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