Originally, I wasn’t planning on having a blog be the main part of my new website. Once I decided to give it a try, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to figure out enough interesting topics to write about, even for a blog that was just going to be personal instead of professional or helpful. Of course, I’m not trying to make some ground-breaking, perfect site — it’s mainly for myself and for friends and family. An easy way to keep track of what I’ve been up to. There are themes I follow, but it’s not like I have to do anything special or try too hard. I update when I feel like it or have the time. It is fun, however, trying to come up with interesting ways to at least add a little bit of interest and variety to my blog.
Shaking off the cobwebs
Sometimes I do find myself wondering why I should keep up the blog that often. I have so much on my mind that I feel like there is just no way for me to post even the most boring update. That’s usually when my husband and I go out for a working date. We love hanging out together, and we’ve always been able to bounce ideas off of each other. Sometimes ideas just flow more freely when we change our surroundings. We may not even have a big brainstorm together, but it’s still nice to get out and shake out the cobwebs or get our mind off whatever is holding us back from working smoothly. My husband has several creative endeavors of his own: two of his main focuses are his writing, and also his blog. He sometimes has the same issues keeping his content fresh or wants to talk about a plot in his writing, so these dates work great for us both. Many of my actual blog entries — like this one — were written while we were in a restaurant. It’s just nice to be creative or do some work in a different space for a little change of scenery.
It’s all about the atmosphere
Some of our favorite spots are very simple and affordable dates. We’ve gone to a few places enough times to get a feel for their slower times, so we aren’t having a hard time thinking, much less hearing each other. We’ve gone to a bar and grill and been the only people in the restaurant for almost an hour or longer. We usually have some chips and salsa and a few beers while we work. One of our absolute favorite work spaces is La Madeleine. It’s just a wonderful atmosphere that appeals to us both. It especially gets my mind whirring excitedly about my love of costumes. We can easily sit at a table with coffee and work or chat for a long time. I especially look forward to cooler weather, when they light the fireplace. Some of my favorite dates with Christopher have been there working, or just relaxing. I always walk out of these places with a big smile and a renewed attitude to keep updating my website and blog.
I look forward to finding new places to get inspired or feel energized enough to come up with ideas. It’s just another great way to squeeze in some time with my sweetie, and fool myself into thinking that working on my blog isn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
If you find yourself struggling to keep focus or just needing a change of scenery, try treating yourself to a coffee or snack at your favorite place and drag a notebook or laptop with you. You might even consider bringing along a friend you trust who could help fire you up about your project again, or at least lend you their ears.