Ok. So I have to first apologise, mainly to myself, but also to all you lovely people who read my blog on the regular. I’ve been shit. I know I’ve already done a post like this, and done the whole, “I’M BACK BABY!” fiasco but I feel like this time is different. I’ve been working behind the scenes on my blog, as you can see its had a little make over, which I am loving! As well as working with some amazing people and entrepreneurs who have massively inspired me to well.. get my head out of my arse and just get on with it. So here I am making an attempt to turn off The Walking Dead and pick up my pen and start writing.
Getting back into blogging can be difficult after any amount of time off I think, more so if its a hobby rather then a full time or even a part time job. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I’ve struggled with it. On the plus side the struggle has got me to this point and I feel has provided me with the foundations to write this post. After about three months off, yes I did a post in February but one post doesn’t count (in my eyes) as getting back into blogging, I finally feel ready to start pressing that publish button and sharing my thoughts, ideas, advice, experiences with the world again.
That leads me to my first tip.
Don’t come back until you’re ready. I thought I was ready in February when I wrote an explanation as to why I have been absent in the blogging world, but I clearly wasn’t. I felt as if I had to justify myself to others why I wasn’t writing as much, why I wasn’t posting on Instagram and why I wasn’t networking… but really the only person I needed to justify my actions to was myself. In all honesty she wasn’t having any of it, when I say she I mean the girl boss, super woman, independent, sassy lady inside me. They were all just pathetic excuses, but sometimes, pathetic excuses are needed I mean come on we’re only human! So until you find that special something that makes you write again and be a creative creature then don’t push yourself because you think it’s what you should do.
As I mentioned above I’ve been working in the back ground with a few other amazing entrepreneurs who have seriously inspired me. Working with like minded people has given me that push I needed to get up, get on and move forward. Now some of you reading this may think “but I don’t know anyone who runs their own business, has jumped into a whole new career, have made their hobby a job and all that jazz”, that doesn’t matter and is also not true. Its not true because you don’t know them yet! Seek them out, if you were blogging before you’ve most probably spoken to or at least follow other bloggers, oh hey “like minded people!” Reach out to them. If you’re in that place where you have stopped blogging and want to jump back into it but have those niggles in your mind, or don’t yet feel inspired then having those people around you that you can bounce ideas off will be the best tool you have.
Step up your game. When I took a step back from blogging I realised that it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I slipped into the dark hole of writing posts that I thought would bring in the views or followers instead of writing about subjects that I was really passionate about. Not only did I want to improve on the type of posts I was publishing I also wanted to up my game when it came to photos, networking and everything else that comes with blogging. I have partnered up with my amazingly talented friend Abby, who is a professional photographer, to put together some super cool photos. She has such an eye for portrait photos and manages to make me look good. Not only is she brilliant at what she does, we have spent the past two weeks brainstorming ideas and pushing each other to do more. When it comes to networking I have booked myself tickets for a few blogging events up in London and this time I’m actually going to go, anxiety overload or not!! I think its important to go that extra mile, push yourself out of your comfort zone and in the words of the spice girls “SPICE UP YOUR LIFE”.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now and follow me on social media you will know I truly believe in the power of picture boards. I am a very visual person so this for me this is something I need to do whenever stepping into something new. I have already spoken about creating a goal board and how this can be a powerful tool when achieving everything you want >find that post here<, but they are also great for brainstorming ideas. Now unless you’ve been living in a hole for the past 7 years then you’ll know about Pinterest and how the days of a classic cork board are over and its so much easier to create an inspirational space for whatever new creative venture you are about to embark on. As much as I could spend a day saying I’m doing “creative research” when really I’m procrastinating on Pinterest, I still love going old school with a cork board and cutting pictures out of magazines and printing off pictures.
This may be a post about getting back into blogging but I think these tips can be translated into any hobby, passion or even job that you were once in love with and temporally lost your way and wish to start up again. I’m no life coach but these are all things I’ve figured out through my time away from my passion, as well as a few tips that I have been given by some pretty awesome individuals.
Ta-ra for now