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Writer’s block

I’ve been bad. About blogging. I haven’t blogged in quite some time. I don’t want to say how long, because it’s embarrassing, even to me. I could blame computer woes–it’s been fun! Or the fact that I’ve been really busy with work work. I could pretend I’ve made up for it by being very active on Twitter, but you’d find me out. So what gives?
I would blame writer’s block, but it’s not something I believe in. Because the truth is, it’s not that I can’t write about things. It’s that I don’t want to write about things. Call it a crisis of confidence if you will, but I can’t imagine there’s anything left to blog  about that either 1) I haven’t already blogged about or 2) someone hasn’t said better than I ever could.
I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed lately, but not by work–busy though that has been. I’m feeling overwhelmed by the constant stream of information: the RSS feeds, the news, TV, texts, movies, IMs, music, Twitter. It’s a cacophony, and I’ve been feeling especially mindful of my part in it. Am I just adding to the noise? Does what I say actually benefit anyone or add to their existence/knowledge/growth? Am I listening and learning? Why am I blogging and tweeting? Am I carrying on a meaningful conversation?
I’m not sure I have the answers. Sometimes I feel like I’m talking into the wind, and there’s no point in that. Other times, I feel like I’m making a real human connection, and I cherish the contacts I’ve made through social media (many of whom are now people I know in real life).
I hope my quietness or silence isn’t misinterpreted. I want to connect. I want to learn. I want to grow. But I also want to make sure that what I’m putting out there isn’t just for the sake of putting something out there. Bear with me?

7 Responses to Writer’s block

  1. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    Although I believe that social media is the digital equivalent of crack cocaine and you should immediately stop if you’re wasting time therewith, it’s understandable if your brain is tired because of all the work-related input you have to process. My advice is to catagorize and prioritize, i.e., no movies on smart phone or PC; movies are supposed to be a shared experience shown on at least a 27-inch screen, and books are suposed to read in book form unless you’re on a plane to Bologna or something. (Stephen King’s next book is only coming out in hard copy, so people will have to buy and read it IRL, so there) And I admit that most agent blog postings tend to be either bland infomercials for their client’s latest release or platitudinous observations that sound like they were lifted right out of Readers Digest. (Not so much this blogsite, fortunately) Go home and watch the season finale of Grimm, delete your facebook account and check back next week; you’ll feel better soon…

  2. Joelle says:

    I feel your pain! I’ve made significant changes and periodically, I pare down even more. I felt the same way about blogging that you do, but as a writer hoping to connect with readers (and yes, sell books), I feel like I need some regular content on my website. So I challenged myself to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while anyway. Every Wednesday I post a new (not recycled) comedic essay.

    I generally only tweet on Wednesdays, after posting my new essay. I tweet about it and give myself some splurge time to check in and chat with my twitter pals.

    I have no RSS feed. I don’t watch the news. I don’t read the papers. And I only read six blogs regularly, and of those six, none of them post more than a few times a week.

    I have no e-reader, and I don’t surf the web. Recently, I had to start limiting the podcasts I listen to because combined with internet baseball games, I was hearing voices in my head all the time. The Cubs are making it pretty easy to give their games a miss this season, which helps, too.

    Now, if I could just stop commenting on the six blogs I do read, I’d have even more time!

  3. Rina says:

    I’ve always enjoyed reading DGLM blog. I think readers like me eventually sort through the barrage of info sources to find the ones we enjoy the most, and then check those first. And I think the fact you’re concerned about providing a unique/insightful perspective says a lot about the integrity of your posts. :)

  4. D. C. DaCosta says:

    I love the phrase “talking into the wind”. I just returned from a writers conference at which there was a presentation about use of social media by authors to promote themselves and their books. Someone asked, “Isn’t this like standing on a cliff shouting into the wind and hoping someone will hear you?”

    Several years ago I read an article that stated that 99% of blogs are not read…by anyone. Tweets and Facebook updates are quickly superseded, like leaves floating down a stream. If everyone is talking, who is listening?

  5. D. C. DaCosta says:

    On another topic…writer’s block. If and when I ever blog, I will begin by amassing a stack of index cards on which I will put random ideas for topics. On uninspired days, out they will come.
    Always have something in reserve.

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