For the last couple months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog. As things started to get busy in August with work, I really lost inspiration for the blog. I found myself feeling pressure to come up with some brilliant post that will encourage people, but I lacked a plan and I lacked some of my original vision.
I’ve been writing for years, but it’s only been in the last year that I’ve really felt the push to put it out there for others. I really felt to start this blog – to launch it, to announce it, to share my excitement. Reading blogs is something I do on a daily basis, and I knew that I had the desire to be a part of that community. I had a fear of “will I keep up with it”, and honestly that’s probably why it took me so long to get started “publicly”.
I did it, though, and for months, I loved it. I had new ideas. I felt inspired. I felt creative. I loved it.
Then things got busy.
I reminded myself that when I started the blog, I told myself I would never write out of obligation because I don’t think there is a quicker way to kill something. I love writing, and I would do this out of an overflow of that. That’s what I did until the busyness set in, and then, I found myself putting this pressure on myself.
So for the last couple months, I have been mulling on this. I know I want to continue the blog, but I need to find that place that creativity and inspiration exists and pressure is gone. What I have realised over the past two months is that a lot of it had to do with the sort of posts I was writing. Part of the joy I found in the beginning was writing “The Mondays” and “A Day in the Life” or book reviews and recapping events and the day to day stuff. That’s what I love reading about other blogs, too. I did write some meatier, depthier posts as well – areas of teaching that I was passionate about. “The Beautiful Process” was one of my favourites, and it’s still something I am so passionate about when it comes to teaching.
As I got busier, though, I forgot about the day-to-day posts, and I put this pressure on myself to write the depthier ones, which take time and thought and input and research. It felt like homework, not inspiration, revelation and creativity.
So all that to say, I am feeling to write more about the day-to-day because I think out of that place, I found my sweet spot. I could write the depthier posts when inspiration hit, but the day-to-day, the fun, the creative, the silly, the ordinary – that’s something I really enjoyed.
Be ready for some new things in 2015 from me. There may be a new look. There will definitely be new types of posts. There will still be depthier posts, too.
In the meantime, here are some of my favourite posts from 2014!