The good news about 2014 so far is that I have actually been pretty successful with my resolution not to worry so much about things like blog stats. The numbers have been at an all-time low lately but I’ve just been able to shrug it off. I’ve also not been stressing out of my mind and pestering all my friends for ideas about what to write, or frantically trying to squeeze writing a post into my busy schedule. If I miss a day, I miss a day. No big deal.
These would all be good things that is, if they were the result of a more relaxed attitude to blogging. Unfortunately I’ve come to the conclusion that what they are is the result of a complete and utter lack of motivation. I don’t know whether it’s a case of the January blues or my seemingly never-ending dental problems but I just can’t seem to muster up the energy to care much about blogging at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still really enjoying reading other people’s blogs and my wishlist is already out of control with book recommendations I’ve had from other bloggers but this time last month, I would look at other blogs and they would inspire me to come up with posts of my own. I’d see a linky post and think how fun it would be to take part. But now…
Sadly this lack of motivation also seems to be creeping into other parts of my life as well. In the run-up to Christmas and over the holiday period, my half-marathon training really took a bit of a hit – partly due to an intense period at work, partly due to holiday preparations/celebrations and partly because there were times the weather was so bad it would’ve been dangerous to even leave the house let alone drive down to the gym. (I did actually see people out running but to be honest whenever I see people running outside in truly terrible weather I am inclined to seriously doubt their sanity!) In the past I would always force myself to increase the distance of my runs or the speed I was running at, even if I was tired, but for the last wee while I’ve struggled to even do the minimum and the fastest I’ve moved was when the run finished and I was racing to get out of there, and go home! Or when I’ve been running to catch the train in the morning with 2 seconds to spare.
Starting the blog was one of the highlights of last year and I’ve loved being part of the blogging community so I’m hoping this is just a temporary blip brought on by the fact that the holidays are over and I actually have to work rather than just lie around in my pyjamas, deciding what to stuff my face with next while I read my Christmas book haul. I’m also hoping to get my groove back fitness-wise – I worked really hard to build it up last year and I’d hate to throw all that away in favour of rehearsing for participation in the Biggest Loser.
So because all of you are such lovely, kind and wise people, I’m turning to you for any help or advice you can give on overcoming either a blogging slump or a fitness one! Do you have any tips for re-igniting my motivation? Have you experienced similar slumps? Are you fighting a case of the holiday blues too? Let me know and hopefully by sharing we can give ourselves a collective, electronic kick up the backside and be ready to get going, full-steam ahead, for a fun-filled year of blogging!