Maintaining a Blog for the Long Haul: I Blog About My Life

Thoughts on Maintaining a Blog for the Long Haul and Not Burning Out

Sometimes people ask me what I do if I run out of blog content.  Do I have a list of ideas that I keep on the back burner?  I see posts come through every once in awhile about what to do if you run out of blog content.  Honestly this rarely happens to me.

I do not run out of blog content when I am living my life.  Usually I have too much to even keep track of.  The few times where I felt empty of what to talk about meant that I needed to step away from the computer and live my life.

Blogs come in different niches and purposes.  For me I talk about entertaining, homemaking, and simple living but only as a reflection of a life that is already being lived versus coming up with new ideas.  I rarely ever create a project or try a new recipe just for blog content.  It is more of a matter of I try something and if it works I make sure to stop and take a few pictures so that I can blog about it later.

Thoughts on Maintaining a Blog for the Long Haul and Not Burning Out

Creating content for a blog is not bad.  But for me to be able to continue to blog for the long haul, I have to stick with just blogging about my life.  I do not have time to make up content for just content's sake (One reason why I hate to guest post!  It feels like so much work coming up with content for content's sake!).  Instead I choose to write and share about life that has already happened.  I guess you could say I take more of a story telling approach to how I run my blog.

But by spending more time living my life than blogging about it, I have plenty of content.  This is why it takes me months sometimes to blog about something.  There is just too much going on and I have to balance my home life first in order to not let blogging take over my life.

But by maintaining a constant documentation of what is going on in my life and things I am working on, I have created a steady pace of sharing.  Sure I get behind or occasionally have less to say because life is busy.  But rarely do I ever have incredibly dry seasons where I do not have anything to share at all.

Thoughts on Maintaining a Blog for the Long Haul and Not Burning Out

I suppose you could say blogging holds me accountable to being more creative.  I guarantee I am more critical of the parties I throw and the decor on my walls because I want to present it in it's best light for the sake of my blog.  For some, this motivation can be dangerous, but for me it helps me stay on my toes when it comes to design trends, improving my photography, and sharing ideas.

Blogging seasons come and go.  I love seeing some of my favorite blogs come up with wonderful new ideas and content.  And I get sad when I see a well loved blogger walk away from blogging or just slowly disappear because the balance of life and blogging becomes too much.

I love what I do here with blogging too much that I am willing to sacrifice success, a certain blogging routine, or following blog rules.  Instead I have found a rhythm that works for me in keeping my blog fun, fresh, and rewarding without the feeling of burden or drain.  I want to be around for awhile and I know many of you want that from me as well.  So if I am online less, do not comment as much, or don't always have new exciting ideas, it's because I am simply living my life and blogging about it along the way.

And that is how I blog for the long haul (Five years and counting by the way!).

// How have you learned to keep up motivation in blogging?  Have you found your own blogging rhythm?

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10 comments:

  1. i think it's tough to still remain a private person but also not run out of blog contect. that's why i have taken a few breaks, and just come back when i feel like it.
    also-are those leopard shoes crocs? because i love my leopard flats but the kill my heels. i was debating about those, but i can't be sure they look cute. what would you say about them??
    thanks! please email me back your thoughts.

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  2. You make a good point. It has been in the last few years that I have been more open about my thoughts and personal life (versus just projects) that seem to fill in the space between constantly having new creative ideas all the time. But I understand it is not for everyone which could result in stepping back a little.



    The flats are crocs and I absolutely love them! They are very comfortable and I wear them when we are shooting weddings all day. I think the leopard pattern makes them look less croc-ish than the plain colors. But highly recommend!

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  3. I am one of those bloggers who stepped away because it all became too much to juggle with what life was throwing at me at the time. But I have reset and begun again because I realised that I love it and find it a place to process my own feelings. I, like you, don't do things in order to add content to my site, if it happens in real life I will add it to the blog. I think that is key to finding the balance. Great post as always. :)

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  4. Thank you! I appreciate your insights! There is so much pressure for blogging to work a certain way...when in fact the nature of blogging is to have a place to make your own. Glad to hear you are finding your grove again!

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  5. Seasons of life come and go. Busy-ness, crisis,up-swings and down times present the real picture of the ebb and flow. Like everyone, I've stepped back, stepped up, become thoughtful, felt reflective. Gone public, circled the wagons and gone private. A time and place for everything. For me...in the far recesses of my mind, there is always the nagging thought: Who wants to read about this? About MY life? But in the end, I {usually} answer: I DO! That has always been my desired audience. I enjoy reading my own blog entries and looking through past ones. For me, I think that's what keeps me in it for the 'long haul'. Keep up the great work you are doing Ashley! xoxox

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  6. I couldn't agree with you more Ash - I also love to blog about everything going on in life. Sometimes, I find myself taking a small step back, putting down my camera and internal blog notes and just living the moment and then I'm back again... x

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  7. For me, it's not so much having nothing to talk about, it's finding the time to talk about it. Each of my posts takes around 3 hours to create and I write them three times a week. That's a big chunk of time to dedicate to blogging, not to mention the social media promotion, responding to comments, etc that goes along with that. If I ever quit blogging, it will be because I started to feel like blogging was a burden. I mean, feeling that way about blogging for a day or two is normal, I think, but for a prolonged period of time? That's when you know you need to step away!

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  8. I agree. I have felt the same way as well. I love to be able to look back and see documentation of my life. That is a huge gift whether or not anyone cares what I write!

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  9. What a great post! I found your blog from Facebook and glad I stopped by. I blog most about fashion and food. I'm constantly asked how I come up with content to post at least 5 times I week. And my response is that I don't run out of ideas, the hard part is carrying my ideas out to get them into a presentable post! I don't know that I necessarily make something or wear a piece of clothing for the blog, but I know that doing one of those things has helped me grow and be more creative as a person. It's a challenge in areas of great interest to me. Thanks for sharing! So glad I found your blog!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

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  10. Yes! Creating posts often takes longer than the content being shared! Great point!

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