Writing

Fed up and uninspired

I’ve got to confess I’m struggling with blogging lately. My inspiration is limp and floppy. I’m fed up in general, just a bit frustrated and unmotivated.

I haven’t got a post for today. I’ve got three or four drafts that are just a title but it’s Thursday night, 6.30pm. Himself is about to take large boy to Scouts. Small boy is about to watch old Top Gear (he’s working his way backwards and is on season 10 from 2006, Jeremy and co are hilariously getting younger and younger) before bed. So I have a choice, spend the next hour thinking of something to write, researching it and then writing. Or sit on the sofa having a cuddle and a gin and turning off my brain.

It’s an easy choice.

I’m hating the feeling of obligation towards this blog. I feel a duty to write and produce and that was never what it was about. I don’t want to stop, I just don’t know how to continue.

I think I know what the problem is.

Running.

I’m not running enough and running is my thinking time. I usually come back from a long run with at least 2 ideas. But I’m not doing more than 10km, and when I do my Fridays are chock full of other things so I don’t have a chance to get thoughts out into words.

So sorry for lack of anything interesting today. I’d love to have a chat in the comments about dealing with this sort of doldrums feeling. The sense of drifting without purpose. Bit like this duck. Only less cheerful and less pink.

Love from Smell xxx

30 thoughts on “Fed up and uninspired”

  1. It’s great that you share this because we’ve all gone through these spells. And I’m sure I’ll have some coming up at one point. I know what you say when you have the feeling of it being a duty. I don’t like that either.
    I took a break for a few weeks earlier this year and that was after three months. I feel that sometimes it’s ok to just write, keep in the rhythm and then something will come.
    It’s difficult to make the time especially when the days are getting shorter.

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  2. Love that you still made the effort to post even if it was venting. The insight on running is a good one for me. Physical activity is definitely a way to lift my energy and motivation levels. I also try to find something I can get excited to write about even if no one else reads it. But it can be a drag sometimes. Anyways, thanks for posting this!

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  3. Wow, you manage to write so well about not feeling it about writing. I love, “Bit like this duck. Only less cheerful and less pink.” Sorry about the feeling but I love that you’ve identified the source of the problem. Hope you find some more time for running and mulling soon!

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  4. Just read this.
    It is hard to keep going.
    Maybe have a little break? There’s nothing wrong with having time out. I think it’s better to do that, especially if you want to keep blogging (which I hope you do!) in the near future. 😀

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  5. I’m sorry you’re struggling Smell. I feel less motivated with blogging lately but I am still somehow managing to get my posts out. I’m looking to switch things up a bit in 2023 by reducing the frequency of new posts and refreshing and republishing older ones from my early days.

    Maybe you need to take a break for a while to relieve the pressure to find new content. You could also republish old posts. You might just find something there that inspires a new idea.

    You are one of my first and dearest blogging friends. I hope you find a way to continue because I would miss you. But, ultimately you need to do what’s best for you. 🤗

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  6. I know exactly what you’re saying. There’s so much other stuff happening in my brain right now, it’s like “Blogging? What’s that?” I’m actually thinking about stepping away for a while until or unless my inspiration comes back.

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