Brain Dump: Blog Thoughts

I skipped a blog post yesterday. On Sunday night after arriving home from seeing Civil War (woohoo!) I sat down to write a blog post and after about five minutes of staring at the screen I gave up, went to read on the couch.. Normally, I have all my blog posts planned out for the month, but for May I seemed to be grasping at straws for topics. I do have some post ideas, and Armchair BEA kicks off this week, but on the whole I feel a bit uninspired with my blog right now. I keep a notebook full of blog ideas, everything from post ideas to layout changes, and lately all my writing inspiration has been going in there, instead of here on the blog. I’m filled with blog thoughts, but not actual inspiration for blogging, if that makes sense.

I guess I’m just a bit unsatisfied right now. For months I’ve had questions like, Do I want to monetize my blog? Do I want to change the layout? I have thoughts about solidifying my content to have more focus, and whether or not I still like having a blog that isn’t focused. I debate adding in new content, things like reviews of shows and movies, since I do like to discuss that stuff. But I have no real answers. No real plan of where I want my blog to be. And it leaves me feeling disconnected (no pun intended) from the blogging world. I’m part of some amazing groups, but I don’t feel like I participate them enough or in a very meaningful way lately. Not to mention on other social medias which brings up a whole other round of thoughts and questions.

Blogging is such a personal thing for me, both in what I share and the personal satisfaction it brings to me. So when it starts to feel like a chore, instead of a joyful act, I know it’s time to reassess. As you can see from the rambling post, I’m a bit lost for direction here on the blog. I need to figure out a plan for what I want here. I love blogging, and will certainly continue to write, but this month may have a bit less content than usual.

This week will have some bookish posts for Armchair BEA, but after that, I think I’ll play it by ear! It sounds counter productive to my May goals, but I think taking a break and working on a solid plan will be more productive than forcing myself to write something just to have something to publish.

Props to you if you made it through that mess of rambles!
And if you didn’t, I’ve got you covered. 😉

TL;DR – Feeling a bit uninspired, less content this month, working on a new plan of action for the My Open Sketchbook blog.

  • B.

    I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great! If you’re looking for a new layout, check out Etsy! You can find some pretty affordable options there.

    • Kay

      I will definitely do that! I’m not quite sure what I’m even looking for yet, but I love browsing through.

  • All I know is I love your blog no matter what you write about because your voice is so strong. I always love blogs when I can hear the person who writes them and feel like their blog is just a way to get to know a great person and you’re definitely successful in that. So as long as you continue to do you, then I think you’re doing great 😀

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Meagan! That is seriously so good to hear. Keeping my voice and tone strong is definitely something I don’t want to change so I’m glad it shines through now!

  • I totally feel you, Kay! I was in you same situation few months ago, when my blog was still under the general label of lifestyle. I loved blogging, but it was like a chore because I didn’t want to share just a “personal diary”, but I didn’t feel like it when it came to other topics. Now I’m very happy with book blogging, but I still have some weeks that I’m super busy with university and I feel too tired to write book reviews or join some memes. Not having a core topic seemed easier for me at first, but then it became a little mess in head, so I decided I needed to find a main theme for my blog. Hope you’ll find a new plan!

    • Kay

      Thank you! It’s definitely something I want to work on. I always function better with organization and a plan so I just need some time to regroup and figure out what I really want to be putting the time and effort into!

  • Ari Carr

    You do you Kay! It’s totally fine to take a break and reassess if you’re feeling it.

    • Kay

      Thanks Ari! I’m definitely working on a game plan. 🙂

  • I’m right there with you, girly. I’ve been feeling like making big changes, but I just don’t know which direction to go! I’m sure whatever you end up doing will be awesome, and I’m hoping you start having fun with blogging again! Definitely don’t want it feeling like a chore, because chores totally suck:P

    • Kay

      True story! I’ve got enough chores in my life! 😀 I’m definitely working on a game plan. I hope you can find some blog answers for yourself too, lovely!

  • Emma

    I’ve felt a bit similar recently. I don’t even know what i’d class my blog as anymore, it’s so all over the place. But then I remember – it’s my blog, and I’ll post whatever the hell I like. At the end of the day, if you don’t write what you want, when you want, you’re going to stop enjoying it. I personally love your blog. I love your words. You’re one of the most interesting people I’ve read, with such strong convictions – which I love. I’d read anything you write – but it’s not me you need to keep happy, it’s you.

    • Kay

      EMMA! Thank you so much lovely lady!! This comment totally made my day. I definitely worry about my content because it is rather all over the place (and often rambly) so I’m quite glad to hear people enjoy it. I most certainly will continue writing what I want. I know I would not enjoy narrowing down to just one focus and trying to be a niche blog; it just isn’t me.
      I thoroughly love your blog as well, for the same reason. I like that you have such a mix of posts because it really feels like YOU with each post. The blogs that have a personal feel are always the best in my opinion. Your 28 Random Thoughts post are some of my absolute faves!

  • I experience this confusion on a periodic basis. At times I’ve taken a long break so that I have to time to make a blueprint of the changes I want to bring about. However, the distracted person that I am, I always end up extending the break without making any substantial plans. So now I continue writing anything that comes to my mind without delving into the dynamics of why and how.
    I hope you find your way out of this, soon 🙂

    • Kay

      Thank you so much! I’m working on a game plan, but I know I’ll continue writing what & when I want to as well.

  • I’ve been feeling the same lately! Lately I’m like, do I want to blog? Are my posts getting stale? Should I make new content? Should I sponsor other blogs? Do I even care? I would miss blogging if I stopped, but I’m not sure I’m really into it right now either. I’m in one of those in between moods. But then I realized that if I like someone’s blog (like yours) then I don’t really care if it’s all over the place and I hope people don’t care if mine is too. I like all of your content, so I continue to keep reading!!! 🙂
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Thank you Sara! And yes, all of those questions above are ones I’m asking myself too! I know I don’t want to narrow my focus into a niche blog; I wouldn’t enjoy only posting about one topic. But, I do want a better plan for what I post here. I’m just no longer enjoying the process all that much right now, so I want to get back to a place where I am. I hope you find some balance and contentment with your blog too!

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  • Danielle Knapp

    I think a lot of bloggers are going through this right now – I know I certainly am. I have all of the same questions in my head as well and I even debated just shutting down shop (but just renewed my domain and hosting so not gonna happen now ha). I love your blog and your voice – and I know whatever changes you make here will be awesome because you are 🙂

    • Kay

      Thank you so much Danielle! And I have heard so many bloggers say the same thing, so I agree it’s definitely a common thought lately. I think the blogosphere goes through changes at time and it can be difficult to decide what direction to go in when there is so much online bombarding you all the time. At least, that’s my main problem. Hopefully we can both figure out a game plan and get back to a comfortable blogging point!

  • I go through phases like this all the time, but it’s also very much tied to my mental state. There are also so much extra stuff you need to stay on top of, besides writing posts, and it can be overwhelming at times (and especially when you also need time to muse over your blog); there is promotion, social media, keeping up with blogger friends. Anyway, I really like your blog, and all the different things you write about, and I’m sure I will continue to do so, whatever you choose to write / not write about <3

    • Kay

      Thank you Rosa! Overwhelming is definitely the right word for it – I feel like there is so much to keep up with that once one thing slips, it snowballs into being behind on so much and not feeling caught up. Combine that with a lack of inspiration, and it just makes me want to ignore the blog for a bit! But, I’m working on a game plan and definitely want to find a comfortable spot again since blogging is something that I really do love.

  • gamerwife

    Man, do I feel you on this one. I’m still on hiatus while I try to figure out if I’m happy about the direction my blog is currently in and I think for the most part I am, but I also know I do want to get more buck for my bang as it were and ramp up my monetization strategy. Not to mention finally doing that portfolio site I keep putting off. Sigh.

    • Kay

      Sigh is right. I took this whole week off from blogging, and honestly, I haven’t really missed it! I love the community; all the awesome ladies I’ve met, and I miss the comment discussions, but it has been so, so nice not having to thing about it for this whole week. I definitely want to keep blogging, but I need to find a direction I’m happy with. And monetization….double ugh. I just can’t seem to get it together when it comes to that. Best of luck to you with figuring it all out!