You may or may not have noticed that I've made some changes to my blog recently - about two or three weeks ago I decided to delete about 95% of my old posts and completely start afresh. I was originally thinking about starting a new blog altogether, but I've become very attached to Under Blue Lights and the idea felt a tad overwhelming. The reason for me shifting a lot of my old content is that I'd become dissatisfied with the quality of my blog; I've had a love/hate relationship with it for quite some time now and wanted to do something about it. Posts I was once proud of made me cringe, and I found myself constantly comparing my blog to others. Quite a few of my posts were also halfheartedly written as I thought I needed to blog regularly but I didn't have the time to put as much effort into it as I'd have liked.
Don't get me wrong, I adore creating content for this website and deciding to start a blog was probably one of the best decisions I've made. I have never once thought of blogging as a 'chore' and I will continue to do it for as long as I enjoy it. However, it is hard work. I'm sure anyone who owns a blog will understand that even the shortest of posts can take hours, even days, to construct, and it's incredibly frustrating when your finished result isn't quite what you expected it to be. I consider myself to be a creative person, but it's sometimes difficult to avoid facing that blockage where I feel completely uninspired and I don't feel proud of what I'm producing.
Therefore, instead of forcing myself to write content when I'm not feeling 100% motivated, I'm only going to publish entries I'm completely happy with. That means it may get a bit quiet around here sometimes, but I'd rather that than have a blog full of lackluster posts written on a tight schedule. I'm also only going to blog things I enjoy writing about - in the past I often felt I had to go out and buy a certain product and review it just because I'd seen it featured on several other sites, but instead I'm now going to write for myself. As cliche as it sounds, I never started blogging in an attempt to gain thousands of followers or earn any money, I just wanted a creative outlet to develop my photography and writing skills. (Although having people read and respond to my content is so lovely!)
Like I said, I love blogging and I'm going to continue to update Under Blue Lights as much as I can. I'm really excited about my fresh start and I have lots of ideas for future content. I'm hoping that what was once a blog purely made up of beauty reviews will eventually become a huge mixture of various topics, such as lifestyle, fashion, photography, food and fitness, with some book/film reviews thrown in for good measure. I'm also going to try and incorporate more personal posts into my blog - something I never really did previously but have always enjoyed reading on other sites.
I'm going to round this post up with a few tips I find help shake off 'blogger's block.' Here's what I like to do when I'm feeling particularly unmotivated and want to get my creative juices flowing again:
- Read my favourite blogs
- Take a long walk
- Carry a notebook around in my handbag. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
- Take a break from the internet for a while and read a book
- Don't feel the need to force content. Sometimes I like to leave my DSLR at home and just enjoy a day out. As much as I love taking pictures, it's nice to relax and not feel under pressure to photograph everything. Plus, I avoid the 'what the hell is she doing' stare off strangers while I try to get the perfect shot of my dinner which is always a bonus
- If all else fails ... resort to retail therapy (like I need an excuse)
This post has turned into a bit of a ramble, but I wanted to explain why my blog suddenly appears so bare. If anyone has any of there own tips for staying motivated and overcoming 'blogger's block' then do let me know :) Lastly, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my little blog and comment on my posts - it means a lot!