Being a better blogger

The lovely and oh-so-talented MK of MK in Wonderland wrote a post a few weeks ago about losing your blogging voice. I encourage you to read her blog in it’s entirety but to sum-up, she talked about how rocking her new baby boy to sleep USED to be the catalyst for her blog ideas and now that her son isn’t in need of bed time rocking, she feels her voice is lost. I too, feel my voice has been much harder to find than it used to be. Perhaps it decided to go on holiday {hopefully when you read that it sounded like it was being spoken in a dainty british accent} or maybe it’s just hibernating for… summer?… but either way I’d like it to make it’s presence known once more!

I feel like I’ve hit a cranial roadblock of sorts and it’s definitely affected the caliber of my posts.

Perhaps it’s the lack of human interaction that has come with being a SAHM {not that my daughter isn’t human… she’s super human… but our in-depth conversations about life, love, and the pursuit of chocolate are somewhat one-sided at this point} or perhaps it’s my new mommy scatterbrain that can’t find 30 minutes to sit down and concoct a post of value.  Or perhaps I’m totally full of crap and trying desperately to make an excuse for all of the pathetic picture-heavy, 20-word recipe posts peppering my pages. I mean seriously… Recipe Monday? My cooking skills are not good enough to name an entire DAY after my kitchen conquests. Whatever the reason, I’ve been slacking. Big time. Let’s face it, the last 250 words you just read are probably the most thoughtful I’ve written in lord knows how long.

Is it me or is this brain-dump a little “perhaps” heavy?

Anyway. I hereby promise to you, my lovely readers, whether you be bloggers yourselves, friends, family members, total strangers, first time visitors, long time subscribers, or CYBERBOTS attempting to send me stupid gibberish SPAM comments, that I will do my darndest to find that pesky voice of mine, rangle it in, and use it to be a better blogger. Afterall, no one likes it when a blog that was once interesting turns into a pile of poo.

…perhaps

Until next time…

What do you do to help kick that cranial roadblock to the wayside and set your VOICE into overdrive? Is there something you do in day-to-day life that ALWAYS provides you with great ideas? What are some of the more interesting activities you’ve participated in that provided the best blog content?

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8 thoughts on “Being a better blogger

  1. Your blog is NOT poo!!!! I love getting to live vicariously through your blog bc it temporarily cures my baby fever! 😉 haha ill just enjoy your baby for another couple of years! 🙂

  2. Your voice may be trying to adjust itself to it’s new sound. It’s still Sara’s voice, but it now has a different range, maybe a new song, maybe lost a few notes and gained some others. Passions may have changed, insights might be different, and certainly as you mentioned, inspiration comes from new (and old) places. It’s okay to give yourself permission to acknowledge that your voice is being recreated (maybe the female version of hitting puberty?) and to give it time to emerge. Consider how long it takes infants to find their voice – it’s a process. It’s not poo, it’s a key change.

    And, as a reader, I can say that I’ll still read. The song may not be the same, I may not know the new words, but readers will figure that out too.

    Now, before I mix too many metaphors and get lost on a tangent. Thanks for your honesty. I’m still working out the kinks in mine, but I do remember the feeling…and it still comes back every once in a while. You’re doing great!

    • you’re so sweet… and so well spoken, er, written! Thanks for the vote of confidence and I’ll be sure to remind myself of it time and time again!

  3. I’ll admit I’m a blogging newb, but if it’s any help at all here is what I do to help with writing posts that speak in “Rachel” – anytime a blog idea hits me I write it down. I have an app on my iPhone called “Evernote” – HIGHLY RECOMMEND! You can add folders, organize ideas, etc. It’s basically a digital journal.

    It can be something as simple as a title for a post “Confessions of a happily married woman” (which eventually did turn into a post) or it can be an entire paragraph on something I’m reading, learning, or something that I can’t get off my mind. Either way usually my posts start as snippets and bits and, when I get the chance to delve into them further, I add/remove anything I’d like until it becomes a full-blown post!

    Your time as a mommy is much more limited than mine but it may be helpful for you in piecing together a post that clearly says, “This is the voice of Sara Pierce and these are her thoughts/musings” 🙂 I have about 35 blog drafts that may (or may not) make it to a published post but I’ve found that documenting life as it comes and sifting through your thoughts on more than one occasion do help make a post meatier, funnier, and more Rachelier (or Saraier) 🙂

    Don’t give up though because your blog is full of so many sweet stories and photos and it would be a shame to lose it all together! ❤

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