I’ve lost that creative feeling

I am supposed to be writing (okay I am writing technically, but I’m supposed to be doing it elsewhere) but I took a snack break. Which led to an email break which led to answering emails which led me to blogs…and it went downhill from there.

Now I am officially out of rhythm through no fault but my own stomach’s need for food. I was sitting here trying to come up with something interesting to write. Or even replay (which I never do).

I’m feeling all out of sorts about blogging. I love it. But there are times where it feels like way too much to keep on top of. My housework slacks off, I don’t get any of my writing done and I feel consumed with trying to visit blogs and say hi and respond to all the people out there.

I don’t want to get burned out on something I (usually) enjoy. I had to turn my writing blog private because it was so neglected the entire one person who read it has even stopped reading. Eventually if I get out of the Bloggy Blues I’ll change it back. Have you ever hit the STOP button on blogging and declared enough is enough? I don’t want to hit that point.

Did you know the most interesting posts (and highest number of comments) have come on my Random Tuesday days? People must like me best when I’m just all over the place. Huh.

That sort of led me to wonder –

How do you blog?

That’s what I want to know. Are you an in advance scheduled poster? A on the fly in the moment poster? Or some combination of the two?

For me I am a combo. Sometimes (especially when it was new) I was all about the scheduled post. I could think it up and set it up and then every day until it posted (or every hour…) I could go back and edit and refine. That worked in my favor at times and other times not.

Do you find the on the fly posts do better (visit and comment wise) than the planned out ones? How far in advance do you write posts?

My curiosity is peaked about how you blog.

Also to clarify the Bus Mom story yesterday – she’s bringing a table (uh tomorrow morning – which is this morning cause this is a scheduled post!) and then wants the parents to lay out the food they brought for the kids to eat. Eh…okay. Cycling Papa wanted to make Rice Crispies Treats. Yep, nothing like pure sugar to get you going.

We settled on orange slices (because I made him). Another parent is bringing cheese, another juice boxes. There will be about ten parents in all (unless they get smart and drive their kids every Thursday from now on). It’ll be interesting to say the least. If I could get it on film without anyone noticing I would.

Tonight they are having a restaurant festival in the town where we live. All the wonderful restaurants on Main Street, Busy Town, USA are offering up samples. There are about three bbq places on the street. In case I haven’t mentioned it lately, I’m very fond of pulled pork and bbq ribs.

Extremely fond of them.

So if you don’t hear from me for awhile it’s because I fell into a coma after eating everything. At least if I die I’ll die happy.

Don’t forget to answer my How You Blog questions. I really do want to know.

21 thoughts on “I’ve lost that creative feeling

  1. As my blog is solely about our life overseas, I tend to only write when something happens or is going to happen. While I love the wordless wednesdays, the writing workshops, the blogging stuff that happens on different days of the week, I usually don't participate because it would then go against the tone of my blog and all I've created. No ads. No reviews. Nothing but personal stories. I want to have this available for my kids when they grow up – a place for them to read about themselves growing up in our crazy nomadic lifestyle.But don't get me wrong – I do love reading about everybody else's stuff… πŸ™‚

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  2. You could always say you just want a picture for the scrapbook. Hee Hee. Umm ok blog questions. I sometimes feel the pressure blog everyday. I always think of great things to blog about when I'm away from the computer and then I sit down and…nothing. Sometimes the writing in advance has helped but then I'll forget and write two posts and then no one will read on of them. My blog is private but I know there are more people invited to read than leaves me comments, and who doesn't like comments?

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  3. I don't have a set schedule. Sometimes I only blog once a month. Sometimes it's twice a week. My average seems to be about once a week, though. I don't know how people do it everyday. How do they come up with all their ideas?Since I am sort of a storyteller on my blog, I take a couple of days to write a post. It always takes me forever to edit photos, upload them to photobucket, and then position them, and make sure I write what I'm proud of. So, I'd say, it usually takes me 2 to 3 days to complete a post. I edit them constantly before I post since I tend to write too much and repeat myself.One thing I've always thought about blogging is that you should just do it when you feel like it and don't post just because you feel you have to so you won't lose readers and comments. I actually left blogging for like 3 months once because I was going through so much in my life and I was really depressed. When I did come back, I did lose a lot of my readers, but that's ok. I blog for me. I've noticed, though, that a lot of my readers are starting to come back and it's building again.This was a great post because it gets everyone thinking. Don't get burnt out! Just blog when you feel like it. :)Have fun eating! Always one of my favorite activities. πŸ™‚

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  4. I do some scheduled posts, but mostly I sit down in the morning and just write something.I rarely edit – as evidenced by my horrific sentence structure, punctuation, and occasional spelling issues. But I don't really care.I like to participate in some of the weekly activities, but it does take away from the purpose of my blog (to get our everyday life and events recorded.)

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  5. I am in a total blogging funk… Maybe the end of the summer blues? Dunno. Most of my posts are scheduled and very routine and I don't increase readership because of it and then I feel like I am going through the motions with it all and wish I were doing it differently. And then I don't really change much. So yeah, a funk.PS- The breakfast thing sounds a little unusual to me but not being a parent just yet makes my opinion only worth so much. That said, I don't have any friends who don't feed their kids already at home before the bus.

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  6. I'm a mix! Some nights I have no idea what I'll write about, then I dash something off and it's super popular with readers. Some nights I plan like crazy, and my post is a dud. Blogging takes energy, but it is often quite rewarding.

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  7. I am like you I schedule some things and sometimes just type away. But I don't feel like I have to write something every day, if I do great, if not, then no big deal to me. And the school bus snack/food thing… is just weird. I would hate to have to do that stuff each week. And watch, everyone will start “one upping” the other parents the previous week. Snacks will start getting fancier, etc. Just dumb. Keep us posted. lol And I say rice krispie treats would of been the best! LOL Maybe they would kick you out of the “snack group” lol

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  8. First of all I have a Papa too. (my hubby) We were in Philly in June loved it!!I am a fly by the seat of my pants type blogger, unless a recipe is involved. Then I plan because I take pictures and that kind of stuff. I too feel burned out sometimes but whatever. I keep on doing it.

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  9. I know what you mean about getting burned out. I go through phases where I love/hate it. I also binge blog and save content for later. I've learned that when I need a break, I take one. I have enough mandatory commitments in my life; blogging shouldn't be another one. Great post.

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  10. I am in a lost that feeling place, too. I like blogging. I love the connections. And the comments. But I have gotten out of the habit of writing daily. Sometimes I just have NOTHING to say. But…I actually have a list of possible topics. But even that sometimes seems daunting when I would have to find pictures. Or get them uploaded. Or other time consuming details that I would want to put in the post. I know what no one reads…the homeschool stuff. And I never seem to get what resonates with people…I also get really confused about my hits – which are really high – but my comments are pretty low…

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  11. I'm feeling anti-blogging lately too. By the time I catch up on my reader, it's time to fall into bed and I never feel creative or awake enough to write anymore. Hopefully we'll all get our mojo back soon.

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  12. Combo. And I've been in a slump for a while now. I've been leaning on the memes all summer. I get my biggest comments on Tuesday as well. I think it's just Tuesday though. I'm occasionally skipping Random Tuesday's now if I have something I really want people to see.

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  13. I'm pretty much all over the place. Sometimes I have a ton of ideas and time and then I just write. Other times I don't really feel like it so I don't. I don't try to put too much pressure on myself about posting regularly, worrying about how many 'comments', etc.I do send myself emails when I get an idea or the mood strikes me to write but I know I won't have the time to actually finish anything. That way when it's the end of the day and I'm checking my emails I will read the ones from myself and sometimes get inspired to actually turn them into something. Or, I read them and think, “Wow, that kind of sucks.”

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  14. So many of this go through this. This past spring I got so burned out I couldn't look at the blogger logo without puking. Plus, I was way behind on other writing assignments. Till that point, I was posting 5 – 6 times a week. Some on the fly, some preplanned. What was happening though was I was giving my best efforts to my blog because there was an immediate audience–but an audience that didn't pay my bills. I actually got bitter about it after realizing that a handful of people were only following me for the credibility of my commenting on their blog.I took time off and eased back into it with a post here and there. Then a post or two a week. Now it's 2 – 3/week. But what I decided was not to force it. If I had nothing to say or too much to do, then I'd put the energy elsewhere. I keep a notebook of ideas for pre-planned posts. If the post is too good, I'll submit it to another site for publication. Other times I throw in something spontaneous. Ironically, with this pacing, I've noticed that there are very few people following me just to get me to reciprocate. I'm rambling, sorry.

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  15. I'm a mix – but at times my 'scheduled' post is finished only an hour or so before the posting time I schedule it for of 12:01 am. πŸ™‚ I get into those funks, too, where I'll almost feel rebellious and stay away from my computer for an entire day (or more), doing anything except being online…then I feel guilty when I get way behind and am not visiting the blogs I like to visit (like yours) and put pressure on myself to play 'catch-up'. I used to concern myself about the number of comments a posts gets, but not anymore. The people that do comment make my day, and since I know it can be work to read and comment, however many comments I get makes me happy – even if it's a small number because I feel honored those people took the time out of their busy days to stop by my blog and read whatever nonsense I've written for the day. Especially since I tend to be too wordy for some people…like now. ;)I get the most comments on Tuesday's and Wednesday's because of Random Tuesday Thoughts and Wordless Wednesday – because that Mr. Linky really does help enable one to click through and read/comment. I know I leave the most comments on those two days myself! :)Ooops! Sorry, I didn't mean for this comment to end up an entire post…though it's shorter than my usual posts…(grin!!)

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  16. I wish I was organized enough to blog in advance but I'm always a last minute blogger. I seek to get better about that but I doubt I ever will.As you know, I did hit the delete button, so I absolutely understand how important it is to walk away from it sometimes until you feel the need to come back. Blogging vacations are essential.And I just got back from a very refreshing weekend off. I loved it!

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  17. I think that your volunteer mom is a flake short of a cereal box. (pun totally intented)The blog? well I just post! I started out with just posting anything for my own self then people started reading and I figured I had to give them something more to read then the 4yrs of freestyle so I pick up a carnival or 2. πŸ™‚

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  18. My blogging style has definitely changed since giving birth to my second child. Before she was born I was a schedule ahead blogger. I even wrote blogs out by hand in my notebook and then typed them into Blogger. But since giving birth I'm lucky if I get much time to write and think about my blogs. My blog posts are at the quality they used to be, but for now it's all I can manage. I think blogging comes like life, peaks and valleys. I think your blog is terrific Andrea. It is so heart-warming, honest, quirky, humorous, and touching. I like the variety of posts you write. Hang in there. I think with your big move, your hubby not being back state-side yet, children and school, and more you've been going through a lot. That's what I keep telling myself at least with having two children now and starting up the e-Zine. Big changes seem to hit us all at once and we may not feel as settled in ourselves to produce the blog posts we want to. But in time all will work itself out!!

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  19. My blogging style has definitely changed since giving birth to my second child. Before she was born I was a schedule ahead blogger. I even wrote blogs out by hand in my notebook and then typed them into Blogger. But since giving birth I'm lucky if I get much time to write and think about my blogs. My blog posts are at the quality they used to be, but for now it's all I can manage. I think blogging comes like life, peaks and valleys. I think your blog is terrific Andrea. It is so heart-warming, honest, quirky, humorous, and touching. I like the variety of posts you write. Hang in there. I think with your big move, your hubby not being back state-side yet, children and school, and more you've been going through a lot. That's what I keep telling myself at least with having two children now and starting up the e-Zine. Big changes seem to hit us all at once and we may not feel as settled in ourselves to produce the blog posts we want to. But in time all will work itself out!!

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