Sunday, 8 November 2015

Why I’m Not Blogging?


I have apparently been away from blogging and social media for quite a while now. I miss being at it vehemently. I miss the magic. I really want to get back to my ‘real’ self. I want to express my thoughts, share my experiences and inspire people the way I have been doing for the past three years. But, I don’t know what’s happening to me. I feel like something is slipping away from my hands.


Blogging is hard work. I mean serious blogging is serious hard work. I realise that my blog and my social media presence are at a certain level and I can bounce back quite quickly. I don’t really have to worry too much about numbers or rankings. I have never thought on those lines anyway. But, what really pinches me is my own lack of discipline as a blogger. I don’t want to be resting on my laurels. I want to keep getting better at what I’m doing.

So why I’m not blogging?
      
Though I don’t have a particular answer to this question, I’d just say that there’s a lot happening in my life at the moment. But, I’m not putting it here as an excuse for not blogging. I know that my blog is my dream, which I have created on my own. I have to keep nurturing it. So, whatsoever it is – writer’s block, lack of focus or anything else, I have to get back to blogging.


Yes, even travel has taken a backseat in my life for now. I had to cancel my Ladakh trip due to some personal reasons. I don’t foresee funds for any travel plan to materialise in the next couple of months. I’m kind of laying low. I have to get back to doing what I’m supposed to be doing.


Dear readers, I need your support.

My readers are my backbone. It gives me immense joy when I receive messages and emails from my readers thanking me for inspiring them. There’s nothing more valuable to me than the words of praise and encouragement from the people whom I have never met. That’s why I miss my ‘real’ self – the one who always has some idea or the other taking shape inside her mind.

I hope to get over this ‘not-so-happening’ phase of my blogging life and start churning out great, inspiring and invigorating blog posts. The purpose of writing this self-critical post was to share my honest self with my readers. Honesty is the essence of my blog. I want to be truthful to my audience. I don’t want to pretend to be doing fine when I’m struggling with something. I think I have formed a relationship with my readers and it’s my responsibility to let them know if I’m going through something.

So, bear with me as I bounce back. In the meantime, do let me know what you want to read about. I would like to write something that’s fresh and helpful.

I’m aware that this lull will be over soon. I’ll be back to where I belong.

Do you have a tip for me that would rekindle the blogger in me?    

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60 comments:

  1. We love your blog Renuka....! It's kind of encouraged me to go on a solo trip..! Thnx keep up ur Gud work. I wish n hope God will give u strength n all to roam around the world.

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    1. Thanks so much, for your kind and encouraging words. I'm so happy to know that my blog could push you to take a solo trip. :-)

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  2. Nice to know your honest thoughts. Take your time to bounce back. Al the best!

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  3. We all go through this phase being a blogger Renuka. And it's okay to stay low once in a while, because as soon as you feel any responsibility towards blogging (may it be posting frequently), it becomes more of a job and less of a passion. Also, when you give time to yourself, you feel more uplifted and inspired to blog about. So take your time and come back with a bang! :)

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    1. Yeah, you are right, Tara! Maybe I should just chill and take it easy till I get an inspiring idea to pen down.

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  4. How about learning to speak a new language and then plan a trip to that place

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    1. Haha! Great idea! Which language would you suggest?

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  5. Hope your rest refreshed you and look forward to seeing your blogs when you get back to writing.

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    1. Yes, I'm slowly getting back to writing. Thanks so much for your support.

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  6. I believe your mind is asking for a change, though temporary. When we keep doing something day in and day out, though it may be something close to your heart, after a while the mind desires a change. Give what it is asking for; once satiated it will bounce back with all the vigor and creativity and then you can recommence creating your magic once again with full passion. It happens to every individual being, all we need to do is recognize it, accept it and let it pass.

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    1. Yes, I'm allowing it to pass and trying to get back to my original motivated self. Thanks so much, Chandan!

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  7. Come back soon, Renuka... we miss you very much! Sometimes a break, or staying away from something you love automatically rekindles your feelings for the same. Isn't it? However, you can indulge in some other activities to refresh your mind. For example, learning new things like mountaineering training, or taking up a course on photography, or doing some volunteer work.

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    1. So glad to hear from you, Moon! :-) Yes, I guess you are right. I need to refresh myself with some new activity. Thanks so much for being there! It means a lot.

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  8. Looks like you have already restarted blogging! Just keep going.

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    1. You're right, Sougata! :-) I'm determined to blog regularly now.

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  9. Awww.. don't ya worry. We will wait to hear back from you. Meanwhile- why not write a blog post on the random thoughts crossing through your mind right now? Just peek out of your bedroom window.. See a tree? Why not just compare it with your journeys, travel or life in general?

    We all have our ups and down and I am sure you'll be back from it, up and up in the air. Once again :)

    Love- Feet On the Map

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    1. Thanks so much, Deepika! :-) It's great to hear from you. Yes, I'm sure I will bounce back.

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  10. Hi Renuka,
    Its been great to see you sharing your honest thoughts with us(readers). I am also a passionate traveller and even I do blog(www.thelifeimprovised.com), so i have an idea of what you are going through. Your travel blog has helped me a lot in my outings. I bilieve this what the best thing you or we can do in life, helping other people with the power of words. It need intense dedication and focus. Life is full of up and downs. There will be moments in life where nothing is in our control and the only thing is to just sit back and enjoy the whole show. But maintaing balance at those times and getting back in track with all the enthusiasm and energy is what which really matters,. Take your time to get the things get back to normal, once its in rail just start on to ride again as it was with more passion and love. We are always there for you.
    With prayers, love and respect
    Sreedev

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    1. Thanks so much, Sreedev! :-) So kind of you. I'll try my best to get back to what I really enjoy doing - blogging.

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  11. I never realized you were away from blogosphere. Take your time, get back to blogging and I am sure you will bounce back... Enjoy the new development of your life.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I'll bounce back soon. :-)

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  12. Take your time, sweetie and get back to blogging when you feel like it. Don't push yourself! I know what you mean when you said that blogging is a hard work. It is, indeed!

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    1. Thanks so much, Agness! :-) Yes, I'm taking my time and I will be back soon.

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  13. Sorry to hear that you have temporarily lost your mojo. It can be difficult to cut through the haze of so many people out there and doing what you are doing. It can also, as you state so clearly and personally, be a slog to keep up momentum.
    In truth though you have cut through. You have a loyal readership who appreciate the way YOU do it and the places you have explored and let us share.
    As so many others have said. Take time, sort out what you have to - everyone is entitled to that, and slide back into words (and travel) when you are able. Sometimes too those words might be just about something close to you or just down the road.
    Best.

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words! It really means a lot.

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  14. I feel like I'm going through something very similar. I've felt a serious lack of motivation to blog for the past two months. I've always been obsessed with blogging and this is the first time in 18 months that I've just been disinterested. I suppose this happens to all of us bloggers though. I'm sure the motivation and passion will just come back one day soon. And I can't wait for you to get back into your groove because I love your blog!!!

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    1. Thanks Justine! :-) It's always a nice feeling to see your comment on my blog. Hope you too get back to blogging with a bang!

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  15. I think it's alright to take a little break! Go travel! Have fun! Get inspired!

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  16. Aren't these phases what life is all about? I did notice your absence. And I truly believe that with a traeller and writer like you, things will be back on track soon. Take care.

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging words, Pratishtha :-)

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  17. These phases of "non-blogging" are quite regular for me as well. Sometimes, I just don't feel like writing. Have to push myself too hard to write. Last few months, it has worked well. I believe it is more about following a routine. I started with, 1 blog every weekend. I'll scribble down something on phone and make sure to complete it by the end of the week. Hope you get back to writing soon.

    Meanwhile, I've updated the Travel section of my blog with new Travelogues,would love to hear your views on the same. http://reveringthoughts.com/category/travel/

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    1. Yes, scribbling down an idea in a notepad and elaborating it later is a good practice. I used to do it, too. Thanks for encouraging!

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  18. completely understand what you are going through... i have personally gone through such ebbs and tides.... we just dont feel like writing and i call it the "writer's block" though I would still be active sometimes on social media..... "this too would pass" as they say and i am sure you're going to be back with a bang! i too have drafted a note for my blog in the same lines and I haven't even hit the publish button yet :P

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    1. Hit the publish button, Revathy! I'm waiting to read it. :-) Yes, I know we all go through such phases. Thanks for your support.

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  19. Hey Renuka,

    I can so relate to every single word you have written in this post. It's as if you have put words to my thoughts.

    Thank you for writing this. And cheers to you, come back when you are ready, take your time. <3

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    1. Thanks Ragini! :-) Glad to hear from you!

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  20. The lull ll be over soon :) This phase catches up eventually with everyone, however, one bounces back better :) (has to) Best Wishes.

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  21. You are a human! There's always a rough patch in our lives, when we keep aside some things for a while, they no longer seem to amaze or enrich us (for instance I did not touch my guitar for an year)... After all Being creative too can be monotonous,...
    And sometimes one can be a little lethargic when her job is not a duty, you are the master of your own will, without strings attached, a little relaxation is hence inevitable..
    but why worry, you have nothing to prove, you have done wonderfully well in past, you have all rights to be a little disobedient, and rejuvenate all your energies. The better thing can be use a pen instead of a keypad, try to change your font, go back to the traditional paper pen model instead of gadgets.... and type when interested again,
    and you know that we will read it again, with as much zeal as before, your words are not your alone, they belong to your readers too!!.....
    post a pic, an old achievement, your favourite outing, get some more likes, smile looking at your previous posts, and you are back again...
    keep up the good work Voyager @ Renukaaa

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    1. Thanks so much, Shubham! You've been an incredible support! With readers like you, how can I stay away from blogging? :-)

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  22. This happens to most of the bloggers. Even I sometime lack the enthusiasm to write. So I take a break and afterwords do things more interestingly. So take a break and come back soon.

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    1. Yeah, you're right, Lucy. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  23. I too am not able to write things to share in social media and my blog https://mintymile.wordpress.com/ ... I am also facing similar things like you and have stopped travel altogether... anyway... its just I can't find the energy to write things in a flow, I used to do it often last year... sad phase in my life I guess.

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    1. Hope you found some encouragement through my post! All the best!

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    2. Well, perhapes life has to get more exciting... yeah I felt good after seeing there are others going through what I am going through(:

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  24. I'm sort of at that same stage too, actually, and I don't know why... just this past week, I've been at a bit of a low. I think you need to not push yourself, do it when it feels right. But at the same time, be very aware of what you're feeling. I don't know about you, but I often let 'would rather sit around and watch TV' get confused for 'not feeling inspired' - and they're two different things. I get lazy... I'm sure we all do from time to time :/

    But in general, take some time for yourself - that's what I'm doing, and I think it's great :)

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    1. Yep. I guess you're right. Taking a break isn't a bad idea. I don't want to write for the sake of writing. Thanks so much, Tim! :-) All the best to you, too.

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  25. we love you and will wait for you to bounce back with a bang...relax yourself meanwhile.

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    1. Awww...thanks so much, Anubhuti :-)

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  26. Renuka, your thoughts shared here are really open and honest which will surely be applauded by your readers. We all go through different phases in our life. This may be a low phase in your life, but we are sure that you will be back to blogging with a bang!

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    1. That's so sweet of you, Diana! :-) Thanks so much, for your support and encouragement!

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  27. Hi, Renuka,

    I've been thinking about you. I miss your friendly voice online, but I do understand that sometimes life can easily get in the way of our dreams. That's happened to us a lot this year.

    If travel is your passion I am sure YHVH will open the door for you. He knows the desires of your heart and has plans to prosper you.

    You know we have not been to India yet. Imagine though, that if Dan and I were to visit you, what would you want us to see? Even if you can't travel yourself, you have a lot of experience with India. Perhaps you could create a series of short itineraries for each state you have been to, say perhaps one week each. I know I would enjoy reading them.

    Kindest regards, hugs, and prayers for a prosperous and blessed 2016.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! :-) You are always so encouraging and supportive. Wish you a great 2016!

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  28. You are an inspiration for all travelers, Please keep continue your good work.

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  29. You have a lovely blog and your travel posts are a great inspiration for all the fellow travel bloggers. Take you time unwind, relax, meditate do whatever that makes you happy during this break. We will be here waiting for you patiently. :) Love and hugs,
    Saumya

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