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You know I'm a little lost ~ src: 1. 2. words: lykke li I'm feeling stuck and overwh...


You know I'm a little lost
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I'm feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Every time I go to post something I see it on another blog/tumblr/image sharing site. Is posting something beautiful and words that inspire me really enough anymore?! Its what I love blogging but I'm getting bored and restless.....

These posts really got me thinking about this whole blogging thing!! Why did you start your blog? and On Blog Fame

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  1. I'm feeling very overwhelmed at the moment too. I feel like I'm trying to do too many things at once, I have too much on my plate and I keep taking on more!

    Hope this feeling passes. *virtual hug*

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  2. I know what you mean. I guess with the number of blogs growing so much lately, I feel it's become more challenging to be original.

    I always find your posts refreshing though. The images and words you post never fail to inspire. Just keep posting what feels true to you. Hopefully you'll feel "unstuck" soon.

    xx

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  3. If that one thing is beautiful, I see no problem having it multiple places. My blog is simply for myself, I see something that I like somewhere else and I bring it to my blog so I don't have to go searching all over for these pieces of inspiration. But I haven't posted anything in a while because I have been a little restless.. but I am also at a loss of what to do to fix it. I hope you figure it out.

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  4. I think you do what you do with such love, and in such a different manner.

    Perhaps you need a break? A month off?

    xx

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  5. I'm a bit lost, and overwhelmed and confused lately too. Maybe this is universal. Hearts and Hugs go out to you, and your blog brightens my morning every day.

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  6. I have been feeling the same way. My mind has become convoluted with images and ideas, making my own ideas disappear.

    I think your original, that's why I follow your blog. Good luck.

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  7. Chin up! You have such a lovely blog :)

    My advice: Take some lovely pictures with your camera and post those images. That way your blog has more of your original content and it keeps it looking fresh.

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  8. @Anonymous ~ funny you should say that. Ive started taking some pictures..so maybe i will feature them.

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  9. Maybe there's something going around? I was just thinking this exact same thing this morning!! I find it helpful to just take a step back...but don't stop posting because I LOVE your blog!

    xoxo

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  10. @Melissa Blake ~ perhaps im not the only one noticing this explosion of blogs and how hard it is to be original anymore?! and dont worry I wont stop. I love blogging too much!

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  11. Of course a lot of freely distributed images are going to show up in multiple places; the uniqueness in your (or anyone's) blog lies in what the individual culls and presents together, and the composition that emerges. Your aesthetic is lovely and inspiring!

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  12. Well, I hope you don't stay stuck. Yours is one of the only blogs on my small list that I go to for pretty images every day. People are depending on you! =)

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  13. @ashley ~ aw thank you. That brightened my day!!!!

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  14. my latest blog post was very similar! maybe its going around?

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  15. I think the others are right that there is a virus amongst the blogging community where a few are thinking "What is this all for" or "Is this even real?".

    I read both posts you referenced - the one from make and meaning really hit home for me.
    I think a few people are really thinking about what is 'authentic' and what is 'constructed' at the moment.

    There is lots to say about this, and I think you are really brave to be honest and put it out there.

    Long story short though - whether you like it or not your blog has become ICONIC. What you do resonates with people and inspires. I cannot tell you how many posts in my reader each week have references to you. So...what you're doing is very important to others, even if it has lost meaning for you, it still serves a purpose for people.

    Your blog for whatever reason hasn't faded into the sea of image-heavy-weheartit.com pages out there. You may not see it, but it is unique. Truly.

    Now that's something to blog about!
    You are doing a wonderful job my dear xx

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  16. Same here. I don't look at many other image sharing sites like this so I wouldn't even be seeing these images if you stopped sharing them.

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  17. It's definitely in the air. You have kind of stopped me in my tracks as I have 14 tabs open dragging and dropping pictures into various folders for future use. It started as a personal reference point as someone previously mentioned. But I am watching my followers like a hawk and I don't like that feeling, that need for validation when that is not the point. I don't think.

    I have toyed with the idea of a completely original blog but honestly it scares me. It involves much more work - but perhaps its a more worthwhile contribution to this strange online world?

    I definitely think you should post your own pictures, but you also have a great editing eye for carefully selecting something truly inspiring - so perhaps a balance is what you need?

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  18. Keep at it! This feeling will pass and you will find inspiration to continue again. Be grateful that others love your work and want to reproduce your words and images elsewhere - it is the highest of all compliments.

    I started my blog to promote my creations, but it has now become a passionate journey and I now want to develop it further to promote others creations. It does take up a lot of time and effort but I love it, and the rewards are far greater than an office job and this is why I am typing this rather than preparing for a huge presentation that I have to do for an interview on Friday!

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  19. That is a very good question. Often I will see people copy posts repeatedly, it is quite frustrating. But when it comes down to it, if you post something you love and that inspires you, this will shine through to your readers :)

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  20. I've been feeling a little suffocated by this blogging thing lately too...just want to take a step back and sit out for a bit, but I know I'll be sad if I do...I used to infuse my blog with cheekiness and commentaries and my own tutorials...I think to gain some originality, I'm gonna head in that direction. I hate seeing multiple posts of things, it makes me feel like my effort was for nothing. Good luck, Liss....

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  21. Maybe you should start looking in different places for inspiration.
    You have something that most bloggers don't. You're Australian and there is a wealth of inspiration in all things Aussie.
    Secondly, your Indian pictures were fabulous. I'd love to see more of them.

    That said, your blog is one of the best design/inspiration blogs out there and the fact that you are noticing this trend and don't want to fall into the trap is enough to do something about it. Most people don't even realise or more importantly..care.

    You will find your way, daydreamer :)

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  22. I've been feeling some of the same things about blogging lately. I try to take blog breaks for a weekend or week whenever I start to feel annoyed/bored/frustrated. Blogging should be FUN. Whenever I see imitation or repetition, I try to a) feel flattered (if it's an imitation situation) or b) challenge myself to continually pursue what interests me and to keep bringing my own unique interests/aesthetics/tastes to the blog. If it happens that someone else posts on what I was going to post about before me or at the same time, so be it! Anyway, I think your blog is glorious and gorgeous....AND I adore Lykke Li!

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  23. @Amanda {Mocking Bird} ~ excellent points, was thinking that myself...that I should start thinking outside the square to new sources of inspiration and content. And I definitely want to get more in touch with the Aussie creative talent.


    @BaronessVonVintage ~ you get it exactly...that its getting repetitive and frustrating!! but the key I think is maybe we should not worry about what others are doing and put our own spin and voice into our blogs. And perhaps a clean out of my google reader is in order... so I don't get so overwhelmed!!

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  24. I think what makes a blog unique is your voice and the way you present the material/images (even if it is on other blogs as well)! I think you have a very beautiful and inspiring blog! Don't let this bring you down girl!

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  25. i completely agree. but i think you should definitely post your own photos, if you can :) that would make it less restless.

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  26. oh lovely. I know exactly what you mean. keeping up with your blog reading is also getting to be a similar feeling. should I be reading all my blogs before I post. does anyone have time to read anymore? do people read only to find something to post? are there any non blogging readers?

    yeah scary. but it will pass. just keep doing what you think is right. that is all that matters. you are always fresh and new in my mind. xx

    p.s. thank you for those links. I am off to read them now! look interesting~

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  27. If you like it post it... That's what I do, and I wouldn't know if it's elsewhere. I'd like to see some more features on local designers around Melbourne... So I can get some good ideas of where to go buy some unique, original, handmade accessories! You always seem to be 'up' with the latest trends. I like coming here cause I feel like I'm still in the loop at my old age!

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  28. I just try to blog what I love. Sometimes they're things I've seen on other blogs, most of the time (hopefully) they're things I've found myself or photographed myself. You have a beautiful voice -- just focus on letting that shine through.

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  29. Well, just for your information.. I just started reading blogs, and looked at all of my friend's favorites.. I didn't add them all, just the ones I found truly interesting or lovely, and you made the cut!!

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  30. i'm feeling overwhelmed as well.

    but i absolutely love your blog. & never come across many of the things you post. so am thankful when you share them.

    perhaps it's just this time of year. take a bloggy break if need be. your readers will always be here when you return.

    hope the rest of your week is wonderful. xx

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  31. ohh :(
    i don't think it matters if you're regurgetating stuff; i think blogging is about finding a way to express yourself. It's for your own enjoyment I think. It's writing and posting things that mean something to you, whether it's inspiration, hatred or love. I blog because I find it an easy way to just get things out there.

    I hope you find your way.. x

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  32. It seems everyone is blogging these days, but you have a strong following and you make them happy with what you're doing so stopping would be sad!

    You might think of ways to reinvigorate your little home on the web. Since you have so many lovely creative people reading you, perhaps they would like to contribute their own photographic/ artistic works to a Daydream Lily flickr pool and you could feature them here? I like Bec's suggestion too, to feature local designers and art makers and creative people.

    You have a skill for curating that should not be ignored! The "blog explosion" won't be sustainable for long, but it may be helpful to help you choose a direction that fulfills your blogging and creative needs even more.

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  33. I find your blog very inspirational...and I'm sure others are "regurgetating" because they, too, find your blog inspirational to them as well. I wouldn't take it to offense (for those who are offended), but as a compliment. It may or may not just push bloggers to do a little more research to find something original. In effect, it can be exhausting. Social networking is exhausting. I just joined Twitter this year and I am constantly on edge trying to keep up with everyone's posts, tweets, etc. I do not have internet on my cell phone and if I am not in front of the computer all day, I feel like I miss out on the world. Technology at our hands has added more pressure for us to be someone, virtually.

    Keep doing what you are doing,not just for your avid readers, but for yourself as well. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  34. I think it happens to everyone, I could cry sometimes when I've spent ages trying to find something original and someone else blogs it, or it's everywhere and I was late to the party thinking I'd found something new and interesting.

    I love reading your spin, what you write, how you see it- perhaps thats the way to get unstuck again.

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  35. I really enjoyed reading the article and I totally understand how you feel. When I started my blog, there weren't a lot of blogs like it and I certainly feel it's sort of saturated now. I love your blog but if you feel like you want to evolve it in any way than you should! Just post what you love and we will keep reading.

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  36. I agree! I even try myself to not be so stock standard and to try to never post things I have seen already but I can't see EVERYTHING so it's so hard! You always do a great job though lady.

    Keep it up!

    xxx Bel

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  37. you know it really doesn't matter if you post about something that was already done on other blog too, because a blog is more personal than that. i mean, your point of view for posting about something could be different to what others posted about it, eventhough you both are talking about the same thing, if that makes sense.

    i feel like that as well sometimes, and i would just take a break, take it easy, don't get pressured to post something for the sake of posting it, you just post things when you feel like it and you're happy with what you're posting about.

    so do not give up, because we all love your blog and are here for you!! big hugs, laura xx

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  38. I tweeted this to you but...

    I feel that blogging isn't about competition or keeping up with others, it's about creating your own visual scrapbook + finding joy in that.

    Just because so many write music, does it mean new music ceases to be made? And what about all of the book authors out there? And the designers and artists? So much is inspired, reinterpreted, but people who believe in themselves and in their voice and have passion for their work simply must press forward to add it to the pile.

    Change your approach and you shall change your experience. :) :)

    xo
    Holly

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  39. @decor8 ~ I deffinately agree, least thats why I started a blog to find myself and create my own little part of the world. To find a part of me that was lost during studies and working. Im just feeling the need to evolve....whatever that may mean.

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  40. wow
    that's crazy timing!!

    i was only thinking about the regurgitating factor about an hour ago and i have no idea why!!

    so i got thinking and realised that my two fav. blogs both display content that is 100% theirs - - no sources, just great photography and content about them. so many blogs are losing focus and reason.

    they are an amazing tool (i wouldn't know you if you didn't have this blog!) but i think blogs have been put too high on the to-do list.......UNLESS your name is LISS and your the goddess of all things bloggy!

    flip it
    upside down
    if you aren't
    happy
    girl!

    everyone will survive :)


    x

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  41. ps: although it is a amazing to think that more people are out taking photos, writing, illustrating, styling etc.... just as long as they are doing it because they honestly love it and crave it, not because it'll make a good blog post!

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  42. *ERIN ~ I just wanna say YOU ARE AWESOME

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  43. Your blog is one of the first few ones I have read and one of the handfuls I really follow to heart. I find this space light and airy, something to brighten a dull day. I hope you'll continue to be inspired and create beautiful posts. =)

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  44. oh dear, don't you worry... you're the best.

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  45. I think your blog is special and wonderful!

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  46. You are so right, and it's certainly not an offense to say that things are getting so samey. I'll always come back to daydreamlily when I lack inspiration, you've got such a beautiful way of writing and a fantastic selection of images.

    There are images which will always be on other blogs, buuuut, it doesn't really matter so much becuase none can match your style.

    Have a fab day xoxo

    www.awonderingstar.com

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  47. funny, i'm feeling a bit restless myself. your honestly makes me feel better about my own hang ups. i appreciate this post.

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  48. As time passes by, just posting pictures gets boring as I see it. On my case, I review books because I want to put my opinion of the book in words. I want a proper place for those words.

    I check Make&Meaning last night too. I found really fleshy write ups and I had fun reading them so thank you for sharing it here. At some point on my blogging, especially on my first few days, I wanted to blog because I want to be known in short for fame. But as of now.. I grew up.

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  49. Please don't feel discouraged! You're blog is lovely and all your updates make me smile! Its absolutely one of my favorite blogs!

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  50. Amazing pics.
    Keep your hope up because you look radiant smoking that cigarette. Very carry bradshaw

    www.DistilEnnui.com/blog
    www.AlexanderJamesStockPhotography.com

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  51. So funny, I posted a super long long post today all about why I keep blogging, how hard it is, and what made me start :) Yours is one of my favorites, please don't stop!

    xoxo Mary Jo

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  52. I know how you feel. There seems to be more and more blogs and tumblrs every day, lots of them posting the same stuff. I feel un-original a lot of the time too. And lately I havent had much time for blogging

    I just want to let you know that yours is the ONLY blog that I look at every single day, sometimes twice a day, sometimes just go over your old posts. You have introduced me to some amazing photographers that I would not have other wise known. You inspire me every day.

    Please dont ever give up blogging!

    I think that clearing out your reader is a good idea.

    And please post some of your own photographs! It would make a change in your posts, if you are wanting to post something a bit different inbetween your usual posts. I posted some photos which meant something to me for the first time the other day, just some shots of trees, but photos that I was actually proud of, and was terrified of what response I would get! But this little community that we are part of is so supportive and encouraging. I advise you to do the same and share some of your pictures

    Love, Emma xx

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  53. It is so true... sometimes I am so inspired, other times not. There are so many blogs/bloggers now! Love these images you found though :)

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  54. You obviously have a great eye when it comes to the aesthetics of the images you choose. maybe started taking pictures yourself and posting them here?

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  56. I know what you mean, I always feel a little pointless when I look at really popular/great blogs.

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    iliketweet.blogspot

    x

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  57. I understand you very well...

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  58. i think a lot of people go through this hoop, especially when they get bored or overwhelmed, it's very easy to let your mind stray to giving up. but this is the exact time when you need to dig deep and remember all you have to give and all you already have given. i always remember that it's not about quantity, it's about quality.,, i'd rather have 100 followers that absolutely adore my blog. than 2000 followers that just think it's ok.

    the more creative people i meet, the more i realize, we are so hard on ourselves... you've got what it takes... don't let it go! : ) xo

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  59. i love the things you curate and present, don't be discouraged. - i also like the idea that you might be posting your own photos too.

    i always find when i'm getting restless and dissatisfied that change is right around the corner. things will fall into place, they will.

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  60. It must be that time of year. I started mine to share my photos and other tid-bits. But the photos are definitely lacking. Your blog is great, it's like the best cafe in town.

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  61. I agree with anonymous waaaay up there who mentioned that you should post more of your photos. I find all of your posts fresh and original, but featuring your own content may perk you up and get you out of this slump. The India photos you took with you Diana Mini are so lovely; I would enjoy seeing more photos like those.

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  62. I agree. You should post more of your photos!
    I know how you're feeling, I've been the same lately. I've gotten to the point I stopped trying--too much I wanted to do, too much I couldn't do, too much I couldn't control, and just hit a terrible rut.
    But I started my blog for myself--a place to put my thoughts, ideas, my photographs, and things I hope to accomplish. And that's why I love doing it.

    http://camillabellephotography.blogspot.com

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