We didn’t disappear in some dramatic fashion! Nor did we even have a good excuse…Instead “DIY and blogging burn-out” insidiously crept up on us without warning. One day gun-ho and ready to take on the next big project…Then days, weeks, months dragged out, and we did not lift a finger.
Looking back on 2014, I was able to identify four key reasons why we lost our diy mojo:
3. Long term plan
Interestingly aren’t these the four reasons experts attribute to why businesses, goals and even relationships fail?
Not surprisingly we were impacted by all four reasons, and thus the blog suffered from our severe burn-out.
Originally as I wrote this post I was very unkind to myself. (Beating myself up both with words and pictures of our unfinished projects.)
Yet as the words of self-deprecating humor and undisguised sarcasm flowed forth, there was a moment of clarity…
Robert Collier’s famous quote came to mind…
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out”
Instead of taking the approach of “slow and steady wins the race”, we took off like jack rabbits only to finish half-way. We lost steam, didn’t want to spend the money, and even considered selling the house.
In the midst of self doubt, burn-out and feeling like a failure, I had forgotten the purpose of this blog in the first place:
A little corner of the Internet meant for weekly diy mistakes, inspiration, silliness, humor and “four legged” kids.
The blog was supposed to be the sum of our small, diy, efforts with the hope of inspiring others…For two years hadn’t we accomplished this?
After several sleepless nights of Internet research. We’ve discovered a greater “purpose” and plan for the blog.
The benefit of a plan will prevent lapses in Sunday posts and DIY burn-out. As time passes and I grow into a stronger and braver writer, I hope to have the courage to share with our loyal readers and friends, what our purpose is, and how we found our way back.
In the coming Sunday’s you’ll see a major change in both writing style and DIY. We’ll be tackling projects in bite size pieces, be kinder and forgiving to ourselves, and laugh more at our mistakes. We are grateful to those of you who stuck by us these past months, and we love you for it!
Happy Sunday everyone!