Saturday, September 21, 2019

Real Talk: Blog Burn-Out

Hello friends! You have no idea how good it feels to say that. If you've been here before, then you'll have most likely noticed that I've have been posting pretty sporadically since last October. In all honesty, I kind of don't want to talk about what happened. I would love to just sweep it all under the rug and move on. But part of me also feels like this is the first step to coming back, to overcome the hurdles that I've jumped over in the past several months. I can't believe it's been that long. Wow...

So here we go with some real talk about my blogger burn-out and how I've been trying to recover...

There were a couple different real life events that lead to me finally burning out. It wasn't just a blog burn-out either. There were weeks and weeks where I wasn't reading. I was in a total romance spiral.

Enough dilly-dallying. Let's just get to the knitty gritty. There were 2 real life events that really played a big role in what happened. The first was a sudden death in the family. Last October, my aunt passed away very suddenly. She had been sick for a couple years. She was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia for years, but we really didn't know how it was affecting her body until we got the call that she had passed away days after her birthday. That started the tailspin. She weighed heavily on my mind for the rest of 2018. The second real life event was Snowball getting sick in January of this year. It was a common cat cold, but it again weighed heavily for a few weeks. She fought it and went back to her normal self in a week or so, but it lingered.

It wasn't all sad, though. I also started to crochet again late last year and that became a new creative outlet. Instead of working on my blog, I found myself crocheting and watching some of my favorite Twitch streamers. I may have lost my blogging muse, I was still being creative in other ways. Then I was just basically burned-out. I was reviewing and blogging so much in 2018 that I zapped my creative energy.

Now that it is the end of September, I finally feel like I'm back to where I was last year. I'm finally wanting to work on the blog and I feel creative again. We'll see where the creativity takes me...

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