Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stop And Take Pause.

mindfulness, thinking, emotions, exhaustion, writing, real, raw, amwriting, who I am

What happens when you can't think of anything to share on your blog?

What happens when you're stuck and want to submit to other publications but lacking ideas on what to share?

What happens when you think of all the great things every other day, but never find yourself at the keyboard in time to jot them down?

You stop. You take pause.

You may stop for way too long.

I just realized this morning I have not posted since almost two weeks ago.

Huh. How did that happen?

Why is it that I have taken such pause of late?

Honestly? I don't really know.

I know that many people have stopped blogging because what they're doing is saving the good stuff to submit elsewhere - with hopes of being paid for it. And I get that. I do. Truly.

But I don't want my blog to die away. I don't want it to disappear. My blog is so much of who I am. So very much of what I need to share and what I want to say.

Some people say that social media has done away with blogs. We share so much on Facebook and Instagram (and maybe Twitter, I still love Twitter, but many people do not) and so we've left ourselves with nothing else to say on our sites.

I don't want that to happen here, either.

====

And so, days later. Here I am. Still not live. I still have not posted.

Hit publish - I think to myself - it doesn't matter what you say, exactly.

True, true. So very true.

And so. Here you go.

And so I do.

And before I forget ... I must ask ...

How are you, my friends? What is new with all of you?

====

Picture by me. Sitting in the passenger seat. 

On a beautiful day with a gorgeous blue sky. 

What better time to stop and take pause - right? 

Join me. Please.

6 comments:

Cascia Talbert said...

That is so important. I've been there before. Sometimes I run out of ideas, so it's time to take a pause. Great post!

pia said...

I barely post. People still find me and read. I would love to say it's a testament to my subject matter---basically anything, and writing. But I think it's both because I have been around forever. My blog can be traced to 2004. My father wrote a letter when I was adopted that is my most googled post. That makes me incredibly happy. If there's a Jewish heaven I hope my parents can see it!
(Never thought about heaven until I moved South.)

I have over 500 posts in draft. Yet I invariably pick the worst to post.

The point of this all being that you're a very good writer, and people will wait.

Blogging should be a joy not a chore.

Paula Kiger said...

Hi! As you can imagine, I am pro "KEEP POSTING"! And I am glad you wrote this. One thing I find helpful if I am completely stuck is the Currently prompt (there's also a "5 on Friday" or something like that which I've done before but Currently is the best (to me)). It's really amazing when you can't focus, how you discover your unique take on even the small things. Even though I totally twisted the currently prompt around in this post, there is a link to a blogger who got me motivated to do it. Hope it helps! http://biggreenpen.com/2015/12/20/currently-thinking-about-josue/

Stephanie Weaver said...

I think sometimes we just get tired of creating so much content without much feedback, too. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Bhella said...

Good to know that I am not alone with the "pause" button. Pleased you published this one. :)

allison c @godanskermom.com said...

Aw, I am so happy you came back. And I am with you - trying to balance between submitting elsewhere because I love that but I LOVE my blog, too. I don't want that to die. xo

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...