I don’t know if it’s because it has felt like the longest winter ever, or the fact that I’ve been blogging for four years now, or the arrival of the new social media app Vero, or that Lottie has been waking again early — or all four of these things — but lately I have been struggling to think of new content.
Pressing publish on blog posts has felt hard work and my mind has felt muddled.
I know, I know. Coming from the blogger who has written ‘how to’ posts on this before, and from someone who is always gushing about how much I just simply LOVE blogging.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy it all right now, I still do, very much so. It’s just that lately I have sat down to create content and I have been — a bit, well, stuck. You know when you get to the point that you start doing other things and just catch yourself staring out of the window…searching for some inspiration?
And it’s not as though I haven’t got enough going on in my life to share; I am super busy and we have a holiday in just five weeks = SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. I guess sometimes though you just can’t put into words how you feel, and you can also struggle to know what people who follow you want to read from you.
To be honest I don’t feel like this very often, but when I do I tend to try out the following, which is what I’ve been doing lately.
Go out and do stuff. Yep, literally turning off my laptop, making plans with other people and going and doing anything is the best way to simulate my brain. Coffee, shopping, walks, going to the park with the twins, lunch dates. They all give me enough time away to think and to then want to get back into the blogging bubble again.
The Beast from the East has completely ruined this for me lately (and is probably why I have been feeling this way, as I don’t ‘do’ snow and ice) but now that blue skies have appeared again and the snow is melting (YESSSSS) I’m up for making new plans. It was a sweltering 10 degrees today! I am therefore popping stuff into my calendar and filling it up with nice things to look forward to.
Sweat. Going to the gym, running or working out at home REALLY helps me to get my happiness and motivation levels back on top form. I’m not being dramatic here but it literally changes my mood and outlook on life when I am feeling fitter. Usually if I workout first thing in the morning I’ll be in a much more productive frame of mind for that day. If I have missed a few gym sessions then I can end up feeling a bit fed up that week.
Reading other peoples thoughts. This is important to me. Sometimes it will just be an Instagram post, or a magazine article, but something will then trigger me to sit down and write a thousand words in one go. I’m not exactly into high-brow intellectual matters — I like to consume lighter content regarding style, feminism, motherhood, beauty etc — but I do read a lot of this kind of content from a diverse range of people/backgrounds.
Just writing content, again. Sometimes, like this blog post, it’s the process of starting with a blog post title and then going with the flow. This creative rut has been hanging over me for the last few weeks and so writing down that it is happening to me has really helped!
I guess this is what being a creative person is all about and something I am learning more and more about myself — i.e. sometimes words and photos literally appear and ideas pop up everywhere, and then other times, nothing. It’s tough to manage those barren times but knowing that they are a small part of being a creative helps me to ride them and get through them.
p.s. I wrote this post in about 20 mins on a Sunday afternoon whilst Dave was cooking dinner and the twins were doing playdoh, so I guess sometimes you have to just sit down and go with the flow.
Love, Jess x