I fell off the Blog-Wagon again. It’s been…YIKES! Two months?
A lot has happened in the past months; a new relationship ♥, new JETs arriving, visiting home after a year, and dealing with grief while abroad.
It’s not as if I haven’t thought about blogging. I have brainstormed and drafted a bunch of posts. I had even planned out a new blog series and posted a few writings. However, I bit off more than I could chew and was unable to follow through with my ideas. But despite all of that I am not giving up. As an aspiring teacher, I do my best to embrace my failures and learn from them.
While contemplating how I blog (or don’t) I found a few of the things that held me back:
Over Planned, But Planned NO Writing Time
My best example is the extensive list of drafted posts and my color coded planner. I had each week planned out – topics, readings, and when to post – but none of that mattered when I hadn’t carved out time to actually finish the readings and write about them. My schedule time had too much flexibility. If I want to succeed then writing time must become as non-negotiable as work and sleep.
Tried to be an Over Achiever
The Ghost Student series was really ambitious for me. I don’t regret it, but I will have to put it on hiatus. I piled it on top of travel posts and my some hundred hobbies without proper commitment. In a way, I underestimated the difficulty of ghosting a graduate level syllabus and working full time in a foreign country.
It’s not rare to lost sight of what you are doing or why. In the past, I have struggled with the very essence of what my blog should be. When I lose focus I begin to doubt myself and overthink. I thought I had finally found it, but it seems I need to go back to the drawing board again.
The Good News
The good news in all this is that I have learned a lot about myself and the basics of blogging. Here are three solutions I have found in reflecting on the last two months/year.
Baby Steps A.K.A. Keep Moving Forward
As a new blogger it is easy for me to imagine interesting posts with awesome photos. But taking on too much without a plan it disastrous. I need to go back to the basics and take my first blogging baby steps again. This doesn’t mean I’m scrapping Holm is This Way but rather I need to commit to a reasonable blogging schedule and hone my blog over time. Essentially, I must keep moving forward to make real progress.
Committing a day and time
While I talked about baby steps above I would like to focus on committing a day and time for writing. As a child I struggled with time. When I did activities, projects, or chores I could not gage how much time it took to complete my tasks. It doesn’t come naturally to me and it is something I have worked on a lot over the years with trial and error.
When I started this blog I had thought strict planning would be key, but despite all my planning I never really committed a day and time for writing and kept pushing it off to the side even when I didn’t have to.
So now I am committing my Monday 8-9pm to writing posts.
Failure happens. It happens often if you are lucky. Failure is how I learn best. I like reflecting on the experience and learning from it to do better (or perfect) next time. It takes a lot of acceptance. I have to accept my embarrassment and frustration and then move past it. I need to learn not to dwell on past mistakes.
Posts you can expect in the near future:
Grief Aboard: Dealing and Reeling
Third Time’s the Charm: I’m going to Win NaNoWriMo 2016
Flowers, Flowers, and More Flowers: Ikenobo Photos ’15-’16
Karatsu Kunchi: The Soul of Karatsu City