A peek inside the mind of a blogger…

I have a confession, I’m in a bit of a blogging rut. I have, what I believe is, writers’ bloggers’ block, when it comes to writing a post these days.

The personality that once shone through in posts, feels like it’s sort of vanished – for me, personally.

The majority of my posts lately have been reviews, and I love that because I’ve had the opportunity to discover and try lots of exciting new places and things. However, I can assure you that that is not all my blog is about.

I used to love pouring my heart out in blog posts and sharing everything that was going on in my mind, but lately when I’ve tried to do more personal posts (except this one here) I’ve just stared at the blank page in front of me and become rather frustrated.

It could partially be due to a lack of inspiration as I’ve become a bit of a hermit in the past few months, and the thought of going out – though I do push/force myself to head out – has been quite difficult lately. As I mentioned in the other personal post I did recently, it’s been a tough few months and for some reason I’ve become the polar opposite of who I used to be, in that I used to find any excuse to go out (such hearing an upbeat song on the radio, and calling my friends up seconds later pleading with them to go out that night – true story), but I now find any excuse not to go out.

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Everyday, I am pushing myself to get out there even if it’s just something as small as meeting up with someone for lunch or going for a walk in the evening. But right now, I’m in a place where I’d rather stay in and watch 585985 vlogs/Gogglebox than have a wild night out. I refuse to believe this is due to the fact that I’m turning 25 in 20 days. OMG. Help.

I feel like I’ve basically been stuck in a bit of a rut, and to be honest the only things that excite me at the moment are my blog and just doing fun, quirky things. For example, my boyfriend and I recently decided to turn into 12 year olds and raid the pick ‘n’ mix (as someone in their 20’s I don’t know why it feels so fun doing this), and then head to the arcade in Dubai Mall (it seems my boyfriend has some of the best spur-of-the-moment ideas). Playing silly car racing games and air hockey is a surprisingly nice change from going out and drinking overpriced drinks at bars – not to say I don’t mind doing that on the odd occasion!

I think I lost the focal point of this post, sorry… So, yes I’m sure there are people out there looking at my blog regularly (hello to all two of you!) thinking ‘oh god, not another review’, and I am sorry! I’m a little lost about where to go with my blog, because half of what people said they enjoyed was my personal posts and how open I was. This post and the ‘Changing my life’ posts are a start , I guess. However, I’m slowly trying to carve out its direction.

You see, I’m a journalist by profession, and I’ve predominantly written on lifestyle and luxury lifestyle publications in my career so far.

I love writing about fashion, beauty, travel and doing restaurant and hotel reviews, because that’s what I’m passionate about. I would love to write about fashion more, but I feel I’m a little limited at the moment as I see so many gorgeous outfit posts by bloggers and just sigh when I look at them now. I’ve unfortunately put on a lot of weight, meaning clothes that aren’t loose and hide all the lumps and bumps are a no-go currently. And because of how I’ve been feeling lately, I haven’t helped myself at all by eating junk and rarely exercising – it’s a vicious cycle :(. Therefore, I’m basically unable to do outfit posts and write about my love of every gorgeous garment, because I’ve basically given myself a shopping ban until I get myself into a healthy routine again. Let’s hope that happens soon…

However, I’ve been loving writing about beauty (if you haven’t seen my fave beauty products, you can find them here) – even though I have a spot so big on my cheek bone that it distracts me when I look straight ahead… obviously I’m better at writing about it than changing my own personal regime – and discovering new products.

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I’m also enjoying visiting new restaurants and trying new food. As a notoriously fussy eater, these restaurant reviews have well and truly pushed shoved me out of my comfort zone, and I’m loving most of the things I’ve tried. Previously, writing restaurant reviews for magazines I’ve worked on hasn’t been my overly enjoyable, whereas on my blog I can be completely honest and add a touch of my personality to the post, so that’s fun!

I hope you have been enjoying my content lately, I know I’ve enjoyed writing it and I’m seriously excited to keep going consistently on Surena Says. My life’s starting to revolve around it, and because it’s something I enjoy so much I’m excited that I have the opportunity to dedicate so much time to it at the moment! On the days that I don’t write a post, I will always try and do something blog-related. Lately, I’ve tried improving my blog photography and have been making the most of my Olympus PEN E-PL7, which has been quite entertaining. Check out a few fancy snaps below, and you can find more on my Instagram here ;).

Neutrogena event at Frioul Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah

Afternoon tea at Fortnum & Masons Dubai

However, if you are getting bored of my posts, I’d really really appreciate some suggestions of what you’d like to see in the future on my blog. Sometimes, an outsiders perspective can help massively so I’d be grateful for any tips, ideas etc. Fellow bloggers, have you ever had a phase like this? If so, what helped/didn’t help? I’d love to hear from you :).

Thanks for reading this rambly mess of a post. It felt good to just get all my thoughts – and thoughts about my blog – out there for you to see what’s going through my mind. I think I’ve lost my touch a bit with blogging, given the past three years have been spent behind a desk worrying about constant magazine deadlines, and I’m struggling to get that personality back into my writing, but I’m getting there…slowly!

Thanks for reading!

Surena x

All of the images featured in this post have been taken on the Olympus PEN E-PL7, you can also find them on my Instagram @SurenaSnaps :).

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8 Comments

  1. Dave Reeder
    11th May 2016 / 5:50 PM

    How long did we work together? I was never conscious of this OMG-it’s-ruining-my-life spot on your face… Focus on the fun and intelligent person you are, not on some perceived fault that’s just a cover story. Lecture over…

    • surenasays
      12th May 2016 / 9:33 AM

      Haha, it only appeared recently Dave! Thank you, though for your kind comment I really appreciate it. Keep the lectures coming!

  2. Nish
    12th May 2016 / 7:26 AM

    Biaised, but love your blog Surena!
    It’s a writers block…it’ll pass. For new ideas, try reading some interesting books, it could spur you to write another great topic, maybe even post book reviews regularly of good books you’ve read?
    You could also give an insight of your new freelance jobs.
    Just random thoughts and suggestions, am sure you will have better ones!
    Love
    (proud) dad xx

    • surenasays
      12th May 2016 / 9:34 AM

      Thank you, dad! I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts – even if you may be biased haha.
      That’s a good idea, I’ve got a pile of books next to me that I’ve been meaning to get through since last summer. Also, I may do a post on this new freelancing project I’m working on, but maybe once I’ve started it officially :). Good ideas, thank you!
      xx

  3. 12th May 2016 / 8:12 AM

    Love this post, I’ve felt like this for the past year when it came to blogging. It’s so refreshingly honest.

    I haven’t blogged in a year (a lot of similar reasons you wrote about). Keep at it and don’t lose your passion! :)

    • surenasays
      12th May 2016 / 9:41 AM

      Thank you so much, lovely. Your comment really meant a lot to me and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it/could relate. I’m going to try my best to keep going (consistently), and I do hope you blog again soon. You’ll be surprised how addicted you get again after doing just one post :) x

  4. Liz Edmundson
    12th May 2016 / 10:12 AM

    Hi Surena

    I have read your blogs which are amazing, but I fear your insecurities are out weighing the talent you have for writing. I don’t know you personally but your thoughts and ideas are truly inspirational. You are a beautiful young woman, and trust me 25 years old is nothing. I am a 46 year old woman just awaiting test results for breast cancer, but spot or no spot on your cheek, you have your whole life ahead of you, and trust me, shutting yourself away will only raise your anxiety, it has You live in Dubai, not miserable, rainy Berkshire. Keep going, every day your reviews make me want to visit Dubai, so in the same stage of angst I may well book my flights!

    Keep it up, don’t let anything lose your incredible ability for writing and thoughtfulness. Liz.

    • surenasays
      12th May 2016 / 11:09 AM

      Hi Liz,

      I can’t thank you enough for your comment, genuinely, but thank you so much taking the time out to write one too. It’s been a huge wake up call if I’m honest. I agree, and think my fear of not creating the ‘perfect’ post in my eyes could be holding me back. It’s lovely to hear you think my thoughts are inspirational, and has really spurred me on to keep writing! I do hope your test results are for the best, and wish you luck with everything. I also think you’re right about me shutting myself away and I probably should push myself to get out a little more or it’ll just become an even bigger rut! I’m glad my reviews have made you want to come here, and hope you do end up booking a flight to give yourself a break :).
      Thank you, I’m definitely going to keep going and really appreciate your compliments about my writing – it means a lot.
      Best wishes,

      Surena x

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