Hello, my awesome readers! :)  So sorrryy for not keeping my word and not posting on the 1st of May. :( Turns out 1 week wasn’t enough to figure all things out. Do I have some clarity now? I wish. :D That is one of the reasons why I wanted to start my next period of blogging with an explanatory post, maybe it will help me too to understand what’s going on better. ;)

The bottom line – blogging takes a lot of time! :O I’ll be honest with you, I have NO IDEA, how sometimes posting a post from scratch to finished product can take me up to 6 – 7 hours (picture taking NOT included). :O How people manage to post 5 posts a week and have a full-time job (or school) is a mystery to me. :D I don’t know why this is an important point :D but when I think about blogging that is the first one that comes to mind.

What else – even though I have blog post ideas written down, I am scared of running out of ideas or content. :O And this thought kind of paralyzes me. Just the thought of it! It’s stupid, I admit. ;) But the human mind is so strange, that’s why psychology is so interesting btw. ;)

Another one, I feel like blogging drains me. Even though I love my blog and the content I create, it takes a lot of my energy and since my blog is very small, I don’t get enough energy back. I’ll be frank, I want to have readers, I am not writing this blog JUST for myself. Not just I want to feel appreciated, I like to help people and I like to be useful. And through this blog, I see a possibility to express my thoughts and ideas (I love to do that especially in written words) and to reach people and support someone who needs support and inspiration. It makes me very happy if a person after reading my post feels at least a smidgen happier or inspired, or understood.

Aaaand I am still conflicted about the topics of this blog. The life advice type posts (I feel like they are not life advice per se, but don’t know how to call them :D) come very naturally to me, I just sit down, gather my thoughts, analyze and write what I think. Honestly and openly. The eco-type posts I find very useful (for myself too!) and that is a big part of my identity anyway. However, with eco posts, I haven’t yet successfully reached an audience that would be truly interested. With life advice type posts it is ‘easy’ we all have problems and we all want to be happy. I haven’t found an ecoblogger community as well (SAD FACE) as there are for example beauty blogger community on twitter (#bblogers), fashion blogger community (#fbloggers), lifestyle blogger community (#lbloggers) etc. Maybe the ecoblogger community is just called differently, so if you have any ideas what it could be or you know where to find one, hit me a message or comment. :) I will be VERY very thankful!

Also I do struggle with eco-type post ideas. :/ I have been successful to fill all Thursdays while I am blogging (which is very cool!), but I feel very uncomfortable that I do not have a notebook filled with ideas.

And I like to wait around for the creativity to kick in. Maybe it is a type of procrastination, but I often feel like I need a visit from the muse to write something inspired. There have been moments where I just start writing even if not feeling THAT inspired and the end result turns out GREAT, but I really have to push myself to go through with it. But this is something I just have to work on. :)

Aaaand sometimes I feel so much like in a swamp in my life that I just cannot squeeze anything positive and uplifting out of myself. Or I feel confused, or there haven’t been any new recognitions to write about.  Writing this blog (life advice posts) is a therapy for me too. I write only about the things I know, about what I have felt and what I have done to overcome it. It makes this blog very honest, but also it depends very much on my personal life and experiences. However, there are learning moments ALWAYS even when everything goes smoothly.

And one more thing I want to add, I wanna start a youtube channel as well! And it scares me. Not even the being on camera part, but how I will manage everything and will I have time for it. Ok, the camera part scares me too a bit. ;) And I have always been better at writing than speaking. :D But I feel like youtube is such a modern thing to do aka a lot of people are using youtube, so it gives me a possibility to reach a new audience. And there are people who are not so keen of reading (or they have limited time for it) and you can turn on youtube videos and watch them while doing make-up for example. And I do wanna improve my spoken English. :) And I like making videos overall, it is fun! :) But with youtube, I have no idea what kind of videos to make. :O

Thank you so much for listening to me, my friend! If you got till the end, I feel like you are my friend, because this time I mostly rambled and talked about myself and my struggles. ;) I did try to explain them though. And, yes, just writing this post took about an hour. I feel it is a lot, but I have to make sure that sentences make sense and sometimes I stop to think about the next things I wanna say. As it is a big possibility that you, who is reading this, is a blogger herself/himself, I am curious – how much time does it take for you to write a post? And how much time it takes you to publish it? :)

Thank you again for listening to me and have a great day! :)

P.S. There is another post where I discuss Blogging challenges I didn’t expect, if interested. ;)

                           With love,

                                    Madara

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  1. Great post!! It’s true that blogging is very time-consuming, so it’s fine during the holidays but when there’s a job/university on the side, it can become a bit difficult to be as invested.
    I feel you for the eco-side of bloggers. There is a large vegan community on twitter where some are invested in a eco lifestyle, and I’ve also seen chats about being ethical, that you could maybe look up and join!

    It’s great that you want to start a YouTube channel as well, it’s true that many people prefer watching videos than taking the time to read, and I don’t blame them! You can’t multi-task when you’re reading, unlike on YouTube. Just hope you won’t go over the top and then feel overwhealmed by everything you do. Your blog is already amazing, so if for now you don’t have the time for making videos, you’re still helping people and raising awareness.

    I take a couple hours to write a post. I usually write notes of what I want to address, then write it all out, proof read and edit it. (and I send it to my boyfriend so he can correct any spelling or syntax mistakes haha).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings! x

    • Madara Reply

      Thank you! :) In this one I was writing just what’s on my mind. :) Trying to be honest. Oh yeah, the youtube channel idea is still in the air maybe someday. Would love to pick up a regular pace with the blog for now. :) hmmm.. maybe you remember at least some of the accounts that host ethical chats or something like that? :) Would be helpful!
      Is your BF native English speaker? :) I use grammarly to correct some mistakes it picks up. But yeah polishing a post from writing and publishing… it can be a reaaaaly long time. ;) The sad thing I think is that from the outside it is hard to see how much work goes into ANY blog. Only fellow bloggers understand that usually. ;)
      Thank you for taking the time and leaving so considerate comments! <3 :)
      M

      • Hmm I know there’s a page called @EthicalHour that holds weekly chats on Mondays, you can also follow @cellvrdoor (ethicalevolution) if you don’t already. She has a great blog, and you could ask her about what good accounts to follow! @insophiesmindxo (Sophie V) also has a great blog, they both have posts about going 0 waste.

        Yeah he’s British, so it helps haha! (My mothertongue is French).
        It’s true that it’s difficult to realise the time and effort put in a blog post from the outside, just like making a YouTube video probs takes ages, a lot of editing etc but we tend to just focus on the end product!

        No worries, always great to have a chat! <3

        • Madara Reply

          Thank you for sharing the resources! <3 I will check them out and most likely follow. :)
          oh, that's so cool! :) I am veeery slowly learning some french myself. ;) :)

  2. Oh I completely understand you Madara and you’re not alone! Blogging isn’t as easy as everybody think it is. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years on and off now and ,although I didn’t actually take it to serious at the beginning, now I really want to make it into something I’ll be proud of. There is still so many things I need to learn. I know so many amazing bloggers who decided to quit their blog because of the personal life. I honestly can’t imagine my life without my blog. I think that all of us “small” bloggers have something in common and that is that big love and passion for our little creative space.
    Sometimes it takes me even few days to write a post because I really want it to be amazing. (English is also not my mother tongue so that’s why sometimes it can be hard for me to find the right words). MY life savior is scheduling posts, as I try to post 3 times a week. Sometimes I have posts finished for the whole month and sometimes I’m struggling to post ones a week. I used to stress a lot about nobody reading or commenting on my posts but I realized that stress won’t help. Even now on some posts I have 15 comments and on some 0. It really depends on so many things.
    The reason I love your is because of the way that you write. It’s so warm and friendly. I can almost hear your voice. You are unique and as long as you feel passionate about the things that you’re writing about you don’t have anything to worry about. And also don’t put yourself in the box. I’m sure that you have so many amazing ideas that just need to be discovered.
    I got a little carried away. hehe But if you ever need somebody to talk about please now that you can contact me anytime. I would be more than happy!
    Lot’s of love!

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • Madara Reply

      Thank you, Antonia, so much for the support and love, and long comment. :) <3 I think every true blogger – small or big – is very passionate about the blog they create. Which is very good! :)
      Wow, I feel like posting 3 times a week is ambitious! At least for me. :) But posting frequently (or posting at all) is very important and if I could, I would post 3 times a week as well. :)
      Yeah, I love that you say that stress won't help. Even though it is such an easy truth, I not always manage to remember it. :O ;)
      And, yes, it is so hard to explain WHY blogging is so time consuming to people who have never posted anything. :D And that working on blog doesn't mean just posting posts. ;) But it should be just a profession thing, as to every profession there is so much more than we see from the outside, for example, it may seem that the boss of the company just chills around and has coffee with clients but truth is, he is under a lot of pressure to make that deal over that cup of coffee etc.
      Thank you very, very much for your kind words about my blog! :) It means the world to me. <3 And I bet you are imaging my voice much nicer and calmer then it actually is. :D hehe, that is one of the reasons I would love to go into youtubing, to get used to my own spoken voice. ;)
      Much love,
      M

      • You know how much I appreciate you and your blog. I would absolutely love to watch your YouTube videos and learn more about you. xo

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