Wow it seems like eons since I lived and breathed blogging on ActiveRain. Then one day (well not exactly) my blogging mojo just went on vacation and never came back? It just seemed that I ran out of steam. I was drawing a total and complete blank. But even in my absence, I've longed to make a comeback. As a matter of fact, I've made a few short-lived attempts. What is wrong with me? Why can't I stay and play in the rain?
Return to ActiveRain
I still dunno (think Ricky Ricardo). Everytime I've tried to come back I kickstart by reading the posts of my AR posse of the past (you all know who you are). Then I check out posts from those that I don't know and I continue to be amazed by the great minds and talent of real estate professionals that are drawn to the rain.
One thing that I've tried during my attempts to return, is to join a blogging challenging. However no matter how much I welcomed the challenge and loved every minute of it (in the beginning), it kind of reminded me of what may have happened that blocked my mojo in the first place. I believe it was the 30DC or something similar. I was a blogging whiz around this camp, but I think one too many challenges got the best of me and I just zonked out.
Oh There Were Other Factors As Well
To be fair, blogging burnout was not the only reason for my blogging demise. I spent a lot of time exploring some other life options. I've written a couple of books. I took a year off (from everything). I've since started a non-profit organization called Metro Birmingham Children's Business Fair (which I love). I felt I wasn't spending enough time with my grandkids so I did more of that. While not an artist, I've taken up acrylic painting which is a tremendous stress buster. This is just the short list. Of course there are a host of other things.
But Here I Am Again Giving It a Go
All of that being said, every time I start playing in the rain again, it makes me realize how much I miss it. It makes me want to put on my blogging shoes and continue the race to share my real estate knowledge in a way that's impactful and while doing so, make new friends in the rain and catch up with old friends.
Perhaps I'll just blog without any expectation much like I do when I paint. Whenever I have no expectations about what my art will look like in the end, it turns out to be among my best work (like the paintings below). Of course it's a little different in the rain. My expectation is to impart knowledge based on my experience and NOT how much or how long I can commit to blogging. So maybe I'll take a new approach to my return.
I'll just start with a blank blog canvas, began with no expectations (at least with regard to longevity of my AR presence) and see what happens.