22 April 2015

Blogging #firstworldproblems.

I have a very strange problem. I’m finding it weirdly hard to settle into the less frenetic groove of 3 posts a week (plus Fridays). When I was publishing a 6 posts a week it seemed like a fairground train ride that just kept chugging along happily; I had a pattern and variety of posts that I loved to put up – an organiser by nature I felt grounded in my routine: Monday – London, Tuesday – Books, Wednesday – Foodie something, Thursday – Travel, Friday – Figments and photos, Saturday – anything that took my fancy.

...just another brick in the wall...
Like so many of the blogging folk*, for me blogging is a creative outlet to make up for a pedestrian 9-5 <insert a good ole bit of Dolly Parton here>. It’s been a wonderful way to make friends in the London expat community, find out a few insane secrets of my adopted city, bring a bit of creativity into the day and a fantastic excuse for making brunch dates.


Obviously this isn’t an earthshattering issue by any means, it just seemed like a fitting time to sit back and muse about my small corner of t’internet. Lord knows I’m a fan of over-thinking, me. I’m not a fashion blogger, I’m not a lifestyle blogger, I’m not a travel blogger, just an Adventuring London Kiwi blogger. I’ve spent 3 years creating my own weird little niche that makes me happy – there’s a high exploring/foodie finds/weird discoveries ratio that makes me smile, which is the highest commendation a subject needs to become a blogpost muse.

I never want blogging to be a paint by numbers exercise; it’s never been about the statistics, it certainly aint about churning out bleurgh posts just cause I have to and as much as I adore blogging as a creative outlet it isn’t really a new career that I want to forge – I’m just happy for it to be a living breathing hobby that gets me out and about in the world. I have a crazy backlog of draft idea posts; delicious afternoon teas we took more than 6 months ago (but are so quintessential that they won’t/don’t need to change), places we’ve explored, random thoughts... the list goes on, and on and on but the words aint coming.

Self-prescribing puppy cuddles is legit, right!?
On the plus side, having more time has enabled me to get back to my favourite part of blogging; reading other adventures. What to do to, what to do...

In the meantime I'll set me wee brain to thinking about the new Travel Linkup topic 'Things I'd never do again'. Hmmm.

*  Please tell me I'm not the only person to associate the word 'folk' with faerie and are currently imagining everyone skipping through forest glades Clutching their DSLRs, stopping occasionally to instagram the sunbeams #nature

30 comments :

  1. Are you finding you want to go back to posting 6 days a week? You did have quite a good schedule planned out for yourself with the topics and all, and goodness knows you never have a shortage of things to share about!


    Also, I can honestly say I've never associated the work folk with fairies! Ha! Back home, 'folk' or 'folks' is used interchangeably with the word 'people', so it's pretty commonplace for me. I like the fairy imagery you think of, though! :)

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  2. One thing I love about your blog (and about you) is that you have a very relaxed attitude, blogging should be fun and not taken too seriously. I love that you blog is so random and about all your musings and wanderings...I get so fed up of promotional blogs so yours is just a breath of fresh air.

    If you're thinking of going back to six a week you have my vote!

    Lots of love,

    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  3. I don't know how you managed the 6 posts a well, that is magical powers! I have so many things I want to write about as well but am finding it so hard to get the words to start flowing. I think a little break is what I need to get my blogging groove back.

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  4. You've said exactly what I thought about saying/writing this week - spooky! I love your blog because it isn't focused in one niche ... and because I love that your personality shines through! You just keep being you. Please.

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  5. I also love that there is no niche, mine is the same. I feel like its more an accurate personal blog, and I love to read along.

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  6. Couldn't agree more on the 'niche' issue. I don't fit into a perfectly define niche either. I like paving my own path. Probably just another reason why I love your blog!

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  7. Agree! I don't really have a niche either. It's not quite travel, not quite lifestyle but also not quite personal. I've taken to calling myself a London blogger that's not really a "thing" yet but that's OK, I love what I do! x

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  8. Ahahaha - blogging faeries would be OBSESSED with sunbeams!

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  9. I find myself thinking about blogging quite often, it's something quite easy to muse over and then even easier to obsess over haha. I try to limit my blogging thoughts to quiet places like in the shower haha.
    I'm always going back and forth with how many times a week to post, but I can't quite settle. I think I publish that amount of time allows. If I read less blogs, made less comments, I could write more, but half the fun is other peoples adventures for me. At the moment, I have quite a lot of quiet time at work so I get a fair amount of blog reading done here (like right now) and then I can write in the evenings, I do like that routine, but usually I just have the weekends.


    I have so so many posts that are "out of date", I still have posts to write from when we went to Stockholm in Oct last year. But lately I've been feeling super out of sync with life and blog tha tI just drew a line and decided to blog current stuff, and hopefully get to the old stuff. I have quite a bit of time next week, so maybe I can catch up!

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  10. Emma you read my mind today! There are so many things that I want to write, but for some reason, every time I sit down to write, the words just don't come. I think I might try to rectify this with a cappuccino at my favorite coffee shop because sometimes I just need a change of scenery.


    I'm sorry if I missed this, but what made you decide to post less often? I was never one to post more than 4 times per week but lately I am trying to slow down a bit and take my time with posts. I hoped that this would help me write better posts, but like you I am not really feeling inspired! Let me know if you find something that helps!!

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  11. I'm not sure I fancy 6 days a week again, it was a fun challenge but I've kinda proved to myself that I can do it now (yes I'm crazy, I know!).
    Ahhhh, I think I probably read too many Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels ;)

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  12. I type really, really fast ;) The downside is that sometimes posts were a little rougher than initially intended but it meant that there are all sorts of little tricks I came up with such as photo 'essay' posts & group posts.
    Sometimes the creativity just runs a little low doesn't it?

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  13. Down with niches! Up with your tasty baking!
    ^ That needs to be a slogan.

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  14. I love what you write and whenever i'm at a loss for words, I like reading your posts for inspiration. Do whatever makes you happy, and if that means writing about fairie folk running around with DSLRs then do it ;) (no seriously, itd be a hilarious read). BTW self prescribing puppy cuddles is totally legit.

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  15. Awww, thanks Jaime, that's so very kind of you to say!

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  16. We're such rebels - and those are the blogs I love the most!

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  17. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)27 April 2015 at 08:37

    I completely understand this Emma. I never thought the words would stop coming but there have been times of late where I know what to write about, the photos are there but I stare blankly at the screen for half an hour because the words just don't come and if they do, they're just so bad that there's no point writing. I think that's a natural sign of needing to recharge and taking a breather and reminding ourselves that it shouldn't be a chore and we don't need to force it, not if we're doing it as a hobby in any case! I love your honesty and the personality that comes through in your posts and one selfish perk for me of you posting a bit less is that I can keep up a bit more!! I never knew how you did so many in the first place you superwoman!

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  18. Thanks so much Angie, you're really too kind about these here blatherings!
    6 posts a week? *shudder* can't do that again I don't think!!

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  19. See, now to me that's a perfect niche - Leanne in London!

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  20. I'm so glad I'm not the only one Kerri - it's a strange problem to have isn't it?

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  21. I find I have to have music - there's something about background music that just lets me roll with it. Coffee also is necessary ;)

    I decided to post 6 days a week for my first 101 in 1001 days challenge - I can't believe I did it for so long! I really want to do the same, actually pre-draft the posts so that I can edit them to ensure they're slightly less slap dash. One day, one day :)

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  22. All the faeries!! You're a new Momma, you have all the reasons in the world to take a chill break!

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  23. Sometimes it's so hard, but therein lies the challenge I guess!

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  24. You know, I usually blog in silence but I think I am going to give music a try! And I always have to have coffee when I sit down to write. I just can't blog without it! I've tried blogging at night with a glass of wine but that usually ends in me just going to bed.


    Wow it's so awesome that you were able to keep up with that for so long. Sometimes I think that when I get into a routine of scheduling ideas for a week or two, I am more inclined to write. Sometimes I write a few posts all at once when I am feeling creative, and then I go back to edit them later. Still trying to figure it out!

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  25. I try & do the multi post write, sometimes it can be amazing!

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