Why I Haven’t Created Much Content

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You are a masterpiece in all of your tender creation. —Alison Malee

When I look back to the start of 2021 to today, I’ve only written/published, wait for it, a whopping 13 articles.

I wasn’t tremendously busy until April, but the first half of this year has put more on my plate than I care for on a normal basis.

It’s been a time to truly test myself on my priorities, to put my family and my health first.

In the beginning, it was difficult to not create nor write. However, the more I chose my top two priorities, the easier it was to let go. My brand/blog will always be here, but my family won’t be here forever. And if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t do work that fills my soul.

And that’s why I intentionally chose not to create new content for awhile.

Why I Haven’t Created Much Content | She Sweats Diamonds - black and white photo of single rose
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Aside from life getting in the way for the last month, I haven’t created much content as I’m trying to become inspired again. I know what you may be thinking. You’re uninspired? Again?

Yes, I’m uninspired. Again. And I take half of the responsibility. Here’s why:

It’s hard to stay inspired when content you’re consuming all looks the same.

For awhile now, I feel like every time I get on Instagram, I see the same kind of content over and over again. I understand TikTok challenges, but I swear if I hear Justin Bieber’s Peaches or Emily Watt’s La Vie En Rose one more time…

Don’t get me wrong. Their voices are great, but there are so many undiscovered artists and music out there!

To me, I feel like there’s all this talk to “be yourself” and yet people look and sound like clones of one another. It’s more so doing what is easy, at least that’s what it looks like to me. It’s also why I haven’t created video content. I want to challenge myself, but also not create the same content as everyone else, you know?

Ali Gordon and Leonie Hanne and her partner, Alex, are just a few content creators I love following because they push the envelope to be different.

I’m not sure where to draw the line on what I want to share.

I’m very well aware that when I share content and this blog that 1) it lives on the internet forever and 2) I’m subject to the opinions of others.

However, my indecision isn’t about the fact that I’ll be subjecting myself to criticism. I’m a very private person so this is more so about deciding what I want to keep private and what I want to share. I’m already thinking about this from a future standpoint when I have a much larger audience.

Having a clear vision is a bit more difficult for me. 

Although I have my mission statement in mind, I have a very fuzzy vision of what my niche/audience should be.

It’s harder than I’ve expected, but then again I’m a Libra and making decisions does not normally come quickly/easily to me.

I want to push myself harder. 

When it comes to creating content, I want to be a lot more creative, especially when it comes to shooting product. I always want each of my shots to be better than the last. And at the same time, I don’t want to do something that’s been done too many times before, you know?

On top of that, I’ve tried a bit of acting and want to do more of that through my work in whatever way that feels most comfortable for me.

I’m not proud of how I currently look/feel. 

A few months ago, I explained on Instagram why I don’t share pictures of myself often. Currently, I still feel the same, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love myself.

My being unhealthy is a huge contributing factor as to why I’m not happy with the way I look and feel. I just don’t feel 100% myself and know it will definitely show in my outfit photos.

If you’re a creative, how do you get inspired and stay inspired to create content?