It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling to maintain steam on this blog. I mean, it’s essentially an ongoing, two year plus art project. Seriously, I have so much respect for people who manage to keep coming up with amazing content, taking beautiful photos, and sharing on all the social media for years and years.
At one point, I thought I would never, ever run out of things to say! I had more blog posts than I had time to write. I wrote them before work and on my lunch break and late in the night. I fit in 30-minute food photoshoots while I made dinner. I had a list a mile long about topics I wanted to talk about.
But now, my biggest challenge, is I’ve begun to wonder – am I actually qualified to say anything? Artists have to have some ego, after all. There has to be some part of you that says, “I’m creating something good enough that it’s worth other people’s time to pay attention.” These days, when I sit in front of my computer with a handful of ideas in hand, I always wind up thinking to myself how much more other people know about these topics than I do.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m a great cook. I know my way around a kitchen and a cake pan. And when it comes to dog training, I’ve done more than most humans you will ever meet. But I still think to myself, doesn’t a full time food blogger or a professional dog trainer have more valuable things to say about these topics than I do? My readers have the whole, wide internet to research on. Do I really have anything truly worthwhile to say?
Blogs are essentially long-form diaries. They’re where we record our interests and our struggles and our musings. So it makes sense that we’d all go through “blog identity dilemmas” along the way, as our space is pushed to change while we ourselves grow and develop. So I’m not worried that I’m going through any kind of a unique crisis or that Oddly Lovely and I won’t come out the other side stronger. Asking questions like, “what do I really have to say,” is not only inevitable, but forces me to try and answer that question, making my blog stronger for it.
What have been some of your struggles as a blogger and how have you worked through them?