[Imaginative Discussions] – Regaining My Passion

Posted January 29, 2014 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Kara / 18 Comments

Take a gander at the above quote. Ponder it for a second. Reflect. Easier said than done, isn’t it? It’s an easy thing to be passionate about something. But it’s not so easy to stay passionate about something. That has a tendency to fade like the seasons, but when one gets the chance to regain your passion for something you had previously lost if for, embrace it with open arms and do not let go, I say. 

That’s what I want to talk to you about today. How I lost my passion for blogging and how I got it back. It might help you, it might not. But I did want to journal it and put the words down on a page for myself. So when I lose my passion next time (and I will–it’s inevitable), I have a place to go to refocus and remember how I fixed it last time. I’m going to talk about passion as it pertains to book blogging, but that doesn’t mean you can’t apply it to other facets of your life. If it works for me, I definitely will.

I think for me, starting a new year was definitely the clean slate I needed to build upon. Every new year begins a new blogging adventure. I get to wipe my reading history clean, I get to reinvent myself. I know I don’t have to wait for the new year to do this (and I would love to be able to train myself to do this anytime) but somehow it helps. 

But I think there were a couple of other things that happened just at the right time to contribute to this feeling I have. Number one, things on the blog changed. When things get stagnant, sometimes it’s hard to keep positive and motivated. We have a new blog feature called Forgotten Fridays. Creativity is blooming in the form of discussion posts and giveaways we have started planning. And the biggest one of all is Bekka. A new co-blogger, a new voice, new ideas, and more time to read and plan! 

Blogging can take over your life. And when all your time is spent blogging and returning comments, and there is no time for anything else, it starts to feel like a job. At this point, I cannot believe I ever used to blog by myself. I remember when I did, but I have no idea how I did it. I know for a fact that I could not go back to doing that. It just isn’t me. I can’t read fast enough on my own, but most of all, I work better as a member of a team. I need someone to bounce ideas off of. I need other people to make me think and get inspired and develop ideas of my own. Protip: there is nothing wrong with that. Lyn and Bekka are two huge parts of my life, and Great Imaginations. This blog is just as much theirs as it is mine. 

What makes this work is we support each other. When we need a break, when we aren’t feeling well, when we need someone to be there, we are. I am there for them and they are there for me. This blog runs like a well-oiled machine now. I suspect you will see us continue to grow. 

So here’s my list:

  1. Get inspired–by something, by someone. 
  2. Change things up. If you are stagnant in your life, change your routine.
  3. Find a way to start a clean slate. For me it was a new year. What will it be for you?
  4. Get a support system, if you need that. I do.
  5. Learn who you are and what makes you tick. It’s a learning process and it never stops.

18 responses to “[Imaginative Discussions] – Regaining My Passion

  1. I think this post is very powerful Kara. We’ve all been aware that you’ve been feeling less passionate about blogging lately, but it’s so great to see you’ve got it back. Running a blog alone can be quite demanding, I know that personally, that’s why I’m tossing up the idea of a co-blogger near the end of the year, but this will really help me when I need to re-focus on what makes me passionate! 🙂

  2. This is a great post, thanks for sharing! I took most of last year off from my blog to focus on the rest of my life – I just had way too much going on to dedicate the kind of time my blog requires. The new year was definitely the clean slate I needed! So far I’m really enjoying being back and although it takes a ton if my time I haven’t felt too burdened but I’m also job hunting right now so that could change! I’m intrigued by the idea of cobloggers. How did you find yours, are you friends in real life? If not, is it tricky planning things together from a distance?

    • I do consider them real life friends, but I met them through blogging. I met Lyn through Goodreads. I don’t actually remember HOW I met Bekka but we have been friends on Twitter, GR, and Facebook a long time. We are all going to BEA in may so I am extremely excited to get to meet both ot them face to face. I think the best way to find co-bloggers is to let it happen organically. I could never put out an application and have people apply like it’s a job, though that works for some.

  3. I scheduled a LOT of my blog for this year so it’s been kind of nice to take my time reading, filling in the gaps of the blog where and when I like, and not stress about it. I’m hoping that I can spend the year figuring out what exactly I want to do on the blog and pull that through to 2015. Book blogging can be so demanding, but really it doesn’t have to be. I think ultimately it’s us, the bloggers, who end up putting too much stress on ourselves, whether it be through accepting too many review books, overcommitting ourselves, or even thinking that we have to work over and above everyone else, trying to make our blog the BEST blog, competing with other bloggers. I think if we just let it all work out organically and find what exactly our blogging passion is, it’ll be a lot easier.

    Great post!

    • That’s an awesome idea. I wish I could plan far ahead like that. I do with blog tours, but I cannot plan reads and discussion posts like that. And you are absolutely right. The only one putting pressure on us is ourselves. This is supposed to be fun. The worst thing to do is force yourself to blog when you aren’t in the mood to.

  4. This is great advice, Kara! I kind of feel losing that initial enthusiasm for blogging is sometimes inevitable, and I know I’ve been in that position a good few times myself. I’ve thought about getting a co-blogger a lot, but I’m such a control freak, so I think that would just stress me out. 😛 I am approaching blogging differently this year though. I’m not restricting myself to a schedule or committing to any extra review books, and I already feel much happier, especially as I’ve started reading more of my own stuff. I’m glad you’re happy with your blog now and hope that will continue! 🙂

    • I was a control freak before this too. I was surprised by how easy it was for me to let go and just let things happen organically. It taught me more about myself than most things in my life have. I hope you find what works for you and that you can sustain it!

  5. Yes you are so right – it can turn into such a job. Finding that passion again is important. I know what you mean by it taking up so much time that you end up having less and less time to read. I’m working on finding more passion for it as well! Love the Joss Whedon quote!!

  6. I’m so glad you’ve found your passion again! I love this blog! Blogging can feel so overwhelming sometimes. In fact, I should be writing a review right now, but I’m surfing my favorite blogs and just messing around on the internet instead. Lol. I absolutely love my blog and love the friends I’ve made through it and the comments that people leave which is why I refuse to let it start feeling like a job. This last fall was absolutely insane for me. It was my last semester of grad school, I was student teaching seniors in high school (reading their essays, grading tests, creating lesson plans, etc), working a part time job, and taking 2 classes myself. It was seriously insanity. I could barely keep up with a couple of meme posts a week, but the people who I’ve really connected with kept coming by anyway. Giving me words of encouragement and leaving comments on even my most half-assed posts. That experience made me realize that nobody is putting pressure on me to post every single day but me. If I post something every day one week-great! If I only post 3 times one week-fine! I’ve been reading more of what I want when I want (although I’m still trying to get to the ARCs I’ve requested) and writing posts when I feel like it. I can definitely see how working with another person or two can make the blogging experience even better, but I love my little blog and can’t imagine giving it up. I obviously just need to write my own post about this. Lol. Sorry to blather on.

    • Saying that you love this blog is pretty much the best compliment anyone can pay me. I really look up to the bloggers that either go to school full time or work a full time job, because I don’t know how you guys do it. This takes up almost ALL my time and I work at home. Bringing on two co-bloggers was definitely the answer to my time management issues. I also don’t see adding co-bloggers as giving your blog up. It is still YOUR blog, it just becomes theirs too. It’s something you can share together. That’s how I see it anyway.

    • It’s the truth; I think you guys are awesome and your blog is fun to read.

      I didn’t mean you. I meant, my blog is fairly small, so if I were to join forces with somebody, it’s doubtful that we would use my blog.

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