Is there such a thing? I’ve heard of writer’s block and I’ve been lucky enough to never have experienced it.
But Blog block? I think I may have contracted it. I’ve committed ( to myself) to write and post at least 3- 4 times per week on various writing topics. I’d been muddling along fine as can be until about a week ago. On a day I was due to put up a post, I quite literally sat at the laptop for over an hour just staring out the window, wondering what the heck I could write about that anyone would want to read.
I re-read older posts, trying to get a glimmer of an idea spawn from one of them. No luck. I trolled other writing blogs I follow. Same thought; same result.
The blog well seemed to have run dry.
The nurse in me sat down and utilized my medical training to find a cause.
Here are my symptoms:
- Mental clouding : I can’t seem to come up with a topic that I feel may be interesting enough to write and then read about.
- Lack of enthusiasm : I know I should be blogging, but I don’t want to.
- Lost chunks of time: I should be blogging, but I find myself : cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning again, ironing, dusting, working at my paying job, more cleaning that now includes vacuuming, etc. Before I know it, HOURS have gone by and I’ve simply lost the time.
- Weight gain. Okay, this one isn’t really related to not writing. It’s related to not exercising, but that’s another topic.
- Life intervenes. See #3.
The Psych Nurse in me wants to fully explore those symptoms to get the root of my inability to blog. I know there must be some deep rooted , emotional reason I am not able to put thought to laptop.
But…the writer in me just realized that even though I’m complaining about not being able to write, I am in fact writing right now. Yowza!
So, blog block. Real or fake? You decide and let me know your thoughts.