State of the Blog

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I’m doing a little update because, quite frankly, I’m not really proud of the way things are shaping up here. I love blogging – I really, really do – but I find myself out of good ideas constantly and sometimes I’m even too lazy to even sit at my computer and write. My attitude toward blogging is shaping up to be similar to my attitude toward school as the senioritis creeps in more and more.

So here’s where I’m at: My most entertaining post in the past few weeks, in my opinion, was my April Fool’s Post – which I think speaks to just how boring my blog has been content wise lately. It is pathetic.

And it’s not like I don’t have ideas for posts – I do have ideas. I’m often too lazy to execute them because I feel that no one would read them – they aren’t useful or entertaining to anyone else. I know because personally, I wouldn’t read them. Just to give you an idea, I made this list: what’s on my desk, short getaway essentials, and handbag hoarder #2: beach totes edition. These ideas are things I would’ve once found a way to execute, even though I would have known deep down they are weak ideas. But now writing a blog post that’s weak just seems like such a waste – so I just don’t do anything at all.

You might want to ask me what I’m asking myself: Why don’t you write posts like the posts you like to read? And the truth is, there are only a few select blogs left that I actually truly like to read, and I’m pretty sure I only like to read them because I appreciate the voice and point of view the author brings. Therefore, it’s not really something I can replicate.

I love some good outfit posts, but that’s just not my thing – it really never has been. So as more girls edge toward editorial photos, I’m going in the opposite direction – wanting to do more writing – and I feel like not many people want to read my long winded rambles on things. So as a result, I feel that if no one reads my blog, why am I blogging? Obviously I appreciate the satisfaction I get out of producing and maintaining this website, but I want feedback and interaction.

I’ve been really closed off on social media lately – and it’s because I tried for quite some time to amp up my social media, and got no results. I know everything takes time and effort, but it is very hard to stay motivated when other people are doing mediocre work and are receiving all the attention.

I know I keep making excuses and I keep writing posts like this but that’s just how I currently feel. I’m going to try to keep pushing myself, because I think that’s the only way to get into a groove, but I need to switch things up in some way shape or form. I’m not completely sure how, as I’ve been so bogged down by the overall monotonous nature of the  blog world in general.

Let me know if you see where I’m coming from – and give me absolutely any feedback at all, positive or negative. Having some sort of interaction about this blog might be the thing I need to get back up and running.

Jamie

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3 Responses to State of the Blog

  1. Kate says:

    Please keep blogging Jamie! I love your blogs and what you have to say. I also agree with what you said above, which is exactly why you have to keep writing- to give us more that we can actually read. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I read your blog, and I’m certain more people do then will end up commenting on this. I understand how frustrating it can be to do work that goes unrecognized, it happens a lot back stage (of course I have to relate everything back to theater) or even with actors on stage who are very talented and don’t seem to get what they deserve. Ultimately the choice to keep on blogging is yours, and you should only continue to do it if it makes you happy. But I think if you feel like you’re in a slump like this one, blogging is the best thing to do. Everyone gets writer’s block, and I don’t think enough people appreciate how difficult blogging truly is. Professional authors can spend years on a book, and you push yourself to turn out new material on a regular basis. Not only that, but like you mentioned in this post, you hold yourself to a very high standard- higher than some other bloggers. That’s admirable. But that being said, not every blog post has to be award-winning. Some things can be the quick and fun picture posts, your readers won’t mind that.
    Coming up with more and more creative ideas is difficult, and I understand the feeling that nothing new and inspiring is coming right now at the end of senior year, but college is just around the corner for us and I’m sure you’ll be able to pull some inspiration from that.
    Like I said before, you should continue to do this because you enjoy it. I hope you decide that you do. You are a talented writer and an amazing friend, and I can’t wait to see where all of this takes you. <3

  2. Stephanie says:

    Jamie, I’ve definitely felt like this before! After blogging for a couple of years (wow that sounds weird), I realized I became inspired and motivated when I stopped paying attention to the numbers. I just did what I wanted to do, even if that meant not fitting into a “niche” or having a consistent posting schedule. For some people, that can work, but it wasn’t for me. I’m actually glad that you believe in quality over quantity – that’s like my blogging mantra haha. Do what you want to do to be happy and I hope you find your way!

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