My blog is going back to being weekly and here is why

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I enjoy blogging a lot.

It gives me a creative outlet that allows me to share and connect with you in a different way than my visual arts do.

Writing used to be a chore, and I avoided it at all cost. After all, I’m a visual artist and why do I need to write anyway, right?

I changed my mind about it and started being more intentional about writing after I listened to this podcast episode of Sean McCabe. Writing bridges the gap between your work and your audience.

So I started writing every day. It was the first thing I did every morning after I left my day job last summer. And as I wrote more, I was able to find my voice and have become more comfortable with writing. It’s just something I do nowadays.

When my friends ask me if I’m making art all the time, sadly my answer is “no.”

I’m writing all the time. Or at least I feel like I’m writing all the time.

Back in January, I set a goal to publish at least 3 blog posts per week. With the new focus on creating more products this year, I felt like publishing an article once a week just wasn’t enough to share my creative process and inspirations, on top of the more self-helpy contents I’d been writing.

I’m a big believer of having multiple blog posts in a queue (in fact that’s my number 1 advice to people who want to start blogging consistently. You can read my other advices here.)

But lately, I’ve been struggling to keep up.

I mentioned in my last post that I had some health challenge, and I also had a cold that put me out of commission for several days. Getting older sucks sometimes…

Coupled with the unexpected health issues, I’ve also been teaching more, and planning, designing, creating, and launching my new product line took up a lot of time and energy during the last few months!!

I write every day, but I’m also writing for different purposes with an increased output for multiple platforms.

For instance, with my new teaching opportunities, I’m writing specific marketing contents for my e-newsletter, web, and social media, including blog posts. And for my product launch, my marketing effort on all the different platforms had to multiply, too!! And it doesn’t just end when it launches, either. (surprise!) It just keeps going… 😀

It’s to say, I’ve been a little behind on my blog writing and ran out of my reserve.

And you know me – I do better with structure and organization, and not having back-ups is very stressful. It takes up a lot of mental space because I’m constantly thinking I need to write my next post, and by the time I write one, it’s published right away, and I’m back to having zero post in my queue.

It’s also given me a pause to ask myself, “How is my blog helping me to reach my bigger goals?”

I know my blog has helped me to build a supportive community of artists and makers, which I appreciate SO much. I just need to take some time to figure out how else my blog is helping me to achieve my bigger goals and also build up enough reserves in the queue.

I also need to find a balance where I can spend enough time and energy to create useful and effective contents for each platform I write on and consistently create a strong body of artwork at the same time.

With that being said, I still want to keep providing you with creative inspirations through my blog!

For now, I’m going back to posting an article once a week.

I might do extra posts here and there depending on what’s going on and if I have a time-sensitive news I want you to know about. I’ll keep you posted on what the future of my blog will be!

Thank you for your understanding and support! I’ll see you soon 🙂

xo Yuko

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6 thoughts on “My blog is going back to being weekly and here is why

  1. Great idea! I was actually thinking that I’ve really watched your writing improve, and it might be a good time to bring back some focus to art! It’s funny to get this email right after reading your last schedule email and thinking that it sounded pretty writing focused for a visual artist. I love seeing you art too, so keep up the good work. 🙂

    Sarah 🙂

    On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 8:06 AM, Honeyberry Diary wrote:

    > Yuko posted: ” I enjoy blogging a lot. It gives me a creative outlet that > allows me to share and connect with you in a different way than my visual > arts do. Writing used to be a chore, and I avoided it at all cost. After > all, I’m a visual artist and why do I n” >

    1. aw, thank you Sarah! I appreciate your support and encouragement! I’m a bit nervous about letting go of my writing (not completely but it won’t be as vigorous) but think it’s needed. thank you for your feedback 🙂 Yuko

  2. Yuko, I’ve been amazed at just how much blogging you’ve done! I can tell you it takes me HOURS to craft just one blog post! A lot of time goes into writing, and when you are doing it for other areas too, yeah, definitely cuts into the art-making time. I can totally relate! Kudos to you for not giving up on blogging entirely, but also reevaluating how you’re using your time as moving toward your goals!

    1. Thanks Beth!! I know you understand the struggles 🙂 I wish I had more time in the day and could clone myself to do everything I want/need to do well. But no such luck and something’s gotta give… I appreciate your support always 🙂 xo

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