yourself now” and I don’t want to cross that line.
What is great though is that I know we all go through these stages in our blogging world. I have seen four conversations spread over different bloggers groups where people have spoken about the fact that they are in a blogging slump; actually a lot of the time it appears to be for reason like I have listed.Blogging for me is a hobby. It is a place where I document what I do as a dad for the boys. It can be home school, days out, family life, important topics that I feel like I need to cover with them and finally, a glimpse for them to have an insight into their dads world and thoughts.
I think it is important then that we acknowledge those moments where we feel a little restricted in what we write and what we publish. It grounds us and helps promote us to do more and know where we are coming from when writing.A drought is only a drought because we recognise that it had rained previously and from that we should remember that it will rain again. Especially if we know anything about British Weather!
So what do you think?Do you have moments where you find it difficult to find topics to write about?
Have you experienced a drought and then come back from it? How did you?Finally, do struggle with consistency when writing and publishing?