There is no way to skirt around this one. I lost my blogging mojo.

I’ve been blogging since 2009, that’s a fair old time, and when things get busy in work and personal life, I just seemed to loose that ‘oh, I must blog about that’ feeling I always had, and then there seemed just too much to catch up. I’m not going to bleat on about it, though, and I do have a rather funny point to this naval-gazing.

It was my birthday last week, and my other half bought me a copy of the above book that you can see on my desk – Blogging for Creatives (by Robin Houghton, published 2012). My blog and my lack of posting is not something we have particularly discussed, but he must have noticed my last of blog-focus, and so thoughtfully bought me this book. It looks great and I can highly recommend it! I have only dipped in so far, but it goes through in a really logical order all kinds of things to consider when you start blogging, and certainly isn’t teaching your grandmother to suck eggs if you already do blog.

So what’s funny about that? Well, Gary bought me this book for my birthday, as I said. A really timely and thoughtful present.

Then as I thumbed through I discovered that I am *IN THE BOOK! No really! Page 76 if you please. I am referenced as someone who runs a nice creative blog. How funny is that?!

So this book is not only a thoughtful and timely present, but also rather ironic one, too.

Thank you Gary, and thank you Robin, for unwittingly providing me with the nicest possible arse-kick to stop naval-gazing and get back on track – onwards and upwards with the blogging!

Now I really should with you a Happy New Year. Maybe we’ll got with Happy Chinese New Year at this time?

*I should point out that the image and reference to my blog were used with permission, gained at the time through Robin’s publishers, way back in 2011, but I had totally forgotten about it, probably because I never blogged about. Now what does that tell you?

Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...


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    Emma Taylor

    23rd February 2015

    Hi Rachel!

    I too stumbled upon your blog about blogging whilst dithering around thinking about starting my own personal blog instead of actually doing it. It’s always comforting to know that i’m not alone in my procraftination!

    I agree with Ken also, the layout of your blog is fantastic…and your jewellery designs are beautiful!

    Emma xo

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      25th February 2015

      Hi Emma,

      Welcome to my blog, and thank you!
      I do hope you get inspired to start yours, your bead shop looks very exciting, and I would love to know more about it. Do pop by and let me know if you do.
      Rachel x

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    15th February 2015

    Hi Rachel

    How is this for a coincidence?

    I am thinking of starting my own blog sometime and so am reading Robin’s book. Yesterday, I reached page 76. My subject would be travel and drama but, as he says to check out other websites to get an idea of different approaches, I clicked on to your latest blog. Imagine my surprise when there on the screen was a photo of the book which I held in my hands. I had a chuckle when I read your comments.

    By the way, I like your clear, uncluttered layout. Get that mojo back and working!

    Kind regards

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      16th February 2015

      Hi Ken, that’s funny! Cheers for the feedback on my blog. It’s actually evolved and changed layout’s quite a lot over the last 3 years, so the picture in the book is very different to my current style.
      Good luck with your blogging, and thanks for leaving a comment :)

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    12th February 2015

    What a great way to get your blogging juices flowing again!

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      Rachel Lucie Johns

      16th February 2015

      Hi Tracy, hope so! :)