Some of my favorite beauty bloggers haven’t been putting up posts as often anymore. I know you notice it too, with some of your favorites. I also notice getting more and more feeds on my reader about blogging burnout, going on or coming back from a hiatus, and taking one step back to refocus.
When I started blogging, inspiration to write came instantaneously. I can come up with a post in 15 minutes, excluding taking photos and editing, but the latter are the easy parts. It’s coming up with words that is most difficult (at least for me it is).
From October 2011 to January 2012, I wrote barely anything. I seemed to have lost blogging mojo. I took those months to think about my life, why I’m doing the things I do, and where I want this blog to go. Also, around those months, I was introduced to principles of minimalism and I tried applying them in my life. The latter almost got me to quit beauty blogging altogether.
Anyway, in those months, I discovered why I lost blogging mojo:
- I started not having fun anymore when I felt pressured to come up with something every few days. Now that I think about it… why the heck do I feel pressured to write for my own blog when in the first place, I started blogging to relieve myself fromu work pressure? This is my blog, and I can choose to write how often (or less often) I want to.
- I started doing and buying stuff so that I’ll have something to blog about. Now, this isn’t really that bad. Afterall, we should deliberately make amazing stuff happen instead of just waiting for life to magically become amazing. But I think I know what’s wrong now. It’s not that I should stop deliberately making amazing stuff happen, it’s that I should stop deliberately doing stuff for blogging in itself and start doing stuff for me and then write about it.
- I care too much what people might think. This is probably the worst, because this frame of thinking is very limiting. I blog as a hobby, and on Scatterbraintures, I write mostly only about grooming-related stuff because it’s sooo unrelated to my line of work. But it bothers me that strangers and acquaintances might think that my whole world revolves around ‘beauty’, that I’m shallow, and that ‘this’ is all I care about.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been back for quite a while now and I’ve been writing more or less regularly, which is ironic because I’ve long stopped trying to come up with something to write about.
Anyway, I’m glad I took those months off. It made me realize that:
I should do stuff for me and not for blogging. There is a difference between doing stuff for me and writing for me. I actually like writing for other people. I imagine myself talking to someone as I write. I can’t honestly say I’m purely writing for me.
It’s not writing for other people that takes away blogging mojo. It’s doing stuff just for the sake of blogging that ruins everything. Now, I do stuff for me and I try to write about in a way that adds value to other people’s lives. If I write only for me, I know I might come up with irresponsible blog posts, rants, and nonsense.
Writing about stuff that deviates from my true self takes writing inspiration away. The closest I am to myself, the more inspired I get. Sometimes, caring too much about what other people might think can make you write something that doesn’t really reflect who you are, and that can be tiring and chore-some.
I really hope I’ll read stuff from some of my favorite bloggers again soon. I also wish they’re only experiencing blogging burnout and/or ordinary life busy-ness — not devastating life events or whatnot. I miss them.