I’ve been racking my brain for well over a month now, trying to get a substantial blog post out for all you lovely lot to critique, love or even ignore, but obviously, to no avail. I know it’s not something any of you one post a week-ers or super spouting social media gurus will ever admit, and I know it may not be what the masses like to hear, but here it is: this is hard. And like my friend above, I've been tackled by the Tired Monster.
In my last post, I talked about life experiences, and going through a rough patch; life has served me one of those steaming, smelly ones, albeit a large one. Well, life has done it again, this time in my culturally discerning mind; and although I have something close to an infinite amount of ideas floating around my currently cheese for brains, I just can’t seem to get anything out.
Im sorry, but this is the reality of it. Eventually, you must get run down?
I spent the last 16 months writing for everyone. This included several print (GASP) publications I worked for (try and spot me), a website, then another website, then three more, a guest post here and there, only for the results of my frazzled mind to end up on Confessions.
Now multiply the mess of those 16 months by a stupidly large number, and you have the volume of work that I’ve had to produce over the last three weeks at my new job. Don’t get me wrong; I am absolutely loving it. As I also mentioned in my last post, I now have the opportunity to tap into a niche that people have either completely overseen or misjudged as unfruitful - that of the role of social media in the Arab world (overthrowing dictators aside), within an educational and even culturally binding context.
However, I now feel that so much of my energy is invested in my current position that I either a) don’t have anything leftover for my own blog, b) I’ve already produced similar material for work. There, I’ve said it. I’m not superwoman. I’m tired. But because I love the people that read this blog (all six of you) I want to talk to you.
Help me! How do you find inspiration when you're run down? Do you find that discussing the same material for work helps or hinders production for your personal projects? How do you schedule your posts, if at all?
I’m looking forward to your recommendations and suggestions. I’ll be the one trying not to fall asleep on the treadmill. Happy Belated Easter (to those of you who celebrate, please do not go off at me if you don’t believe in Jesus, thank you, Amen).
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