Thinking Aloud: Unexpected Motivation

This series isn’t dead.

So here we are again. Another blog post with me talking about how much I miss blogging, how I want to get back into it, and how I never have anything to talk about anymore. There I said all that up front so I don’t have to mention it again. Although I probably will.

What are we doing here today though? Have I finally found that motivation to write again like I used to? Is everything going to be good again for this blog? Well… I don’t know maybe. What I do know though is that I’ve stumbled across some unexpected motivation to write at least one post, this one, and maybe another one at a much later date.

Don’t get your hopes up.

Recently a friend of mine from Twitter has started his own anime blog. That’s cool and all because it seems like people don’t start new blogs anymore these days. Anyways, he asked for some help with his first couple posts, how to use the WordPress platform and to help promote his work. So far it’s been a success and he’s come to enjoy blogging very much. However there was something he mentioned in a reply to a comment of mine that got me thinking about my blog and how I could get back into the rhythm of writing again.

Get back into it, I need to see new blogs from you. You can’t get me into blogging and not do it yourself 🤔

It really struck a cord with me as he’s totally right. I can’t get him into blogging and not be doing any blogging myself, it just doesn’t make any sense. So in an effort to fix that, this post was came into creation and now you’re reading it… or at least I hope you’ve made it this far. But really though, I do need to get back into blogging.

Sorry, I mentioned that again.

I think after a long hard look at myself and thinking about why I can’t write like I used to, I’ve finally arrive at a conclusion, although I’m pretty sure I knew this all along. When I first started blogging, both here and on Anime Corps, I had a lot going on in my life and I used blogging as a way to distract myself from all the troubles and such and just go away into my own personal world where I could write about what I wanted to and not have to think about what’s happening irl. Now fast forward to the present day, I don’t have any of these troubles happening anymore, my life is going much smoother than it was back then and I don’t have so much worry and anxiety about stuff and because of that, I don’t feel the need to use blogging as a means of escapism like I used to. Maybe it doesn’t have the same meaning to you that it does for me, but it honestly makes the most sense and the more and I think about it, the more it has to be the right answer.

So where am I going with this? I don’t miss those times, hell why would I want to go back just to get into blogging again? I’ve moved on from that shit, I need to find a new reason to blog, something way more positive and up-building. Yes blogging can still be used as something to escape reality, even if it’s just you writing a couple paragraphs that might not even be read by anyone, but it’s still a means of getting your mind off the troubles going on in life. But for the here and now, I need a new reason to blog. But what will that be?

I could blog about work? I mean there is always something going on there, although I’m not sure if you’re really going to want to hear about my adventures cleaning pools or rebuilding someone’s hot tub motor. It’s honestly not that exciting.

What about things that happen every day? Well considered my only two days off are the weekend and my Saturday is usually spent running errands, I can’t see that being a good topic to blog about either. Sunday is my day to relax, so there really isn’t much to talk about for that.

What about trips I go on? Wait, I go on trips? My last outing worth mentioning was… I think to the IMAX to see… The Last Jedi,  which I didn’t like, but that’s a story for another day. But as for a grand outing, going somewhere interesting and new, that’s not really something I do all the often, if at all, so it’s hard to write about that. But wait, didn’t I used to have a series where I talked about my trips into the city? Yes I did, but considering I now can cover that via Instagram Stories (smash that follow button ayyyy), there isn’t all that much a need for writing a post about it.

So that brings us to the final topic, random ideas and such. That’s broad but it best summarizes up what I could talk about. Ideas I have about stuff, random topics that may or may not be anime related (the running joke about how this isn’t an anime blog), or just other things that I feel like sharing my opinion on. That’s what my blog was always supposed to be I feel, but like I mentioned above, once my situation changed and I no longer needed a place to escape to, I lost that motivation to actively blog about stuff. There still are plenty of topics I could talk about, hell there are probably more now than when I first started, but I just never make the time to sit down and formulate a post about said topic. I could blame it on my lack of free time or many other things, but really the main cause is probably just my procrastination. It’s always there and you know, I’ll deal with it one of these days. But if I actually could get a hold on it and turn that spare time into productive blogging time, I honestly think that’s how this blog would come back to life.

So after 1000 words, what exactly was this blog post about? Sadly it ended up being a very long and convoluted way of me talking about how I miss blogging, how I want to get back into it, and how I never have anything to talk about anymore. No that honestly wasn’t on purpose, I just started typing and this is what happened. But hey, at least I addressed the problem at hand and more or less talked about a way on how to fix it. I think that’s a huge step in the right direction considering nearly every post before this was me trying to figure out why I can’t write anymore. Oh and as for my actual stories and that writing, yeah we’re not gonna talk about that today.

Lastly I would like to say a quick thanks to Jerem for inspiring me to write this post. I hope it’s the first of many more in the future as blogging is always something I want to continue doing, even if it’s a few posts every once and a while. Be sure to check out his brand new blog (it’s only a month old!!!) and sub to him for future posts.

That’s pretty much it for me, I think I’ve said all I wanted to so I’ll end it here. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you in the next post, which hopefully won’t be months out.

Take care!

-Nick

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2 comments

  1. You could always just try thinking out loud like you did on this post. You’re always posting screencaps of anime you watch so maybe you could also do episodic reviews Cus surely you have thoughts on the anime episodes you watched. You could do thoughts on Fortnite and other stuff too. You said you used blogging as an escape mechanism back then from what’s happening in the real world, but maybe you could try a different style of blogging since you’re not in those dark times anymore also
    I always liked your live tweets about what’s going on in your irl life it felt like a blog in tweets, so yeah I’ll be looking forward to more posts from now on >:)

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    • Anime related stuff like reviews will be done over on Anime Corps, so while that’s a great idea and all, I’m currently taking a break from review writing as things are a bit busy and it’s hard to find time to write reviews for shows. Although I have been tossing around the idea of reviewing Harukana Receive in July, but at this point that’s still to be decided.

      I’ll figure out what my style of blogging is hopefully soon, this post was a step in the right direction I feel so I’m going to try working with this momentum and seeing where it leads me.

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