1. Lesson Learned: Feeling Disconnected

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    To blog or not to blog….seems to be the summer blog trend. It’s trendy to say “I’ll be back next week”, but this freedom has me feeling a bit disconnected, disconnected from my norm. My routine is off and my inspiration juices aren’t flowing as fluidly as before. The emergence of summer really throws a wrench into the whole blogging process and finding inspiration and reasoning to STAY INSIDE is pretty darn impossible at times.

    As many of you loyal readers know, blogging is a full time job of gathering inspiration, processing information, taking photos, creating original content, writing, typing, and hopefully hitting publish after the exhausting process. Who the hell wants to endure all of that when you could go drink lemonade on a picnic blanket?

    The truth is that blogging is such an important part of my creative business and a way to keep that business running successfully. I want to say that more than 50% of my client base found my work & services through my blog or other social media. I feel like I’m able to connect with people on a more intimate level here in this space. I’m also allowed to share my most authentic self and I’d hate to miss an opportunity that results from curating the way I do.

    Are any of you feeling the summer blogging blues? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the importance of maintaing your blogging schedule, even when you’re not really feeling it.  Do you guys see a link between publishing consistent blog content and consistent client work?

    *** photos above are from our honeymoon trip in Tulum, Mexico. Top photo: Jashita Hotel / bottom photo: Tulum Ruins ***
    COMMENTS FROM THE VEDA HOUSE READERS
    1. alicia says:

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with blogging less in the summer. It’s so easy to fall out of the routine and that’s ok. Just make yourself a promise to start getting back at it on X date, otherwise it’ll always be “next week”. Summer is so nice and it doesn’t last long enough. Go outside and soak up all the sun. You’ll feel refuelled and energized coming back. Take a break, physical and mental, from thinking about your blog and you’ll feel so refreshed.

    2. oh man, it’s like you’re reading my mind! i’ve been struggling with this since the weather warmed up, between moving and being sick and wanting to be out in the sunshine, i’ve had a hard time maintaining a consistent blogging schedule. i definitely feel that it’s important to push to keep it up for myself and my business. i think for me this summer it’s gonna be a lot of getting posts ready ahead of time so that i can have a bit of time to enjoy the summer!

      • veda says:

        Thanks Tara. I think being organized and having a posting schedule is pretty important. Definitely takes a bit of the “thinking” away while drafting a post. Enjoy your summer and take it as it comes.

    3. Megan says:

      I totally feel ya on this one. I think the best solution I have found is to write a couple of posts and then automate them to post different days. That way if I feel like taking a break, my blog is still running without me. I’ve done the work already. :)

      It’s super hard to sit at computer when the weather is warm and the beach is calling my name. So when I’m in the zone of writing, I just try to knock out 2 to 3 posts at a time. Have fun this summer!

      • Maja says:

        Thats what I’m trying to do as well, scheduling ahead. Also when i know that the next week will be busy, it helps so much to have blogging already checked off the list for that week. Makes some space in your schedule and mind :)

        • veda says:

          I totally agree with you on the scheduling ahead…especially if my upcoming weeks are going to busy. Thanks for the reminder to keep at it and plan the best I can.

      • stephanie says:

        ha, megan – i totally do that, too. i definitely need to let go of my blog every once in a while, or it starts to feel too much like work. so scheduling some posts ahead and then only needing to share them and converse with readers about the content, feels like a little vacation. also, i feel so much more productive when i’ve spent an entire day making photos, writing copy, thinking of new ideas and crafting posts, than when i spread that process out over a longer period of time. then i always feel guilty, like i should be working more, or on other projects… so it helps me to carve out time that is dedicated to blogging.

        all that just to say, i’m with you megan :)

    4. Noor says:

      I think most people blog less in the Summer. Even if I do post I do not get as much hits or comments during Summer months. I could see why you would not want to let go all together I am the same way, but taking a break especially as an artist is not only awesome, but you will come back with even more ideas.

      • Rebecca says:

        I agree with you, Noor! I promised myself when I started my blog that I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t having fun. Sometimes I take a week or two off and the readership always goes back up when I start posting again. In the long run, small breaks never hurt! If you’ve built a community that enjoys your work, then they’ll stick with you even when it’s quiet.

        I always wonder though if I should tell people I’m taking break or just take it – especially if it’s just a week off.

        • veda says:

          I’ve always wondered this as well. I guess people don’t need an update on when I plan to take a break, but I somehow feel that I owe it to all of my readers to let them know.

    5. Anna Z says:

      I find the same thing happening from time to time. It seems like a cycle. I do think it’s a bit different when you’re mostly blogging photos though. I feel the urge right away to share photos of my weekend trip or a summer event I went to. In the winter is when I feel less inspired.

      I really want to see more photos of your trip! I also really hope to see your wedding photos from Olivia soon too. :-) I’m positive they’re gorgeous.

      • veda says:

        Hi Anna! I will be sharing photos from both the trip and our wedding once I have a moment to edit all of them. I think there are a total of over 4,000 photos from the wedding week and from Olivia!!!

    6. Laura says:

      I’d like to think this is something anyone who blogs goes through at some point – there are going to be ups and downs in inspiration, and beautiful days certainly don’t make me want to sit and write a post! Since you know that you definitely generate business from blog posts, I’d not stress yourself over keeping the same posting rate, but be sure to schedule in some time to keep it in your routine. I know I’m always inspired from taking walks outside or sitting outside at a cafe – luckily, choosing to be outdoors and out in the world can have a positive effect on creativity! Cheers to summer :)

    7. Krystle says:

      Sarah just shared a post about how to take a summer vacation from your blog. She had some great points, like doing a guest post swap. Might be helpful. http://www.sarahvonbargen.com/blog/how-to-take-a-summer-vacation-from-your-blog-without-losing-all-your-traffic-or-business/

    8. Angel Y. says:

      I’m definitely slowing down but that’s because I’m so busy business-wise. This week is the first week I’ve really had extra time to dedicate to the blog and my paper shop. I see a lot of bloggers are also slowing down (which is typical!) so I’m not feeling too guilty. Enjoy the time off!

    9. Brittanny says:

      I’ve been feeling the blues for far too long and at the end of May I said it’s now or never. I decided to post every week day this month. I may not keep that going after June but it’s teaching me to be consistent with my blog and really pay attention to it and build it to be something that people would want to read. I’m a freelance photographer and I should try to make my blog part of my business. It’s hella tough though.

    10. I hear ya here! for me (and I’m totally new to blogging), I want to keep it a place where I enjoy coming and I don’t want to just force a post because it’s been a while. I want to keep wanting to blog – so this means I fall on the other side and have a hard time committing to a schedule at all. I definitely think summer is going to hard for me, but I want to enjoy both! good luck finding a balance! I’ll be working on mine :)

      • veda says:

        Hi Hannah! Welcome to blogging and thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello. Enjoy writing and if you’re writing for leisure and as a creative outlet, definitely do what is most comfortable for you!

    11. Kory says:

      I’m definitely on the same page with you – to an extent. Earlier this year I would write a week’s worth of posts the weekend before, but I’ve been doing it the night before lately, and it feels like it takes so much more work. On the other hand, while my guy is away, I’m grateful for things keeping me busy, so while it’s work, I’m still thankful for it.

      On your other question, I hope that my blog relates to my client work. I’ve had a few people recently say they found me on Pinterest, and one client was referred by another blog friend. I try to share design work, in all stages, so like I said, I hope it’s helping, haha!

    12. I’m completely in the middle of a same kind of phase. I’m in New York for 3 months (already 1 and a half has gone by !) and all of the excitement, the new awesome friends, new everything, projects. It’s just so great and a little bit positively overwhelming. So, no, I simply don’t have time to blog, and my thoughts are such a mess that if you’d actually wrote a post, it would be something like “AAAAAAAAHHHHH”.
      I felt super guilty at first but now I just accepted that I needed to take it easy and wrote when I felt like it. And I’ll go back to my routine when I go back to Amsterdam end of july!

    13. For me it is always hot so i have to keep going jaja, right now is winter so its raining and refresh on nights, that is for us 5pm. And yes its difficult to me too to blog, i instead have all my post schedule and always have an idea, but not that many time having a business along, i need a person helping me running the business so i can keep on social media. Hope you can solve it, maybe drinking the limonada in the backyard and blogging in the green grass. A big hug.

    14. Sara says:

      It seems you’ve nailed it… I feel the same and it looks like a lot of others do as well! It is definitely a tug and pull – I feel most satisfied when I create new posts and ideas, but I am also looking for simplicity this Summer. I had been thinking this week about starting a ‘content day’ – one day of the week on which I would take photos, create content, write, whatever needed to be done for the next week. It sounds like that’s working for some others, so I think I’ll give it a try!

    15. I completely know how you’re feeling! If the sunshine is out, it is so hard to validate sitting indoors at a desk. Nearly every sunny day, I struggle with it. I find that if I schedule an hour for a break in the sun around lunchtime, I work very hard all morning because I have that to look forward to. But it’s not always that simple! Unfortunately! Just know you’re not alone + we know where you’ll be in you’re not blogging as often. ;)

    16. Amanda says:

      I definitely hear you on this. Things got so crazy this spring that I had to take off full weeks at a time from my blog and ended up feeling extremely disconnected. Your resolve is awesome :)

    17. maggie says:

      i’m with ya, lady. especially when routines change. i can get into a great groove and then if i have a week or more out of my normal schedule, it’s so hard to get back on track. our blogs are really just extensions of our work and lives so i think it’s normal for blog things to ebb and flow along with the life and work events we’re handling!

    18. Caroline says:

      Just stumbled upon your blog for the first time and I couldn’t agree more! My blog is no where near a full-time job – but I do it more as something on the side, a passion and hobby of mine. I find that I like myself better when I’m writing frequently. Sometimes it’s a challenge – especially when you go through the waves of creativity ruts – but it’s oh so worth it to keep at it if it’s something you love! Looking forward to following your blog. xo, caroline

      • veda says:

        Hi Caroline! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love hearing from new readers. I’m going to hop on over to you blog and take a peek. Enjoy your week:)

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