Lately, I have noticed that my motivation for writing my blog has diminished. Maybe, it is because I’ve written 1,040 posts in the last 37 months and never really wondered what to write about; I just wrote. Maybe, it is because there are things I would like to write about that will not be well received. Maybe, I’ve lost motivation because I am inspired by daily life and lately, daily life is quiet due to the pandemic. Maybe, it’s just time that I experience a lull. Or, maybe I am starting to turn my attention to other things.
I’m like that – I know. I am intense and passionate about something and then it wanes. Three years of blogging nearly every single day is a long time, thousands of words, and a myriad of thoughts. It’s not like I am casually brushing this off – I’ve worked hard at my blog. And, I do still enjoy writing it.
But. (There’s always a but, isn’t there?)
But, today – and recently – I just do not seem to want to pour my thoughts onto the paper. I still have thoughts, I am just more reticent to share them. I am not sure why.
Earlier, I looked for blogging prompts. They all seemed generic. One caught my eye called, “How to Write a Blog Post Using Pillar Content.” Although I could guess what this post was about, and did so correctly, it did not help all that much when I read it. My pillar content started out being about student enrichment and gifted education. As I found out, writing about giftedness and the needs of gifted students can be thorny, at best. Then, my blog became more about self-reflection. Although many have stated that they can relate to my writing, I am not sure I have developed pillar content.
Part of my problem might be that I am writing and developing material for my other website, The Lone Oak. I know at least twice in the last ten days I spent a lot of time developing posts for that site. This was time I am not sure was well spent.
My curriculum, what little I have put online through Teachers Pay Teachers, continues to sell, sporadically. It always gives me a little thrill when I know something I developed sold – as it did yesterday. So, this morning I began writing something new to put on that site.
I’ve thought about writing a novel, publishing my poetry, or even creating some other non-fiction literature for children that I’ve brainstormed privately. Other than compiling my color poems and researching the background for a non-fiction nature book for children, I have not moved forward.
On top of this, I am making and selling jewelry. Besides, writing and photography, jewelry making is my other main hobby. I make more money selling my jewelry than I do from my writing and/or curriculum. And, this month has been no exception. I don’t know whether it is due to people staying at home due to COVID-19 and having more time to shop online or what, but I’ve sold more pieces in my Etsy shop this month than I have in quite a while! It’s been very satisfying!
Don’t get me wrong – none of my hobbies are going to make me rich, but I do enjoy them most when I know others are also enjoying them. With the curriculum and jewelry, I know others enjoy my products that when someone makes a purchase. With my blogging, I know that others can relate when I receive comments or increased readership and followers.
Right now, blogging feels hard.