Continuing the new year theme I thought I’d do a quick post on why I keep blogging (or keep returning to the blog!) and how you can motivate yourself to carry on with what may essentially be just a hobby, even when real life gets in the way.
Funnily enough, during my break away from blogging I actually did more blogging than ever before! But only in preparation. During the last few months of my pregnancy I suddenly became inspired by random youtube videos I was watching / new bloggers on the scene / new magazines – and I decided to spend my evenings planning, writing and filming for the start of this year.
I thrive on organisation and preparation and this can sometimes be a real weakness as I don’t allow myself time just to chill and relax. My Greek man always moans that I spend far too much time worrying and planning things in advance and what happens if one day I’m not prepared. My answer is always: well naturally I’ll be prepared to not be prepared.
Up until literally a few days before I was due to give birth to Greek prince number 2, I was still frantically drafting future posts / book ideas and writing out To Do lists. I felt that I had to do as much as possible before baby number 2 popped out just in case I couldn’t cope or that everything would get too much for me and I wouldn’t be able to write anything sane for quite a while.
This led to a bust up with the Greek ape who demanded to know why on earth I put so much energy into my writing and blogging when it’s not really being noticed by the right people / generating no substantial income / not getting me the freelance work I was hoping for.
Cue this heavily pregnant woman going a bit mental, smashing a few plates and suggesting that all Greek man wants to do is lock her up in the kitchen!
When I had calmed down I explained that my reasons for continuing to write and blog even when perhaps it might not seem to be getting me anywhere are plentiful.
First of all my passion IS writing. I enjoy it and I think I’m fairly good at it. My blog started out as a way to show my writing skills and I believe I have been able to hone these skills by writing continuously and consistently and seeing how people react to my written word. A BLOG KEEPS YOU WRITING.
Secondly my first three books have been self-published and to self-publish successfully you have to market yourself. The best way to market yourself these days is online. WHICH INCLUDES HAVING A BLOG.
Thirdly you can’t expect editors to notice you unless you have some experience. I have written several articles for high-end publications and magazines and the reason I have been given that chance is BECAUSE I HAVE A BLOG: PROOF OF WRITING.
Fourthly we live in an online world. You simply can’t escape it. So what’s the point of being on the outside looking in when you could potentially improve your career prospects by having a virtual social standing. A BLOG GIVES YOU ONLINE PRESENCE.
For me blogging is a tool that helps me keep a finger in the online pie. Due to the other commitments in my life, I am unable to push other social media tools as much as these top bloggers and vloggers do, nor do I really want to as already I feel that I spend far too much time online. (However if the big bucks started rolling in you could sell my soul to Zuckerburg!).
This year I have decided to venture out onto the online platform a bit more by increasing my Instagram pics, dipping a toe in the YouTube world and generally being more creative with my posts, photographs and general content. Why? Well no-one likes a stale blog and IF you are going to keep blogging you do need to bear in mind your audience and what else might be dazzling them other than your one-post-a-month.
At the same time I’ve tried to lessen my blogging workload by becoming more structured with my content, only blogging once a week rather than twice, and keeping things specifically tailored to my general theme so that I stay focused. For example there are so many beauty bloggers out there and whilst I LOVE beauty and have even thought about completely chucking my blog in and starting again, there is absolutely no point competing in a field that you don’t own. I will most definitely write beauty posts now and then but it will be related to my general Greek theme because THAT’S WHAT I KNOW, and the best way to keep writing is to WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW.
So if you’re stuck in a rut and not sure if you want to continue blogging or feel that you are wasting your life in front of your laptop whilst all these other bloggers are getting freebies galore and posting every second of every day, just take a break, sit back and decide if you can truly live without it. If so then good for you. If not, then try to see how you can re-structure your blogging/social media schedule so that you DO have a life away from your mobile/computer.
And just keep blogging…