Some day I’ll get this writing thing figured out. As in writing consistently, not just, y’know, revamping my whole site, making the move to being a fancy .com and then abandoning my writing for nearly two months. What kind of terrible writer does that? One who hasn’t been making time for her writing, who lets herself make excuses and who isn’t actually a writer…
“You’re being way too hard on yourself,” you might be thinking as you read that.
And I suppose you could be right. I’m human, and I can only do so much in a day. I’ve accepted that I’m an introvert – always have been, always will be – and there is only so much energy I can expend before I need a recharge. And writing The Good Groupie isn’t my full-time job. It’s a hobby, a writing outlet that’s always been there just because I love music. And hobbies should be fun, right?
Lit said it best – it’s no surprise to me, I am my own worst enemy.
But all that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about The Good Groupie. I have – and how bored I am with it.
That feels as terrifying to write as it does liberating.
As a journalism/communicator first and a blogger second, I do my best to plan an editorial calendar and approach writing my blog like writing a magazine. I have my regular columns and features I write. I keep a schedule and a plan so I know what needs to get done and where I’m headed – all geared towards teaching you how to be a good groupie too.
But even the best magazines need a revamp once in a while.
So while I’ve been off dying my hair pink, letting my job define too much of who I am and escaping to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’ve decided to throw my editorial calendar out the window because tying myself to a schedule isn’t what I need right now.
What I need is the freedom to create and be creative and feel inspired and explore and try new things and fail and figure out what The Good Groupie should be telling you. I need to let go of all the expectations I’ve set for myself, forget my uncontrollable urge to make everything perfect, start ignoring all those blogs about blogging I read and just write what I love, what I know. I need to be the indie band making the music that feels right, not the band being controlled by a record label demanding more number one hits.
And I need to find my people. I’ve been realizing this summer how woefully short my life is on creative people that I can share my writing with – especially in person. I need more people around me that inspire me to keep going, keep doing – people who get it. (So hey, if you happen to be a music blogger who might want to collaborate on posts or a project and make something happen…send me an email and let’s chat. I’d love to get inspired and share our love of music.)
As a reader, I’d also love to hear your answer to this very simple question:
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever read on The Good Groupie?
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