As you may have noticed, by simply glancing at my blog archive, blogging has been a bit of a turbulent journey for me. When I first began my blog I was so passionate about writing and creating new content. I was so excited for my blogging journey to begin and spent hours on end online researching other blogs, coming up with new ideas and scrutinising my layout and design. I enjoyed the process of creating new posts and felt so proud each time one was published and live on my blog, but somewhere along the line I lost that enthusiasm.
I have gone through various different periods of consistent posting and then radio silence. I found it so easy to maintain my blog when the motivation and inspiration was there, but once it started to feel like a chore I immediately lost interest. I regret why it ever became like a chore because it was and is still something I love doing. I love creating posts and love how blogging inspires me to get out and try new things, so I’m disappointed that it ever got to a point where I simply just didn't want to do it.
I have previously mentioned that I think I put a lot of pressure on myself and on my blog. As I typical creative type I am very self critical and have high expectations for whatever I do. I put a lot of pressure on myself to produce high quality posts and to stick to a schedule. I was also hoping I would someday be able to monetise my blog so I was putting pressure on myself to be consistent and build my own brand. I think by doing this I lost the fun in it, and that’s what ultimately led me to stop. Every piece of blogging advice I’ve read from people who blog full time say not to do it to become a job, but to do it for the enjoyment of it.
That is what has brought me back to blogging. I was putting off getting back into it for so long because it felt like a chore and I knew I had so much to catch up on, but I now realise how much I want to blog because I love doing it. I’m not going to put pressure on myself to progress my blog or build a brand, hell I’m not even going to force myself to stick to a schedule. At the moment I like sticking to my regular three times a week, but that’s not to say that will continue in future.
I really feel like I’ve found my passion for creating content and documenting my adventures again. Ultimately I’m doing this so I have a body of work I can look back on and be proud of, and relive all of my best travel memories through. I like to write as though I am talking to an audience, but really this blog is for me. Anyone is welcome to read and I would love to interact with anyone reading, I just want to keep my passion for blogging alive and not ruin it with an end game of making money.
So for anyone actually reading this, Oh, Rose. is essentially my online diary. If you are interested in my adventures and general ramblings I hope you enjoy reading (: