One of the “coming of age” movies when I was growing up was Say Anything with John Cusack. (If you haven’t seen it yet you must stop reading this right now and go see it. Seriously. I’ll wait.)
Still here? OK, then.
Most of us started blogging because we had something to say (or do). Maybe we were aspiring writers and wanted to kick-start our career. Or, maybe we loved to cook and wanted to share our recipes. Maybe we had an illness or special needs family member and needed support. Whatever your reason, there was one that made you start blogging.
Do you remember what it is?
One of the things that happens when you’ve been blogging for a while is that you find yourself in blog exhaustion. (Bloghaustion. Yes, I made it up. You’re welcome.) This especially happens when you’ve decided to work with brands and companies and do sponsored content. You decide you want to make a little extra money with your blog and then BAM! you’re writing about baby butt cream and fighting to be the next amusement park mom ambassador and suddenly you’ve forgotten why you’re blogging and that you used to love it.
What Would Lloyd Dobler Do?
There’s a great scene in Say Anything where John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobler explains to his date’s father that he doesn’t want to sell or process anything as a career.
I feel like sometimes this is what we need to remind ourselves about when blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t make money when blogging. (Helllooooo. I’ve been doing it for years!) What I am saying is that when you’re starting to hate your blog and question why you’re even doing it, go back to the basics. If you don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career then don’t. Just … write (or share your recipes or photos or whatever the reason was you got into blogging).
Once you get back to the basics and stop worrying about processing things for others, it will all start to fall in place again. I promise.