F Simple and Serene Living: WHEN INSPIRATION FLEES 09 10
Monday, June 22, 2015

WHEN INSPIRATION FLEES

I lie there hovering just below consciousness. It's 5:15 am and I can hear the sounds of morning. They seem somewhere just beyond my reach, as if I can't quite grasp them. Should I let them go and drift back to sleep or should I grab onto them and move into the day? My mind says one thing and my body says another. 


This is how I have felt about my inspiration lately. It is if it is there, but I just can't grasp it. So I have pulled back and let my blog lie fallow for a few days. I wonder if my voice is heard or if I even need for it to be heard. How do I reach back into myself and find the inspiration that drives me to write, to share, to inspire.


I know that my blog is in a difficult niche. It is not a niche that quickly brings thousands of readers or a steady income, but I also know that I have to support myself, and I so very often feel a sense of frustration with the whole process. How do I get that inspiration back and where do I find the energy to do all of the things I know I need to do?


I feel so gratified when I know that I have reached even one person. If one reader tells me they have been touched by my words then I am happy, but (and yes there is a but) I also know that I live in a world where I have to pay my bills, eat, and house myself. I know that I am frustrated by my limitations. 


How do I overcome not understanding so much of what I read on how to be successful at this blogging business. There are so many terms that only the young seem to understand. Their blogging language seems so very foreign to me. They seem to live in a world full of youthful energy that has left me running and stumbling in last place. 


I am working on getting back my inspiration, on once again finding my motivation. I will be making lists and meditating. I will be reading back over my inspiration posts. I will decide what is important and what is not. I will remind myself to not compete with others. I will find my own unique way to bring back my voice.


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17 comments:

  1. Sometimes we all just need a break from even thinking about what to blog about. Most of the time it is just a simple photograph to draw someone like me to look & read the post ,hope you have a great week! Phyllis

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  2. You've touched me Laura, and you know how I understand your frustration. This is only a glitch, a small glitch, it will pass, things will change. Meanwhile put your energies into things that give you a good return for your effort. I feel much the same sometimes, and a blogging break can be the answer, or maybe it's not. It depends on what you are needing at the time.

    Blogging for us is more then just journalling, it's not just a hobby, a pastime, when it's a means to earn a income it can be misunderstood by bloggers who don't have to do that. But in the end you need to do what it is that works for you.

    Jen

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  3. I love your blog, Laura. I don't ever buy anything from any bloggers though. I just haven't gotten into that. I'm sorry. I hope you find a way to make it work.

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  4. I totally understand. I have been a writer since I was 12 years old and have written many non-fiction articles, stories, poems, kept journals...and now blogging. I hit lulls, too. And so does every writer. Common problem. It will come back to you, I promise.

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  5. Laura, I understand your sense of frustration and the morning conversations between your body and brain could be mine! I have no trouble coming up with ideas, but the motivation does not always come easily. I have spent two days trying to get buttons up on my blog and there must be some small error in the html code but it just won't work! (I don't know html, its basically a cut and paste code with a little editing and I can't even get that to work) I get very frustrated when I have nothing to show for my time.....Hopefully it will all work out at some point. Please don't give up!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog

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  6. It's funny, because your writing always makes me think and I really enjoy coming here, so I never would have guessed you were having any issues with your writing. I probably leave too many comments though LOL

    It'll come back. It always does.

    As for the younger set? I don't have any interest in what most of them have to say. Not because they're not smart and creative, but because I don't feel a kinship to them. Most of them have young children, which I don't. Most of them just got married and see their whole future ahead and I'm halfway through my life. I'd much rather read a woman's blog about things that I know and understand. A blog just like yours :)

    xo,
    rue

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  7. As life evolves things change. You are changing and your audience has also. Keep you spirits up, I know your words touch me all the time. I need to make sure to let you know more often.
    hugs,
    Linda

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  8. I enjoy reading your posts very much. I like the way you write. Don't give up. Sometimes it is difficult to find inspiration for blog posts, and I believe that the more pressure you put on yourself, the more difficult it may become. Sometimes I think we just have "dry spells" when it comes to new ideas. Hopefully, in a short while, this bumpy stretch in the road will smooth out and inspiration will come easily to you.

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  9. Your blogging/writing is very serene and caring. Don't worry about inspiration, it will come back, and it happens to everyone no matter what the blog niche is! Keep your spirits up and I enjoy your post even if I'm not here often. Having a blog is really a full time job!

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  10. Laura, I often save your blog for my evening reading because of the serenity I find here. I have similar thoughts, however, you express them better. ☺️. I am a retired counselor, a widow and just a bit older than you, I think. I identify with so much of what you write and especially the loss of inspiration. Thank you. Hedy.

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  11. Your blooms are beautiful...lovely photos of them. Now, isn't that enough for a summer day? :)

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  12. Your blooms are beautiful...lovely photos of them. Now, isn't that enough for a summer day? :)

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  13. Good Morning Laura,
    Jen suggested I pay you a visit so here I am and so very thankful I stopped by. I too am that older woman, who is in the muddled middle years of her life. Although I am not going it alone, I have the odd and misplaced feelings, inspiration and vitality which ebbs and flows-it seems to have hit most of our generation and women in particular. Your inspiration will come back to you.
    So nice to meet you,
    Jemma

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  14. Lovely shots of your flowers! Stay and enjoy them for a while - hope the inspiration will come back!

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  15. This is a different time in life. A friend and I were talking about how it isn't how we thought it might be and since we don't expect a lot from life right now life can be disappointing. She has many problems and yet over time climbs on top of them and finds joy here and there. I do the same. I am 64 and my son lets me know he is waiting for me to die so he can have what little I have. My daughter is not nearly as well off and I'll leave what I have to her but he intends to fight her for it. He might not win but he can cost her tens of thousands of $ fighting him. I've seen all this with others. My daughter and I need the money we have. My son fritters away every dime and looks to others to buy his meals when eating out. He makes nearly 100, 000 a year. He sickens me with his behavior. His dad taught him these ways after we divorced when son was 16. Life has pain and yet. We have the option to make new choices which I do every now and then. This gives me my power back or makes it stronger. God is good and life is what it is. I must work toward better living. Happier days. I certainly won't find them on the news although Netflix has programs that really inspire. Well...I could ramble about all day. My son hurts and yet I am strong. I am concerned for my daughter she works hard. I've had it with my son's selfishness. From now on he will pay for his own things period so I have a bit left of what I have for fabric or carpet cleaning etc. All is not well any place....I guess....so many problems other have too. But we can carry on and some days with a smile and a spring in our step. I very much enjoy your blog that is why I come here nearly every day. Although don't comment to often.

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  16. Laura,
    Sometimes we all need a little break from blogworld. It can feel like a full time job some days. Sometimes taking a few steps back and away will give you a better perspective on what you would like to do.
    Kris

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  17. today I added you to my Feedly. I realise that I'd like to read all your posts.
    The blog issues are also interesting, since I sympathise even if I don't battle with the same issues.

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