Friday, August 7, 2009

blogging blues

Why? How interesting is it really for others to learn about my likes, dislikes, work tidbits, and habits? Is the world always as beautiful and perfect as I want it to appear in my blog? Is it just self promoting hoopla?

The meaning of blogging is a huge subject and I know that there are no simple answers. After a year plus of doing this I still feel like I am struggling to find my voice and purpose. I wish that blogging was more effortless. I always labor with my writing, even when I know what I want to say. I feel stressed if I don't post often enough, and even more stressed when I can't keep up with the many blogs that I love to read. The pressure is of course internal, nobody ever leaves comments like "nice blog, but you should post more often..."

Despite the difficulties I know I am hooked. Blogging has brought me tremendous joy and connected me with the most wonderful people. I can't imagine not blogging. But I want to do it better and differently, in a way that is truly mine and not just mimicking something else.

I will snap out of my blogging doldrums, do some thinking, and figure out which path to take. In the meantime I want to celebrate a few of my favorite blogger friends, all of them have a clear voice of their own. Visits to their blogs always makes my heart sing.


  1. Hi from France.
    I love your work, your iMac - my favourite computer - and your philosophical vision of blogging. Why not "Blogging Addiction" instead of "Blogging Blues" ? :)
    I have the same feeling... when I write on MaxiTendance...
    Your blog is nice you know.

  2. For the record, I love when your blog shows new posts in my blogroll. I am always inspired by you, your beautiful photography, your incredible work, your garden, your thoughts on family and motherhood. so, there.

    But, I can't say I don't know what you are talking about with the bloggin' blues. I've had times where maybe I don't know what to write about, don't necessarily feel inspired, yet totally feel this inner pressure/guilt when I've been away longer than I'm ok with... and of course we want our thoughts and images to be interesting, pretty, inspiring, funny, smart, original, etc for others- otherwise we'd just pick up a pen and old fashioned paper journal, right?

    I have blogged for years, but only really feel like I've found my direction and voice in the last 2 or so.

    so keep doing what you're doing, whatever feels natural to you. and don't worry about the rest :)

  3. I'm interested!I love to read your posts and see your lovely pictures. I'm inspired and refreshed!xx

  4. Lotta Dear, We all get the blues from time to time, but don't you dare to spiral down! You are VERY talanted! (Otherwise I would not haven even mentioned you on my blog! (:). Keep on doing it! Good to have you back from Sweden!

  5. I think many of us can relate to your feelings here. Glad to read in the next post that you have decided to stay.


  6. Lotta, I feel like this post came at a pivotal time! It's amazing the journey we go through trying to find our voice here in blogsphere. I know I've been going through the battle of trying to figure out what I'm going to do in the next few months with balancing the need for an outlet and the ability to post frequently. I don't know, is blogging one of those things we have a need for during periods of our lives?

    I know that I come here and I find solace in the beauty you see, the sincerity of your voice and the tremendous generosity of spirit that is "Lotta." I'm so glad you blog. I love your voice, whatever it may or may not say :) I'm so glad you're here!

  7. I've been having similar thoughts lately...but your post says it better than I could. I am very glad that you made the decision to continue blogging...your posts and your art are a huge source of inspiration to me (even though lately I have had no time to be creative!).

  8. i love your work.... and your blog. i have been so busy with school starting that i haven't been visiting as much...but i always love visiting here. thanks for the list...some are already my favorites and i'm excited to visit the others :)

  9. I have haven't been blogging very long, but I struggle with some of the same issues you've so perfectly expressed here. It's a strange world, this of blogging, with its public journal writing of sorts... I can tell you that I am happy to have found inleaf, though - I think the stories you tell with your photos, words and work are quite beautiful, actually.

  10. they blues will pass...with each lovely post ;))


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