Since I started this blog eight months ago, I have ALWAYS had something to write about.  I even wrote a post on how blogging had taken over my life… how every spare second and all free brain space were given over to blog composition.  Granted, there were posts now and then that needed a kick to get started, or a flash of inspiration to finish up and publish, but true writer’s block?  No, never.  After a while I even got on a once-a-week publishing schedule that I’ve kept up for months now, with nary a problem.

Blog clog, currently the fifth entry in my loosely alphabetized Dictionary of Blog Terms, is a term I coined back in my earliest days of blogging, but, naïvely, never thought would apply to me.

To be honest, it’s not that I don’t have things to write about.  There are currently 27 posts in my “drafts” file.  Some are mere titles – placeholders for ideas that had seemed like flashes of brilliance at the time.  Others are partly written – composed after being hit by a blog hammer (my take on the husband’s “I’ve been hit by a sleep hammer,” when he can’t get out of bed in the morning), fingers dancing furiously over the keyboard until I ran out of steam or had to stop to go to work.  Of those 27, only a few can’t be written right now because they are about some specific travel event that hasn’t yet occurred.  So as you can see, I have plenty of choices.  What I’m lacking is motivation.  I’m totally uninspired.  I’ve already sat here for two hours working on two different blog posts.  When the first one failed to excite me, I moved on to another one.  Same result: A “blah” feeling.  An “I don’t want to be doing this right now” feeling.  A “this is more work than fun” feeling.  Usually the search for a just-right word or a perfect turn-of-phrase gives me a thrill.  Today it just seems like a chore. What?!?!  These things have never happened to me before and it’s freaking me out!

I’m feeling like I want to blame someone or something, so here goes some finger-pointing:

Excuse #1: I’m sick.  As I pointed out in yesterday’s podcast, I started feeling under the weather on the first day of summer break (thank you, fate).  Illness seems like as good a scapegoat as anything.  However, I wrote my Arches National Park Photo Journey post while sick, so that excuse doesn’t really hold water.

Excuse #1b: It’s grey and rainy.  Paired with excuse #1, I just kind of want to curl up with a book until I fall asleep, or go read in the bath.

Rainy day
In case you can’t tell from this high quality camera phone photo, it’s been raining steadily for hours.

Excuse #2: I’m busy.  Getting ready to go on an 11-day trip is stressful enough.  Now I’m finding out just how much more stressful it is when a petsitter is coming.  I actually feel like I have to clean the house.  Naturally, we never want to leave the house looking like a pigsty when we travel, because who wants to come home to a pigsty?  But still, I rarely give the whole house a top-to-bottom pre-vacation cleaning because, c’mon, who has the time??  Now though, someone is going to be living in my house.  And on our homeowner profile page, it says (as most do) something akin to “we’re looking for someone who will keep the house as clean as they found it.”  Thus, I feel like it has to be pretty clean.

Excuse #3: The podcast.  It used to be that I spent my entire work commute writing blog posts in my head (while simultaneously paying very close attention to my driving, of course).  Now that time is spent generating ideas for the podcast.  Is this like when people have a child and suddenly their once-beloved dog becomes a neglected afterthought??  I don’t want my blog to be a neglected afterthought!

Excuse #4: Summer break.  While having close to three months off may seem like a dream (and it is), a weird shift occurs at the very beginning of each summer break.  You’re out of sync, things are “off,” you don’t quite know what to do with yourself, even if you have a to-do list as long as your arm.  You’ve lost touch with the days.  Is it Tuesday?  Is it Friday?  The husband and I usually have one good early summer shouting match – always over something dumb, as most marital spats are – as we adjust to our new reality. Maybe this transition from full-time work to full-time leisure is responsible for this uncomfortable blocked state I’m in.

I’ll admit that it feels somewhat satisfying to assign blame, but are these really the reasons for my blog clog?  I don’t know.  All I do know is that I am about to take a trip that will prevent me from blogging for a little while, and maybe that’s good.  Maybe my brain – my creativity factory, my wordsmithing workshop – needs to temporarily shut down for cleaning and maintenance.  Yeah… a break, a rest, a hiatus might be just the thing.

So there.  I’ve just written all about how I have nothing to write about.  How do you like that for irony?

Now I need your help.  Has this happened to you?  What did you do?  Did you take a break?  Write your way through it?  Consult an astrologer?  Advice needed stat!

24 thoughts

  1. You will never always be motivated, you have to learn to be disciplined. The quote I apply on pretty much everything in my life because I used to use excuses to rationalize my actions regarding my circumstances or certain events. Yes, blogging should be fun, but when it comes to my travel blog, setting goals is a big deal because without a specific goal in your mind it is easy to make excuses to avoid doing something that you don’t want to do.

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  2. I have it all the time!!! Which is why I don’t post as much as I’d like to. Often, I have an idea in my head but when I actually find / make the time to sit down and write it, the whole thing sort of fizzles. You’re much more dedicated to your blog!!! And, you have a husband who’s supportive about it, which mine is not. (Ok, actually he doesn’t even know about it but I’m sure it would fall under this “all social media is ridiculous and a huge waste of time” rule.) Anyway, I think your “blog clog” has got to be the disorientation that comes along with the start of summer break. That’s going on in my house in a big way right now. Good luck!!! And, I would clean my house for the pet-sitter too!

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  3. Firstly, I hope you’ve managed to hold the illness at bay and that you can enjoy your break without being sick all of the place!
    Secondly, don’t worry, can go as quickly as they can come but I do understand your feeling of it sometimes feeling like ‘work’ but this also will pass. You’ve come this far and your posts are always fun and interesting, so that’s not going to change overnight. Maybe write something that you have absolutely no intention of posting – something stupid and made up, let your imagination go a tiny bit mental – I find this has helped me in the past. Enjoy your break and I look forward to reading tales of your adventure 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the inspirational message. I think this vacation will do me some good… not just as a break from blogging, but in general. As for the illness, I’ve had worse, but it just stinks that it’s sapping my energy when I have so much to do to get ready. Oh well. It’ll all work out. It always does.

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  4. I totally know the feeling. I will go thru stretches were I can’t really find something that inspires me to write and the process starts to feel more like work than passion. I have taken a week off here-and-there and that typically helps. Sometimes a break can do good, though I always feel guilty at the time.

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    1. I’m kind of on a forced sabbatical right now. Here at our campground in central Colorado there is no Wi-Fi. (I’m happy to use data to correspond with you, though 😉.) Also, we are too busy doing fun stuff to write posts. I think it’s a good break and I’ll bet I’ll get right back into blogging when I get home. The only bad thing is that I am way behind on other people’s blogs!!

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  5. I think sometimes a break can help you come back and enjoy it, particularly when it’s a break for travel! Perhaps writing about your travels after will kick-start some motivation in the blog 🙂
    Have a great trip!

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  6. I found your post about having nothing to say truly entertaining, so when you have nothing to say, it’s better than the majority of my “good” posts. Love your writing!

    It has definitely happened to me. I have the photos and material to write (and I journaled on my long road trip last year, so some of the writing is already kind of done), but some day – for reasons I cannot grasp – s I just can’t seem to put it all together. And I definitely take longer to write a post than I should, which makes it tricky to get on a regular schedule.

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    1. You keep making my day with your kind words! Thank you. I don’t know whether it was the traveling, the forced hiatus, or both, but after we returned from Colorado the blog clog had cleared. Hopefully it will be a very rare affliction… for both of us!

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  7. I could easily have writen this… only thing is I would add another excuse to the list : currently travelling, can’t take the time to write about travelling while doing it. except I’m going to be travelling for 14 months and the whole idea of the blog was to keep my family and friends posted on my whereabouts….

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    1. I hope you’re taking lots of pictures and writing everything down. In fact, I’m sure you are. I guess we’ll all find out where you’ve been once you get back. I hope it’s as wonderful as you had imagined. Safe travels!

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