Okay, enough of the life and times of the wild blogger, let’s get down to business.
So, what AM I talking about? I am talking about the post every blogger writes at least once: The I-can’t-come-up-with-any-interesting-posts-on-command post. Why am I talking about it? Because you’re reading it right now.
Yes, I am at some sort of roadblock. No, I haven’t run out of ideas for posts. Trust me, I’ve got a list. I just can’t come up with a good way of displaying my ideas in a comprehensive word formation that not only educates and/or inspires but also prompts discussions and gets people thinking. The idea is good (sometimes it’s so freaking awesome you can’t believe it), yet you have nothing of importance to say about it.
And it’s not like you can’t have something important to say about the topic. It’s there. Often on the tip of your tongue. Just like the one word you know exists in the English language that somehow comes out as another word that doesn’t remotely fit the sentence structure the way it’s supposed to when you’re trying to revise the first draft of your novel. At least there you can just pick up a thesaurus (or two, or three) and find that word. With a blog post, you have to come up with a little more than one vocabulary word you learned in sixth grade.
What is it that causes these obstacles? Honestly, I haven’t the faintest. I can say this though, it doesn’t get any better if you just throw your hands up and walk away from it forever. Pick up that paper or laptop and get down to business!
How can you write a post if you stop writing posts? You can’t.
What if 99% of what you write sucks? Take that 1% and run with it.
Even the best of writers have an EPIC FAIL moment where they can’t write. Surely I can break through this barrier and try again. Sometimes you need to walk away. Sometimes you need to come back to it a week later. Sometimes you just need to scrap it and start over fresh. Sometimes you need to skip the topic and move on to the next one. These are just a few little thoughts on the matter.
Every blogger will face this at least once, if not many times in their blogging life. As time goes on, you find that you’re getting better when this dilemma appears. In fact, take a look here. I spent the last half hour typing this out. Guess what? It’s a blog post. Booyah! Step one in the right direction.
This ends my rant-ish moment in the spotlight. On to more bookish things.
How about you? Ever been here before? What did you do to combat the post writing roadblock?