Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I'm still here... and I'm thinking about this blog.




After a long three week vacation in Paris and jaunting around the U.K. visiting friends and family, it has taken me much longer to get into the swing of things than I would like. My house is a wreck, my to-do list is long and all of the things that I want to do have taken a backseat, including this blog. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about blogging and how I want my blogging process to change for the future. In the past week, I had a huge, massive, gigantic creative disappointment and it has made me take a look around at my whole creative process, including how I share it, through social media and here on this blog.  I seem to have lost my voice and my purpose on this space of mine, and I'm currently trying to figure out how to get both back. I've been listening to Elise Blaha Cripe's podcasts, as she chats quite frequently about blogging, and I was struck by episode 16, where she talks about blogging with Cortnee Loren. Around six minutes into the chat Elise says,

"That's what I tell people when they get stuck with their blog, or they start not liking their blog. They're just kind of over it."

Yep. That would be me... 

"I just say, if you're over it, 'Write for the audience you want. I mean, obviously, write for yourself, but if you feel like you've hit a wall, forget about all these topics that are boring you. Go to new ones and things that are exciting you again and your audience is going to find you based on that."

I think where I went wrong with my blog was when I labeled it as a 'scrapbooking blog', so when I wasn't creating, or I couldn't share my design team work, I felt like I didn't have anything to write about. I thought that my readers also labeled my blog as a 'scrapbooking blog' and would only want to come here for scrapbooking layouts, period. I'd forgotten that in the past, the most visited posts were ones about what I cooked for dinner on Wednesday or Lizzy's premature birth at 25 weeks. What I'd like to happen here is for scrapbooking to be more like 25% of the content, with family, food (which has been scarce here lately, although clearly, I have been eating) and other life stuff making up the other 75%.

So... I'm going to take Elise's advice and just write about what interests me now. However, I'd also like to know what interests you too. In the blogs that you subscribe to, what posts do you most enjoy? Purely out of interest.

Here's to a new outlook my friend.


11 comments:

  1. Yes! This is the bit I'm struggling with, so I'm slowly starting to write the posts I want to write, and see where they take me.

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  2. I've missed your blog! I want to hear about Lizzy, Simon and Toby and life in general. I want to see your decorating style, your passion for cooking and your daily life. Can't wait for the new!

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  3. I like blogs for the variety of things that are interesting to the blogger. I usually visit a blog the first time for scrapbooking reasons but its a general feeling I get about the blog that keeps me coming back.

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  4. Sorry to hear that there was a creative struggle, that's no fun. Definitely focus your energy on writing what you want to write and not what you think you should be! :)

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  5. I think we all have periods like this - life just changes and it's normal. It's one thing if you don't want to write anything at all and other if you want to write about different things.
    I stumbled upon your blog from some scrapbooking blog hop and I liked your scrapbooking style and the way you write, so I stayed. And then came Lizzy, it's nice to know that she's doing fine. So, yes, write what you want to write and enjoy it)

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  6. My favourite scrapper blogger is Paige Evans because she has a variety of scrappy and real life/every day posts. I say go for it!

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  7. I love seeing your products! You are amazing... sorry to hear about your creative bummer... I think we've all been there and sometimes it's hard to get back up... sometimes just taking a break and re-evaulating the reason why we craft it helps to bring our groove back. Hope this finds you well!
    Lisa

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  8. I blog about my everyday life, instead of doing PL. It is in written form with photos added. My journal. If scrapbooking and cardmaking make an entrance then that is cool if not, oh well! I have had my blog for almost 6 years now, when my baby went off to college.

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  9. Hi Meghann. Like you I find blogging comes in fits and starts. Sometimes I can blog everyday about nothing in particular and then go weeks without something to say. Write about the mundane, the happy points and your scrap booking it's your blog. I first found your blog through another scrapping blog and they mentioned
    Lizzie had arrived early so I popped over. I loved your scrapping style and hoped it would get me back into scrapping again. It has so thank you. I now live in Katy Tx and a hoping to find lots of great thing to blog about. Keep smiling. Liz ��

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  10. I was very inspired by this podcast as well. So glad I found your blog and can't wait to see where you take it!

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  11. Funny I should stumble onto this post! I have not been blogging well of late. For a variety of reasons. My creative piece has suddenly changed a bit too... A direction that I was not expecting. Big hugs on the disappointment! I do love your style but I have also visited for the general feel of your blog. I keep wandering back because I enjoy it ;) Cheers!

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