Life Lately: Running out of ideas, Side Projects & More


This is probably my sixth or seventh time writing out this post, I just keep deleting it thinking "is it really worth posting this?", but hopefully I've actually posted it this time and not just drafted it out. Seeing as it's been a while since my last life lately post, and to help break up some of the poetry/book related content that's been on here recently, I thought I'd have a quick catch up with you guys as to how life's been going for me lately.

To start with, I'm starting to run out of ideas when it comes to my blog. I don't know whether it's because I'm lacking in inspiration or motivation, but nothing I come up with seems good enough to write a blog post about so I'm a bit stuck. I'm scrolling on Twitter and Pinterest every evening, researching ideas and looking at 'blog post ideas' posts online, but nothing is inspiring me to write at the moment.

It's the same with my poetry, I just have no inspiration at the moment. I know inspiration tends to fluctuate and I'm hoping this is just a temporary thing and pretty soon I'll be back to blogging twice a week, with a head bursting full of ideas and what not, but at the moment it's just not happening. This time a year ago, I was on a roll, I was reaching peaks of 13,000 views a month and posting two-three times a week. It felt like I had a lot to say and a lot to talk about, but recently it's just been the complete opposite. I've not had many blog opportunities either, it's like the well has dried up.

I'm determined to post this post though, as I feel I needed to explain why I might not be posting much in the coming weeks. I don't know whether this is a sign I should find other hobbies and give up blogging, or a sign that my mood isn't too good at the moment (depression normally means a lack of interest in things) or if it's just a natural lack of inspiration. I don't know, but I'm going to work through it though and hopefully I'll come back with plenty of ideas.

On a positive note though, I've finally figured out how to create an e-book. I was stuck for so long on how to go about making one, but google solved that problem. So, there's something for me to have a think about and possibly have a go at creating one in future. It'd probably be a poetry one, but I guess it's just a wait and see what comes of it sort of thing.

I don't like popping on here if I haven't got anything exciting or interesting to write about, but I feel as though I needed to talk a little bit about the realities of blogging. Blogging is great and everything, but it's easy to get caught up in the statistics and question why you think your blog isn't good enough or why you're not experiencing as much success as other people, but I think I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself and it's getting to the point now where these thoughts are taking all the fun out of blogging for me as I'm getting too consumed by it all and so I'm probably going to be taking a bit of a break to reevaluate why I blog and whether or not it makes me happy.

In the mean time I'm trying to get better at drawing with a wacom tablet - it's not going too well so far. Art and design and stuff really isn't my strong point, but I'll hopefully get better at it and be able to illustrate my poems in future. That's the goal anyway. I'm also trying to beat my anxiety in going outside so I can start doing photography again. I've realised I've only actually used my camera outside like twice in the past year or so, so that needs to change.

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