There's been a lot of intermittent cricket sounds here at "Straddling the Gap." I guess you could say I'm having some "blogger's block." As I approach the second anniversary of this blog in June, I'm floundering around for focus.
I think it started during Lent when I gave up blogging for forty days. I thought it was going to be so difficult and at first, it was. However, by Easter I was enjoying a bit of freedom of not having to think about what I should write about next. It's too bad, because right before Lent I think I was somewhat on a roll.
Then came Bloggy Boot Camp right after Easter. It was intimidating, and very obvious to me that the other bloggers there had a more business perspective for their blogs. I wasn't sure I was ready to go there. In hindsight, I don't think I ever want to go there. I have a career and I don't want this to be work. Unfortunately, there was so much information overload, I think it really clogged up my writing. Don't get me wrong - there were so many good ideas and wonderful people, it was interesting content at an inopportune time.
One thing I heard several times at BBC was the importance of planning posts. I think that would be very helpful for me, especially if I could find a general theme for each day. At the same time, I don't want this to be a cookie cutter format. I don't want to be looking over my shoulder for the craft/recipe/Pinterest/Etsy/mommy blog that has already covered the topic.
So if you hear crickets (if a cricket is chirping in the forest and no one hears it, did it chirp?) for a little while, don't be surprised. I'll get my act together and forge ahead.