I feel like ever since August I've been in a blogging funk that I couldn't ever really snap out of. I think it was an accumulation of a few things First, my cat got really sick in August and needed life saving surgery. That kicked in my anxiety and depression big time and it took me a good 2 months to mostly snap out of that.
Secondly, I feel I became overwhelmed with nail polish. I used to have swatch-a-thons swatching 20-30 polishes in one go. I couldn't do that anymore. I used to find this relaxing, but now I HATED it. Not only was it time consuming and tiresome it was giving me headaches and the jitters breathing in nail polishes fumes for 7 hours at a time. Also, I couldn't keep up with all the nail polish out there. I can't keep up with all the indie brands, nor can I afford to purchase a ton of indies. It's too hard to be involved in all the indie groups or FB fan pages out there to know what's going on and who has what. Not to mention, there is so much drama with some indie brands I would rather just remain ignorant.
Mainstream brands haven't been peaking my interest lately either as I feel the interest in nail polish in the general public has gone down. Mainstream brands are where I find majority of my nail polish. Mainstream brands are not producing original or fun colors like they did 1-2 years ago. I already have 1,000+ of polish, it's hard for me to find something that sparks my interest these days.
That all being said, I'm probably only buying 15%-25% of what I used to buy. I don't have a ton to blog about. It's not because I do not like nail polish anymore. You wouldn't catch me dead without nail polish on my nails! I love painting my nails still and always have fun picking out colors to wear.
It's just I'm running out of material and when I accumulate 10-15 nail polishes the idea of swatching all of them is daunting. I also do not have the patience for nail art at all, so that's out of the question (sorry!). I used to have 4-5 posts a week. When I set up a routine, and don't feel I can live up to it I beat myself up over it. I've felt like a failure for the past 10 months because the blogging process I used to have no longer is working for me. What happens? I either overdo it or under do it. Hence why some weeks I have 5 posts up and others I may only 2. I felt a need to try to keep up my momentum when I had the material while burning myself out in the process and not having the desire to really keep it up.
I really thought about throwing in the towel a few times, the past few weeks especially. The thing is, while swatching may not be my favorite activity, writing and reviewing is what I love. Every time I go to write up a post I'm energized and full of things to say and share with you all. I love that aspect of blogging. I do also know that you can't have a nail blog without swatch pictures. That's when I go to thinking about how can I re-work my routine to make it work for my lifestyle and interests now.
The first thing I had to come to terms with was that I would not fail as a person and a blogger if I decided to reduce my number of posts per week and set a posting schedule. So, instead of shooting for 5 posts a week I'm going to shoot for 3. This way I only have to swatch 2-3 polishes a week instead of worrying about doing some enormous number and feel pressure to have posts up all the time.
*2 posts per week will be newer polish reviews
*1 post a week will be either a "Way-Cool Mani Wednesday" or "Throwback Thursday" post
The other issue is my new buying habits. I'm not purchasing the same number of nail polish I was in the past. I'm not going to have constant new material. What I do have is 1,000+ bottles of nail polishes I love who rarely see the light of day anymore. This is where Third Week Throwbacks comes in to play.
*The 3rd week of every month I'll be doing a week of throwback nail polishes. I'll be swatching and reviewing polishes that are 2+ years older. It will be like Throwback Thursday, just extended :).
Finally, some flexibility. I love reviewing products in general. I'm always trying out new beauty, bath, hair, and so forth products from the drugstore or other stores. Same goes for food items, candles, and other odds and ends. I always have an opinion about them of course. Also sometimes I have some thoughts/opinions on blogging and nail polish topics. I want to share these opinion and thoughts with someone. Why not you guys?
*Saturday and/or Sundays I'll be either posting either reviews of some non-nail polish products or be discussing some blogging/nail polish topic.
For the fist time in a long time I feel organized, confident, and good about what I'm doing blog wise. I will admit perfectionism was seeping into Imperfectly Painted, and it really caused me to lose my blog mojo. I allow myself to get overwhelmed so easily that's hard for me to sit down, break things down, and come up with a solution.
I found a solution, it took a LONG time, but I did! I want to thank you all for sticking with me. I know I'm not your traditional nail blog. This blog has always been a personal experiment, journey, and escape for me from the stresses of real life. I want to keep my blog this way, and I needed to stop getting in my own way.
Thank you for listening!