So, I have a question for all those wonderful book reviewers out there - and just general bloggers even - how is it that you deal with bloggers block?
Let's face it: We have all had that moment where we come to our blogging site and get ready to write something really awesome, whether an amazing book or movie review or talking about the latest gossip or posting the newest Photoshop image that someone made or something or another. But then, when the blank page appears, it's like the mind just went blank and there is nothing to post.
Writers go through this and I fully believe that bloggers can go through this as well; I should know, I'm currently suffering from said Bloggers Block and writers block -- a double whammy.
And I think I have found the source of my own block and essentially it comes down to that my brain is so cluttered with everything else going on in my life that at the end of the day I end up looking like this:
I agree with all of these very much! You will get no "No Shit" face from me lol. I also search free articles if I find myself having trouble. I make sure it's on a related topic and the only thing is to link back to the author of the original article. This often helps me work through the block just by reading it and putting my focus back into what I actually wanted to say without posting the free article.
See if this helps
Good Day, eh.
It often helps to write something even if you're blocked. You don't have to publish it to your blog, you can save it as a draft. Even if it comes out lackluster or disorganized there will probably still be something in it that you can use after you polish it up (maybe it will just be one thoughtful sentence that will be a springboard for something else).
I have several kinds of posts on my blog, but one of them is a recurring weekly feature I've committed to, and it points me towards the world and sometimes into myself (plus it's creative to do). So there's always something at least I can write about on the blog.
As a reader, maybe the books you're reading for school can be used too. You'll have to write more formal papers/essays for them in class, but maybe there are some quick impressions you can post to your blog about them.
I agree with your points though, not stressing out about blogging. It ought to be enjoyable.
I am seriously laughing at the last photo. Anyway, I am new to blogging so I know what you mean. I think i'm too focused on what awesome thing I can write instead of just writing. I'm a writer -obviously- and sometimes I intimidate myself. I write awesome stories (well, in my opinion I do. Others may object.) and so I feel like everything has to top the last thing I wrote. What I have found that helps is to just write. Even if it is about something stupid and that nobody will even care about, as long as I write. What is pretty cool is when I start writing about 'having writers block' other things will come to me. Don't know if my rambling helps any but thought I would just say what works for me. So, blog on! :)
I second that thought! I've got loads of blog posts drafts just sitting there because I try to blog about ideas/concepts that come to mind. I do not publish immediately though. I let the draft simmer, and I go back and read the draft. It helps with story ideas and what not.
I've posted some ideas here: http://kwmccabe.blogspot.com/2012/03/bust-that-block.html
Appears you have answered your own question! When there's too much going on in your life, there's not much room for anything else. Blogs are not just reviewing sites, they're also for journaling, venting, humor and posting pictures...maybe writing isn't your thing all the time. :]
I am the kind of person who can't force herself to write without inspiration. But in order to mantain a blog, you have to uptade it often- something that I wasn't able to do by waiting the inspiration to strike! I've discovered that writing down my thoughts manually really helps me. And even if I don't manage to write a complete review, I have a great part of the job done!
Also, don't try to be perfect. Perfectionism is a trap. Just write what comes to your mind and expresses your feelings trully. That's all that matters. :)
What I try to do is make lists of blog post ideas whenever they come to me. That way if I have no idea what to write I can just go to my list for it.