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When you're uninspired & feeling the blogging pressure

I've got a confession to make - I've been feeling a little lost when it comes to blogging. You see, I've been doing this on-and-off for a good few years now and it's something I've always loved (and still do) but recently, I've been really feeling the pressure to make something more of this little piece of the Internet and I don't quite know how to do it.

A few years back, I began working as a freelance copywriter. I had some great clients; one in particular had as much work for me as I wanted and I was happy with the money I was earning. I worked really hard and although it wasn't always easy; I was working for myself, from home and it was the ideal thing for me. THEN, I found out I was pregnant with Arthur (the greatest thing to ever happen to me) and of course, with that came a lot of change. You could say, more change than I ever could have imagined because I also became a 'single parent.'

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm extremely lucky in the sense that I live in my family home and have always had support from my parents - they really are the best. I am also lucky that at the beginning of 2017, I met the most wonderful person, who has really changed our lives and I'm so excited for our future together as a family. I guess I just imagined that at some point, I'd be back freelance writing and bringing in a good wage and well, it hasn't quite happened like that yet.

Finding the balance

One of the ways I have been earning, whilst being a stay-at-home-parent to Arthur, is from collaborative and sponsored posts here on Seek My Scribbles. If you're a regular reader, you've probably noticed them (as I make sure to disclose them) and I hope you've got something out of them, as I've tried only to share content that I think is of value to you. I think finding the balance between organic and paid collaborative content is something a lot of bloggers struggle with. Like everyone else, we need to earn money to pay our bills, support our families and live our lives but we also want to preserve our content and ensure it is still true to who we are and what we want to share with our readers.

I've definitely been feeling the pressure to find (well) paid opportunities that fit in with my blog and are ethically sound. I think with so many fantastic blogs out there, it can be hard to find a way to stand out and that's something I'm still working on. My blog has a decent DA and people are reading my posts but it's the same for millions of other bloggers out there. You still need something that makes readers come to you and brands want to work with you and this pressure can sometimes drain you creatively.

Re-evaluating my content and motivation

With this in mind, I've been trying to take a step back and re-evaluate the content I create and share. I'm trying to be more choosy when it comes to paid work as although I really need the money (we're hoping for our own house soon) I also want to maintain my integrity and be both passionate about and proud of the content on my blog. I'm trying to write a little more spontaneously and create posts around ideas that just pop into my head - you could say that's exactly what I'm doing right now with this post! The other day I really enjoyed writing my post about long distance friendship and that idea was literally born out of a visit from my friend! I think I really need to open my eyes and draw inspiration from what's around me.

Whilst I'm still not comfortable sharing a lot of Arthur (you're probably used to the creative 'back of head' shots by now) I am hoping to start sharing some more of our family days out and things we get up to. This, a long with more personal / family posts are what I enjoy reading and I think the saying goes something like 'do what you love' so I'm rolling with it. I'd also really love to get back into beauty and fashion blogging a little more; sharing my favourite products and finds, as again it's content I enjoy reading myself.

My hopes for the future

Every part of me wants to make something of this blog with suitable collaborations and paid work and believe that once Arthur starts pre-school, I'll be able to get into the swing of things with my freelance writing again and hopefully make something work for our family. Making time for blogging and freelance work has been my biggest struggle since becoming a parent. I wouldn't change my time at home with Arthur for the world. It's always been what I wanted. I just really feel the need to bring in some more pennies for our family and future too.

Although I've spent a while feeling uninspired and a little under pressure (from myself) to do better, I really feel like I'm coming out of the other side and I'm excited to see what happens! Sometimes you just need to take a step back, re-evaluate and then carry on with a clearer head. For me, blogging is still something I love to do and whether it becomes my main source of income or not, I'll be carrying on with it, for as long as it brings me joy!

Have you felt similar with your own blog or work? How did you get yourself back on track? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x
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1 comment

  1. As I read this I am stuck with my blogging. I have only been doing it 6 months and the last few months it has been hard. Having a specialized niche makes it even harder. I have teenagers but I need to start making money at home so I can be there for them. Thanks for a nudge!