I have risen from my figurative grave to let you know that yes, I am indeed alive. I took a little impromptu blogging break without meaning to, for many different reasons which I won’t get into right now, but I will tell you this: I was, and have been feeling, like my blog had been getting a bit stale lately.
The blogging community is an interesting one. It’s full of some very lovely, positive people with wonderful, colourful blogs. There are a few bad seeds, as there is in any community of people, but they are very much the minority and easy to avoid (thank god for the mute and block functions, amiright?!). I have still been fairly active on twitter, and I love nothing more than chatting to and getting to know other bloggers. That’s certainly not what I’ve been having issues with.
The reason I have been feeling a bit stale is because I have been comparing myself, and my blog, to others and their blogs. I’ve been swept in a haze of lifestyle blogs and all their glamour, and as great as they are, I’ve quickly realised it’s not me. I’ve also noticed that there seems to be an awful lots of the same kind of content floating around. Which sounds like I’m just slagging them off, but I swear I’m not, I have a point I promise.
Bottom line is, I’ve been trying too hard to fit the mould. I’m not a glamorous lifestyle blogger who gets invited to cool events, I don’t buy enough new make up to blog about beauty, or travel to enough interesting places to blog extensively about travel. What I’ve come to terms with is, that is completely okay. There are plenty of other people doing that, and I will be the first in line to cheer them on.
At the end of the day, I’m a writer. I may not do enough cool things or go to a lot of cool places, but I still have a mind and things to say. I don’t need to fit the mould, I just need to find other things to say.
One step I’ve taken towards this is booking a writing workshop from none other than Laura Jane Williams, an author I’m completely obsessed with because she writes like I wish I could write. Her workshop, How To Write Words That People Want To Read, sounds like the kick up the butt I need. She’s also recently launched a 12 week program called #AskTheQuestion, which actually begins today, where she picks apart her week and figures out what the core question is – and asks us it too. I’m looking forward to this, I’ll be using my blog as a platform (and maybe sometimes Instagram if I can find an ~aesthetically pleasing~ image that goes with the theme) to answer the questions, and really delve deep and flex my creative writing muscles.
On top of this, I’m also taking part in NaNoWriMo, and attempting to write 50,000 words of a novel, a goal I have been working towards since my post earlier in the year, The Fear (which FYI, is more the kind of thing I want to write on this). While I don’t want to reveal too much about the novel I’m writing yet, I will say that I’ve had this particular idea rattling around in my brain for a good eight or so years. It’s evolved a bit, taken in many different forms, but always felt it wasn’t quite ready. So now that I’ve had time to properly develop and flesh it out. This first week is going well, I’m very much looking forward to seeing it come to life on the page.
So watch this space, and look forward to some more honest and creative posts from me.
Tell me how you’ve been since I was away?