Blogging Burnout

I began the year full of promise and ideas. I had planned on being consistent with my blogging, creating lots of new content and hopefully increasing my views and followers.

I have gained a lot of support through my blogging this year which I am really grateful for. I managed to blog a lot in the first three months of the year which I am happy about.

As we approached April, I began to slow down with my blog posts. I got to a point when I realised that I had run out of inspiration and that my blog content wasn’t particularly interesting. I had began to get fed up with all of my ‘what have we been eating posts’!!

I have seen many fellow bloggers taking a break from blogging at the moment. I think that we are all similar in that we have tried so hard with blogging from the beginning of the year and now we are a quarter of the way through it is hard to keep up the pace. A break is definitely needed to gather thoughts and reconnect with what makes us happy.

I don’t have a great deal of spare time. All of my blog posts are written on the WordPress Reader App. Which isn’t the same as writing and editing posts on a laptop. I find it quicker and easier but I suppose I am not able to use as many tools by doing it this way. I probably need to spend more time looking at the layout of my blog and editing it.

I have been trying to figure out what sort of things to blog about and ways to improve on my writing style.

My goals from this point are as follows,
I would like my blog to look more professional in design, layout and content. I would like my photos to be attractive, sharp and professional looking. I need to focus on backgrounds and styling of the things I photograph.

These are my basic goals to begin with – perhaps as time goes on I will work more towards having a blogging schedule and planning what I am writing in advance. Also I think that I need to interact more with fellow bloggers.

I have been wondering recently whether blogging is for me. I don’t have a lot of online presence – I don’t particularly use social media and I’m not an outgoing person or confident with using social media outlets. I also feel that I am running out of ideas to blog about!

Have you found that taking a little time away from blogging has helped?

Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any input. Although I began my blog in 2016, I blogged for about a year and then didn’t get back into it until the end of 2020 so I still feel very new to blogging.

Katie

Last Supper Meal

It’s Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus sat with his disciples and shared the Last Supper.

This year I decided that I would make a Last Supper to share with my family as a way of connecting with our faith and exploring what happened during Easter week. In a way it was like a reenactment as we discussed what was in the scripture and what happened during the Last Supper. This was on a basic level as my daughter is 3 so was aimed at her level of understanding.

For the meal, I researched what sort of foods would have been eaten in Israel during Jesus’ time and tried to create dishes that reflected that.

We didn’t drink wine but did have red juice and also red grapes as part of our meal instead.

For the bread, which had to be unleavened, I made some simple wholemeal flat breads.

The main component of the meal was couscous with lentils and red peppers. This was garnished with parsley and lemon zest and a scattering of pomegranate seeds.

I bought some smoked mackerel for the fish part of the meal and then I created a board of fruits, olives and tomatoes to serve with the fish and mackerel.

I chose dates, figs, grapes and pomegranate seeds and also bought some mixed olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Whilst some of the food wasn’t to everybody’s tastes, it was a really great experience and was lovely to try different foods and connect with what Jesus would have been eating at the Last Supper. Obviously nobody knows exactly what would have been eaten but I tried to serve foods that may have been eaten during those times.

It was a lovely time of reflection about how the events of Easter unfolded. I found this a really family friendly activity to help learn about the story of Easter together.

I wish you a happy and blessed Easter weekend.

Katie