Hello October, Hello Blog

 

I probably say this every month but, i’m going to say it again, can you believe it’s October already?! This time of year (minus the cold) is my favourite. I can’t wait to cosy up in chunky knitwear and these thick socks from *Johnathan Aston.

On another note, I have been absent from blogging for 2 months, and whilst that may not seem like a long time, I feel like i’ve been so out of the loop when it comes to the blogosphere. Back in June, I wrote my blogpost Why I Almost Quit Blogging, which so many of you said you could relate to. I thought that was my come back from the month off I had before that post, but I was still feeling quite unmotivated and uninspired which is why, here i am at the beginning of October, with what seems like my first blog post in forever.

I’ve realised not only have I been going through so many changes my life, but i’ve also changed a lot as a person.  In this blog post I thought I’d share with you some thoughts I’ve had over the past couple of months – let me know if you can relate!

  1. Cliches: Organisation/planning is key, Quality over Quantity 

Organisation is key: I first started my blog while I was at university, when quite frankly, I had a lot of spare time. Now with a full time job, studying part time, and just doing life in general, I’ve let blogging go completely (hands up if you’ve got this balance figured out). I know if I planned ahead and organised my content, I would be quite capable of putting at least one post a week. When I wasn’t working full time, I managed to get up one/two blog posts up weekly, scheduling social media content etc, and I could actually see my blog growing. I’m a results driven person, so not seeing growth is frustrating, but I know I can only grow by being consistent and so to help me become more consistent, I’ve started using my iCalendar and Wunderlist app to keep me organised.

Quality over quantity: This is something i’m really trying to stick because it’s when I did start getting more busy, I noticed myself putting up content for the sake of posting for that week, and became disheartened when I know I could’ve done better. Now i’m only putting up content which I’m happy with and if I don’t have anything planned, well i’ll just have to skip it.

2. Does what I’m writing about matter?

I’ve also been thinking a lot about the type of content that I want to make. Sometimes I feel like I prefer writing more personal posts because those are some of my favourite posts to read.  Whenever I sit down to write, I sometimes think to myself, does this stuff really matter? I should be focusing on my career, or pay more attention to what’s going on in the world around me. I really feel like thats my lack of motivation talking. Just because I enjoy talking about my favourite highlighter, or my OOTDs doesn’t mean I can’t focus on my career amongst other things (which ultimately brings me back to point number 1). Towards the end of last year I started making Youtube videos, and although I haven’t mastered it yet, i’m excited to find a style of video content that I enjoy making and is of a quality that I’m happy with.  Ultimately, i’m determined to keep blogging/vlogging about the stuff I love… just because I love it.

3. Taking a break

When I stopped posting the first time round, my mind was still ticking thinking about blog ideas so I’d have a lot of content for when I started posting again. This really didn’t help and probably explains why I wasn’t feeling as motivated as I thought I’d be. Now that I’ve taken a couple of months to not think about blogging, i feel more inspired and motivated than ever. I honestly recommend taking a step back and taking a break if you feel drained or unmotivated, whether it’s in blogging or anything else.

 

I’m sorry if this post seems like a bit of a waffle (mostly because it is just me rambling about my feelings). I can’t wait to share the content I have planned for the coming weeks.

 

How do you find motivation/inspiration?

Sonam x

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8 Comments

  1. Kayleigh Zara
    October 3, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    This are some points and I totally agree with you especially on the last point at any point you need a break you should take it as it helps rekindle your love for writing x

    Kayleigh Zara http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

  2. October 3, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Welcome back! It sometimes helps so much to just take a step back and reconsider! I had to do this too as since I started working full-time I didn’t have as much time to blog etc.
    Lea, xx

  3. October 3, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I absolutely love reading personal posts – probably because I’m naturally a very nosey person, but also because I love getting to know the blogger behind the blog! I completely agree with quality over quantity, you just have to do what’s right for you..

  4. October 3, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Those socks look cosy! You need to take a break sometimes! I started my job when I was on sick leave and had all the time in the world to take flatlays/write content etc now I’m back at work full time and I’ll also be starting studying part time in the new year and I’m just so tired, keeping up is nearly impossible so trust me I get it!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

  5. October 4, 2017 / 2:55 am

    Welcome back! I’m still struggling with organizing as well. plus trying to put quality content can be a bit overwhelming. Hang in there. Go at your own pace, you can do it girl!

  6. October 13, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! It’s honest and I can appreciate that. I’ve recently started blogging and I’ve come across similar struggles. I’m a working mum and I often wonder if what I’m writing matters but then I remember is why I started! It’s also ok to take a break and not feel bad for it.

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