Some time back I wrote a post about people losing their blogging mojo. At the time I hadn’t lost mine, I was just observing that others had. Now I kind of have lost mine, and I don’t like it! Most people who have been blogging for a while will have gone through this at some point – the ideas for posts aren’t as forthcoming, the thought of going to read and comment on lots of other blogs can feel like a chore, there are unanswered comments on previous posts you’ve written that you keep putting off answering. You suddenly have lots of excuses for why you’re simply too busy to engage with blogging, even though you know perfectly well that you were just as busy before, but still made time for it. Some disappear completely from blogging, others find their mojo again; I really hope I’m in the latter group.
The reason it matters to me is that I love the blogging community, we strike up these online friendships by reading each other’s posts and interacting in the comments, and sometimes we take it off-board too. And aside from that I always feel a little excited with anticipation when I hit “publish” on a post to see what people will say in response. And I care about my blogging friends. I’ve still been doing some light touch reading of many of your posts, so I know some of you are going through some hard times, and some of you are doing some exciting new things, and I want to make time to come by and comment, and yet I haven’t.
I don’t think I’ve ever properly got back into the swing of it since I took a half-break finishing my studies last year. Being fully engaged with blogging is full-on, you have to post regularly, and when I say regularly, I’ve only ever tended towards one post a week, there are many others who blog several times a week. You also have to visit and comment on other blogs very regularly, or you do if you want those reciprocal visits and comments. When you step back from it a little, even for just a few weeks, it can be tricky to immerse back into it fully, you suddenly feel like an outsider with your nose pressed against the window looking in. The longer you leave it, the more it feels like a big mountain to climb, as if you somehow have to catch up with everything rather than just start swimming again from where you are (no, I’m not sure what windows, mountains and swimming have to do with each other either). I’ve also got a few different things going on in my life at the moment, nothing bad or major, good things, but they’re taking my focus, or maybe again that’s just an excuse.
Anyway, I’m not the first blogger to write a lamenting post of this type, and I’m sure I won’t be the last, but just to say – I’m still here, I’m fine, I apologise for not commenting on your blogs lately, and I really hope to start “feeling it” again soon. If there’s a particular post you’ve done lately that you’d like me to see, please do leave a link to it in the comments – don’t be shy, you’ll be helping to ease me back in.