Wednesday, June 10, 2015

filling the void

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{a lovely chair in the private room at Nada Columbus}

A few weeks ago, my mom mentioned how I hadn't blogged in awhile {hello, understatement of the last three months}. I responded that I had been focusing on my new job and taking time for my husband, my pups and myself.

She replied, "I think you're blog was filling a void, and that void is no longer there." Or something wise, observant and insightful like that.

I immediately wracked my overactive brain for the void I was so desperately filling by blogging. The truth is, blogging has always been a creative outlet--or at least an outlet--for me. Now, I have a whole new job in which to be creative. By the way, I'm LOVING my new gig. Thanks for asking :)

Nothing against my old job, or the crazy, busy schedule I was keeping for years, but I think I needed to blog because I was feeling complacent, uncreative, unmotivated and simply ready for something new. My blog allowed me to channel my often chaotic thoughts into something that felt real and good. Plus, there is an amazing community of bloggers to catch up with every day!

I've tossed around the idea in my head over the last few months if I wanted to come back to blogging, or if I wanted to call it quits. It was starting to feel like a chore, something I had to do. And honestly, anything I HAD to do was not anything I wanted to do. So, naturally, I needed a break.

I think what I also needed to do was reevaluate why I'm here, what I want to get out of blogging and where I want this blog to go should I move forward with it. I don't want blogging to just take up space in my life, or feel like a chore or a job. I want it to be something that I look forward to each day, every other day, a couple days a week--whatever publishing schedule I land on.

The truth is, I love to write. I love expressing myself and my thoughts through creative writing. I don't think I'm ready to give up blogging. But I am ready to find a new way of doing it--a way that makes me happy, that keeps me coming back and that isn't simply filling a void in my life.

How do you approach blogging? What are some things about the way you blog that you've changed as you've gained experience?


Because of Jackie said...

First of all, welcome back! I think blogging has filled a huge creative void for me over the years, yet lately it feels as if it is not as necessary. I'm going back to work in the Fall and I'm not sure yet how blogging will fit into my life, so we shall see;)

Pamela said...

so understandable! I have been the same way lately!

Nikki said...

Welcome back!

I fight myself on this from time to time and when I do I take a break and then wehn I am ready to get back at it I go at my own pace. If I only post once a week so be it. Haiving a full time job, a husband, a 1 year old, and 2 dogs is a lot to deal with along with the blog. I have found that I do not want to stop blogging because I love having the record of what we have been doing and how we have grown. Do what is best for you!

Mary said...

I'm so happy to read that you love your job! Can't wait to hear all about it when I see you for Allie's wedding!

Also, I'm in a similar position with my blog. Curious to know what you do!

Helene in Between said...

I'm going to be honest (because really, that's all I know how to be) but this post kind of caught me off guard. I don't blog to fill a void I blog because I'm truly passionate about it. when I first read this I was like oh yikes! people think I blog because I have to? I think we all have to do what makes us happy and it should never feel like work.
I work in marketing writing so I'm literally writing all day everyday. but I love it! I guess it's just different for everyone.

Alyssa said...

Interesting thought! I started my blog because I was missing creativity in my day-to-day, but now I keep it up because I love doing it. But everyone is different, as Helene said!


Anonymous said...

Isn't it great/annoying how moms are always right? Even when we're adults? I hope you figure out what it is that makes you happy! Life is way too short to do things we don't want to do :)

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Adriana said...

Dude, I get it.

I actually hated my old job. I had a blog that I spent a lot of time on when I worked in that position. Then I got a new job. And now I'm doing HTML coding, graphic design, copywriting.. all the things I loved about blogging. So after a little while, I burned out. I came back a couple of times randomly but after almost 2 years of not really blogging, I'm back with a brand new blog and a new outlook/purpose (if that makes sense?) I missed blogging because it was realllllly meet. Not what our compliance people say I need to be when I write stuff at work.

I hope you stick it out. I just found your blog and I think it's great! And to end on an incredibly corny note - follow your heart! You'll figure it out.

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