Join me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
Why can’t I get out of my funk?
As you’ve probably noticed I’ve taken fairly frequent blogging breaks since March. I’ve had a lot going on and that’s made blogging difficult. The thing is, having a lot going on isn’t foreign to me. I typically have a lot going on. The reality is, I’m in a funk. A blogging and reading funk. And I can’t seem to get out of it! It’s frustrating because even though I’m not always in the mood to blog or read lately, I don’t actually want to stop doing either.
I think a big part of the problem is my Type A personality. I can be a *bit* obsessive about blogging correctly. I obsess over how many unanswered comments I have. I obsess over not having time to visit other blogs. I obsess about having a certain number of posts scheduled. And since I haven’t been able to do any of those things well lately, I’ve just shut down and not blogged at all. I’ll start to think I can come back, start replying to comments or visiting posts and not get “far enough” to post.
I think I’m turning blogging into a job with requirements and expectations that I have to live up to. And that’s taking away what I love about it. So, while I can’t completely change who I am, I am going to try to relax my expectations. I’m deleting my “comments not replied to” plugin – it stresses me out because I literally can’t catch up. I’m deleting my RSS app from my phone with my daily lists of blogs to visit. I’m not going to update my Google Calendar with a schedule of posts. With the exception of The Sunday Post and COYER posts – I’m not going to have a set schedule for posts. I’ll post what I can, when I can. Which is why this post is going up at the uncharacteristic time of 8:30pm (or so). *shrug* it’s when I got the post written so it’s when I’m publishing it.
Those who know me pretty well are probably snickering because this is SO opposite of my personality. But I need to de-stress a bit and this is the only way I can think to do it. It’s not to say I won’t post frequently – I hope I will. And it’s not that I won’t reply to comments – that has always been my goal & continues to be. And it’s not that I won’t visit other blogs – that’s my favorite part and I’ve missed y’all so much! It’s just that I’m not going to OBLIGATE myself anymore. And maybe, just maybe that will get me out of my funk. We’ll see how it goes.
Have you ever gotten into a funk like mine? How’d you get out of it?