Sunday, March 10, 2013

On blogging and finding my own way


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2:44

I have to confess I haven't really felt like blogging lately. I feel I've been out of ideas, not really knowing what to blog about. Sure, I've had the prompt post up every morning. But those are made in advance and have such a simple form I don't really count them. Otherwise I've been feeling blank, and am now trying to figure out what kind of blog I really want to write.

I have been blogging for years. And I used to stress about it a lot. There was always that little voice in my head reminding me how I should blog more and do it better. Be more professional, as that was how other bloggers seemed to do it. Use more time planning and writing, and offer something special to the readers. And then again, be me at the same time.

Then last summer I suddenly realized: this is not a thing I should be stressing about. This is supposed to be fun. I need more fun and less stress to my blogging, or otherwise there's no idea to do it anymore. I realized this is my hobby. And to me a hobby should be something I enjoy doing. I don't want to be a full-time or even a half-time blogger, who lives off her blog. As much as I would love to have tutorials and helpful "articles" in my blog, that's not really who I am. And that's okay. It's okay to do this my way. Now I just have to find out what that way really is.

After this realization (sometimes it's so hard to see the simplest of things) I have stressed a lot less. There might be longer gaps between my posts, but I have chosen not to worry about that. I choose sleeping instead of blogging when I'm tired, and when I'm super busy at work I don't even think about this blog when I get home. Sure, that voice is still in my head, but now I have given myself a permission to tell it to shut up. If there isn't enough posts for someone, or if I'm not interesting or funny enough, they may go read someone else's blog. There is something for everyone in the blogosphere, and it's okay not to do it the same way others do. I should be doing this for me, as that's the only way this blog can be genuine and enjoyable for readers.

This blog is a combination of all kinds of stuff. I have realized I enjoy most documenting my life and writing about little things and simple pleasures. This is kinda like a diary, except I don't share that much personal details. (I'm afraid to do that, as I blog with my own face, and am always worried how people I know in real life would see me if they read about my personal stuff from my blog, probably without me even knowing it.) I've come to realize I don't have to blog about every event that might seem blogworthy somehow. And on the other hand, I can blog about the simplest things, if that's what I enjoy doing. I don't know if that's enough for you, but for me it is. At least for now. Some day I might want to write those tutorials and articles, but for now I prefer sharing my crafts and inspiration and notebooks and such simple random things. I would love to write more, and maybe share more, but we'll see about that. This blog grows and evolves, sure, but right now it is like this.

I'm thankful for this journal challenge as it's letting me breathe and think without having to leave my blog completely empty. I'm still finding my way, but it's somewhere there, I'm sure about it. This is supposed to be fun, I remind myself. And if you enjoy reading my fun, that makes me even happier.

PS. This post came out of my head in English, and I think it's way too long to be translated  to Finnish right now. So I'll let it be, only in English this time, hope you don't mind.

8 comments:

  1. Enjoying your blog just as it is...The personal little things, whatever, I enjoy them. I enjoy the huge variety in the blogosphere and you add to it. Thanks!

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  2. Elä missään nimessä turhaan stressaa blogista! Minen ainakaan vaadi syväluotaavia tekstejä tai mikä on in nyt. Arjen pienet hetket on parhaita. Varsinkin jos välillä itse unohtaa olla iloinen pienistä jutuista, niin tekee hyvää nähdä, miten joku toinen on löytänyt ilon vaikka teipeistä tai kirjasta. :)

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    1. Aikomukseni on olla stressaamatta tästä eteenpäin. Ja se on kiva kuulla, että mun pienet jutut ilahduttaa. Kiitos Nelly kaikista ihanista kommenteistasi, joita oot näiden vuosien aikana jättänyt! Oot mahtava!

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  3. Kiinnostava kirjoitus - niin kuin blogisi muutenkin. :)

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    1. Kiitos! Piti vähän tuulettaa päätä, tämä oli lopputulos :)

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  4. Ajatuksia herättävä kirjoitus. Itsekken mietin vähän samansuuntaisia ajatuksia, vaikka olenkin vasta aloitteleva bloggaaja. Ja hauskaahan tämän pitäisi todellakin olla, eikä stressaavaa! Kiitos sinullekkin tästä maaliskuun muistikirjahaasteesta! Tulee minunkin blogiini listauksia edes sen muistikirjasivun verran. :)

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    1. Sehän siinä on, että stressi hiipii helposti seuraksi, vaikka kuinka yrittäisi välttää. Tämä on niin nopeatempoinen maailma, että parinkin päivän poissaolo tuntuu ikuisuudelta. Mutta pitäkäämme stressi aisoissa ja nauttikaamme muistikirjailusta!

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