Getting That Passion Back…

Getting That Passion Back…

I find that when you turn something you’re passionate about into a habit, it can be quite easy to fall out of love with it.  I’ve done it with writing novels, I’ve done it with learning the piano, and a while ago I did it with blogging.  I didn’t stop blogging; I like routine, and I do like writing and once I dedicate myself to something that’s it, I’m committed.  However, a while ago I lost that spark, that drive that made me smile every time I typed up a post and pressed publish.
It was fair enough; I was going through quite a hard time mentally, and I briefly felt like nothing I did mattered.  It wasn’t the worst mental state I’ve been in, and I handled it a lot better than I usually do, but my blog didn’t feel the same anymore.  However, over the last month or so I’ve ignored my stats, and done a lot less promoting than usual… Stopped trying to be what “a good blogger” is supposed to be, and got back to writing for me, and everything I loved about blogging has come rushing right back to me.
Looking back to what I started this blog for, it’s insane how far I’ve come.  I created this site at the end of December because I wanted to write, and a blog was a place to do that.  I didn’t think any strangers would willingly read my blog, let alone 200+ of you!  I have over 200 people following me on here!  That’s crazy!  It’s hard to put it into words but I appreciate my audience so much because I never even thought I’d have one, so the fact that some of you are out here reading what I write means the absolute world to me, and I hope I keep providing the content that you came here for!
I’ve done things I didn’t even think I was capable of; A few weeks ago I worked with a brand to write my first ever sponsored post!  Someone actually wanted to pay me to work with them and post something to my own blog!  That’s so amazing and so unbelievable and ahhh it feels really surreal and I still can’t believe I got an opportunity like that.  In my mind, I’m still the tiny blogger with like 5 followers who basically writes to no one, and I know in the grand scheme of things I’m still a “tiny blogger” because 200 followers is nothing compared to some people’s thousands… but wow.  What I’ve managed to achieve with this little internet space in the last 9 months is more than I ever dreamed of.  (Yes, this post is sappy and cheesy, I warned you in the blog header so deal with it).
I’ve recently realised that sometimes it takes looking back at where you used to be, to realise how far you’ve come.  We often underestimate the progress that we make, and downplay our own achievement, but we shouldn’t!  Any type of progression is amazing and should be celebrated, and we need to remember that!  Looking back at my own progress with this blog has only made me want to work harder.  I want to make better quality posts for you guys: I’ve been varying my content more, whilst still keeping it to stuff that I really love making, I’ve given my blog a real re-design to reflect my thoughts and feelings at the moment, and I’ve been using more advanced photo editing software (You probably can’t tell, I’m still getting the hang of it…).  I was stuck in a rut for a while, but now the more I see myself succeeding, the more I want to push myself further, and I love this current mindset so much… Let’s hope it lasts.
In all honesty, I don’t know how long this momentum is going to last, because by the time this post goes up (yeah that’s right, I’m scheduling this like 3 weeks in advance, that’s how motivated I am right now), I will be a week away from starting my second year of Uni.  However, I’m planning on staying super organised and on top of things this year, (If all went to plan, you should have seen that in my blog post on Monday), and hopefully I can bring that organisation to blogging too.
Running this blog was one of the best things I did this year, and I am so ridiculously grateful to every single one of you that reads it.
Lots of love,
Jas xx
 
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  1. September 16, 2017 / 10:20 am

    Wise words Jas. Looking back can be both good and bad, depending on what you are looking at. If it’s done to self critique performance and grow then it’s essential to that forward momentum. If it’s to self critique and done to ruin self esteem then it’s the worst possible way of thinking.
    I’ve hit that zone you described too. Has it this year in fact. Why am I blogging? I got caught up in over expansion and found I’d not written anything for my novels in way too long. The reason I started blogging had slipped. I’m there because I write. If I don’t actually write then the blogging and social media platforms have no purpose. Call it a life moment lol.
    As for stats, I rarely look at mine and never compare myself to others either. Some are in trending niches, others drop more posts in a week than I could ever do unless I stopped writing….circular argument there.
    Organising is definitely the key though. Have you tried Buffer? That can link social media and schedule across all of them. X

    • September 16, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Yeah I’ve tried buffer, and use it occasionally to schedule tweets and Instagram posts etc!
      It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the blogging world! Have you got back into writing now?
      Jas xx

      • September 16, 2017 / 10:27 am

        I only came across Buffer very recently and read a post on it yesterday comparing it with Hootsuite. It sounds like something that may save me time.
        Writing is drawing closer now too. I lost my direction and needed a time out to get that focus back. I can feel the change though and my characters have come back and are running scenes when I sit and pause again 😊

        • September 16, 2017 / 10:35 am

          That’s great! I hope the writing journey progresses, it sounds like you’re on good stead!
          Jas xx

          • September 16, 2017 / 11:17 am

            You’ll know as I will start putting it up in the FB group 😱

  2. September 16, 2017 / 10:47 am

    Keep the spark alive! Every activity, even things you love to do, can get stale without putting effort into it. Sometimes that means pushing through when you don’t want to. It is easy to get distracted but when you write from your true voice, it continues to be an adventure worth pursuing.

    • September 16, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Thanks for the advice! I’ve been putting so much effort in recently and it’s made a real difference to my attitude towards my blog. I hope to keep it up!
      Jas xx

  3. September 16, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I found that when I first started passion became obsession, then I realised I was taking the fun out of my writing. Since I chilled out I have loved it again, and made it my passion once more!

    • September 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

      That’s exactly the case! I’m so much more relaxed about it now and it’s brought the enjoyment back!
      Jas xx

      • September 16, 2017 / 11:28 am

        Enjoy!!

  4. September 16, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Don’t apologise for something so sweet and honest! I had a similar lull myself but it came round. This group helped enormously!

  5. September 16, 2017 / 11:33 am

    I’ve experienced similar where the passion went out of blogging. I know for some people the stats are important but I’d gotten too wrapped up in that. I took a step back and went back to writing for the pure enjoyment. Since then, the posts seem to come a lot easier and I enjoy writing again 🙂

    • September 16, 2017 / 11:35 am

      That’s how I felt too! Writing for enjoyment makes the best difference!
      Jas xx

  6. September 16, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Keep going! I’m still trying to figure out my blog that I started in February and that’s great you have found a group of dedicated followers 🙂 200? On the side it says “Join 2,710 other followers” so you must be doing something right!
    Also love the new layout! Are you using a pre-created theme with customizations or did you make your own?
    Hanna

    • September 16, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      I’m sure you’ll figure it out, it took me some time! I’m glad you like the layout, it’s a pre-created theme that I’ve customised… I don’t have the money or skill to make my own yet haha
      Jas xx

  7. September 16, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    This is such a well written post and I am so happy that you’re getting your spark back!! Passion is so important in anything that we do, and disregarding stats/numbers can be the best thing for getting it back from time to time. At the end of last year, I fell out of love with blogging and ended taking a really long break. When I returned, I just wrote for myself while still being useful/informative and the words just flowed and I’m very happy with how my little blog is coming together. And by the way – congratulations on 200! That is such an achievement and I am very happy for you xox

    • September 16, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      Thank you so much! Honestly when you write for yourself it becomes so much easier! Hopefully we will both stay in love with our blogs this time haha
      Jas xx

  8. September 17, 2017 / 12:09 am

    I just found your blog via twitter and I also just started my own blog recently and this definitely inspired me !! You’re a great writer !!

    • September 17, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Awwww thank you so much! Blogging can be really great and honestly I’m loving it so much right now
      Jas xx

      • September 17, 2017 / 12:18 am

        My list of followers is sooo small (14) but I love all of them and blogging has been a great relieving source for me !!

        • September 17, 2017 / 12:23 am

          It takes a long time to grow (Im surprised I have the following I do haha) but it’s the love and support that matters the most so that’s great!
          Jas xx

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