There are 3 unfinished blog drafts on my desktop – taunting me with its tongue sticking out like only a hyperactive two year old can taunt. I rarely have NOTHING to say, so for me to feel “meh” about my half written posts, not knowing how to finish them, is a pretty unhappy deal for me.
Naturally, I took to the internet in search of a cure for the frozen creative juices and I stumbled upon Rock ‘n Roll Bride’s awesome post on the topic. After letting it sink in, I decided to make a mash-up of a few of the solutions she suggested and why I think it will work:
- Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Start a new series or project
Me: Starting a new series works because it’s like a deadline. Take my Friday Song crush posts for instance. I LOVE DOING THOSE POSTS – and people like listening to music. It also gives me a reason to hunt down new music and who doesn’t like good, new music? Starting a new project works, because if you do something different, you’ll have something to write about. Not only because it’s new, but because you’ll be able to provide a “beginner’s perspective” on the subject. As a result of my “quest for a new project”, I now have a Marvel membership, which means you’ll be seeing more of these…
- Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Write about something that scares you
Me: Green Lydia just posted something a little risqué by many standards, but the response was amazing! She wasn’t sure if she should post it or not, but afterwards, she had some GREAT ideas.
- Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Change up your location
Me: This is the most obvious solution, but also the most underrated. Take your laptop over to a coffee shop, have a piece of cake and some coffee and see how you feel.
- Rock ‘n Roll Bride: Have a clear out
Me: She suggests cleaning up your social media and blog following. At first I didn’t agree, but for the purpose of getting out of the rut, I asked myself whether I’m just cluttering up my Bloglovin and Twitter feed with blogs and people I don’t read or like to follow. Reading new blogs and Pinterest boards inspires new ideas.
…. Which brings me to …. I’ve had a look at some amazing South African and UK based blogs and instead of feeling inspired, I felt extremely envious and inadequate. They’re so unique and either wonderfully simplistic or whimsically decorated … in which case, I either get side tracked by the cyber fish or the animated flower cursor pointer (in a “good blog, bad Leana” kind of way). I went back to my dinky little free blog that I despised at THAT very point. I wished it looked as pretty as the others did and that I had a natural inkling of what “popular content” was. I wanted to quit the whole damn thing… I realized a couple of things while talking myself off the proverbial ledge after a day of wallowing in self-pity and blog resentment passed:
- I started blogging because I like writing – not for fame and fortune, however I DID think I’d get “discovered”. #ignorance
- The blogs that inspired me, turned out to be the simple ones – the ones that didn’t necessarily have fancy logos and taglines or went overboard with the product reviews. It was a mix of professional and newbie bloggers which each had their own little themes to which they stayed true.
- STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR BLOG… FOR YOUR OWN SANITY – you might not be miss popular if you write about vintage cups and saucers but, hey, at least you’re writing about stuff you like. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with pushing your boundaries. I’ve had to write things that I didn’t want to write about and they turned out to be some of my best pieces.
- Blogging in South Africa is about as competitive as the Hunger Games and I’ve decided not to partake. I found that competing for invitations to launches stripped me of the joy that blogging brought me.
Blog envy is just envy, which means that it’s something that you can grow and learn from. If it’s possible for me to see the very dim light at the end of the envy tunnel, ANYONE can!