I woke up this morning and felt that sense of relief that I didn’t have to be somewhere. I’ve spent the last three weeks doing supply work at my former school, and while I have been surprised how much I enjoyed it, it has served as a reminder why I don’t do this full-time anymore.
The mindset is a funny thing – I had almost two months of uninterrupted blog time before my contract started, and I spent most of it thinking I’ll do it tomorrow whenever any major writing tasks presented themselves. However, when sitting at a desk in my temporary classroom all I wanted to do was get on the blog, posting my usual nonsensical ramblings and reading about what everybody else had been up to.
I suppose that when something is a daily part of life it becomes easily taken for granted, only for its importance to be realised once it is taken away, even if it’s just for a little while.
I’ve lost my way a little bit in the online world. It became about alt words, key words, SEO. The correct title, the correct image. Stats, stats and more stats have obsessively taken over at times to the point where they became more important than content and conversations. And I’ve missed those conversations. Granted, I’m more than proud of everything that I have created and achieved, but I’ve decided that October (or should it be ‘Blog-tober‘ – see what I stole there?) would be a brilliant opportunity to return back to the reason why I actually started writing in the first place: writing for me. Of course, I enjoy doing the wide and varied activities that the blog affords, (which I’ll participate in as they present themselves), and I’ll continue to share posts and blogs that I like to read, but I’m determined that the next few weeks will be devoted to getting back to basics. Write, post, repeat.
I started this morning by doing just that, crafting several posts to save into my drafts folder for later in the week and then sharing my older posts (and those of others) in @RachelintheOC’s #MondayBlogs hashtag. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to take the time to create a thoughtful and meaningful post from scratch, and I also had the chance to catch up on some great posts from my favourite writers, something I have neglected of late.
What about you guys? Do you find yourself on a different blogging journey at times than you originally intended?
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It seems like I’m not the only one who has been feeling this way – despite the fact that this post was written this afternoon I discovered, as always, that similar ideas seem to present themselves in the blogging world at the same time – check out this great post from Anna Rosenblum-Palmer.