Initially, blogging was like falling in love. I jumped out of bed in the morning anxious to create and share stories of the world around me. My writing came easily, was spontaneous and fluid. My mind was full of post ideas. I began making friends, following blogs, having followers and a new creative community began to form around me. I was enamoured with the whole blogging experience.
In the past few months, this glow has faded a bit. Recently, when a friend remarked, "Your blog is getting boring", I was taken aback, but also felt the truth in her words. I haven't felt inspired to write.
Upon reflection, the shift occurred when I began putting restrictions on my posts and blog content after reading gobs of material on "how to build a better blog." I bought books, magazines and read loads of web material on how to be a better blogger. I subscribed to CopyBlogger and ProBlogger to learn what makes a blog readable and interesting.
I began to de-clutter my blog by eliminating such topics as The Bean (my grandson), art journaling, massage, Sassy the pug, my fairy garden, miniatures, my family and random day-in-the-life-of-Liz stuff. And you know what? I miss writing about these things that color my world so vibrantly! I've considered a second blog for all my non-aromatherapy interests - and I may someday - but for now, the idea of maintaining two blogs feels daunting.
So I'm going to go back to writing about all my interests and pull from my creative right brain. I'm going to post on everything that interests me and inspires me; everything that makes The Fragrant Muse who she is. Certainly, essential oils will still be my main focus, because that is also the case in my life; however, I'll also include a generous sprinkling of other shiny bits of my life.
I'll save my rational left brain for paying the bills and doing my taxes.
Because the truth of the matter is this: My world and all that fills it is multi-faceted with many interests and I love sharing my life and all that colors it. If I lose followers or folks find The Fragrant Muse too random then this is what I have to say: