My relationship with blogging and the co-existing job title that comes with the act of blogging has been one of love and hate. Usually I’m floating somewhere in between love and hate, fumbling around in a state of “meh”. When I’m super inspired and have lots to say, blogging is the easiest job on the planet. Most days, the words are hard to write and I end up sharing a rambling post about a pretty corner of my home. Is this the kind of blogger I want to be known for? Do I even want to be known as a “blogger?”
This space has been a bit quite all summer long. The ideas weren’t flowing and I didn’t want to force a post just for the sake of posting. During my much-needed break, I found myself questioning what blogging meant to me and my growing business and how I’d eventually ease back into sharing. I realized a few things…
1. Thank you, thank you: Blogging is essentially the key element that propelled me into the life of full-time freelance and I’ll be forever grateful. Without blogging, my social network (all of you loyal readers) would not be as phenomenal as it is, my confidence in my skill sets would just be so-so, and my first paying clients would have never found me. Because of this reason along, I owe it to this little blog to keep going.
2. Experimenting: For me, blogging isn’t a form of journaling (never has) but a tool I use to grow as a designer and a space where I can explore new things. If I put too much pressure on the art of sharing beautifully written personal stories, the reason I started blogging in the first place fades into the distance. Sharing rambling posts about a corner of my home or a new artist I discovered is exactly what I need to do to keep the creative juices flowing, and that’s OK. I need a space where I can throw anything at the wall and see what sticks.
3. Keep going: There is no doubt that blogging consistently is a full time job in and of itself, so if you have another full-time job (like designing/photography), give yourself a break. It’s not an everyday occurrence to hold two full-time jobs in this day and age. Actually…that’s crazy talk. If you need a break, take a break. Don’t force blogging or you’ll grow to hate it. The important thing to remember is to just keep going at your own pace.
Those are the three main things I realized, so for now, I’m going to blog when I’m inspired and refrain from feeling guilty when I’m not. This blog is going to organically grow with me, and today I choose to grow slowly. There is no end finish line in this type of thing, so why not enjoy the ride. I love that you guys are hear to join in on the conversation. Let’s chat about random things and share beautiful inspiration. Who’s in?