Slump


I’ve been having a bit of trouble blogging for the past couple of months. I haven’t even had the enthusiasm to write posts for our doll blog. I can’t say exactly what the trouble is. I’m not tired of blogging. It’s just hard to find something new. I guess after six years of pretty much continuous blogging that was bound to happen.

I remember feeling like this last winter too. The weather does have a bit to do with it. Not only because the dark days affect my moods sometimes. My house is rather dark which makes taking doll photos a bit tricky. I either have to use lights or bring them into the kitchen or wait for a nice day to go outside. The lights are handy but they have short cords so it limits where I can put them. I may have to think of a better set up.

A scene from my Barbie fashion shoot last weekend

With this blog, it’s more about the lack of variety in my life I guess. I rarely go anywhere new to take photos and photos are often the starting point of what I want to write about. Unless the person with me is also interested in taking pictures I really prefer to do my photography alone. I am sure that friends would take me somewhere if I asked but I hate feeling like someone is waiting for me to finish. It makes me rush and I don’t take as many pictures as I’d like to or I don’t spend as much time thinking about what I want to do.

Little Blue Lake Tasmania
Little Blue Lake, Tasmania by me.

So, what to do? Blogging challenges are good. I always try to participate in my favourite photo challenges even if it means editing and reusing old photos. Writing prompts help too although sometimes I skip them because the word of the day leaves me stone cold uninterested.

This month I joined in a music challenge a few times and that has been fun so I think I will have to look for a few more new challenges to try.

I could write about politics, current affairs and opinions. I do that sometimes but I don’t want to turn this blog into a continuous rant. Not fun for me or the people who bother to read it.

Even if I don’t write anything myself I read and comment on other people’s posts. Sometimes a post I’ve read will give me an idea for one of my own. If I find my comment is half a page long that’s usually a clue.

I took this in a park in New Norfolk

I think that one good day out might blow the cobwebs away so I must find a way to do that even though the days are short and I feel guilty when I leave Cindy at home alone on a non-Op Shop day. In the meantime at least I’ve managed to cobble a post out of nothing. If Seinfeld can do it so can I.

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

9 thoughts on “Slump”

  1. I know I go through dry spells. I’m just coming out of one. The end of 2018 and most of this year, I’ve been in a slump not knowing whether I wanted to keep my blog up or not. I’m back to feeling good about blogging and having fun again. On a different note, I enjoyed listening to your music choices this past month. I actually bought some old favorite songs for my iPod. That probably helped kick me in the butt too. We are all here for each other. It took courage to write this post. I appreciate your honesty. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks Cee, we all have them sometimes. The music challenge was fun and as I don’t listen to music all that much now it was nice to hear some favourite songs. I have a box of vinyl albums I might give a spin.

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  2. There are these times. Ironically I share the same feeling right now. It’s actually visible in my monthly archieves that I post a lot less. Like you, I won’t stop blogging but after 9 years I also sometimes feel like I am repeating myself. I am actually fine with it to use the same topics again and again… but it’s a matter of time. I am fine to post hundreds of photos of my cat, but I don’t like to do that in sequence. And it’s the same for other subjects or photos.

    I personally think it’s sometimes fine to slow down. It’s not the first time I did that. And yeah, when you said “it’s more about the lack of variety in my life”, I sometimes feel the same about mine. But it’s fine. Today in the digital world, we sometimes see a lot of noise… we can follow as many people as we want and combined it appears like my life could be much more diverse, except that we sometimes forget that it’s not just one person posting but many. Individually, they, and we all lack variety. I accept that.

    But still, sometimes I tell myself too not to post certain things again, at least not right now. So, I wait for another time to do it again.

    Some new things will probably happen in my life, but you can only do so many things. So, ultimately, of course, a personal blog will at some point be in a way repetitive.

    By the way, slightly related I know friends who hate it if they don’t have anything to do. But I am an advocate of time-outs… like daydreaming, doing nothing for a while. I think sometimes we need that. Our mind is constantly bombarded with information’s these days, and equally, we bombard others with our interests as well. So, I am really an advocate of shutting down once in a while.

    It’s the same with blogging. It’s actually the same with many things. Remember when I got several new guitars within a single year? I played on them like a freak, day in and out. But there is a point where you need a break for some weeks or maybe even a month, and then you come back with fresh energy or ideas. This actually happened to me with photography as well, especially this year. Anything can be repetitive, and probably will be repetitive at some point. Then I don’t want to force myself to continue, I’d rather wait for a while and continue with new ideas later. Because I prefer this over giving up completely, maybe because I forced myself to do things that I didn’t enjoy in that moment.

    This is for example why I always chuckle when I read posts of these self-proclaimed blogging experts (SEO’s, marketers, influencers and so on) when they tout their ideas of having a blogging schedule or calendar. And so many people listen to them, and they eventually get burned out by blogging. Those who keep blogging over many years are basically a few grains of sand, compared to a complete coast full of sand, those who give up within a year.

    I personally know what you wrote. I went through it too. But I think it’s ok. And then again, unless we win the lottery, I think our all lives won’t be super diverse. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Dennis that’s reassuring. I know a lot of bloggers who have been going for a long time feel this way from time to time and I’m sure I’ll come out of it. I think a bit of it is winter, you know that feeling, and a bit of it is laziness. I really don’t want to get up early on a freezing cold morning so I can catch a bus at 7:30 am in order to go to Hobart to take pictures. I actually do enjoy downtime at home, daydreaming and doing not much.
      The bloggers and YouTubers who want to make a living from it have to find new “content” every day but I don’t. I’ve read these articles about blogging calendars and lists of topics as well but I don’t want to be one of those blogs that is full of “Ten reasons why…” and similar lists and I only write about things I am interested in. Actually I’ve noticed that several of the bloggers I follow have cut down a bit on posting lately and that’s fine we all have lives outside blogging.

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      1. Yes exactly. I also don’t want my life to be fully focussed on blogging either. There are many other things.

        Yeah, winter is not exactly the best time to do things. In my case, this is often not a problem, because my blog is usually more gaming focussed in winter. But I also had winters where I didn’t post a lot. I don’t play games every winter. Now it’s a summer break because now that I go running regularly, I realized it’s a bit difficult to go hiking on the same day and shooting new photos. So, at the moment I don’t have a lot to share except that I achieved something with the exercises. But once in a while I go through my library and upload a picture.

        Yes, as personal bloggers we don’t have to find new content, and I find these “Ten reasons why…” lists unoriginal anyway, but somehow they all end up writing these posts πŸ˜€ I am like you, I just want to write about things I find interesting, and if there is nothing at the moment I want to share, then it’s fine.

        By the way… what I find funny as well is, that we have the same method to realize if we found ideas again. You said, writing a page long comment is usually a nice indicator that you can talk about something. I am the same. With some long-known bloggers I usually press the “post comment” button if my comment is very long. But with less known people, I often copy pasted my long comment into my editor, changed some things and publish it as a post.

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  3. I really relate to this. We’ve had a lot of dreary weather and I just don’t feel as inspired and of course am less likely to go out and do new things as well. It’s so true about reading other blogs to get inspired when you don’t feel like you have a good topic for the moment. I love the fashion shoot!!

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    1. Lately my life has been home, the Op Shop where I volunteer and quick visits to the local post office or supermarket. I love being at home and I love my little town but I’m just about dry of new things to photograph or write about and the weather is still shocking.

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