That day when you wake up and tell yourself you should write a blog post today, but…
- You realize that you have more drafts waiting for photos than you have actual published posts.
- You hear an inner voice saying, Ugh! I don’t have the energy to deal with photo editing, HTML, SEO, monetization… I just want to write a story.
That’s me today. In fact that has been me for the past 3 months. I love writing, I love editing, I love sewing and crafting. What I don’t love, and what I spend most of my “blogging” time doing is photography, photo editing, graphic design, search engine optimization, html editing, promoting, and myriad other tasks that have nothing to do with why I started this blog.
I’m burnt out, I’m unmotivated to blog (not to be confused with “to write”). What did I do most of the morning so far? Look at that graphic above. That’s it. And all I really did to it was add the text.
Yes, I’m whining a bit, but this is a real dilemma. Do I continue to swim upstream to spawn a blog that has readers, followers and income? Or do I want to stay downstream and enjoy my sewing and writing my way?
I know other bloggers who have been here in this very spot. Some of them have been extremely successful in creating popular high-traffic spots on the internet. But they too got tired. Tired of doing too many things at once. Tired of being an expert on every damned thing.
What’s the average life-span of a crafting/sewing blog? Who knows! But I suspect it’s much shorter than we dare to hope. Bitterness sweeps in fast. Who knew that just 18 months into this adventure, I’d be worn down by all the rules that govern the blogosphere?
Check out that ad I inserted above. Now laugh with me, because that ad is about to earn me a whopping $0.80, if I’m really lucky this month. Yep, that’s it. I’m doing my part to maintain the gender/sex wage disparity.
As I was writing this post, I was asking myself over and over, “So what am I going to do about this?” Answer: I’m going to keep sewing, crafting and writing because it makes me happy. If my readers don’t like my crappy photos, so be it. If my graphics aren’t optimized for pinning, I don’t care. If nobody reads my posts, oh well! I do need to go back to what energizes me. I am a writer, crafter, sewist, and teacher, not a blogger.
And as Howard Thurman advised, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” (He has said a lot of other profound things, so look up his books. Look him up too. Fascinating man.)
Anyway, I have some crafting to do. It’s been waiting too long.
PS. Don’t get me started on blog tours, blog hops and link parties. Bloody waste of time, most of them.
PPS. Go do what makes you come alive.