Tuesday, 18 August 2015

It's Not You, It's Me



Hi. Remember me? I used to blog here pretty regularly. Used to is the key word. Up until last month, I used to post at least twice, if not three times, a week and have a consitent presence on social media platforms. Then I didn't. 

I could make the usual excuses for my absence; I've started a new job, life got in the way, I've been really busy lately, blah cliched blah. But I'm not. Partly because I think you deserve better than some well written speech, partly because I don't think I need to actually make excuses to justify my absence. 

See, I'm not a professional blogger. Whilst I'd love to blog full-time, The Crown Wings doesn't make a profit. I'm what you could call a hobby blogger, if you will. Like most hobbies, you need an incredible amount of dedication and motivation in which to maintain it whilst having a full time job. Last month I hit a wall and got a touch of the Blogger Blues, or Blogger Block. Again, I could spin you a yarn and say I didn't know the cause of this infliction, but why? My lack of motivation wasn't and isn't anything to be ashamed of.

As with all hobbies, if you do something for a while, but don't get to reap the rewards, you get disheartened. I've been blogging just over 3 years now, and whilst I never started to make a pound or two, or have a million followers or any other way you measure success, I felt I was stagnating. Whilst  we all go through blips from time to time, and I've experienced the Blogger Blues before, this time I couldn't shake the fact that I wasn't progressing or getting anywhere. 

Faced with two options; quit or continue, I decided to sit down and think hard. I loved the blogging community, just not my blog. And then suddenly it clicked. I was doing the same things, albeit at a higher standard, and expecting to get different results. Anyone would realise this wouldn't lead anywhere. A poor workman blames his tools, but a good workman will find his weaknesses and work at them until they're his strengths

So I'm currently swatting up. I personally thank (and some what blame for my new obsession with all things blogger) Rebecca from Autumn Leaves. If you've not read her handy guides, do it. She has completely changed the way I view my blog and I am now looking forward to seeing what happens. Things won't happen over night and, but I'm hoping you'll see massive improvements next month.

With that being said, have you got any tips? Anything you'd like to see? Anything you don't think's working?

Let me know!
xoxo
J
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3 comments

  1. I can so relate to this, the blogger blues/block has hit be one too many times, and it really sucks. I'm so glad you haven't given up on your blog, because I love reading your posts and you're an incredible writer! You're my inspiration, so I'm really looking forward to seeing how you're going to make this blog better! :)

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  2. I did the exact same a few months ago and now I'm back feeling more positive and have changed my blog layout and am ready for the next chapter. Glad you have decided to continue hunny.

    Carrieanne x
    http://www.beautiesunlocked.com

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  3. Remember why you started blogging in the first place. I went though the same phase as you a little while back, the whole blog thing got me down, I felt like I was putting all this effort in and getting nowhere - then it hit me, where exactly did I want it to go? I'm not looking to turn it into the day job, I'm looking for an escape from the day job, for a creative outlet and somewhere to have a little fun. Next thing I know I'm coming up with ideas faster than I can move my fingers across the keys and I haven't looked back.

    I love our community, and if keeping my blog alive saves me a spot in our community I'll be damned if I'm letting that go! :) Can't wait to see where the blogging adventure takes you next!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

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xoxo
J

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