I have just taken on two freelance jobs, which is both exciting and time-consuming, so of course my first priority has to be to concentrate on them.
Fiona wrote of her blogging blues, and issues of plagiarism yesterday; it is something that has been niggling me for some time, leading to my own blogging blues, and I am pleased that the issue has been aired.
Consistently producing interesting original content is hard work for anyone, I currently feel my creativity is sapped by a number of things.
- The blog backlog, which is entirely my fault – I said yes to a few too many things – which now need to be written about which has become a chore. I am self-aware enough to realise that if I do not find my content particularly interesting then no one else will.
- The omnipresent to do list. Item number 1 is write a comprehensive to do list. Then I can take it from there.
- Living in a space which we have outgrown.
- Insomnia – being tired and running on caffeine is really not conducive to creativity or productivity.
- Guilt that I rarely get round to reading other blogs and commenting on and sharing great posts. As, to at least some degree, commenting is reciprocal, I receive fewer comments so feel less inclined to blog. (I hugely appreciate all the entries to my events and will get round to visiting. Oddly it was far easier to get round to them all when I collected entries by e-mail rather than on the linkie).
- Stress about the blog backlog.
- Plagiarism by others as outlined by Fiona. Why bother to create interesting original content if you can seemingly get away with being less than original?
- IT woes – my laptop is old (I am still on XP) and runs slower than slow and requires constant rebooting. I do have a shiny brand new one, but the job of transferring all my data just seems too much to cope with. I will do this next week, a new faster computer will really help things.
- I have been blogging over 6 years. Things have changed hugely. I need a sabbatical and time to work out where both Fuss Free Flavours and I are going.
- The iPad – I love my iPad, I do all my research and reading on it, and less laptop time has done wonders for the grumbling RSI in my mouse wrist. But in all honesty I spend too much time faffing and playing games. Time to delete some apps, put the iPad away and craft. I am a better person when I knit.
So I am going to have a break (the out of office is on) and slowly catch up; write the things which I really want to write and be back with a vengeance with fabulous new content in mid April.
See you then!