Stuck?

Something is amiss in my corner of WordPress.com. I’m having trouble posting as often as I would like to post. It isn’t lack of inspiration that is preventing me from posting; I have a little leather-bound notebook I carry everywhere and write lots of ideas that I want to write about. I am just having trouble with the flow of blogging…

When I have an idea, I lack photos of the project which is the subject of the idea. When I do have the photos I want for the post, I don’t have time to stylized them to have the “feel” I want them to have, upload them, tag, title, caption and describe them for publication and write the post. The final result of my blogging inspiration ends up something like selecting the photos I want to use and getting them ready to post and “running out of time to write” so I go surf through the blogs I follow instead because I enjoy it.

I would really like to post something here daily, but I am falling short of that goal. Then I feel guilty for not posting every day I don’t post. I feel guilty to the point that I don’t even comment on the blogs I follow because I am afraid that someone who might follow repurposedKATE if it appeared to be active may click-through my comment and see that I haven’t posted in EIGHT days! I am not sure how to get over this hump and let my workflow, well… flow.

I get the feeling that I’m not alone in this muck, either. My favorite reads are either openly expressing the same discomfort or I am sensing it when I visit their posts.

No, that’s not true. Not all of my favorite blogs are winding down, Home Sweet Here is a posting powerhouse demonstrating substantial posts with plentiful photos about 5 times every week! How is this possible?!! Another favorite who isn’t slowing down is Janey’s Room. There was a lull over there before the first of the year, but it seems that activity is on the upswing now. Clearly, these two are not to be counted among the others I mentioned before. 

As of yesterday, I’ve got the feeling that the blog which originally inspired me to start repurposedKATE, 100 things 100 days, is getting back on track after a little down-time and Christine’s consecutive confessions about self-sabotage and procrastination. I’m glad to see that she’s continuing to post and I have a new (to me) power washer in the warehouse waiting for me to fire it up for the first time that gives me the idea that I’ll be getting my second wind any time now.

Bloggers I love that seem to be feeling the same malaise that’s hanging over my blog are both contributors whom I admire a great deal and delight in reading have both posted on this very subject, although with slightly different meaning and direction. The inspiration behind this post, in fact, comes directly from ReStitch Me’s near-anniversary post and the Not Messy Confession MrsJ published in the past week and a half or so.

In the earlier post of the two, ReStitch Me asked for approval for some time off to sort out some things so she can come back a to her blog with a greater sense of balance. She had me fooled for sure, because sure looks to me like she’s got it together. MrsJ, was equally frank in her post, confessing that she didn’t feel she had a significant contribution to make when so she posted from her personal life, just for the sake of posting something. I thought both entries were very admirable. I wanted to offer my supportive comments, but here I was… Not posting on my blog.

See what I mean about something being amiss in my corner of WordPress? How do I go about fixing this so I can get back to the purpose of this blog in the first place? I have an idea or two that I’m not quite ready to put out in the open yet, but if the situation doesn’t change soon, I’ll have little choice. In the meantime, I am hoping that someone who has a suggestion

for getting me back to posting and getting my flow flowing will offer it in the comments… I hope everyone who reads this has an idea and leaves a comment.

Have you had this problem? Did you solve it? How?

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10 thoughts on “Stuck?

  1. Kate, just get it out there. Write. You can always edit as you go along. Add the photos when you can. You aren’t stuck. This is your blog. So do with it what you want to! Define your own successes, don’t let them define who you are (and you are strong and awesome.)

  2. Oh, MrsJ, I know you are right.

    “Ain’t nothin to it but to do it,” right?

    Okay. I will try. No…

    “Do it or do it not; there is no ‘try.'”

    You win! I’ll start today!

  3. Thanks Kate, for the kind, encouraging words. I think my biggest problem with blogging is that I put so many unrealistic demands on myself until it no longer was fun. As I said in my post, I’m taking time to find the balance again. I feel I’m heading in the right direction with the goal of picking it up again in June. Actually, I’m getting excited about it!

    Find what works for YOU and have fun! 🙂

    • Well, I love your posts and your projects. You are an inspiration for a lot of people, I promise you that. My birthday is in June, I’ll just think of your return as my present! (I do hope you stick with WordPress, too. I’ll help you with the system if you need some pointers!)

      See, er… I mean… READ you again soon!

  4. Kate, I hear you loud and clear! I walk around having imaginary conversations with my blog readers. Only a tiny fraction of it ever gets written down which is too bad because my favourite part of my 100 things project has been connecting with other people. I’ve been stuck thinking I can’t write unless I’ve decluttered something significant. No more! Going forward, I’m giving myself permission to write on any topic I choose.
    I wish I had some sage advice for you, but I think Mrs. J said it best above. I will add, if (like me) you’re having conversations with us in your head, you may as well write them down. They’re no good to us there. : ) And I will try to follow my own advice. Thanks for the shout out.

  5. I really appreciate the nice shout-out but I’m right there with you! Everything seems to get in the way. But we’ll get there and it will be wonderful, right? 🙂

    • If anything is getting in the way of your blogging, I sure can’t tell that there is! The example you set in photographs alone is astounding to me, but I’m working on it. I’ll get there, too. And, yes, it will be wonderful.

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