Day 2 #HAWMC
I just left a comment on Audrey’s blog to the effect that the HAWMC challenge is a great opportunity for us to stop and reflect on our blogging and advocacy motivations and activities, so today’s writing prompt is certainly apposite.
If I stop and think about it, my blogging on JBBC has run out of steam after seven years. I feel as if I have nothing new or fresh to add to the blogosphere. So I guess when I do write, it’s not on a regular basis anymore, but rather it’s prompted by a sudden flash of inspiration to write something new. These days I much prefer to read other blogs and curate the writings of other bloggers via the Weekly Round-Up.
How about you? What is the writing process for you like these days? I’m curious to find out.
After 4 years of blogging while founding and implementing a non-profit, I have been overwhelmed with platforms, choices and picking the most informative material I can. I slowed down my blogging, especially when I got overwhelmed with my treatments continuous side effects, and trying to do everything related to helping unite patient advocates through our non-profit. There’s emails notices, donation programs, upkeep of the web site, collaborating with advocacy partners, important meetings to attend, and trying to open peoples minds to seeing both sides of an issue so we work together. Many times, I start to write about a topic, and someone else nails it, before I finish. I love your round ups! Many of us are so grateful to you for bringing our community together and sharing the many blogs, while always inviting new ones to let us know about their work! When I do blog, it takes a while because I spend a lot of time editing and choosing the visuals with my words. I know I tend to be more visual than verbal. I have to admit that some of my drafts never got published and for some it was a time constraints. On Social Media, I have had so many great open discussions with different points of views being respected. Yet there is always a hater, and it hurts when it’s used in a accusatory attacking manner. I’ve also learned I can’t do this all myself, especially while coping with the financial toxicity that my cancer continues to cost, even while it’s mostly horrible side effects from cancer treatment. Because I’ve never taken any salary for my non-profit advocacy work (because I am so passionate) I had to supplement my income, and that’s increasing my work load. I am balancing taking care of myself by allowing freedom to choose my priorities at the time, hoping I can succeed without constantly feeling like my list is unattainable! Love this Marie! 💜😀💕
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Susan, thank you so much for taking the time to comment and to share your experience. I wonder if you should look at more visual platforms, like Instagram, etc. to share your stories rather than writing?
At the moment I cant seem to write ..this makes me sad as I really enjoyed it before but at the moment I need a break …but it will come back as I have posts all ready in my head!!! However I am enjoying reading others at the moment …
Hi Helen,, I check your blog each week just in case 😉 Why don’t you blog along with me on this challenge? Don’t feel pressured to do a blog every day.. I am sure I won’t make all 30 days myself, but perhaps if you see a blog prompt that inspires you, take the plunge again and write about it
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I hear you. When I was in treatment, I felt like I could write all the time. But these days, two years out, I’m starting to move on with life and find that I don’t have as many things to write about. I try to write once a week or at least every other week. But sometimes I feel like I’m pushing it. We’ll see. We’ll see what the future holds.
It’s a good sign in many ways Carrie!