A blog post from me on a Thursday? Gasp! What is going on here? I’m joining up with a link up on the blog Penny’s Passion called “Thinking Out Loud Thursday” – basically, sharing what you’re thinking about. So what am I thinking about? Right now it’s blogging.
Here’s a confession. In the last several months I found myself kind of losing my blogging mojo. I think there are a few reasons for this. One of them is that several of my favorite bloggers have slowly been dropping off and closing up their blogs. I watched as one after the other either started blogging less or closing down their blog all together and I thought, maybe the blog is dying. Is it time for me to do the same thing?
Another problem is that I started kind of putting myself into a cookie cutter as to what my blog even is. I have attended some fantastic blogger workshops over the last year and a half and I learned some really great things, but I also found I was trying too hard to follow all the “blogging rules” so to speak and I think I slowly started to lose my own voice.
But then a couple of things have happened in the last couple of weeks that have really fueled my fire and passion for blogging again. I joined a supportive blogging Facebook group that a blogger I’ve followed for a long time started with a couple of other people. I used to be a member of some similar groups, but around the time I started my new job I dropped out of them for fear I wouldn’t really be able to participate as easily. I never realized how much I missed those communities though. This new group is just what I needed. It’s a supportive, non judgmental community. I’ve met some wonderful people already and found some great new blogs to follow and have connected with some that I’d forgotten. It’s a wonderful space.
The other helpful thing I did is I sat back and really thought about why I blog. I read through a ton of my old posts (going back to the old Bethie the Boo site in fact) and remembered that I blog for myself, to have a place for memories and to share my story. I always said I was doing this for me as an online scrapbook and if others are following along, then that’s just icing on the cake. So, I’m going to let myself be myself. I am not going to feel like I have to fit into a cookie cutter that maybe isn’t right for me. I’m going to write my truth, my passion, my life. I don’t have to be just like everyone else. I might not be the most amazing writer, I might not ever be published professionally, but I still have a story and I’m going to tell it my way.
So what does that all mean? Well, just I’m going to be real, I’m going to be me and I’m not going anywhere. Blogging is my baby and I’m never giving it up.
Thanks to the Peaceful Posse on Facebook for being a huge help in getting me back on track and igniting my fire. And thanks to Penny’s Passion for encouraging us to think out loud even if I’ll have Ed Sheeran stuck in my head for the rest of the day!