When your life doesn’t feel blog-worthy

For me, August was a whirlwind — one I’m not sorry to say goodbye to, and one I’m honestly still recovering from. It was one of those months where all I could do was try to put out the fire closest to me and hope it didn’t consume me first. September is shaping up to be more of the same, and, to be honest, I felt a little defeated when I realized this blog post was on my to-do list — so much so that I’m actually writing it late!

If you’ve been blogging any length of time, I’m sure you’ve felt the same at some point or another. That’s the thing about blogging — there is no completion date. And so it’s subject to the ups and downs of our everyday lives. Some days blog posts will fly out of our fingertips, and other days, it’s the last thing we want to do.

When there are fires all around you, you start to wonder why you blog in the first place. It’s easy to say that it’s not important, and move on with the next item on your to-do list. That’s why it’s so important to know why you blog — write it down somewhere if you need to.

Here at <em>press, we wanted to build more than just a shop — we wanted to build a community. Blogging is a part of that. It’s how we start conversations, share our thoughts, and connect with customers and readers. And when I remembered that, suddenly writing this post didn’t feel so daunting. I’m simply starting a conversation and sharing my own experience — an experience I know you’ll be able to relate to.

I have met so many people through blogging (Hi, Victoria!), and blogging led me to build two businesses in the last six years. In other words, blogging has helped me make some pretty major things happen in my life. But the thing is, it didn’t happen overnight. It happened post by post, pushing through the times when writing was the last thing I wanted to do. Hitting publish even though it didn’t feel like my best work, or even blog-worthy. (I’m writing this to myself as much as I’m writing it to you — some days it’s especially hard to press that publish button!)

And you know what I’ve found? Those posts, the ones I didn’t feel like writing, the ones I almost didn’t write, are usually the ones people connect with the most. Because they share something real, something we can all relate to. They also usually serve as little reminders to myself, that it’s ok to share your rough drafts.

What do you do when life doesn’t feel blog-worthy? Do you write anyway or give yourself a break? If you take a break, how do you pick up blogging again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

2 Comments

  1. Amanda wrote:

    Lisa!
    I love this post so much. Man, I can relate on so many levels. I’m sorry you’re dealing with so many fires right now. I love you more for making time to help me put out my fire this week knowing you have so many things going on behind the scenes. THANK YOU.
    I live a pretty fast-paced life that often feels like a circus. Just one crazy balancing act to the next. And it’s been an ongoing struggle to cultivate the self-compassion I need to share my rough drafts or allow myself to take a break when things get particularly tough.
    I have found recently that when I at least start on a draft, rather than waiting until I have time to write, edit and publish all in one sitting, I feel a bit more on top of things. Just getting my thoughts down whenever they come.
    But nothing has helped more than reading posts like this one. There’s something powerful about empathy and knowing others are going through the same emotions and life challenges that we are. That always makes me feel better about sharing my (imperfect) ideas with the world.
    So excited to be a part of this community with you and Victoria. You two are the best. So grateful for your talents and friendships!
    xo
    Amanda

    LittleMissFearless.Blog 😉

    Posted on 9.21.18 · Reply to comment
  2. Erica wrote:

    You are so right Lisa! When my life gets busy, I used to push through and publish posts. Now I allow myself a little more grace – my blog is a hobby, by no means do I make an income from it. So if I’m too tired at the end of the day to write a post, I don’t. I still have a goal to publish M/W/F, but I don’t always achieve it. And that’s okay for my stage of life with two little ones.

    I will say that when I do push through the busy, I feel proud to have written a post, especially those that are deeper and more meaningful. I hope to have more of them in 2019!

    Posted on 10.24.18 · Reply to comment

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