theproblemwithmuses

The Problem With Muses

I mean, muses in general are not a bad thing. Not at all. In fact, I’d be nothing if it weren’t for my muses. Little things that make me happy from day to day and new things I can learn about.

The problem is when you have too many muses.

So Many Muses, So Little Time

There’s reading, plants, crocheting and knitting, crafting, baseball, essential oils, incense, wax melts, candles (though those last few may all be combined into one big muse, I don’t know).. I can go on, but I won’t.

How do you condense all of it?

Look, at the end of the day I am a lifestyle blogger. I post about what I like, what I am working on, and sometimes I get deep and confess some deep dark secrets. So I guess having many muses isn’t so much an issue in that case. I have plenty of options for content creation, right? Sure.

The biggest thing I seem to have issues with where my muses are concerned is the fact that I tend to get hyper-focused. I could go a month or more just obsessing over one of the many above named muses (and ones I haven’t named). I will live and breathe that muse and everything else sort of takes a back seat until I come back around to it again.

With a blog, the hard thing is to make sure that I don’t accidentally turn it into a plant blog for a month and then suddenly talk about candles and wax melts for six weeks after that. I have to learn how to diversify my muses, so to speak; at least when it comes to creating content here.

Learning to Juggle My Muses

My last post talked about how hard blogging is. I am learning that there are two different aspects of blogging that make it difficult. The first is creating your content. That’s the bread and butter, obviously. Without content you can never gain the readership you need for the second part of blogging: monetization.

I think, like many new bloggers, I expected to post one thing and suddenly have an stream of independent income flowing in for me and I let that cloud the way I looked at blogging. I’ve taken a bit of a step back over the last couple of months and have learned to just find the joy in creating the content.

There are only two other blog posts here right now, yes. So clearly it wasn’t here that I was creating the content. I actually created a new Instagram page that is dedicated to time lapse videos and pictures of wax melts. It’s a way to help others with anxiety and I came across this community while battling my own anxiety. You can check that account out here, if you’d like.

Soon I am going to be merging these two things, a bit. I’ll bring more of those photos and videos here, get more in depth with ASMR, and talk more about how this helps me continue to turn anxiety into art.

It’s time to start creating content! I don’t really make new year’s resolutions, but I would really like to get somewhere with my blog in 2018. That’s going to be a huge goal.

Until next time, folks!

turning anxiety into art

Blogging Is Hard, Ya’ll!

Am I right? Blogging. Is. Hard.

Opening up WordPress and creating a post isn’t the difficult part, of course. It’s the actual act of putting your thoughts together to deliver consistent content on a consistent basis. I struggle with that a lot. There are so many words and ideas floating around in my head that it’s really tough to just sit down and comb through them all. So I do what I do best; close up and do nothing.

I need to change that, and I need to change that now.

Blogging

Inspired, But Frustrated

I sit down and do my daily perusal of Pinterest and see those all too familiar posts, “How I made $6,000 Blogging!”, “How to make money off your blog RIGHT NOW!” 

They’re inspiring. So inspiring that I want to go from point A (this point, where my blog is bare) to point B (the point where I actually have an income from this) overnight. I know that won’t happen. I know that the content that I can offer isn’t something that’s likely to go viral and I am fine with that. I’m not here just to go viral. I’m here to share crafts, joys, failures, etc. But that doesn’t stop things from being so daunting.

How can I be one of those success stories?

That’s what I think about daily (or more often nightly, when I am trying to fall asleep at night and my blogging failures feel more like a life failure). Building an audience, getting them to trust you, and forming a bond with complete strangers that will encourage them to come back and read what I have to say; how the hell do I do it? I am both inspiring and jealous of those that have figured it out. I read their “how to” posts with hope and envy and get myself so hyped to do something that I end up not doing anything at all. And then I haven’t written a blog post in over a month and have spent my days after work playing games on my iPad.

It’s time for me to change that. I need to write more often, I need to post more often, and I need to engage with others more often.

Blogging

New Blogging Week, New Blogging Me

Tomorrow begins a new week and this time around, I am going to put the peddle to the metal and get things done. I’ve said this plenty of times before, but never really in this fashion. It’s time to hold myself accountable and do what I say I am going to. I am going to be a blogger, dammit. I’m not going to let anything stop me; especially not my own damn self.

Blogging is a lot to take in. There are so many elements that are involved in being successful. I think that’s what had gotten to me in the past. My pledge is to take things one at a time. If it takes me this entire week to implement ads, then it’ll take me the entire week. If it takes a month to truly figure out affiliate links, so be it. Far too often I try to do to much in a short amount of time that I realistically cannot do.

This week I will start with ads and see how things go. After that, I’ll go from there. Eventually, I will have something that is cohesive and complete. Soon, the hours of researching, reading, and Pinning will pay off.

How do you plan to attack this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!