You could be forgiven for asking why it matters; after all, it may indicate that I have found a life away from the computer, which has got to be a good thing...hasn't it?!
In a way, that has been true. Since moving to Canberra, especially in the summer months, I have been spending more time outside and enjoying the beautiful warm weather, especially on a Sunday, which is when I typically write my blog posts for the week.
But it does matter that I am not blogging much these days because of the benefits I found when I was doing it regularly, which include:
- a space for reflection;
- a permanent record of my work, processes, thinking and development;
- collaboration with people in the online space
- development of international networks
- a reputation as a midwifery/educational blogger
- opportunities for research and work as a result of my blogging.
So why aren't I blogging at the moment?
Much has to do with my new job. Because it is a national role, I am extremely wary of what I talk about on social media. So I feel I must only blog about "neutral" topics that aren't going to get me into any kind of trouble, which is a tad tricky at times if I cannot come up with any ideas.
I spend a lot of time working on the Australian College of Midwives' Facebook page and use a lot of emotional energy figuring out what is appropriate to post on that page, and responding to comments there. So by the time I get to my social media platforms, I'm too tired to start again with the process. You have only got to look at my personal Facebook page to see how it has changed from a professional page, to almost completely personal comments and links.
On a personal level, I don't have much time where I am completely alone to spend thinking, or I am too tired, and just want to blob and watch reality TV. And the studying I am doing isn't inspiring any creative thought.
So how do I get my blogging mojo back? Any suggestions?
I would especially love to hear from people who manage professional social media sites - how do you juggle that work with your own social media needs?
Image: 'The Art of Social Media'
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