When I started this blog, oh so many moons ago, it was a knit blog and I was a knitter and I used it to document socks in progress, and that was pretty much the extent of things. As the years have gone by and I have evolved, the blog has evolved a bit too, and lately things have been… itchy. As I’ve poured heart and soul into Honey & Ollie: The Shop, the blog has had a bit of a languish over here.
I’m told that’s often the way with new things, babies, beginnings, businesses…
I have struggled to write meaningful content and lately it has not been going so well.
What do I want to do with this space? I’ve been having a good think about that and it all really boils down to one simple thing.
I want to feel good about what I’m writing and have fun writing it.
Okay that’s two things.
I want to have fun writing it… I had to think about that for a bit, because really, I haven’t had much fun writing it lately and I think it shows.
See, I’ve taken a bunch of classes had a lot of great advice from amazing folks about using your blog to network, to grow your business, the do’s and don’t’s for bloggers, and you know… I feel like all the information has, to some extent, muddied the waters. It’s all in my head and I’ve allowed it to create a lot of anxiety that really makes it tough to write. I’ve worried so much about following some “formula for blog success” that I really feel I’ve lost the heart of the blog. Nowadays, I worry about blogging wrong and so I haven’t been blogging much at all. The experts say that not blogging is the kiss of death for your readership (they all go away) and so then there’s the huge Blog Shame Spiral right there. You don’t blog because you feel worried people won’t like what you write, so you don’t write, so people go away, so you don’t blog because you’re worried, and…
It’s really simple, actually.
I just want to feel good about what I’m writing. At the heart of it, I don’t feel good about or want to do lists like “10 Things That Will Make Your Etsy Store Rock”, or get committed to a weekly feature, or a timetable for posts with strict posting days when I may not be able to actually deliver, or do amazing video tutorials for art journaling unless I come up with something really cool and original, in which case, you know, yay Youtube here I come. There are a lot of great blogs that do just that. But I can’t step into a niche that’s filled by other amazing creative folks. I don’t want their niche. I just want to live in my own. I want to write my own stories. Follow my own formula. Not worry about writing to increase statistics or comments.
I want to have a good time.
I want to write about stuff I care about, stuff that makes me happy, stuff I’m thinking about, stuff that makes me sad.
I want to share my art, whatever art I happen to be doing at the time. Or not. No pressure.
I want people to enjoy what I’ve written. Maybe walk away from it with a little kernel of thought, a new idea or two, or perhaps just a pretty image to enjoy.
I want this blog to tell an interesting story.
That’s it. It’s pretty simple, really.