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!