Blogging interruptus: The first year syndrome

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I have been blogging for a little over a year now. The gains have been many: increased discipline; getting my views and thoughts out to others; learning through researching subjects for blog posts; gaining expertise through creating and maintaining my own website; mastering social media in order to promote my blog; and, most importantly I hope, helping others. I have been religious about establishing a writing routine and have enjoyed the process of discovering what I feel compelled to write about each week.

But no more. I have been going through a rough patch during the last month. I feel disconnected from my blog and everything to do with it. Every day I tell myself that I will get back in the groove and every day I have an excuse not to.

Usually when I don’t do something that I think I should be doing I eventually get to the point where I begin to look at what is going on with me. The “why” can lead me to how I may be able to get back on track.

So, first of all, I think getting to the one year point is important. I realize that, when I began blogging, I thought I would have a presence on the web after a year. What this means is hard to define. It comes down to expectations, I guess. And, as I well know, expectations are often a set up for disappointment and discouragement.

Then there’s the issue of my perception that I have exhausted my capacity to write about things that interest me. There has been a temporary lack of intellectual curiosity on my part.

Somewhere I got side-tracked. The joy and excitement were replaced first by obligation and then by lack of interest. I would guess that writers and bloggers go through this from time-to-time. We lose the inspiration that helped us to persevere and create. We lose focus and allow all the other mundane things in life to take over.

The solution, for me, is now to do what excites me, let go of the outcome and then do it again. That’s what creation is.

I’m back in the saddle again…

What about you?