When I began blogging several years ago I put an unnecessary pressure on myself to blog every day. There was a rather long period where I had a new blog post up 7 days a week - and it was exhausting. I was afraid if I didn't post every day not only would my readers be disappointed, but I'd be disappointed in myself. During this time I noticed the quality of my blogs began to suffer. I wasn't exercising as much creativity because I was more concerned with just being able to get something out there and hit that 'publish' button.
Suddenly it wasn't as fun.
It wasn't as fulfilling.
Thanks to the pressure I had put on myself I had to give myself permission to only blog when it felt authentic, when I felt like I had something to say. Letting myself off the hook was exhilarating! Once I didn't feel the 'have to' of blogging I found myself reintroduced to the 'want to.'
Taking the time to have a 'creative pause' is a simple strategy all of us can use to enhance our blogging efforts. This pause can happen in a general sense like it did for me. Or, it can happen mid-thought. By choosing to pause we are opening ourselves up to the possibility of a new idea, a new approach, or even a new solution. It is an opportunity for focus and change within the creative process.
Think about how a creative pause can work to your advantage with blogging or any creative outlet. In the midst of the daily craziness we all face imagine the possibilities if we all just paused - and thought.
I invite you to link up below and share your own ideas on the how pausing can enhance your mommy blogging. What comes when you decide to pause and think?
The ideas presented were adapted from several strategies included in Creativity in the Classrrom: Schools of Curious Delight by Alane Jordan Starko