Why I Haven’t Been Writing

It has been a tough time the past couple months. I have been so uninspired, so unmotivated in my writing and I just had to take some time away. I want to explain what has caused this feeling of not wanting to write.

First off, I have a lot going on in my personal life. I mean, who doesn’t? It’s just been harder to deal with recently. I don’t want to burden anyone with my issues because we all have them and mine are nothing special. I also don’t want to complain because there are lots of other people who have it worse than I do.

However, I’m just going to touch on a few things that I have been struggling with just so you all get an understanding of how I’m going to try to fix it all. Make sense? I hope so.

The biggest thing I’m most stressed about is money. Of course. As I’ve said before in a previous post I lost my job at the end of the year last year and I haven’t had one since. We were doing well on just my husband’s income for a while but now things are getting tight and I’m having to look for a job, which is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. It stresses me out. We are lucky to have family that helps us but there’s only so much they can do for us and I hate that they have to do that for us.

Aside from our financial troubles I have a small business that I am trying to grow and it is not growing quickly. That’s also frustrating because it could help so much if it would just take off but I understand these things take time. I’m just impatient.

The stress of these things of course are enough but I also think I have fallen into a rut with my blog. I think I figured out that there are a couple things I’m doing wrong.

1. I have a posting schedule. After reading my friend Tom’s post Why I Blog Once A Week I realized I needed to post less. I felt like I was constantly having to come up with post ideas and it was draining my creativity. I think I need to let go of the schedule. I think with the set days I feel like I have pressure to post something on those days and I find myself scrambling to get a post up sometimes and it’s not even a good one because I don’t put much effort into it, I just wanted to get something up. I think if I just started posting once a week I could put out more quality content.

2. I have a list of topics. I think topic ideas are great because sometimes you don’t know what to write about. But the list I have has dates attached to them, meaning that is what I have planned to write for that day. I think I was setting myself up for failure that way. By seeing that list I started to feel my creative juices drying up. I started this blog to talk about my writing progress and to share stories I’ve written or my opinion on a certain topic or book reviews. There’s a lot of stuff I’ve written lately that just hasn’t been about that and I’m bored. I think if I just keep that list for when I run out of things to write about and not make it what I will write about I’ll feel more inspired and spontaneous with my writing and it will be better and I’ll be happier with it.

I got so much good advice on my post about taking a break and I appreciate it so much. I think with the decision to post just once a week I’ll feel happier with my blog and it will mean more to me. (I still might throw a bonus post in there every now and then, if I feel compelled to do so.) Thank you all for the kind words, encouragement and understanding.

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New Series and What is Leaving

I have been going over my lists for blog posts and I have realized there are a few things I want to change. I know at the beginning of the year I told you guys about some new things I was adding to my blog so I thought I would do that again.

So a few things are staying like Toddlers Around Town, The New Thing I Tried This Month, Short Story of the Month and the Book Challenge/Book Reviews of the month. These posts are fun for me to do and I really enjoy doing them. I realize this month I wasn’t able to get a short story up but I’ve been pretty busy so I will have one up next month.

Series that I won’t be doing any more are the Dream Series, The Days of My Life and my Religion Series. All of these were fun while they lasted but I’m just not getting any enjoyment out of them anymore. I have one last Dream Series post going up next month but it will be the last for a while. I’m not saying they are going away forever but they will be gone for at least a while.

I do have some new series that I’m excited about. Hopefully you all will enjoy them. I’m going to have a monthly makeup post, I enjoy coming up with new looks and I want to get some good use out the eyeshadow I have. I have also noticed you all seem to enjoy them as well so hopefully I don’t disappoint you. I also want to try new makeup and give reviews on it. I’m also going to do a series on serial killers. Shocker, I know. It’s going to be called My Favorite Serial Killer and each month I will pick one to talk about. I’m kind of a psychology junkie so I’m planning to stick to that part of the discussion. I of course am not a licensed professional, I’m just going to discuss any research I find.

Well there you have it! I hope you’re excited about the new stuff to come. I sure am. I hope you all have a good week!

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