IWSG - June


So lately, I've been having trouble with blogging. The only post I've been regularly putting up is the post I put up every Friday for the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop, and I rarely visit other bloggers now. Blogging has become more of a chore than anything, which I absolutely hate because I used to love blogging so much.

Upon reflection, I think the issue is that my blog doesn't have direction; I see it as a writing blog, and that limits what I can put on it quite a lot. It's made it quite stressful trying to choose topics to blog about, so I just don't bother.

I'm not ready to give up blogging; I still love being a part of the blogging community, and taking part in writing challenges like Write Edit Publish, but on the other hand those can't be the only posts that I write.

I've decided to give my blog a thematic makeover; instead of only making it about my writing, I'm going to make it about me. There's a lot more to me than just my writing, so why should my blog only show that one aspect of myself? I have a lot of other hobbies, things that I love to do besides writing.

After all, the name of this blog is "My Baffling Brain" - it's about time I matched the contents to the heading!

Comments

  1. Hi Laura,
    You might want to consider starting another blog for your blogging posts where you blog about anything. I am a multi blogger, which means I have several blogs and each one reflect a different part of my life. It doesn't mean that I blog weekly in everyone of them. Sometimes, I missed two months blogging because of my writing. However, I don't stress out about it. Just something to consider before you change your concept.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia
    Everything Must Change

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  2. I think several of us are in the same boat. My blog is all about my books, the WEP and IWSG then I have several others, they've really missed me lately because life has been crazy busy. It's the way it goes, just do what fits your life and keeps it all fun!

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  3. A theme makeover would be great and just might inspire you. My theme is movies, music, and writing, so it gives me wiggle room with topics.

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  4. I hit that point too--where blogging was a chore. That was when I started Writerly Wednesdays and started giving away books. I mean, how could I not be motivated to give away books? =) Looking forward to seeing your changes!

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  5. Hi Laura - I can understand the limitations you feel ... thankfully I decided to have my blog open-ended - what I wanted to do ... and the title just sort of slotted in: leaving me to write what I feel I want to write about ... mostly historical, education, food, etc etc ...

    I wondered if you'd join is in the once a month "We are the World Blogfest" ... here's the concept set out by Damyanti ... http://www.damyantiwrites.com/2017/03/08/announcing-we-are-the-world-blogfest-watwb/ and I've written 3 so far ...

    I'll be seeing you around ... and just do your thing - the blog is yours and I'm sure we'll be around - cheers Hilary

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  6. Blogging has become a bit of a chore for me, too, of late. I'm just trying not to force it, but perhaps I should be looking into a blog makeover?

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  7. I can relate to this feeling too, Laura and limiting what to blog about can make it even harder! I think it is a good idea to branch out into other subjects when inspired. I look forward to your future features.

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  8. I couldn't continue to blog the way I had been. My writing suffered. So now I post for IWSG and Write, Edit, Publish. I'm sure things will work out.
    Nancy

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  9. Yeay, yes! Your blog should be about you. Don't limit yourself thematically. It's your blog - your space.

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  10. This is a tricky question, Laura, one only you can answer. I've finally pulled back to just the IWSG and WEP which keeps me out there occasionally, but finding a focus can be tricky. Thinking of you...

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  11. As I read the beginning of your post, I thought why don't you pick a day and write about anything. Then I read that's what you'll do. Brilliant minds, right? LOL Enjoy your writing. Don't make it a chore but something you want to do. Good luck.

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  12. Find the best theme(s) for you and go for it. Do what is best for you.

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  13. Your blog can be anything you want it to be. Just because you're a writer doesn't mean you can't post about other things on occasion. Looking forward to your future posts!

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  14. I think we've all struggled with blogging from time to time. I can relate to you there. Best of luck with the thematic makeover!

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