My WordPress Reader seems to think I might be lacking ideas for my blog. In no gentle way, I’ve been suggested I might like some of the following topics:
Farm, Woodwork, Mathematics (I swear I’ve never even looked up any of these topics!)
Poetry, Makeup, Hiking (Interesting combo, maybe I should try these three together sometime: a poetry hike in full makeup! Why not! And then blog about it, obviously.)
Chicken, Backpacks, Overwatch (I have no idea what Overwatch is! Does it matter?)
Books, Politics, Monkeys (Monkeys! Do they simply mean I should read a book about politicians? Sounds boring.)
Anime, Robots, Happy Place (Now here’s an idea: a sci-fi novel set in Japan! Might be a long blog post!)
Books, Iceland, Woodworking (Really, I’m not into woodwork! How many times do I have to tell you!)
Travel, Michigan, Monkeys (Monkeys again! I’ve never been to Michigan, I don’t know how it fits in.)
Batman, Iceland, WordPress (Uhmm… what???)
Even though the Reader bot missed the mark most of the time, it did pick up on the fact that I’ve been lacking ideas and inspiration, drifting around as aimlessly as those suggestions up there.
I started out as a travel photo blog and now I write about toddlers. I’m not sure all my readers are interested in both!
But blogging has been such a dear hobby. How to fix this? How can I find a new focal point for myself, to guide my blogging?
A few posts ago, I got two wonderful comments suggesting I start a photo challenge of my own. (What, me? Thanks, Marina and Mercedes for the idea.) Then Amanda from Something to Ponder About offered to co-host with me – all this in the same comment thread! That was quick! (I’m easily persuaded. I should watch out.)
To really seal the deal, DH gifted me with a prepaid Lightroom/Photoshop package for 12 months this Christmas! Time to get creative! (I’ve been itching to take a step back and polish my blog posts as carefully as I did when I first started blogging. Even when it’s a post that focuses on writing, I want the illustrating pictures to look good. I don’t like the hasty snaps I’ve been producing lately. I’m doing this for me!)
But would Amanda and I be able to get people to join in? What a scary thought! There are so many other (excellent) challenges out there. Reminds me of the first time I hit the publish button on my very first post. I sincerely hope we’ll have some participation! All of you are invited, please join in! Spread the word! Our first challenge prompt will be published January 11 on my blog and we’ll give you the details then.
Amanda and I will host on alternating weeks, every Friday. Just like the original Daily Post challenge used to be, back in the day, the one so many of us miss and have tried to replace. So heads up, write it down: Fridays!
At the very least, if no one participates, I’ll challenge myself to create nicer images and it will motivate my blogging. Just seeing what I could do with those Creative Cloud apps made me feel inspired!
Will I have enough time for creativity while working full-time and looking after two toddlers, that’s a whole other story! To be seen. But I do need to get life back to normal and start doing things for myself. Life can’t be all about paying the bills and doing chores. This is my preferred hobby and I need to hang onto it!
So yes, let’s do it!
I’m no pro photographer nor am I pretending to be. Our photo challenge is going to be about community and interacting with other bloggers, sharing our creativity and everyday things. You don’t need to be a pro to participate, either!
So… coming to you soon, same Bat time, same Bat channel, right here on WordPress, from this icy land I call home… hey I finally figured out what the bot’s last suggestion was! What a clever bot!
Talk to you soon! Happy New Year!
Ps. The challenge has nothing to do with Batman!