I started blogging 4 1/2 years ago. I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly, but yet, here we are. I’ve had my ups and downs with some pretty great posts, and a few flops. I’ve also gone on hiatus more than once. Have you ever wondered what happens to a blogger when their blog seems to stop? Do you wonder if they fell off the face of the earth, or if something happened, or perhaps they just got too busy?
I can’t speak for all bloggers, but in my case it is a few things. It happens when I get busy and when I lack for inspiration. I’m finding inspiration for posts is harder to come by these days. There are so many blogs out there, finding original topics or a new spin on things is hard. Really hard. But I’m also having other challenges. Namely, my kids. When they were younger, the experiences and stories seemed to be there constantly. They also didn’t necessarily understand the concept of the internet, and certainly not blogging. As they are getting older, I am finding they not only understand the internet, they don’t want to be on it. They don’t want me talking about them, they don’t want me sharing their pictures, they don’t want to be the subject of my blog posts or social media shares. Every time I take a picture of them I hear “you do not have my permission to put that on social media”.
So what is a blogger to do when their main subject doesn’t want to be the subject any more? You lose inspiration. You go on hiatus. I missed blogging during my last hiatus, so I’ve been slowly trying to come back out of it and be active once again. But the struggle is still there. I feel this need to reinvent myself and my space, but I seem to have trouble finding focus.
Recently, I had a wonderful conversation with a brand representative at Blogger Bash. When she asked me what my blog was about I told her it is a little all over the place because I am all over the place. I told her about my recent hiatus and the struggle to find new stories that don’t involve my kids so much. And a beautiful thing happened. She didn’t dismiss me as some washed up blogger, she engaged me in conversation. She told me about the things she likes to read about and tried to give me some ideas for new direction. While I’m not ready to run with one idea, I have been thinking back on that conversation a lot. A lot. It was nice to be heard, it was nice to be recognized, it was nice to have found someone who seemed to understand.
It makes me wonder about others. Where do you go for inspiration when you feel it has all been dried up?