Rising From This Agonizing Blogging Crisis

Metaphorically doubled over … screaming inside … silently uttering incomprehensible words … very irritated by the drawbacks … discouraged (though not surprised) by the lack of possible progress … indifferent to drops in the Tots, Klout, and Parent Blogger Leader Board scores … glad my domain authority hasn’t declined … falling behind schedule … panic setting in …. disorienting blogging crisis

That’s a taste of how I’m feeling about my blogging at the moment.ย 

It’s like I’m in the blogosphere without being there; slowing fading away though I’d like to shine. I was shocked to see that I’ve only published 2 posts this month, and they are posts I had to write. It just doesn’t make sense. I want to write and I have so many posts going through my head every day; but I just can’t seem to bring myself to write.

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I dont’ like this blogging valley, and the defeatist nature of this blogging dip is so unappealing. So much for my talks about grabbing every opportunity; I’ve had to watch many go by! I’m even struggling to keep up with existing commitments … it’s all so demoralising.

You see, it’s been a challenging few months and life has been full on in so many ways. Returning to full-time work after maternity leave has been quite an adjustment, especially as a breastfeeding mother. I’ve been struggling with keeping my head above the waters of work, and frankly speaking, it’s got the better of me. This is not because of my new role as a mum, but because of what I call ‘the debris of work’.

Oh yes … the years of sweeping so much work junk under the carpet finally caught up with me. ๐Ÿ™ I’ve resisted writing about it though it’s occupied my thoughts way more than I’d like. I’ve tried to compartmentalize it but it’s gradually seeped out into my life outside work. I thought I could keep it from affecting my blogging but I underestimated its reach.

Blogging is such a treat for me; an important outlet for my thoughts and creativity, and another way of networking and connecting.

I’ve neglected my regular posts, and I rarely join in with blog link parties. I’ve missed my Breastfeeding and I linky for some weeks, and some of my social media is gathering cobwebs. I’ve literally let go of so many blogging lifelines, and it feels like I’m back to square one … in a way … that point when I was trying to find and establish my little corner in the blogosphere. ๐Ÿ™

Okay, I admit that it has not all been dark and dreary in my part of the web. I’ve discovered the value of Facebook groups, learnt a lot about how Facebook page works, and I even hosted a twitter chat last week. Even then, I’m struggling to get away from the slippery slope of this blogging valley. I’ve had enough of this unplanned blogging hiatus, and I can’t wait to get out of this blogging pit.

So here I am, making a stand for my blogging … taking steps to really write again. O yes, I’m choosing against my immediate feelings to record moments in my life, thoughts, and times for my little one. I am pushing myself to capture more thoughts, preserve some memories, and hopefully encourage others along the way.

The thought of the ‘space’ this will free up in my head is energizing.

I am so thrilled about pressing the ‘publish’ button again, soon.

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Do you ever have blogging dips or periods when you really struggle to keep doing something that is important to you?
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30 thoughts on “Rising From This Agonizing Blogging Crisis

  1. I feel you pain. I have only just started and to be honest finding it all a little daunting and I have no idea if I am doing it right or not! I have only written a few posts at the moment and not had any feedback yet so no idea if its because people aren’t finding me or if my posta as boring and are not holding peoples attention. *sigh*

    Oh well onwards and upwards. More positive thinking neeed methinks ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Vicky Walmsley recently posted…Secrets to starting an online businessMy Profile

    • Thanks. It’s definitely not easy starting out and letting others know about one’s blog. Joining blog party linkies and blogging Facebook groups are helpful with sharing one’s posts. I’m sure things will pick up.

      Onwards and upwards indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is hard when you have those moments of struggling to find the time and the motivation with blogging – sometimes you need to take that step back to be able to see things more clearly and to work out a way forward. Juggling going back to work with being a mum and trying to blog as well is certainly quite a challenge! Hope you manage to find your feet again soon, clear up the stuff that has been swept back under the carpet and get your blogging mojo back again, but make sure you also take time for yourself too so you don’t get too overwhelmed by it all. Wishing you all the best of luck with it all! x #twinklytuesday
    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) recently posted…From the mouths of babes #38My Profile

    • Thank you so much Louise … your words mean so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ Indeed, a step back many a time is a good thing. I’m learning to make time for myself, clear up the carpet debris, and pace myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I realised last week I’d let six days go past without posting! I didn’t mean to, I thought it had been a couple of days but I’d just been so busy I hadn’t had time to write. I love blogging. I love producing content and looking back at all the posts I’ve produced over the last six months. I love seeing how my writing has progressed and the evidence of the other skills I have acquired. I do not like the constant pressure to be present on social media. I hate that I compare myself with others and I don’t enjoy the stress of product reviews although I do them anyway! I love bloggin but I’m not so keen on a lot of stuff that goes with it! Good luck with getting back into the swing of things. #TwinklyTuesday

    • It’s so easy for days to go by without posting; o my word, it’s so easy. And that constant pressure to be present on social media; I’ve had to break away from it. It’s crazy … o yes, the stress that often comes with reviews. Oh Morna, so much that we love and so much we could do without as we make our space in our little corner of the web. Thanks for sharing, and your kind words. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. There must be something in the air, because there seems to be this blogging dip going on right now with many bloggers (myself included). I have so many post ideas floating through my head and jotted down on random lists that I can’t bring myself to sit down and write even though I am genuinely excited about them. #TwinklyTuesday

    • Blogging dips stinks though they have the potential to enable us to take a break and refresh, for a bigger and better writing and sharing experience. I hope you rise out of your dip too. It’s helpful knowing you can relate ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh, hell yes. I think of them as peaks and troughs; some days I’m filled with energy, positivity and enthusiasm, and then other days every word is like pulling teeth and everything I write is dreadful. I think it’s mgnified in blogging as well, because I like to get a post written and published very quickly, leaving very little time for edits and rewrites. It’s a vicious circle, as well; when you don’t have the energy to take part in social media, your stats suffer, sapping your motivation so you have less energy to take part in social media.

    On the plus side, I think once you’re established and you’ve built your network people won’t just forget you. Even if your stats do suffer, they’ll still remember you, and once you are ready to rejoin the blogging world, you won’t be starting from square one because they’ll be glad to see you’re back. #TwinklyTuesday
    Alison recently posted…Chicken with Forty Cloves of GarlicMy Profile

  6. Oh don’t panic – you’ll get through it! It is completely understandable if you’ve gone back to work. I have these feelings all the time and I’ve no excuse! Cut yourself some slack, sometimes it’s nice to take a break and come back refreshed. If you push yourself too much you’ll hate it all the more. Breathe and relax. It will come back! #twinklytuesday

  7. Welcome back! Well done for writing about it. I find that once you take a deep breath and write, things can get a little easier.
    When I’m feeling uninspired and like I’ve fallen into a pit, I find that having a regular blogging schedule really helps me to keep going. So I have posts I write on certain days of the week, for linkys or otherwise, and I write those every week even if I don’t end up submitting them to a linky. I find that keeps me ticking over mentally, as well as keeping my blog going. And often once I sit down and begin writing, I find it easier to write other posts as well.

    Hang on in there, you’ll be back to your old blogging self soon I promise! x

    • Yeah, there’s something about putting pen to paper and acknowledging a situation for what it is, that propels one forward. I continue to work towards a regular blogging schedule; I think I need to learn to be satisfied with doing something, instead of waiting until when I can all I’d like to do! Thanks so much for your encouraging words and helpful tip … massive thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’ve just written my first blog post in over a month! I often have the same feelings as you. I think that although we blog to be read, we blog to write, and the more we focus on the latter the better. Focusing on being read means we start thinking about stats, SEO, etc, and the more of a ‘job’ we make this, the more discouraged we can get in the sea of however many millions of blogs there are out there now. I’m trying to just like writing again. Good luck! #twinklytuesday
    a touch of domesticity / katie sparrow recently posted…Camping in St Davids, PembrokeshireMy Profile

    • Thanks for the lovely reminder to blog to write; blogging to be read is a bonus, isn’t it. I just have so much I want to write down and it can be quite frustrating when there isn’t time or will to do this. Even then, I don’t want it to become a chore :-).

  9. I think everyone goes through this phase with blogging, I struggle all the time as a stay at home mum. I’m constantly thinking about my primary role being as a mother, and that the blog is something that can wait. And it’s true, it can. But it doesn’t make me feel any better about it. I hope you got your blogging mojo back!
    Natalie / @diaryofuem recently posted…Learning how to believe in yourselfMy Profile

    • Thanks so much Natalie. It sure can wait, but we don’t have to feel good about it. It’s good to know that others have similar experiences with this. Thanks for dropping by, and for your encouraging words.

  10. Yes!!! OK maybe not as big a dip as you find yourself in but blogging on top of full time work is really hard. And I am so busy at work at the moment that I’m finding it hard to write a proper post. Twinkly Tuesday, my meets series and a few reviews are really all I’ve managed just recently! I feel like you, I’ve found my little space in the blogging world and I want to to grow so I need to keep it up. Equally my job pays me the money every month so that has to win! We can do this though, we are mums, multi-tasking women, powerful, creative, amazing and overall absolutely bloody exhausted! I hope you manage to get back into the swing of things lovely and thanks so much for finding the time to link up with #TwinklyTuesday
    Lisa (mummascribbles) recently posted…Get personalised with JD SportsMy Profile

    • Thanks so much for the encouragement, and for sharing your juggling. It’s quite a balancing act and we must prioritise as needed and beyond our interests. I hope I get back into the swing of things in a beneficial way all round too. Thanks for your lovely linky.

  11. I know how you feel (felt?) – I’m struggling to find any time or energy to blog on top of full time work and evenings and weekends parenting our toddler and new baby. Mrs B and I juggle children and try to squeeze in a conversation with each other. It’s full on 24/7 and I often look back with fondness at the luxury of time we had with only our first boy to look after. People tell us it gets easier! Till then my blog is on pause!

    • Yeah, thanks for dropping by. Real life has to come before blogging; especially with little ones growing so quickly. There is so much to do all the time, and I keep learning to pick my battles. All the best with finding a good balance to fit everything in.

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