Have you lost your blogging mojo lately?

Vanessa looking in a bush

I’ll help you look for it.. Nope, it’s not in here…

I’ve noticed something over recent months, and it’s making me feel a bit sad. Some bloggers who used to post regularly, and comment regularly, have stopped, or almost stopped. They don’t write, they don’t call…I don’t see their faces in the comments section of other blogs they frequented. They’ve lost their blogging mojo.

Vanessa looking in shed

I’m still looking for it…

Some people have made conscious decisions to stop, or cut back on their blogging because they want to devote more time to other projects. They still enjoy blogging, but have decided that they need to be strict on themselves if they’re ever going to get that darn novel finished! Or maybe they have personal issues that need attending to. Either way, they’re not the people I’m talking about. I’m talking about those who haven’t made any particular decision to cut back, but they’ve just stopped enjoying it. I’m going to break this group down even further into two groups.

Group 1) Those who have lost their blogging mojo, but they don’t mind. It was good while it lasted, now they’re done and they have no regrets. Maybe they’ll come back to it sometime, maybe they won’t, either way is fine.

Group 2) Those who have lost their blogging mojo and aren’t happy about it. They want it back.

I’m not concerned about Group 1. Sure, I might miss them, and sure I might run along the platform, teary-eyed, waving my hankie and blowing kisses at them as they depart. But I know they’ll be ok. Oh drats! I forgot to remind them to pack a warm sweater and some sandwiches…but no, they’ll be fine.

Vanessa looking in bread bin

No, not there…ooh, hang on…is that a chocolate chip cookie?!

No, Group 2 is where my concern lies. It’s painful to watch. They used to be very active bloggers, full of enthusiasm for it, and then often quite suddenly, we hear nothing from them for a while. And then they post something, usually starting off by apologising for not having posted for a while. And they do a little round of visiting and commenting on other blogs. They speak of how busy they’ve been, but deep down they know that they’ve always been this busy. Then we hear nothing for a while, and then the same again. They’re trying, they’re really trying, but they’re not feeling it. They really want to feel it again, they want to get back the fun and buzz they used to get from it all, but writing a blog post suddenly feels like more of a chore than a pleasure to them; I can see it, I can feel it.

I’m not judging those people in any way, I’m just feeling for them. I’ve experienced similar things in the past on forums where I’ve been very active and then suddenly lost my forum mojo. It can feel like a real loss and can be confusing. You just can’t figure out what has changed. So if you’ve lost your blogging mojo lately, and happen to read this, which I guess you probably won’t, but just in case…I say this: Don’t worry poppet, we understand, it happens, you can’t force it, but if you find your blogging mojo again, then dive right back in, we’ll still be here for you, heck I’ll even bake you a welcome back cake! In the meantime, I’ll just keep helping you look…

Vanessa looking in tub

HELLO!…Hello…hello……..ECHO!…Echo…echo…….Anyone in there seen a mojo?

Have you ever lost your blogging mojo?

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89 responses to “Have you lost your blogging mojo lately?

  1. My mojo is alive and well, thankfully. I thought I lost it for a minute. This month has been pretty uninspiring, but I guess that’s what it’s all about – battling through the slumps.

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  2. Vanessa, it’s good of you to think of your blogging friends like this. I’m sure everyone goes through slumps from time to time. So far, I feel steady.

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    • Yes, some people never seem to bounce back from those slumps though. I wonder if those who blog daily are more likely to burnout than the less frequent blogger, it would be interesting to see if there is any correlation.

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  3. I don’t know what your talking about… this is like a drug to me.. when I travel and have no internet connections I start getting withdrawal symptoms.. I’ve even looked on Google for Bloggers Anonymous like the AA just in case I get to out of hand…
    There are so many good blogs out there and I follow far too many.. sometimes I wake early morning to discover over a 100 emails informing me of new blog posts… this is my happy time…
    you look too young to know of LSD (not that I took it) but when I can’t get on the air… I know how they felt when their supply dried up…
    Keep looking for the lost souls .. I’ll help, as I seem to be missing quite a few… love your blog…

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    • Thanks bulldog. It is addictive in its own way isn’t it. I follow too many too and if I miss a few days then I just can’t catch up, I have to start off from where I am and then I wonder what great posts I might have missed!

      I’ll let you know if I find any of your missing ones while I’m looking…

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  4. *Raises hand in an embarrassed way*
    Um, okay, you’re talking to me, aren’t you?
    *Smiles sheepishly*
    The thing is, I have actually been deep in a project, a 50,000 word novel, and I have just recently come up for air.
    But the thing is, yes, I have been feeling bad about not blogging, and not reading or replying to other blogs.
    Actually, you’ve made my day, because I didn’t really think anybody would notice my absence.
    So, yes please, Vanessa, keep looking for that mojo for me. I dropped it somewhere along the way, and damned if I can find it at the moment. 😦

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    • Ha! Yes, actually if I was going to start naming names then you would be one on the list! I’m glad I’ve made your day, it’s always nice to be missed isn’t it.

      I’ll keep looking, and if I find your mojo, I’ll certainly let you know. But even if it doesn’t turn up again for a while, I’m glad you popped by to say hello today! 🙂

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  5. Haha, I love the idea of you taking these pictures !

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  6. I’m in group 2 😥 I’ve been drawn back into playing online games and have barely touched my book. The phase usually passes, but I don’t seem to have the energy or self-control to do much about it. After a busy day at work I just switch off.

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    • Sometimes we just can’t force things can we, however much we want to do something, or think we should be doing something. Hopefully you’ll get back on track with what you want to be on track with soon! Nice to see you anyway 🙂

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  7. Actually I really do wonder if it is worth blogging. It can be fun but I run three blogs – all around the 30k view (which makes me happy), but none really make me any money (although they eat time). I used to write books and journalism articles that were published on paper and did make some money so I’m feeling very lost in the virtual world where earning has become so very difficult. It’s not a lost mojo, it’s a lost vocation. Nicola

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    • I never actually think of blogging as a means of making money, not directly anyway, I think of it as a way to practise my craft of writing, and also just as a hobby because I enjoy the social aspect of interacting with other bloggers. Also, these days, it’s kind of expected that you have an online presence if you want to be a published writer isn’t it. I agree, it can sometimes take up more time than you want it to though, but I suppose that’s about self-discipline, and deciding on priorities.

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      • Hi Vanessa, by now (31 jan 2013) you’ve had 71 comments to this post – and amazingly have responded thoughtfully to all of them. I think that’s an investment that is unsustainable so I’d be very interested to hear at some point if you think this post did bring extra readers, or more loyal readers – not least because I’ve been using it as an example at the blogging class I teach! My students (who haven’t responded to you as far as I can see) think you are amazing to reply to everyone. And so do I. Nicola http:islingtonfacesblog.wordpress.com

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        • That made me smile that you’ve used this as an example in your blogging class! I do wonder about the sustainability because I often get this number of comments, but then so do several other blogs that I follow who also reply to everyone. I squeeze the time in all over the place – lunch breaks at work, or when I’m cooking at home I have the laptop open on the counter and dip in and out of it. I enjoy doing it and that’s why I do it, if it started to feel like a chore then I would stop, or certainly scale back.

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  8. Cheers, Vanessa, for being such a supportive soul. Love your bright outlook on things, too. (Those photos certainly help! :D)

    I’ve sensed this trend, too. Some bloggers are still alive and well out there, of course, but I am curious about a few who seemed to quite suddenly fall off the face of the virtual world. It’s silly and selfish, but I feel a bit neglected when a blogger I like just jumps ship without warning. Hey, kiddo, I really miss you! Where have you got to?

    After this post, though, I’m taking a more mature cue from you: Wishing them well, hope they return. But, if they don’t, I hope they’re happy. 🙂

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    • I don’t think it’s selfish to feel neglected, we come to think of bloggers that we interact with regularly as friends, and so when they disappear, it can almost feel like a friend has moved away without telling us! But of course we have to remember that those other bloggers don’t owe us anything, so it’s nice to turn it around and wish them well and let them know that we’ll still be their friend if they come back! 🙂

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  9. I lost my blogging mojo back in the summer and couldn’t find it anywhere. I did exactly as you say here … occasional “I’m sorry” posts and drop-ins on my favorite bloggers. I finally realized it wasn’t that I’d lost my blog love. I was struggling to finish my book AND blog and deal with my day job, and my blog was suffering even though it was the book I was struggling to complete. I gave myself a few-month hiatus to clear my mind for the book’s conclusion, and now that I’ve plowed through I feel my blog mojo coming back like a long-lost friend. I think it just didn’t want to take up my time and attention when it knew I needed to focus elsewhere : ). Although I’ve found it is a bit of a challenge to rebuild your readership, I have found that most of my blog connections are still alive and well and welcoming me back.

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    • Ah! Your comment gives me hope; those who have lost their mojo can get it back! I can see how rebuilding the readership can be an issue because while you’re actively blogging, some drop off and new ones come on, but when you’re absent, you’re probably not getting the new ones. But I’m sure your readership will come back up once your mojo is fully back to where it was!

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  10. I find if I stay away from it–I lose my will to blog–so I try to keep it up–even if it is just a quote or something small–glad you have not lost your mojo

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  11. Personally, I’m impressed by those bloggers that have been active for more than a couple years. It seems most blogs I find have only been around for a year or less. Sometimes more, but for the most part, it seems blogs tend to fade out after a while, unless it’s more of a professional blog. And I think that’s only natural. People move on to other things.

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  12. What about those who have not lost their mojo? May we, too, have cake?

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  13. That post, V, was really well done. Well written. Well illustrated. Good subject. I will give you an A! All joy in having great Mojo–also, in that last photo, your Mojo looks great! HF

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  14. Does it count if I am still active for prompts but not anything inspired by the daily grind?

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  15. Yes, Vanessa, as you know, I had (thankfully) temporary blognesia a week ago. It was awful. But it was, like in many daytime TV dramas, short-lived and I regained my memory about how to write entertaining blogs. I also remembered that I couldn’t marry Chad because he was actually my half-brother who died and came back life as my doctor and sister’s fiance. Whew! That was a close call! Let’s just says I’m glad to have gotten over my blognesia. 😉

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  16. I have noticed this trend as well. There are a few blogs I follow that always left me looking forward to the next posting and now it’s been months. Thankfully you have not fallen from the blogosphere as you leave Betty smiling after most postings. Keep up the good work my dear! 🙂

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  17. I want to know who was taking those pictures of you? I love photoshoots like this. I once went walking with a friend and we took photos of the scenery in which one of us would hide in, but with just a tiny bit showing. When we developed the shots we showed them to people and asked if they could find us. It then became clear that it was one of those ‘you had to be there’ jokes. Anyway, I digress. Love your sensitivity here. I’ve got my mojo! But good to know where I come when it fizzles.

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    • It was my son who took these, my kids are used to me asking them to take strange pictures of me for things like this! I like your hiding game photographs, I’d have played!

      Yes, do come and tell me right away if you ever feel your mojo is fizzling!

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  18. Well, I don’t honestly have time to read all these nice comments, but I don’t believe I’ve lost my blogging mojo. I’m not a social blogger, although I do occasionally write about personal things. I’m not a writing instructor, either. My motivation is to drum up attention for my books and to promote my ideas (and to write about semi-scholarly topics like myth in literature, and I sometimes review books). But I have met a lot of nice and interesting people around the blogosphere, regardless of whether they show any interest in my termite universe or not! And, Vanessa, you’re certainly one of those! I always enjoy your posts – you’re a very entertaining writer!

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    • Thank you Lorinda, yes, you seem to have a very definite purpose to your blogging. You say you’re not a social blogger, but you do join in on the social side with the commenting and chatting, and it doesn’t seem like you’re purely doing that for self-promotion. I am quite fascinated by your termite universe, and your writing in general – I haven’t read that book of yours yet that I bought, but I did look at the first part and thought “wow!” about the world you have created and the level of detail, amazing. I’ll definitely let you know when I’ve read it.

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      • If you’ve looked at the reviews, you’ll see that all the comments on “Monster Is in the Eye of the Beholder” have been positive. And it has the advantage of being short. The inspiration for it came from a dream. It is a bit of a shocker, however, so be prepared! And it’s the only book I’ve published so far that doesn’t have the termites (except the little freebie I just put on Smashwords). I’ll be happy to have your reaction!

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  19. I wonder where those bloggers have gone, too. And I always hope nothing serious has happened that forces them to quit so suddenly. Sometimes, though, one returns and I learn they have gone through a life-changing event, sometimes a tragedy. I truly hope most have simply moved on to other interests.

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    • Yes, I think most often it’s probably that they’ve just moved on, but it always seems strange when they go quite suddenly from being very active to nothing, and like you say, it makes you hope that nothing bad has happened.

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  20. Hi Vanessa, I wondered where you were as well. Sometimes if there’s nothing exciting to say I leave it, and often, I’ve blogged and visited blogs and run out of time to write, which is what is supposed to come first, that’s all. I like to have something worth reading if I blog.

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    • I haven’t gone anywhere! I pretty much always post once a week, but I wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it if I didn’t have anything that I considered worth saying, or if it was feeling like a chore. I don’t always manage to comment on all the blogs I want to comment on though, not enough hours in the day!

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  21. Hahaha, great photographs. We seek it here, we seek it there!

    I’ve lost my mojo (said in my bestest Austin Powers accent) a few times. I tend to concentrate on two of blogging, writing or reading. I don’t seem to be able to do all three to the levels I would like.

    There are too many great blogs out there to read and catch up on. All of a sudden, you’ve got 200+ emails on new blog posts and you can never read them all.

    I admire the people that I see frequenting so many blogs, commenting, being involved. I read that most blogs fail inside the first 12 months. I’ve been going for 15 months now, so hopefully I’ve found a balance and will carry on. 🙂

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    • I haven’t gone anywhere! I pretty much always post once a week, but I wouldn’t do it just for the sake of it if I didn’t have anything that I considered worth saying, or if it was feeling like a chore. I don’t always manage to comment on all the blogs I want to comment on though, not enough hours in the day!

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  22. What a great friend you are to take notice that some of your fellow bloggers have gone missing and to address the issue in a positive way. Enjoyed this posting very much!

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  23. There are days where I feel that blogging is a chore or a task. I try not to blog when I’m feeling like I ‘have to’ blog. Unless I feel like reaching out to blogging friends for a pep talk on something I’m going through, not forcing myself to blog on days where I feel burned out is the best course of action for me.

    I wonder if that’s what happens to bloggers elsewhere, but instead of seeing their way around that black hole, they fall in it. Never to return. *Cue the theme to Twilight Zone*

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    • Yes, I wouldn’t force a post if it was feeling like a chore (unless I’d been feeling like that for a while and really wanted to see if I could push through it somehow). The only time it very occasionally feels like a chore is if I’ve done a post (on here or on Limebird) which has generated a lot of very similar comments and it can be difficult to try and think of different things to say in the replies, but that’s not a biggee really.

      You’ve definitely scaled back your blogging haven’t you, but I think that was partly a conscious decision on your part because of the time it took, and partly family issues you’ve had to deal with, and partly feeling a bit bluesy. But hopefully your mojo is still there!

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      • Yes, for a short while I was posting twice a week. Then once a week. But October – January is traditionally a super hectic time for me anyway, and blogging had to be moved to the back burner or given up completely. During NaNo I didn’t blog on 4am, but I did blog weekly on LB. Then all that stuff went down with my mother, combine that with the holidays and family birthdays and blogging was most definitely the last priority.

        Yes, miraculously, through it all I still have my mojo. I think now that I’m past the hump of my year I can figure out a better blogging schedule that won’t overwhelm me, but that will still help me maintain my audience/platform.

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  24. Must you point fingers at me so blatantly? Really, Vanessa. I thought we were friends.

    But . . . I’ll be back~!

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    • You were one of the people I did think about when I wrote this, but I wasn’t sure whether there was an element of you losing your mojo, or if it’s more that your energies are still needing to be a lot with your parents. But even if I was pointing my fingers at you, it’s because I care! (You knew that really).

      Even if you’re not as active in the blogging world, you’re still keeping your hand in, so it’ll be seamless when you come back properly!

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  25. I sure hope it’s not in the shed with the giant alien spider cocoon!

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  26. Um, yes. Guilty. I haven’t really lost the mojo, just lost the hours in the day. I am always seeking that balance: kids, husband, house, work, running, finding a job… it’s tough to fit it all in! I guess those who really want to keep blogging will find their ways back to the fold. ; )

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  27. I didn’t lose my blogging mojo, but for about 7 hours on Sunday, I lost my actual blog. It was a wierd, panicked time. I’m still getting over it.

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  28. I’ve seen this happen, too. People who used to post so often I had trouble keeping up with them. Then I’d feel bad because I wouldn’t read every post of theirs. Or of other people. Now that I follow more and more people I find I have to be more selective about what I read, or it’s the blog reading that gets in the way of my blog writing. And my other regular writing. Including the writing I do for others. When that starts to become affected is when I know I’ve got my priorities wrong. So I hope these people understand when I don’t pop around as often or post as much. And this week I’ve realised that this Critique Bog Hop I’m participating in is also chewing up a lot of time.
    Anyway, back to it! 🙂

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  29. Vanessa,

    I do enjoy your blogs as you have a very naive childlike sense in your attitude to things. (An attitude that can be good or bad depending how it’s handled.) Knowing you personally I’ve always enjoyed being around you and your good side of being childlike.

    Two things I’d like to point out: 1) Everything happens for a reason, at the right time, and for the right reason, and we don’t need to know why – accept. If you force the things to happen, or avoid the the signs you’ll probably regret it. Too many of us live lives of regret for our actions/reactions not unemotionally thought out. Therefore, it all unfolds as it should, we only have to accept. So if you didn’t meet your quota of doing something like blogging or reading them – so what. Remember SW3 – Some will, Some won’t, So what?

    2) Credit for the photos: I noticed you said that your children took the pictures. However, you never gave them, by name, credit for them. It’d be nice for them to see their name(s) next to their photos with the copyright symbol ©. And you may want to explain to them that the © means they own the rights to the photos – imagine the thrill to a child to know that they “own” their pictures,who knows it may encourage them to become great photographers. You might want to tell them also, if they’re interested in money, there are sites to sell their amateur photos. And as you know, once they sell a photo they become “professionals”.

    Going back to point #1 – I’ve been attempting a Zen Buddhist way of life for years, and don’t always succeed. I have to keep reminding myself of the story of the novice asking his master how to become as he is.

    Novice: “Master how do I become like you?”
    Master: “Have you washed your bowl?”
    Novice: “Yes, Master”
    Master: Have you put it away?”
    Novice: “Yes, Master.”
    Master: “Have you relieved your bowels?”
    Novice: “Yes, Master.”
    Master: “Then what more do you need to know?”

    Life is a pleasure, enjoy and don’t sweat the small … you finish the line it 😉

    Feeling very much at one with the world today – lately rare for me, but it’s all becoming as it should be. Thanks for letting me expound 😉

    Peace, love, happiness, crash pads, to you Vanessa and all you groovy guys and gals out there.

    Jorry W

    Oooooh just had to throw in: “Love is all you need …”

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  30. This made me feel sad. Unfortunately I’m in the second category. I want to blog but life has got in the way. I genuinely am a lot more busy than I used to be. Sure, I could set aside half an hour after a busy and stressful day but blogging was my hobby, its supposed to be fun, not jut another chore hanging over me. I have several unfinished posts and I feel very guilty not finishing them. I’ve only just started to forgive myself for letting them go. Now I’ve become a lurker. I still read my favourite blogs but don’t join the conversation as much. I’ve noticed a lot of my friends have cut back or stopped blogging too, although they’ve stopped because they’re bored of it not because things got in the way. I don’t know where to go from here. 😦

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    • Aww, I’m sorry this post made you sad! You’re the type of one I’m concerned about, those who are sad to not still be actively blogging! I don’t think you can force it if it’s feeling like a chore, but at least if you’re still lurking and commenting occasionally then you’re keeping your hand in. Hopefully time and motivation might step in at some point and you’ll be back into it. Don’t beat yourself up about it in the meantime though 😉

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  31. Group 2 is me all over….not really mad about it….just upset i can’t find motivation….i have excuses but none of them really stand up…..

    Not sure if i was included in the missed bloggers…..but it made me smile that i might be…

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  32. Oh I lose and find it back all the time. I have been blogging for four years and have discontinued two times for many months together but I always come back, whenever there is something to say 🙂 I loved your pictures and the funny captions.. so cute!

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    • Well that’s good to hear that it can be found again when it gets lots! I worry that if I lose mine, it won’t come back. I haven’t got any signs of losing it yet, but I do wonder how long I can sustain the pace!

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  34. I’ve had trouble keeping my mojo energized for my second blog, The Book of Terrible, but that happens. Blogging can be tough when you have a family.. or a job.. or a life!

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    • I started a second blog at the beginning of January and so far it’s going ok. I don’t post more than three times a week altogether over the two blogs, but even then if I did less than that some weeks, that’s ok. I go with what I feel like doing rather than forcing it. Because yes, I have a family and a job and a life!

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  35. I haven’t lost my mojo, Vanessa, I fell behind reading and commenting and it’s overwhelming trying to catch up. I know it will never happen but 700 e-mails are depressing. I can’t delete older ones but know I will have to soon.
    Also, not that I make New Year’s resolutions (although I did promise to break lots of rules this year), I have new projects waiting for my attention this year. There simply are not enough hours in a day. I NEED my sleep and this year have been sleeping IN (yes, I’ve turned lazy). It’s hard to find a balance even though I’m retired, but my calendar looks like a battle zone. the bottom line is probably that I can’t multi-task like I could even ten years ago.

    Timely discussion post.

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    • I’ve taken to looking through the blogs I follow from the reader now rather than from emails – I like how it’s quicker in the reader, you can scan down and briefly see a bit of each one and then decide which ones to click on from there, rather than on emails having to open each one up. So now I delete the emails quickly knowing that I haven’t lost them because the posts are still in the reader. It feels less overwhelming that way too! I’m sure you haven’t turned lazy, if you can’t sleep in when you’re retired, when can you!

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  36. I don’t think I ever had blogging mojo, I think I was just interested in reading blogs, with a blog to.fill in the gaps…. As life gets more hectic, I get behind in reading, blogging and stuff… Stuff is important…

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