We planned on starting this post with a big declarative statement saying “and we’re back” however we’ve done that before and look how that turned out. So instead we will say
“We Are Here”.
We may not be sure of where here is but we’re committed to figuring it out, slowly, cautiously and optimistically – with hopes of not getting so wrapped up in where we want this to go that we forget to enjoy the journey along the way.
When we threw up our hands in exasperation at the end of last summer, we had both gotten to a point where we felt like the blog was taking over our lives. If we weren’t promoting it, coming up with new ways to make a few cents, or forcing ourselves to write about things we weren’t even sure we wanted to write about we felt like we were failing.
Failing to be good at blogging, failing to turn it into something viable, failing each other and failing ourselves.
What started out as a love of writing and a way to keep in touch over the Atlantic Ocean quickly turned into something so big and important that it felt suffocating. It seemed like a better idea to take a break rather than continue resenting our little project we had started together for fun.
So now, almost nine months since our last post here and with a little more wisdom and patience (ha), we’re doing our best to start slow and carve out a space for ourselves to keep dreaming. Thank you for joining us again…
July is quickly coming to a close. It’s late at night, on a long weekend. I’ve left my blog post to the end of the day again. You think I would have learned my lesson by now. After a whole month of writing everyday I should know better. I am tempted to slam my computer closed and call it a night. But this is my last blog post of our July Blogging Challenge.
This is not a blog post I am particularly thrilled about. I procrastinated my way through the day, doing everything I could possibly think of to not write a blog post. Clearly a smart choice when you are in the middle of a posting/writing everyday blogging challenge.
Day two of the July Blogging Challenge (a.k.a we both write every single day and a post goes up every. single. day.)…we both (begrudgingly) agreed the best way forward was to hold each other accountable and practice, practice, practice. A dollar short and a day late we started our July Blogging Challenge on July 2nd, cheering ourselves on and trying to stay pumped up with motivation to get through the month. I have set a timer to write for an hour that I have already checked 3 times and only 5 minutes has gone by (and I’ve just gone to make myself a piece of toast). I have lists of blog post ideas but nothing seems to be inspiring me to write. Hello writers block!
Welcome to July – and our July Blogging Challenge!
Same thing we say at the end of every month…Thank goodness that’s over! We watched June float by without much regard for it and again we felt the content creation for our blog fell by the wayside. It’s so easy to get caught up in your day to day life and before you know it its been a week since your last post. Not that we aren’t enjoying ourselves when we do focus on blogging but inspiration seems to constantly strike when we are away from our computers. This often means that ideas that seemed good earlier (in the shower, on the bus, walking to school…) fall victim to our inner critics. So for the month of July we’re tackling the problem head on!