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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How do you handle writer's block and blogging?

When I started blogging I posted 7 days a week and ran it like a business.  I'd read the how to's of growing a blog and making money on them, but I never wrote like it was a business.  I mean I was talking about my dogs.  The loves of my life besides my husband.  The creatures that saved my life over and over again and still to this day never stop teaching me about unconditional love.

It didn't take long to get tired and I cut out the weekends because they were always so busy and hectic and it became impossible to get to the computer anyways.  I still enjoyed writing and posting and your comments.

After my hospital stay almost 2 years ago, I cut back to 3-4 days a week.  I was going through a difficult healing process and it was all I could maintain.  Still for the love of writing and the dogs.  Until I started getting writer's block that kept reoccurring.  Over and over I kept running into this wall and my love for writing began to dwindle.  It took away the one thing I loved as much as the dogs and that was writing about the dogs.  How could this be?  After deciding to give up the money making bit, taking a break from doing reviews and running ads I am struggling to write a post.

It doesn't take much for me to pressure myself.  I've always been hard core when it comes to writing.  And I've never wrote on a regular basis like this.  We are coming up on 4 years of blogging in a couple of months.  And after the waves of creativity have crash, I've hit that wall again.

How do you juggle life and blogging?  How do handle your own internal pressures?  Are you able to go with the flow and blog when you feel?  Or do you keep a schedule?  What do you do when you hit writer's block?  Do you get it often?  Or just once in a while?  I really like to hear your thoughts.   

5 comments:

Molly The Wally said...

Wow nearly 4 years. We just do what we want and therefore have no real problem posting. We think you should do what you want, when you want as afterall it has to be a pleasure not a chore. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

24 Paws of Love said...

Thanks Molly. Good advice!

Saved by Dogs said...

We aim to blog once a week unless something comes up; we found more than this feels too burdensome with all the other work and writing projects. Agree with Molly - if it isn't fun what's the point :-)

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

I'm very lucky (in many ways!) because I blog for me. And I mostly just put up photos, although I can spend hours 'playing' with the photos before they go on my blog. I treasure every comment and am grateful for those who take the time to visit and say something because I'm not real good about returning the favour! I can only suggest you blog for you, about things you enjoy and love. Don't pressure yourself into a schedule if it's not you! It should be fun as your other comments have said.

Heck, I think I might be coming up to 4 years blogging in a couple of months too! When you think about it, there are a lot of pet blogs that have disappeared since we started, and a lot more new ones have taken their place. Many pet blogs now are about making money and their posts reflect that and don't interest me. Some of that will be because I live in New Zealand and 99.9% of things that are reviewed aren't available here!! I prefer people who blog with soul in their hearts rather than dollar signs in their eyes. But then again; nobody ever asks me to review anything, lol! I could probably be persuaded to go over to the dark side if they did ;)

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