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Today, I just wanted to… write.

I neeeeed a typewriter.

Howdy! I’m sitting in my bed (my usual blogging spot), I’ve had two glasses of wine, and I’ve got a mud mask on… and it’s about time I just wrote something.

You may recall that last week, I finished up another semester of teaching Blogging for Beginners at UT – and while it’s a time-consuming additional to my full-time gig, it never fails to teach me SO much about the craft of writing (and blogging).

I have realized lately that my life is so full of words and content – perhaps more full than it has ever been. I’m creating content 40+ hours a week for my job. I have to fill Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and a blog, with fresh content all week – and sometimes every single day (I post around 12 tweets a day for work).

I also have this blog, plus I read, and watch TV, aaaand I’ve been doing freelance editing sometimes on the weekend. That = a TON of words! Which, is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong, but I realized I haven’t had a chance to get away from the noise to actually think for myself.

One thing creatives can do to keep their juices flowing is to make time for activities that don’t involve words; such as listening to music (without words), taking nature walks, or simply relaxing in the tub without distractions. It’s times like these when our brain actually gets to wander to the places it wants to go – it’s why we often come up with great ideas in the shower or during the night.

But I’ve been a bad creative and haven’t made time for activities like these. Currently, I have no blog strategy, have barely Tweeted on my personal account in weeks, and well, my SnapChat game? It’s suffering.

Truth be told, I worry that I’m coming down with content-overload. Did I turn a fun hobby into something I can only see as WORK by taking a job in social media? It’s certainly possible.

It’s easy for me to say that 2017 has already just been full of surprises! I kicked off the year with a new career, but also with a newfound fatigue – actual physical exhaustion. While I am awaiting confirmation that it’s nothing physical, I have always been able to rely on my creative mind.

But now… now what? I am still trying to get my butt to bed at a decent hour so I’m not dragging the following day, and I’ve found myself without many ideas to jot into my little notebook – I feel… I feel boring!

Pair that with a picture of me in bed on a heating pad this weekend after three hours of dance, and it may start to click: maybe this is just 32? My birthday is in a month, after all.

I know, I know, this probably all sounds so dramatic. But the feeling is real.

And so, I’m not sure how many writers how there read this, but if so, I’d love to know what you do when you’ve reached true writer’s block? Is there an activity or routine that brings light into your mind? I’d love to hear about it!

I know this is a feeling that will pass – I probably just need to take a good walk, or throw myself into an experience that brings out my inner thoughts. It’ll come – but until then, stick with my posts about TV shows, books, and food.

Hey, it’s all part of the journey.


Blogging for Beginners at UT!

Blogging for Beginners is coming to UT!

Blogging for Beginners is coming to UT!

Dare I say “Hook ’em“? Because I am so, SO happy to (finally) announce that my course, Blogging for Beginners is being offered as an informal class at the University of Texas at Austin! Registration started last week, with our first class being held on Wednesday, May 11.

My blogging course started at Louisiana State University, before moving completely online, and will now be a part of UT’s Informal Courses’ extensive list of offerings. And in case you were wondering, yes, I will be the instructor. Because of course!

I didn’t realize how much I loved teaching until I actually started doing it, and teaching something I love doing has been a really rewarding process for me. Interested in taking the course? Here’s the official info:

Are you curious about blogs and the blogosphere? Do you have a passion you wish to share with the world? Have you started a blog but need direction and/or promotional help? In this class, you will explore the basic concepts, tools, and functions to create a living, successful blog. Learn the ins and outs of three blogging platforms, including WordPress, BlogSpot, and Tumblr. You will also encounter other bloggers and complete assignments to ensure your experience in this class is helpful in the blogging world. Click hereย for additional information on this course.

Holly A. Phillips is a writer, blogger, and an SEO Analyst living in Austin, Texas. After earning a bachelor’s in creative writing from Louisiana State University, she started her first blog. Almost 10 years later, she’s created several successful blogs with followers around the world. She has also written and published four books from her online content in the blogging world and has served as a Blogging Instructor for four years.

Ta-Da! If you do not live in the Austin area but still want to take my class, I’ve got great news. You can take it 100% online right here (discounted just for you for $15). If you have any questions about either of the course offerings, feel free to contact me and I’ll assist you in any way possible.

In other techie news, I received my certification in Google Analytics last week (if you haven’t taken the exam yet, it’s no joke!), and have also received my Inbound Marketing certification from Hubspot. I’m learning new things every day, folks – never a dull moment!

I celebrated my recent certifications and blog course successes with a road trip to the Zapp’s Beer Festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is one of my favorite festivals, and I never miss it. The event features the beers we all know and love, from Shocktop, Budweiser, and Abita, but is mainly a place that showcases home brewers.

Every year, more than 200 home brewers show off what they’ve been crafting and they really make some delicious stuff. This year, one of my favorites was a Strawberry-Basil beer! I also enjoyed an Oatmeal Cookie beer, Chocolate Stout, Peanut Butter beer, Melon beer, and a Banana Split Stout, among many others.

Afterward, my friends and I enjoyed a delicious batch of boiled crawfish (my first of the season), along with potatoes, corn on the cob, mushrooms, and sausage all cooked in with the crawfish. Perfection!

I hope you guys have a good Monday – if you’re at all like me, you’ve already got your eye on that Friday prize. Hopefully, this week’s blog content will help make the week a little more enjoyable. I’ll see you all here tomorrow!