Thoughts regarding this blog

You have probably all noticed that when it comes to this blog I have long been struggling to keep it going the way I used to. And I feel this is something I want to talk to you about.

 

Of course one of the reasons that I have been posting less often is simply because of life getting in the way, different things that keep me busy or just simply a lack of energy for writing. But apart from this there is also the fact that I don’t quite know where to take the blog from here. I have been turning this question over in my mind for a long time now, trying to decide what I want, but it’s not so easy for me. You see I love this blog, very much. I am proud of it and of how long I have kept it going for (with admittedly some rather substantial gaps in between now and then..) and it has played a HUGE part in my life. It’s one of the biggest reasons that I continued to immerse myself in this big passion of mine, Jane Austen and everything around it, it has been something to fuel that passion on even more. Give it more purpose. It has brought me into contact with some of the most amazing peopel I have ever met, many of who have come to be friends for life. It has been a connecting point between me and so many other Janeites all over the world, and that has been (and still is!!) a privilege and an honour! It has encouraged me with my sewing, which in turn has lead to me being where I am today at this school. And most importantly, it is the reason that I met the love of my life, Andrew.

 

So as you see it really has played a big part in my life, in more than one way. But I’m finding it harder to keep motivated and inspired when it comes to the blog now. I often feel like the posts I write I’ve written several times before, that it’s not new anymore. And that makes it less fun. I will admit there are times when I have thought about stopping altogether. But I don’t want to have to do that, because as I said, I love this blog. And if people are still happy to read then I am more than happy to write. I guess the reason that I am saying all of this is because I wanted to ask you for your opinion. What do you think I should do? What is the reason you come back to this blog and read it? Is there anything you should like to see me write more about? Or something completely new? And also, is there any other blogger who has experienced feeling this way too?

 

Many questions I know, but if you feel like answering even just one of them with your opinion I would be grateful. I just want to make this fun for all of us! πŸ™‚ And I’m not tired of blogging, I’m just feeling like I’m a little bit stuck in the same track with not enough inspiration to keep it as exciting as it used to be for me. I have also been considering potentially starting up a different blog too on the side of this one. But I would still need to figure out what that one would be about haha πŸ˜›

 

Anyway, that was something I needed to say. And please know that when I say that I lack inspiration it doesn’t mean I don’t have things to write about, I do. And also know that it has nothing to do with all my wonderful readers out there! You are the best part about this blog and the reason I want to keep it going, because I love having you all here!! But if anyone has any thoughts please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!

 

Thanks for listening to this rambling, I appreciate it!

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7 Responses to Thoughts regarding this blog

  1. Quinn says:

    I’m sure we all experience slow blog times when exciting content seems hard to come by, but I believe that if you persevere you will find the joy of your blog again, because it clearly has deep roots in your life. I enjoy reading blogs like yours to see what new sewing creations you have, to celebrate with you when you overcome hurdles, and to see lovely photos of events. It’s wonderful to feel connected to other people around the world who enjoy this relatively niche form of entertainment and occupation. Maybe you continue to share your schoolwork, since I can relate to how little time that leaves for other pursuits, or perhaps you continue to post about other life things that bring you joy, such as the shows, etc. that you sometimes share. I think the important thing is to find what makes YOU happy and post about those things.

    Best,
    Quinn

  2. Priscilla .W says:

    Yes, Aurora, it is quite normal to feel that way, especially as one grows and matures. Life changes, emotional changes, and even interest change too. All of this is normal and (regrettable) happens to writers every now and then. What should you do? Oh dear now that is such a BIG question and one that I wish that I had all the answers for.

    If you decide to stop blogging, all I can do is thank you for the happy years and wish you joy in your future endeavors. I have read your blog such a long long time and as Quinn said…..do what makes YOU happy. Life has many chapters and we begin and close those chapters everyday.

    I think your life is an example of that. You have grown and grown so much and the best gift to give yourself is FREEDOM to choose. If, perchance, you decide to continue. I would love to see/hear more of your life or other things that bring you joy.

    Recipes, cooking, favorite quotes, paintings, or other things outside the Jane world that you are passionate about. Homeschooling maybe? Childhood memories? Places you would like to go? Have you been to New Zealand with Andrew? Updates on the lives of your brother and sister? How is Viktoria? What is Midsummer like in Sweden? Are there any Swedish traditions you would love to share?

    I live far away in the dry and hot region of the USA, so I am curious about other aspects of life there. Best wishes to you no matter what you decide. Hej dΓ₯

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Aurora. I do hope you keep on writing this blog. It is so nice to hear from other Janeties:)

    I love your costumes, and would like to hear more about what you go for when you choose patterns, fabric and colours. I would also like your opinion on Jane Austen fanfiction, artwork you enjoy, period music, travels that you think has relevancy etc.

    Good luck finding your way back to blogging! Love your blog:)

  4. Naomi Bennet says:

    Hi! I’ve been a quiet follower of your blog for ages. I ADORE all your costumes (seriously? How talented are you?!!) and I’m SO stinking jealous of you that you actually go to meet Mr Wickham once and that you’re able to attend all those glorious Austen fesitvals I dream of going to. πŸ™‚ In short, I love it here!

    I understand what you are going through, though! I suggest you’d perhaps start all afresh? Start a new blog… have a new layout… new everything… new title. I don’t know, I often feel like that helps a lot. It often gives one new inspiration and enthusiasm. I understand it if you want to stop, but I have to say, I’ll miss your posts a lot! Please don’t vanish. πŸ˜›

    As for post ideas… I love movie reviews, ramblings about Jane Austen adaptations, your latest dresses you’ve made… anything, really!

    Thank you for the post!

    ~ Naomi Bennet

  5. Viktoria says:

    Hi Aurora, this is your sister speaking from the room next to you πŸ˜‰
    And Hi Priscilla, lovely to hear from you! I have read your comments through the times but do not know who you are and I was very surprised and secretly quite delighted that you had learned my name πŸ™‚

    Aurora, a thought I had was to maybe make the blog more interactive? Maybe set up a facebook page where you can quickly share an interesting link you come across or a nice picture or just a fun thought without having to put all the time and effort into writing a whole blog post every time. Still write the blog posts when you feel like it of course, but in that way you could also keep it going between the posts if you know what I mean and it wouldn’t be quite as big a deal to update it when you feel like it. You could also have an instagram account and easily share pictures of your sewing (which I know are very appreciated). I think you would enjoy having more easy contact with your followers and it would make it more fun for you πŸ™‚

    And I think that this blog has been such a huge part of your life for so long and, as you said youself, been very important in getting you to where you are today, and it would be a pity to lose it. Don’t be afraid to be personal, to share your life and your thoughts and experiences, it’s part of what makes this blog great!

    Love you!

  6. Aurora says:

    I am really quite overwhelmed by your great response! Reading your thoughts and opinions about this made it all feel so so much better. And I realize that all the things you all suggested makes so muc sense, and it’s things I’ve been thinking about wanting to do more. Wanting to write about more “none related” subjects, wanting to get it more interactive etc. but it is so good to hear it from someone else too! And I feel much more inspired to keep going now! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It really means so much to me to hear your thoughts, so a big big thank you for that!!!

    Priscilla, I coule quite happily write on all those subjects! And just might… πŸ™‚ As for having been to New Zealand with Andrew, not yet sadly, but I can give away a little hint here that a trip there is coming up later this year! Something which I am so excited about I could burst! πŸ˜€

    Naomi Bennet, thank you for leaving a comment! It makes me so happy to hear from my readers!! You know I don’t think I will be vanishing anytime soon, so I hope to get to know you more!

    Viktoria, thanks. Your comment meant a lot! Love you too! πŸ™‚

  7. Priscilla .W says:

    Oh, wow, and hello Viktoria. Your sister mentioned you often here on this blog and such a surprise to “hear” from you today! I hope you are well and great suggestions.

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