So yesterday I said on my twitter account that I felt blogging was no longer for me and that I was going to steer away from it. This is true but I thought I should explain it in a bit more detail for those of you who read this blog regularly.
I am still going to blog as I do enjoy it but it is not going to be as regular as it used to be (I won't go weeks or months but it may be that it is just once a week) I feel I write better blog posts if I only write when I want to and not because I feel I need to. I also feel that there are tons and tons of much better bloggers out there, I am not feeling sorry for myself, I genuinely mean that. Being a blogger isn't just about what you write, it is about self promotion across social media too - more so than the posts in fact. You could write amazing content but if you aren't interacting regularly online and engaging with potential followers or existing followers then that amazing blog post will go unread. I know this, I have known this for a long time now but in all honesty I don't want to spend all of my time on social media... I just don't. I either don't manage my time very well or just don't have the passion for it anymore because I just don't get how people fit so much time on twitter into their busy lives. That isn't a dig, I honestly don't. I don't always want to be online either, I sometimes go days without reading my timeline or tweeting and don't miss it.
Don't get me wrong, I love all the blogger friends I have made both the ones I have met and the ones I haven't. The bloggers are an amazing online community that pick you up when you're feeling down and inspire you when you're stuck for ideas. They're are wonderful, creative, friendly people and I will keep interacting with them or I would miss them!
The thing is, I find there are now too many blogger chats that I can't keep up (it is probably a good thing really, plenty of chats out there so there is one at a time to suit everyone no matter what their job or how busy their life is) I feel like I am so out if the loop with it all though.
To be a successful blogger you need to stand out because so many people have blogs. Your photos and words need to be on point and so does your blogs layout and design. You need to keep your presence online regular, i'm talking every couple of hours so that your followers don't forget you. You need to interact with others so that people get to know you and want to read your stuff when you write something new. I have done that in the past of course but its been pretty sporadic lately.
I guess what I am saying is, my blog is going back to being a hobby, a sideline of what I want to do, which is write. If I could wave a wand and have the career I want it wouldn't be as a blogger it would be as a writer. I want to write books and scripts. Always have. Blogging has been amazing and I am proud of how far it has taken me but I have spent too much time focusing just on blogging and not on what I really want to do. I am grateful to blogging to giving me a platform to flex my writing skills, for helping me meet other like minded people and for helping me work as a freelance writer. Something I never thought I would be doing four years ago. It has been amazing for me! I have worked hard to make it what it is today so I am not closing it down but I want to move on now and focus on other projects. I have my book planned and want to start it like NOW. I also have a book on scriptwriting to refresh my brain as it was five years ago I attended a scriptwriting course so I am a bit rusty.
Life is short so sometimes you need to take risks. Sometimes you need to realise a particular chapter in your life has been great and opened lots of new doors but isn't taking you exactly where you want to be and that you need to reassess.
Blogging doesn't give me the exact creative outlet I need. I want to write characters that people fall in love with and scenarios that keep people turning pages. Blogging just doesn't do that no matter how much I enjoy it.
I don't really know how to round this post up apart from by saying thanks to everyone who reads this blog whether you have done for years or if you're new. I will keep it up and I will keep you updated with my other writing projects too. It just isn't top of my writing radar now like it once was.
I will definitely keep up with my Youtube channel because I really enjoy doing that. I feel it is easier to film lifestyle stuff rather than write it sometimes. I love journalism and love writing and reading articles and find I do this better independently for other people so will be pushing forward with freelance work too (you can now see why the blog has to take a bit of a back seat! Lots of writing projects I want to get on with!)
Hope this all makes sense.
Have a lovely weekend all. Speak to you soon! Xxx