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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

 

blogger's ennui

i'm totally struggling with the blogging lately. have you noticed? that's just the thing---i'm not sure if anyone IS noticing.
i feel like i'm struggling to find my voice as a blogger or for a strong identity or something. what IS my blog? how would a reader describe it easily to someone else?
WHY do i blog? i've asked myself this a number of times lately. i guess it began because i wanted to connect with other mothers. so i started a blog called Peeping Moms. then, i quit that when i was offered a job as a "food blogger." i joined up with a blog network called Content Quake. then, shortly after my daughter was born, i gave that up as well. i had to post everyday and do lots of linking within the post and i was too underslept to keep up.
then, along came this blog. stared out as a food blog--the clean plate club, everyone has heard that phrase. definitely family-focused, but still about food at it's heart. i started the Cookie Carnival for something fun to do in the blogosphere.
then, i realized that getting into crafting, sewing and taking pictures made me feel like my blog should be more. more about me and what i'm interested in. so, i added "Tales of Food and Family." it encompasses it all--the parenting, the interest in Waldorf education, the crafting, the sewing, the family life. it's all good, right?
but somehow it feels like it's still not working. or i would be posting more? sometimes i think i'm too worried about how it will be received or trying to hard to be make it be like other blogs or just not having anything interesting to say. or fearing that i don't.
so, now through all of it, i've somehow forgotten my initial desire---to connect with other moms. most of the moms i found when i was doing Peeping Moms have fallen away as readers/commenters on this blog. and i don't see much of the real "foodies" i once connected with either. so, who IS out there? anyone? or is it just the Cookie Carnivalers who come here now?
i feel like it comes down to lack of posting frequency and lack of focus. but i don't know how to fix it. any pointers? anyone? anyone? Bueller?

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Blogger sarahe said...

i personally like the food blogs that include a lot about life. it gives me a reason to read even if i'm not super interested in the recipes...but i do think blogging should be fun and not a burden. maybe you need a break until you are more inspired? Or maybe a weekly series that you do just about yourself. i do "friday favorites", one of my friends does "why i love this week" i don't know....but something that holds meaning for YOU always helps.

November 26, 2009 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous heidi margit said...

I have to say that I'm only shortly following your blog being paired up with you in the seasons round winter exchange, and it's been fun reading.
And, well, being a mom, I like to read about family life. the teething, the kitten, what happens with halloween, thanksgivings, that kind of thing.

Being a crafster as well, I would like to read about what you make, what are you crafting, how is it going, share your ideas and inspiration.

My own blog is not doning much either at the moment, but I'm busy with other things now. And it's not read much to begin with, so that's a big difference. I write for myself (well, my mother is a frequent reader I guess, living on the other side of our tiny country) I don't even have the 'post a comment' feature yet.....maybe I should...

I think a blog is mainly for the one who writes it. And may grow from there. Maybe you get fun blogging again with some fresh items, or as commeted earlier, a weekly theme. You like photography, post a picture of the week (and that does not neccesarily have to be taken 'this' week, it can be from years ago, or one you found on flickr that did something for you....

Maybe you can look at your blog and find that some things are very good and can stay, maybe some items need rearrangement, maybe some items didnt stand the test of time and are not so much you this moment anymore.

I hope you find pleasure blogging again! I will for sure be checking in!

November 30, 2009 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger wyndesnow said...

I, like you, have the same feeling and have not been posting. I blogged for a long time my main followers were family and friends. My goal is to start again in the new year but more for me and things I like. My life has had some challenging times and I haven't wanted to share this season in my life.

I still bake, not as much as I used to and it's not because I don't want to but because I haven't had time. I love the food pictures and recipes.

I love the cookie carnival. I participate most every month, even though I have not been sending pictures or posting.

I agree with what has been mentioned above, that you blog for yourself. Try some variety. Write some posts and set them to publish later. Make it fun for you again and not burdensome!

December 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

I'm here, sweetie. And I know what you mean. I've been questioning what I'm doing lately too. I don't feel like posting, but I've come to feel that's ok. I'd just rather be DOING right now, I guess. You and I have both been blogging a long time and it's easy to feel like it's an obligation, or like our blogs should be "better" somehow. But it's really, REALLY not true (and I'm telling myself just as much as I'm telling you:).

If you don't feel like posting, just don't, and then don't worry about it. Maybe you'll miss it and start to feel like it, maybe not.

December 1, 2009 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous beth - total mom haircut said...

I'm going to tell you one more thing out of my LOVE for you, because after I changed my background from black to white so many people were like, "Oh, finally it's not so hard to read!" and I wished that someone had told me before so I could have changed it. So here it is - your text is really small. Maybe I'm old and blind, but it's small and noticeably so when switching over from a reader. So were you to play around with your design you might want to pump up the font size a few points:)

December 1, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Hi i'm a total newbie here ,but its my second tme but thats coz i loved ur blog-honestly i found u coz of cookie carnival and love that idea too(more on that later)
but then im more here coz am a foodie-i have no right maybe to say this coz besides being a new blogger i aint one of ur high traffic bloggers and as yet havent even told my personal friends about this-my psuedo....
but u know what i still would love to say-go with the flow,not pressure......
Blogging is stress free not stress full.....
and dont feel bad about taking a break...we'll all be right here....and am going to follow ur blog too so i know ur back.....
follow ur heart....let go.....
i may not be mature or wise but i followw the joys of spring that my heart desires and dont really question about it.....follow ur love ,thats it....it'll work for u ,(i had to wait a long long long while for my first ever comment mind u..)
a theme sounds fantastic too.....

Now i know its 8th and maybe i cant take part in the cookie carnival this month-i jus found the recipe-thought had to email u & let u know & ud mail me the recipe but guess i was wrong.....
But if i can ,would love to bake a few of those pecan cookies........
all the best....
Beijinhos e boa semana
sugar plum....

December 9, 2009 at 6:30 AM  
Blogger Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

ola kate,am so gald to know that!!!
Thanx a mill for stoppin by and count me in in jan-am sad i missed by jus 3days this time round :-(((

December 9, 2009 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous MakingTime said...

Maybe you've already figured out your ennui with your December hiatus, but I know how much fun comments are, so I'll chime in :)

I've only been reading blogs really for about a year. I started with soulemama and yarnharlot, so, crafty-type things (have found others slowly through them, yours is one). And I love the mommy angle that often goes with it.

I think it matters more that you write about things that are interesting to YOU in some way, not so much sticking with a narrow theme. I've been blogging for a few months and have so far been surprised how often I have something I want to say. Eclectic would be the key word, but I figure if *I'm* interested in what I'm saying, there's at least a chance I'll be able to write it in such a way that my readers are interested, too. (And I try hard not to think about blogging for EVER - it's way too intimidating - just taking it a few days at a time.)

Anyway, you're in my bookmarks file and I check in every once in while. :) Just out of curiosity, not specifically for food or crafts or mommy stories, but all those are good. :)

I need to try the pecan cookies, they sound fabulous.

January 13, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

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