This week felt like my first real brain dump. It’s been hard to let go of my writing. A lot harder than when I used to do this. So I’m thinking maybe this exercise is a good one for me. When I wrote this entry, I started in one direction and felt like my fingers carried me where they needed to go. Hope the same goes for you today!
Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…
I seriously have lost my blogging mojo. I mean, where does it go? I’ve been writing here for well over 5 years. FIVE YEARS. And in that time, I have actually found myself writing a story only to find out I’VE ALREADY WRITTEN ABOUT IT. Sometimes, that’s okay. Time gives you a different perspective. And chances are, if I wrote it 5 years ago, the same 12 people that read my blog then probably aren’t still reading it now.
But sometimes I wonder… have I run out of things to say? I haven’t made a video in weeks. I used to love that, no matter how much time and effort editing takes. Truth be told I have so much video sitting on my hard drive that simply needs to be edited. And I just don’t do it because I worry my creative mojo has disappeared.
So it’s the content, it’s the writing, it’s the video. And I certainly do plenty of sponsored posts these days but I really do it for a good reason. Well, okay, two good reasons. The money is always nice, right? But mostly, it’s a writing prompt. It’s a spark that makes me think of memories from the past (duh, that’s where memories come from) or it inspires new thoughts that I can’t seem to unlock.
One thing, though, that I’ve figured out is that I need to be inspired to write and sitting in my house – no matter how hard I’m working – is NOT inspiring. I need to get out there. I need to travel, take day trips, try new foods, dye my hair, drive fast, go hiking, run a race I’ll never finish, or something to get me moving physically. Because when my body is moving physically, it’s like it unlocks my brain and the thoughts and ideas just start flowing.
Are you kidding, you do an awesome job of keeping these fires burning …
Maybe I’m just good at faking it… Lately it feels like style over substance.
I want to dye my hair too. I know what was not supposed to be my take away from this… 😉
You take away what you need to take away. I dye my hair every few weeks (nothing too radical -lighter brown, darker brown, reddish – and then maybe highlights in the summer). Sometimes just the smallest physical change gives us such a fresh perspective when we look in the mirror.
I understand losing your mojo. Having posts to write, but not necessarily being inspired. I’ve been there for…months? A year? ha. Well, either way, I have always loved your blog and think you do a great job.
There you go. Having to write but not necessarily being inspired. I wondered if I simply waited until the moment I truly felt inspired how long it would take for that to happen.
I know exactly what you mean. I hit the wall about three years in and now I often find myself worrying that I’m just repeating myself or being negative. I really don’t want to put anymore negativity out there, and yet every once in a while I find myself venting.
I try to stay away from negativity but I find myself sometimes musing on too many introspective things and running into the “no one is going to want to read about this” feeling. But I have found that repeating or rather *retelling* stories from time to time seems just fine.
I think your blog is phenomenal. I’ve got a lot of posts and ideas and things floating and thoughts but I have been working on some, letting other go and just being excited with this prompt.
I agree when you’ve gotten away from regular blogging it’s incredibly difficult to find a groove. I blogged maybe 3 times all of last year. It just wasn’t a priority & I have missed it. So much that goes through my head & has been lost. Sometimes I write to release stress or to find my happy place – feeling creative – which I usually don’t get to use on a day to day basis on the job. Looking forward into settling back into a writing routine,
I am feeling like you! Mojo missing!!! And I’m feeling like I need to experience before I can write. What I think I’m missing are good prompts to help unleash the burn! I’ll keep reading your words!