The Prompt 122: Return

The Prompt: Return

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The Prompt 122: Return

I’m nervous. I haven’t written a word for two months. I walk past my computer, but don’t sit down. I sit down, but don’t stay. I stay, but then procrastinate.

I scroll through snippets from other peoples’ lives; skimming blog posts, scanning Facebook, glancing at photos. A never ending reel. Seeking what? Escape, inspiration, solidarity, comfort?

I walk away; chat to the kids, take them to the beach or the movies or a park, read a book or binge-watch box sets. Seeking what? Escape, fun, freedom, laughter?

Rescue?

Taking the summer off was wonderful. I’ve missed writing, but I’ve really enjoyed not thinking about blogging.

It’s given me headspace for other things.

But now?

I’m nervous. I’m worried that the words simply won’t come.

And so, I return to The Prompt (and my blog) with trepidation, but a few decisions made about where I go from here.

Focus

Over the last six months I have realized that this blog has moved on. When I began to write it was in the haze of baby days, a haze amplified by moving overseas. As my children have grown, and I have become more settled, and (dare I say) more confident in my writing, my blog has evolved. But this left me with a dilemma: is this a parenting blog?

My conclusion? It is, and it’s not. It’s less parenting, more motherhood. Less kids, more me. Less specific, more reflective.

And so, after a lot of thought over the summer, my tagline has changed. Goodbye to ‘parenting and lifestyle’, hello: live | reflect | write .

Photos

Photography has always been, and will remain, a central part of this blog. I will still record the moments and capture those moments visually. But, I spend an inordinate amount of time editing photos. It gives me less time to write, and honestly has become such a chore.

So, come the new year (because I can’t stop things half way through…) there will be fewer photography projects and more selective use of photos. There will be more words!

Frequency

If the summer has shown me one thing it’s that I can’t go back to publishing as often as I was. Content is king, but quality and relevance is the charm. And nothing kills my inspiration faster than having to write something. I have more ideas and draft headlines than I know what to do with, but that doesn’t mean I have to write them all. Certainly not all at once.

The Prompt, plus another one or two posts a week, is more than enough on an on-going basis. And, leaves me time to add in the unexpected and say yes to the odd opportunity!

Linking

I had all but stopped joining linkys before the summer, and I won’t be starting again. There are a few that I love (What I’m Writing, Prose for Thought, The Truth About and Country Kids; I’m looking at you!), and I will join from time to time, but my days of commenting for commenting’s sake or seeking comments through reciprocal obligation are over. Which could be blogging suicide, but hey-ho, I am far more interested in genuine relationships. Which leads me nicely on to…

Community

The blogging community is a blessing. One I am hugely grateful for, and one that I appreciate more than I can say. I have read so much negativity recently and while I am thankful that I have been largely oblivious to the big dramas, I am saddened by it. We all blog for our own reasons, and in our own way. Those of us who have been around for awhile have seen big changes; in style, emphasis, priorities. This is natural, it is positive, it’s the way it should be. There is enough room for all of us.

Future

I am going to live my life. I am going to appreciate every moment and reflect on the good, and the bad. I am going to write.

I truly hope that you will stay with me for the journey, albeit one that will be following a different path than I expected. But, I am really positive about that. It’s going to be good.
 

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20 thoughts on “The Prompt: Return”

  1. Just how I feel. I’ve decided to start something new for the reasons you have mentioned. I’m over linkies, comment rings and chasing followers. It I get 10 page views then be grateful for all 10 of them :) Best of luck. X

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      Thank you Suzanne, it’s actually comforting to know I’m not alone in this! I can’t wait to see your new blog :)

  2. Very best of luck with it all. I’ve always enjoyed the pieces of yours I’ve read so would like to keep following. I find it very hard to find time for everything and agree with your sentiment of doing what feels right and you really want to and not because you think you ought to.

  3. I love your new tag line, I love the community, but I’m totally with you about doing it for the sake of doing it. That said, I’m so glad your prompt is back as I love joining in with yous.

  4. I think blogging is whatever works for you and it sounds like you’re doing the right thing for your direction I’m glad you’ll still be doing outdoor posts because I love finding out about what you get out and do over there, while I’m less fussed about reading prose. But I shall pop over still for the posts that jump out.

    Good luck with the new plans and progress.

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      Thank you Emma, I love your outdoor posts too, it’s a topic I love writing about and reading about. Prose is definitely more niche ;)

  5. Sounds like a wonderful plan! I am with you and agree with you. I struggled to find time to promote and comment and force posts when all I really want to do is write.
    Look forward to seeing what’s to come

    1. Sara | mumturnedmom

      Getting away from the ‘I must write and if I write, I must promote’ mindset is liberating, but I still need to work on it!

  6. Oh I’m absolutely with you on all of this! Glad you’ve found a tag line and a focus that reflects where you are – I think these things do evolve. I’m pleased you’ll still be joining in with #whatImWriting every now and then (thanks for the shout out) but I totally understand the need to move away from the endless linking and commenting. I’m glad you’ve had a good summer and that you’re back to the blog and writing again. It’s odd to get back to after a break, I’ve found, but you’ll get into the swing of things soon enough. You have so much talent and I’m really looking forward to reading more of your work! Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting

  7. Blogging is such a brilliant thing but it often throws up questions that need to be answered about schedules and promoting etc and all the things beyond the writing. Blogs do evolve and need to be refreshed, your new tag line encapsulates that so well. Good luck with your new ideas and the prompt #whatimwriting

  8. Hi Sara, this echoes very much with me; a summer away from the blog, social media and linkies has left me rather cold for some of it. And given clarity on the reasons why I do want to do some of it. Your focus is one I think I share, so I look forward to reading your posts as they come in the next few months, I’m sure now you’ve posted you’ll get your writing flow back! #whatimwriting Xx

  9. So lovely to catch up with where you’re at, and as usual I’ve found myself nodding away with your reflections on blogging! I think I’ve said it to you before, but it is easy to get caught up in a sort of competitiveness in the blogging world, whereas actually we’re all doing this for our own reasons and achieving our own individual goals should really be what drives us. Or at least that’s what I tell myself anyway :) I hope your writing starts to flow now that you’ve got back behind the computer, and I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you next xx

  10. Love the new tagline and it totally reflects where you’ve moved on to. I think there are many of us who’ve experienced the same thing as our blogs have evolved. It’s good to find a balance you’re comfortable with. In any case, are there any linkies left? Quite a few seem to have disappeared, probably for the same reasons.

  11. And I LOVE the new tagline Sara! It’s perfect for you and I’m enjoying getting back into reading writing posts again, alongside the other themes I enjoy. It’s refreshing to read such an upbeat, positive post (not from your blog, but generally).

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