Do you find that your writing and blogging alters with the seasons? Do you write more in winter? Or share more in summer? Is there a time of year when you feel most inspired?
The reason I ask – I’ve noticed that our #WhatImWriting linky has been quieter of late than it was over the winter. The same seems to be true of Prose for Thought (a linky for sharing original poetry and prose) over at VeViVos. I also found when I did the BritMums Poetry and Prose roundup a few weeks ago that I had to search harder to find creative work to include in it. Some months it’s leaping out all over the web (or the corner of it that I frequent anyway) but this time round, it just seemed a little thinner on the ground.
It made me wonder if this time of year (it’s officially summer now although I have to say that up in the north of England it doesn’t much feel like it!) is a less creative one. Could it be that winter – with it’s hot mugs of tea, blankets on the sofa and cosy firesides – is more conducive to writing?
But then, given I’m hypothesising based on my experience of the blogosphere, perhaps it isn’t the writing so much as the sharing that occurs less in summer. Do we like to blog in winter because we spend more time huddled over computer screens? Because going out into the dark and wet to meet ‘real life’ friends is less appealing than staying indoors and communicating with virtual ones? Or are we just busier in the summer? I’m sure the summer holidays will mean a lull in the parent-blogging community… although we’re not there yet.
I’ve just had a peek through my blog archives and it seems I fit the pattern of blogging more in the winter. I also wrote far more short pieces of fiction and poetry then too. Am I feeling less inspired at the moment? Perhaps. I certainly don’t have the ideas for new pieces that I did earlier in the year… but then I’ve been focusing on editing so my mind has been otherwise occupied.
Who knows. Maybe there is no pattern at all, and wondering about such things this is just another procrastination method my brain has thought up! Sneaky brain.
What do you think?