Content. It’s arguably the most inconsistent metaphorical river there is.
This isn’t anything new, of course. Every content creator experiences the hit of incredible amounts of inspiration and then the lull that comes after it, and I’m no exception to that. I’ve been creating content online in some capacity for as long as I can remember, and this is something that always – always – happens.
I’m continuously amazed at the creators who seemingly don’t experience this, even if I know deep down that it is simply due to them having absolutely incredible planning skills and thinking about the future. But, despite knowing that, it also makes me feel disappointed in my own ability to think in advance about content. Or, like in recent times, to properly think about content full stop.
I’ve still been making content, sure, just in a different way. I’ve been going live on Twitch regularly, I’ve been creating TikToks, and I’m in the process of editing longer videos to eventually post on YouTube. I’ve been extremely busy growing other platforms, but in terms of my blog? Truth is, I’ve had no real… Inspiration? Motivation? Your guess is as good as mine.
It’s not like I’m stuck for topics to talk about – I currently have 10+ posts sat in my drafts, with even more ideas on paper. I’m annoyed at myself for not writing these sooner (some have been sitting there for… some amount of time, let’s say) but I’m not angry at myself. I’ve been pursuing other mediums and that’s more than okay. I’ve been widening my horizons somewhat, finding new, exciting communities to be a part of. I haven’t really been ‘away’ so to speak, but during this time away from blogging, I’ve really learnt a lot, and I continue to do so.
But now? I have the urge to wriggle my way back into my weeb-y ways. I’ve definitely consumed less anime and manga than I normally would recently, so I do hope to change that. But I also have things to say about other things too! And if my time on Twitch has taught me anything, it’s that it’s more than okay to experiment from time to time!
I don’t know how long it’ll take, but trust me: A Girl & Her Anime will see more content soon enough, and it’ll cover topics such as festivals, movies, K-Pop, video games… and of course the usual anime and manga goodness! Ideally, I’ll be able to somewhat unite all of the platforms I use, eventually, and use them together as one unit, rather than going long periods without anything being said on any of them!
I’ve spoken about content creation a few times on the blog, and how it’s harder than people realise, but with this post, I just wanted to speak out to fellow creators who may be worried about their own output.
It’s okay to take some time away. It’s okay to try new things. Creating content isn’t easy, and you’re doing a fantastic job of it no matter what your output is like. Go out there – literally or figuratively – and explore new things. It may just make you inspired to get back into the swing of things.