Sometimes, even the nicest activities get a bit tired and over the years I’ve found that when that happens, one of two courses of action are open to me.
Take a break, or go harder.
Either option can inject a bit of life into the activity that’s feeling a bit frayed or weary. Lately I’ve felt that way about blogging. Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t. It’s made me question the blogging experience and what’s interesting is that I’ve found I’ve asked myself not if I want to blog but rather how.
It was all a bit muddled in my mind. Then I read a post that helped me to think about it a bit more. On her sixth anniversary, Lolly Knitting Around wrote a little about her thoughts on reaching that milestone and how blogging changes.
When I started blogging in 2006 it was because I read a lot of knitting blogs and I wanted to be part of the fun. A little later on, I discovered there were many ways to write a blog. I spread my wings a little tried some essays and some photography, food blogging, personal blogging, reflective writerly blogging. I love them all but I’m never sure how far to take the wing spreading. Is it possible to write a consistently good blog if you spread your content reach too thinly? Isn’t it better to have a mostly single focus?
I love writing a largely knitting focused blog but I don’t know if that’s what I always want to do. Sure I veer off topic once in a while but lately I’ve found I haven’t felt able to as much. And it hems me in. To impose a rule on myself about having to keep up a largely single focus means there are lots of other things I’d love to write about but don’t.
The only time I really break out of the mould is when I join in the daily blogging activities. When you’re writing daily, you start scrounging for material and amazingly, when you give yourself to the exercise, the world opens up. I find that every single time.
There’s always talk that blogging is coming to an end but I really think that it doesn’t end, it just shifts and changes. And many many blogs start then die off. It’s the way of things. I’ve watched lots of knitters finish up and just stick to posting their stuff on Ravelry and I think that’s a natural step. Not everyone wants the pressure of maintaining a website. Ravelry and Flickr are a great way to be part of a community without the pressure of writing. But for those of us who love to write and who love to communicate, blogging continues to be a vital and exciting creative outlet.
I’m not stopping.
But after for years I’m asking for some understanding as I try and figure out where to from here? To begin with I’m going to challenge myself to a fortnight of daily posting – a month feels too much right now – to see if I can get the juices flowing again and to see where it takes me.
I can’t imagine not having this outlet and the connection and the discipline, but maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit.
Let’s see how it goes.