Hey guys! Welcome back to Maggie’s Doodles! After reading this post of D’s, I had some new ideas on how to approach seasonal blog posts! So I’m gonna share that with you today!
The last two years on Maggie’s Doodles, I loved doing Inktober, and then adding Doodletober to the mix! However, both times I dipped out in November and somewhat disappeared in December. If I was around, my posts and blog presence was… burnt out.
I was there, but I didn’t feel like I was haha
While I do really enjoy those creative October series, I wouldn’t say it’s worth it to me to not enjoy blogging the next two months. Especially since fall comes so late here in Georgia, so October is basically late summer here haha! I didn’t have much blogging energy to actually enjoy posting during my favorite time of the year.
I didn’t realize I’d burnt myself out. I kind of thought both years that I had too much happening emotionally to enjoy creating in November and December, which may be true, but I don’t know how differently I would have felt if I had made my October series smaller or more manageable.
Another thing that kind of led to my burnout each time was that I spent the months of September putting *hours* ✨ into the October series, then sat back and tapped out for October haha. I was (accidentally) like: my work is done for the year, enjoy this series! 🤣
I just remembered something else: by committing to posting every day in October, at some point in the creation of that series, I didn’t want to make 31 individual posts. Or I got tired of a new post every day. But I didn’t wanna drop a series or project once I’d started it, so I stuck it out, and it just took the fun away. Endurance and perseverance are necessary qualities to have in different situations, but not for me with creativity.
The thing is, I do love pouring every last ounce of my energy into a project I’m passionate about! The problem comes when my motivation runs ahead of my creative inspiration, because they’re not connected, and I thought for a while that they were.
So I’m going to try creating seasonal content differently this year! I know it’s going to go a lot better, and I’ll enjoy posting at a more comfortable pace. 😍
Right now, my main ideas for seasonal posts are: fall doodles in October, fall photography and thankful doodles in November, and some Christmas-y posts (maybe doodles or photoshoots) in December. I’m going to take those with me as we enter each month and see what I’d like to do once I’m there! I could do more or less than what I originally thought, based on the other content and ideas I have each week.