Happy April Fool’s Day!
As much as I like a good prank, nothing in this post will be a joke…lol
However, it will be a little bit of a shift away from my usual blogging topics. If you have been around the blog for a while, you know that I typically write about intuitive eating, functional medicine topics, my faith, and sometimes a little bit of life thrown in there. Today is more of a post about life in general. Or rather, blogging in general.
Historically, blogging has been a fun, cathartic outlet for me. I enjoy writing, I enjoy reading blogs, and I enjoy sharing my thoughts in a cohesive way and seeing how it has grown. Especially over the past few years, blogging has opened the door to new opportunities, too. Through my blog, I self-published a couple journaling guides, wrote a book, starting a nutrition counseling program (technically coaching, since it’s over the internet) and had the opportunity to connect with a number of other writers in this arena. All of those things have been so fun and exciting, and gratifying in ways I never expected.
But lately, I’ve felt so uninspired to write, and I’m not sure why that is. To be totally honest, my mind in general has been a lot more blank than I expected it to be. Usually when I have free time, I’m bustling with ideas and energy, eager to start doing something. Lately, that hasn’t been the case. I’ve been tired, both physically and mentally, and it scares me a little bit because every time I’ve sat down to write, nothing comes. Or, if I write something, it seems dull and drab, work I’m not proud of. I’ve been feeling that way pretty much the entirety of 2021, and I feel bad about it!
I think partly it could be due to burnout. The launch efforts I put into Fulfilled were extremely draining for me. I don’t think I’m alone among authors in this, but I absolutely despise self-promotion. I feel awkward telling people why they should buy my book (even though I really think it’s a book worth buying and reading) and the pressures to be aggressively present online (thank you, COVID) just overwhelmed me. I don’t like social media very much, and it took a lot of mental energy to think about and try to coordinate posting schedules with Instagram, my blog, other forms of social media, tracking the metrics of the book on Amazon…if that doesn’t sound like fun, that’s because it wasn’t. Anyway, I don’t mean to detract from the fact that the opportunity to write the book was a total blessing. But it left me feeling tired. And uninspired.
All that to say, I think I might take a little bit of a break from blogging over the summer. Not completely, as I definitely want to share my thoughts when inspiration strikes. But I’m not sure that I’ll be keeping up with twice weekly posts. For now, I think that taking the pressure off for a little while might be good for me, and probably good for you, my readers, too. After all, nobody likes to read poorly written blog posts!
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