Hello blogging friends ! How are you today? I want to write about the direction of this blog and what I’ve learned along the way.
I started my blog because I had too many questions in my head. I kept wondering a thousand things at the same time. I looked things up and found answers but I had no place to put it aside and to let it rest.
This blog grew out of my curiosity for different things, my love for sharing and thus social media and the internet in general. In the early beginning nobody red my posts and I went for months and weeks without writing something. I simply couldn’t do it. But the blog was born, just waiting there. When the questions and answers piled up in my head, I organized them in more lengthy posts. And that was that.
Writing down my thoughts and my intial answers to my life problems became a fertile ground for making connections with others. It helps me so much to read stories of others who are experiencing the same things I do or maybe something completely different.
My need of being informed let me to read various posts on blogging etiquettes and tips for beginning bloggers. Somewhere I read that you have to post daily if you want your blog to be successful. Yes I want my blog to reach some people, so I can get feedback on my thoughts and experiences. I don’t want to write nor exist in a bubble.
With that advice I started typing away, document after document. I type my posts out in a Word document and then copy-paste them to WordPress. I also knew very well what I wanted to write about, mental health and burnout and depression in particular. So that was easy peasy and Bob’s your uncle.
Soon I felt that posting each and every day was way too much for me. I can not research, think, write and proofread every day because of life. But the blog gave me a reason to get up in the morning and some structure. I worked on blogs in the morning and red blogs and commented in the afternoon.
After a while I decided not to post at the weekend because it was just too much (for me). I was happy to post from Monday to Friday. Then of course mental health happened and my capacity to concentrate, to read and to write became more and more diminished. As much as I like to read about depression, I needed some other topics too in my life. The setup of the blog was also to write about my recovery process. I understood after a while that that process wasn’t going as fast nor as linear as I imagined it would go. I struggle with writing other content than I really feel at the moment. But always writing about depression became something depressing in itself. I’m not implicating that my blog made me depressed, no no, it was me. I hope I can shed some light on my recovery too in the (nearby?) future and that I’ll be able to expand the subjects I write about. Mental health ans psychology will always be near and dear in my heart.
Hoera, when out of the down and more on the up, I did found my flow again, I like writing and when I have inspiration it is so nice. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Things in my life are changing, there is some flow here and there and some prospects to bigger changes. But the daily struggle stays.
I enjoy writing when I feel it, when I have fun ideas and subjects to read about. I decided to post less frequently and to write when I ‘feel’ it. When it makes me happy and I think it shows in my posts. It does to me at least. I’m now aiming between 3 or 4 posts per week and I think I’ll centre them between Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. When an explosion of creativity appears, I can use the beginning and the end of the week to post my insights, questions and discoveries in life. As for Blogger Awards, I do one every 50 new followers. It can be a very slow process but I think that it gives me enough time to get to know new people and in that way I don’t have to nominate always the same bloggers 🙂
I hope you keep reading and commenting on my posts of course! Thank you so much for following my journey on my blog. It makes me quite happy.
I do wonder about you. How do you find time and energy to write? Do you always have posts preplanned? And how did you found your best schedule to post? Did you experienced some fluctuations too? I am interested to hear about your thoughts on this matter.
This post got a follow-up post, a longer answer to all my questions. Very interesting read at StrokeSurvivorUK.
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