Hi Again! I'm Back and Recovering from Blogger Burnout
Blogger burnout is a term that either makes you roll your eyes or shake with fear. It takes an active writer and individual to not encounter blogger burnout and even with the strictest of schedules and a long list of responsibilities, most find that they succumb to it eventually (even if it's just once). I have had blogger/writer burnout plenty of times in my life, some for as short as a couple days and others for entire years and every time there is a period of recovery...and its hard. Blogger burnout itself is hard, but the road to getting back into it and dipping your toes in the pool of writing, blogging, and brainstorming is a long and arduous one. At least for me, not to say it won't be hard for everyone. Some people can dive right back in without skipping a beat like nothing ever happened. These are the people who will make it through the other side when the dinosaurs return. For the rest of us, it can be hard which I understand because I am going through it right now, right as I type this. I took what I thought was a short break from blogging which turned out to be a slight case of blogger burnout in the end but here I am, writing the first post afterward trying to get through it as best as I can.
I’m not going to lie, this post feels a little bit like word vomit at the moment. I know I will go back and edit and rewrite and hopefully, you will never read what I originally wrote because it feels clunky coming out BUT what is most important, is it is coming out. Slowly but surely, getting back into it and knowing that I just need to do it. Utilizing baby steps I can jump back in and feel great about what I write. I even have a month of ideas and blog posts planned out at this point so I can slowly see the rust starting to fade and feeling like a well-oiled blogging machine. And sometimes a blogger burnout is a sign that something needs to change. Maybe about your writing or yourself in general but whatever it is, its best to take a moment of reflection during your burnout and recovery to really examine what went wrong. Why did you stop, what brought the exhaustion on? These are questions you should be asking yourself and depending on your answers, come up with a game plan to change what went wrong.
My burnout really plagued me this time around. I had been losing more and more motivation to write and finally hit a wall that knew impossible. I looked at my calendar for March and just couldn't generate any ideas that seemed fun to write about. I talked with friends and family and tried to come up with something that would go hand in hand with my blog, and nothing felt right, and I started to circle a drain hole that was scary to me - had I run out of ideas? Which is silly because no, I hadn’t but then why did it feel like I was? It took weeks of reflection but it finally dawned on me, or maybe I finally was able to admit it, I wasn’t writing about what I REALLY wanted to write about anymore. I love geeky things and love geek girls and being a geek girl but I don’t think I really want to focus on writing solely about that lifestyle anymore. As this blog grows and I grow as an artist, I want to share more of my tools and ideas with other aspiring creatives like myself. So, I can’t promise this is going to be a geek girl lifestyle blog so much anymore. I see myself and this blog transitioning to a creatives lifestyle blog. A place for DIYers and Etsy shop owners to share their experiences and advice with other aspiring artists and creatives because there is a community out there who is too afraid to ask the questions they have. I should know, I've been a silent member of it for years. Now I am ready to share what I've learned from the people I've asked as well as my own trial and errors, and I think this blog is going to be the place for that. There will always be an element of "geek" on Sparkley Ass Bitch because I am what I am but for now, I don't just want to see where this new passion goes, I need to.