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Friday, September 14, 2012

I Blog Because...


I don't know if it's just me, but lately I've noticed a lot of bloggers writing about "blogger burnout". You know, that period of time where blogging just starts to feel like a chore, but you do it because, well you just feel like you have to.

A few months ago I definitely had some serious blogger burnout, but I stuck to my blogging. 5 days a week I was knocking out those blog posts, even if I didn't want too, and even if I dreaded sitting at home and writing them. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not, but I do think it is a testament to my dedication. ;)

Then in August I had a month off of work. A month to recover from how burned out I was feeling about life (not just blogging), a month to reconnect with the things I loved to do, and really a month to remember why I loved blogging. I realized that I was taking blogging and social media too seriously. This is not my job, but it's something I love to do. It is okay to skip one day of blogging, it is okay to put off returning an email for a day or two, and it is okay to stay off of twitter for a weekend. The world will definitely go on and my blog is not going anywhere either. ;)

These days that passion is back, and I look forward to blogging everyday. Hooray!
In light of all that that I thought it would be fun to remember the reasons why I blog.....

I blog because...
1. It is my passion.
2. I have something to look forward to everyday, something to think about it, and smile about.
3. I have made so, so many good friends through this blogging world. Friends that I've met and hang out with regularly, and some friends that I've never met but am so thankful for.
4. My life has completely changed since I started this blog.
5. Sometimes I talk in hashtags... and I like it that way.
6. Honestly, I have changed in so many ways since I started this blog. I am confident, more dedicated, more inspired, more creative than I'd ever thought, and so excited to plan blogger events (except when I get frustrated and burned out.. which happens more often that I should admit hehe)
7. I started to think that I'm kinda, sorta a little funny... or at least that's what you tell me. ;)
8. I want to inspire.
9. My job is a unique one, and sometimes I like to share a little bit of it with you. (well as much as I can but privacy is pretty important in my field)
10. Expressing myself through writing and photography is way more stimulating than sitting on the couch and watching Real Housewives of Any City, but don't get me wrong I do that regularly too hehe)
11. Learning the smallest thing on Photoshop makes me oh so happy.
12. My job is a challenging one, and blogging serves as an outlet. An outlet that is so different and takes my mind off the craziness that can ensure.
13. I want to continue to grow.
14. Lets be honest, occasionally getting free stuff is really really fun.
15. I want to document the special moments.
16. Blogging has become a part of me. I am no longer just a girlfriend, daughter, sister, friend, and occupational therapist. Nope, now you can add blogger to that list and I can't imagine it any other way.

Why do you blog?
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I'm still craving a new blog design and haven't quite decided on the designer yet. Any recommendations? :)
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Happy Happy Weekend My Friends =)

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28 comments:

Michelle said...

I blog because I really like the community. Everyone is super nice and I love reading other people's blog posts!

Jes said...

I blog because I like to document my life. When I go through times of not really wanting to write, then I just don't and I don't apologize for it. It's my area to do with what I want, and I doubt that anyone will be crushed if I skip a few posts. I can tell a difference in my writting when I don't really feel like doing it, so that's why I don't force it.

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

This was a fun post to read, girl :)
ANNND I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who talks with hashags! haha!

Happy weekend!
xo

Chelsea said...

I love this post so much! I hope you don't mind if I share it :) I have definitely had blogger burnout, days when I started to reconsider things but then I thought some of the same things you've mentioned here:

Blogging has become a part of me. A huge part. I truly can't imagine my life right now without it. The support system here has helped me immensely over the past year. I too have seen the growth in myself. I feel more confidence, more dedication, inspiration, and creativity. Although some days can be frustrating when my brain is just burnt out or that new Photoshop technique is just not working, in the end, it has been one of the most rewarding choices I've made. Thank you so much for sharing this! It was a great reminder of why we all love blogging :)

a cup of subtle tea said...

I started blogging because I relocated with my fiance and now I blog because of the friends and inspiration I find. I also do it because of my design business ;)

There are so many amazing blog designers out there! I would love for you to consider me :)


xoxohannah
www.signedxoxohannah.com

Lindsay @ Trial By Sapphire said...

I feel the same way as you. Blogging has pushed me in positive ways, connected me to wonderful people (locally and internationally), and given me a way to document life in a unique way.

Please add Bobbi (http://todayimbobbi.blogspot.com/p/ready-to-blog.html) to your blog designer "shopping"! She is a dream to work with, and she is very versatile (e.g., doesn't have just one style). She designed my blog in April, and I still get compliments about it. I also gained a great deal of new readers as soon as the design was up. Check her out!

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

This is a great post girl! I definitely feel burnout with blogging sometimes, mainly because I have to be on a computer all day for work and so some days it's hard to make myself spend even more time on the computer than I have to. But at the same time, I love having my own little space to share my life/recipes/photos/pinterest finds/fashion wish-lists/book reviews/etc. with the world. I love having blogging as a creative outlet, and I've connected with so many amazing women through blogging so it's definitely worth it! Have a great weekend girl! xo

Dreams Do Come True said...

I feel the burnout as well. I also get annoyed when I post several times a day or some big post and maybe get one comment and other bloggers post about nails and get 30 or more comments.


I have been following your blog for awhile now and I would love if you would follow me or at least visit.

Dreams Do Come True

http://happilyeverafter-tiffany.blogspot.com/

Hollie Ann said...

i didnt blog today...or yesterday....so i couldn't tell you ;)

basically all the things you listed but most of all finding new friends and feeling apart of a community :)

Cara-Mia said...

Cute post! I'm so glad you blog - and glad to have met you! :)

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

i love that you are an OT.
you prob need to meet my best friend who is a music therapist in San Diego. In fact, I wonder if your paths have ever crossed?

I have another friend who is an OT in Loma Linda and another friend who is an OT up here in Seattle. :)

Yay for OTs! you guys do such wonderful work :)

Kate said...

I love this post! I think it's so important to remember why you blog sometimes to get a little perspective. Thanks for sharing your reasons! :)

Ana said...

I've noticed it too. I was feeling really tired of all of it, so when we took a trip last month, I deleted all socia media apps from my phone, to make sure I actually had a break. And even though it felt liberating, I really love blogging. I thought about stopping a lot of times, but then I remember why I started in the first place. To think my kids will be able to read our story in the future makes me happy.

Anna-Lisa Fredrickson said...

I like this post because I've been asking myself the same question. I think my main issue is I wonder what the point of blogging is if no one really reads my blog. BUT, I blog for myself because it's my creative outlet and is nice to have a space for that! Of course more readers would be nice, but that can't be my main motivation.

jessica {creative index} said...

i blog because i enjoy doing it... if/when it stops being fun or if feels like a chore, then i'll have to rethink it... but until then i love being creative... and "meeting" new people and all the wonderful inspiration out there!

i think your design/layout is pretty cute! i've just recently started taking on design work, feel free to check out my blog and/or shoot me an email, if you want...

meghan said...

Good post. I wen through a slump a few weeks ago and just didn't want to blog. I'm glad I stuck in a few posts a week to keep it up, because when I'm on and loving it it makes it worth doing.I blog because I love the community and the connections I've made. I also love reading how so many people are similar to me when sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one.

Jessica said...

I love blogging for a lot of the same reason! If I wasn't in the Navy, I would probably be a teacher or do something related to my Psychology degree (that I'm still working on)! =) -Jessica L'

THEJESSICALBLOG.COM

Lisamarie said...

Hi friend. I am so happy you blog. But hey!! The fiesta is going on this weekend. Why don't you come home, go with me on Sunday, and we can blog about it!!

Dorien said...

This is such a nice post, I love to read about some positive things about blogging for once hehe. I'm already blogging for two months but sometimes even I have that feeling that "I NEED to blog". But it's fairly easy to shake off that feeling and only post when I like :) xo

SarahJane Miller said...

I blog because it is a way to journal pictures and thoughts of my life. And because it is so fun to read other blogs too :) I am your newest follower, excited to read more about you! Come follow along http://sjdmiller.blogspot.com

Sarah Evans said...

I love your honesty. I haven't quite had the blogger burnout thing but I have had the overdoing link parties instead of having a life thing and it's not nice!

Sarah
http://acatlikecuriosity.blogspot.co.uk/

Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

A new follower from the Networking Blog Hop.
Great post on blogger burnout. I have favorited it so I can come back and re-read when I am feeling the same way.

Kerrie
http://familyfoodtravel.blogspot.ca

oomph. said...

Over the past two years that I've been blogging, so many blog friends have come and gone....some don't ever come back, but it's nice when they do! I've learned that it's ok to skip a day or two....to avoid feeling overwhelmed.


[oomph.]

Rachel said...

I haven't been blogging nearly as long as you have, which is probably why I haven't experienced the 'blogger burnout' times yet...but already I can't imagine my life without blogging. It really is something to look forward to everyday!

Laura D. C. said...

Definitely there's a bunch of good reasons to blog on your list, and I can say that after only a few weeks in the whole blogging thing, I share already a bunch of them :)

Allie said...

welp yep! you read my mind :)

EMMA said...

There is a bunch of good reasons to blog and you have named them all!

Emma
http://emmavogelsang.blogspot.com

Annie Brighton said...

Hi,

I am Matan's friend. I couldn't figure out how to email you, so I decided to leave a comment :)

Thanks for offering to give me some pointers. Your blog is great, and I love that your posts utilize different formats to keep things visually appealing. I noticed that I am writing a lot of words lately, and getting away from including fun photos!!

One of my big issues right now, is that I have been considering changing the name of my blog. When I first started, the name made perfect sense (Behind the B tab explains), but now I don't feel the need for a pseudonym. My more artsy, expressive side has just become the normal me. Is it taboo to change the name of your blog? Or is it okay (especially if you don't have a lot of followers)?

Thanks :)

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