I've been struggling with Inklings lately. The fact that I used to post 3-4 times a week, and since the new year I post maybe 1-2 posts a week, should show that. Back in March I wrote about how the more I found parts of myself (yes, just laying around the floor, stuck up under the bed, with how that sounds- oh, look, there's my pride stuffed in my sock drawer; hey, my creative process has been in the bathroom cabinet this whole time...), the more I distanced myself from the computer, which is still partially the case. Then, there are the other factors thrown in as to why I haven't been a good Mom to Inklings lately.
Inklings used to be my life. I woke up every morning, made my cup of coffee (or pot of coffee- whatever) and wrote. I had 5,437 ideas in my head that had to come out- rant about this, vent about that, assert my opinion on that craziness, show people a different side of that nonsense. Whatever didn't quite fit on Inklings would make its way onto one of the several other sites I wrote for. Then, after I wrote my daily musings, I headed to my kitchen island, where I stood up, paced back and forth, and wrote my book (yes, weird creative process there). Before I knew it, the kids were coming home from school, and not only was I still in my pajamas, smelling like a pig in mud, but all I had consumed that day was my morning cup (pot) of coffee.
I loved writing for Inklings. The more I wrote, the more people found me, and I loved that.
Then my book launched, and my brain fried. Everytime I sat down to write, I had a major case of the
dumbs. Words didn't form sentences, sentences that did manage to be created made no sense with one another.
So, I took a small break and decided to make more items for my etsy store. The more I made, the more people bought, and the more I was able to create. Creating makes me happy, whether I'm creating stories for people to read, or jewelry for people to wear, or psychic oil for people to open their third eye more (one of my best sellers, by the way).
I kept up with the WTF Wednesday post on Inklings (which I even forgot about last week- sheesh) and that was about it. Bad Inklings Mom, I know.
Every morning I open my computer and check on my baby, moderate comments, and stare at the blank post screen. I'll type a few sentences of an idea or two I have, then hit 'Save as Draft' and jump up to clean house or fulfill etsy orders.
So, I struggle with Inklings- not the 'Should I stop writing Inklings altogether?' struggle, so don't worry. Inklings is still my baby, and I just had a friend do a new header for Inklings, revamping her a little more to suit me. But more of an 'I've changed so much in the last 6 months as a person, so should Inklings change with me, or should I try to keep Inklings the same?' struggle.
While ultimately it is my decision, I seriously need some votes weighed in on this- words of reason and advice- or craziness and randomness- from you all, the people who actually read what I write. Here's what you would be weighing in on, and yes, I want honesty from you all:
The Old Inklings: Longer articles, well researched and thought out, with subject matters on general parenting topics and/or current events, with my humor and quirkiness thrown in, but helpful nonetheless. Every now and then I did posts on things going on in my own life, with my family.
The New Inklings: Shorter posts focused more on my life- the good, the bad, and the ugly. More personal anecdotes and happenings, less general parenting topics and/or current events, unless something happens in the parenting world that really sets me off. There would be more spontaneous posts like this one, but less posts that are 'pinterestable' or written from a researched standpoint.
What do you all think? When you found Inklings, did you stick around for my helpful articles, or my quirky attitude? Do you enjoy reading more personal posts from the blogs you frequent, or more informational posts? I really do want you all to weigh in here! I've included an easy peasy poll right there for you, so definitely take a second to vote. And if you have some ideas or an opinion you want to share, please comment below, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.