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!
- 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?
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