Some days start with a good cup of coffee and the creative juices flowing strong. Others with a blockage and lack of direction. I have been stressing about this blog, what to write, and how to write it. I have been having….BLOG BLOCKAGE! No, you gasp! Yes, it is true and I am not ashamed to admit it.
I used a wet noodle to beat myself up good and proper for not being able to post anything in 2.5 weeks. (I could give you the hours and minutes, just let’s say that it was a long time).
So this is my blog. I am going to stop being worried that everyone will like it. (Yeah, right…still worries but working on it)
I believe that blogs, twitter, email and Facebook to name a few social media sites are helpful and can be a problem. Making friends on Facebook and having followers on twitter is a great feeling.
There are some people have difficulties with face to face conversations (me). But, put them on Facebook or twitter and away they go! These social media sites create a sense of community and togetherness. They do what the ice cream social and neighborhood block parties did in the past.
But, there is pressure as well. Pressure to perform. To put a blog out there for people to read and get to know you. To tweet funny and wonderful comments.
I felt like I was being pushed down the rabbit hole with Alice. So I told myself, I said “Self, time to stop being on this hamster wheel. Blog when you have an idea that doesn’t suck eggs and not before.” Quit focusing on what you can’t do and switch to what you can do! (Thanks Jenny!)
My ideas for blogs didn’t center on my writing they centered on me, and my life. I wanted the blogs to do both. So after asking for help from my social media class (HI there; Jenny, Damien, Amy, PJ, Pamela, Angela, Jen, Danielle, Grace, and Michele) I got a few ideas on how to spark ideas. My daughter Haley, put ideas on a calendar. Candace Havens also told me about a trick with orange paper (you put what you want to dream about on a piece of orange paper and put it under your pillow before you go to sleep).
Free writing ideas worked, the orange paper did surprisingly provide quite a few ideas and Haley, well, let’s just say she also used the wet noodle on me…..
Maybe the block was a fluke or the real thing but, its gone for now. And I would like to thank everyone who helped. You guys are the best!
Damian Trasler – http://dtrasler.com/
Amy Shojai – http://amyshojai.com/
Danielle Meitiv – http://daniellemeitiv.com/
Pamela Mason – http://www.writermason.blogspot.com/
Jen Greyson – http://www.thesurvivalmama.com/
Jenny Hansen – http://jennyhansenauthor.wordpress.com/
PJ Kaiser – http://pjkaiser.com/
Grace H. Lewis – http://sweetdreamsflyingmachines.wordpress.com/
Michele Blaker – http://micheleblaker.wordpress.com/
Angela McGill- http://curiocat.wordpress.com
And our wonderful teacher KRISTEN LAMB - http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com
Have you ever suffered from BLOG BLOCKAGE? What did you do to recover from this horrible illness? Please ideas for future relapses would be wonderful, thank you.
And thanks for stopping by!