Monday, January 30, 2012

Blogger Truths

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It's time for me to sit down and face some cold hard blogger truths. Because quite honestly, I am growing tried of my sporadic blogging and constant apologies for it. I've been involved in this community a little under two years now and I'm at a time where my blog should be going strong. But instead I've found myself come to a complete stand still. For the greater half of the last three or four months I haven't shared some of the greatest things that have happened to me, I haven't really shared anything at all. So I'll apologise again. But not to my readers this time. No, this apology goes to myself. For losing myself... 

I was thinking to myself the other day "what could possibly be the reason that I've stopped blogging so often, or at all?"... And I was quick to defend myself by saying, I'm just enjoying my summer and my real life, don't be silly. But that alone was being silly. And completely naive. Because if I were really just enjoying my summer, I wouldn't have had the time to Instagram it (HA!). So I got to thinking about the bigger picture, and came to realise some blogger truths along the way. 

The truth about confidence...

I had way more confidence as a newb writing to myself! Although I remember how much it sucked writing so many blog posts to myself at the start, I maintain that I had more confidence then as compared to what I am supposed to have now, and I'm two years in!! I didn't have this sort of uneasiness about my content when I thought that I was only writing to the same handful of people I had met early on in the online world. Now that I know there are people in my real and very material world who read Far From The Mocking World on the regular, it's as if I have some sort of blogger stage fright. This needs to stop! 

The truth about consistency...

Consistency suffers with a lack of inspiration, thats a given. But where I once relied on a good old fashioned Photo Drop or Pinterest post for those dry spells, I don't even seem to log in anymore. Aside from those, I have a number of regular features here on Far From The Mocking World. But you wouldn't know about them because they too seemed to come to a sudden halt sometime last year.  Sure, everyone is entitled to a day off, especially when this isn't my full-time job, but if you're gone long enough people will start to forget. Hell, I've started to forget. 

The truth about content...

I used to blog about so many different things. I had frequent music posts, talked about recent books and movies and I would quite often feature a recipe or two. This place was literally an online version of me, what I wore, what I ate, what I listened to... my likes and dislikes, dreams and realities. And I think somewhere along the way I subconsciously realised that not all people are interested in what I'm interested in. I began to notice that a music post would only attract so many page views or comments, whereas a post about changing my hair colour would draw hundreds. Well the truth is, I only dye my hair every two or three weeks, and that isn't going to sustain my blog! 

Just writing this now I can see how the three are completely linked. I won't have one without fixing the problems with the others. It's one big blogger pickle. How am I going to get out of this pickle you ask? Well I'm going to have to go backwards to move forwards. I'm going to start up my regular features again, as well as catch up on some great things I've missed writing about. I'm going to develop a blogging schedule (well a loose blogging schedule) to give me some direction. And finally, I'm return to writing as if I have no followers or readers at all. Because at least then the post's will be honest and genuine, and the blog will be for me again. 


11 comments:

  1. what a great post... sometimes i feel like i need to do this too... because i think sometimes it can be more about collecting readership and posting things you think people are going to view or comment on instead of posting whatever the heck you like... i'm glad that you're going to start posting more regularly =) xo

    pebbz | www.pebbzblog.blogspot.com

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  2. kaisha, i just figured you were burnt out. it happens. i would never want blogging to be a burden or a hindrance. blogging takes a lot of time, & energy. i feel that people that don't blog, or choose to share parts of their self to the world, don't understand, how vulnerable that can make us that do, feel. even if we're only sharing a song or band we like, we are still saying that out of all the music in the world, this is what i'm into right now. it can be a struggle deciding how much or what things we want to share. we never know who's actually reading it or taking the information. bottom line it's your blog, you decide, however, whatever & all the rest. i adore looking at others instagrams, even though i don't have an iPhone.

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  3. I love this post. Your honesty is refreshing and I look forward to your "new way of blogging".

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  4. Kaisha, you are a doll. Thank you so much for you comment on my latest entry. Your insight and kind words mean so much to me; it warms my heart. <3

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  5. So happy to read this post Kaish. Blogging is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby (for most) not a challenging assignment. If you're not being true to yourself then you're not really being truthful to anyone.x

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  6. Thanks for sharing. This is very helpful to me considering I just came back from a many months hiatus from the blog world. It's important to me to get back into it and do better then before.

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  7. I feel EXACTLY the same way! Well said lovely! However, I think I may be done with Blogging... too much pressure! :) I'll still enjoy reading yours (and everyone elses) though!! xox

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    1. I know what you mean about pressure! But if its something you no longer need than it's completely understandable. I will miss you though! x

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  8. This post really inspired me and i ended up writing a post here http://www.candypop-lamour.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/lets-get-personal.html
    It does get abit crazy with blogging and sometimes my main purpose was to document my life but with readers it gets abit silly.

    hope youre well :)
    ox Priscilla

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    1. Thanks Priscilla! I'll check it out now x

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