Writers Block, when your awesome vanishes

It’s been several weeks since I last posted, I’d sit down to Live Writer & all that I could seem to produce was complete crap, day after day it went on, utter writing failure. I had a case of what I thought was Writer’s block then I happened across a tweet about a live speech from the wonderful  @unmarketing  in his  fabulous talk at Adobe Scott address the topic of how often should we post? He said “you post when you have something awesome to share” Wow, that simple message slammed into my head like a freight train! my writer’s block was happening because I’d stopped using my true voice in my posts, my awesome vanished as result.

Rediscovering our voices

I sat down and looked over my life, discovered some problems in my daily routine, things that were killing my energy and my desire to write. Here’s my checklist

  • Are you sleeping well? many of us blog late at night, after working day jobs & caring for families.
  • Getting enough exercise? regular exercise energizes you, helps creative juices to flow
  • Are you carving out time to spend with family/friends? what about your non-blogging hobbies? these things provide balance & feed creativity
  • Are you being true to your own voice? Does your blog read like the advertisement section of a magazine ? Does your niche truly reflect your interests and passions?
  • Covering too many platforms – trying to be awesome on your blog & on Twitter, Facebook,Digg, etc is a recipe for burnout

Our lives aren’t magazine ads

My awesome vanished because I wasn’t sleeping enough, had stopped spending enough time with family/friends. I was also trying to force myself to get into Facebook, a platform that doesn’t come naturally to me. On the Blog front, I was guilty of focusing mainly on giveaway posts instead of mentioning great products I love naturally in the course of posting about my actual life. All of this coupled with the mid winter blah’s added up to writer’s Block!

Awesome for me is found in my tinkering with computer stuff, dealing with my insane cat, enjoying great food, checking out bath/beauty products, the fun I have on Twitter. Unmarketing’s speech drove it all home to me. Awesome is the cool stuff I think & do, the products are just props of a life well lived.  Getting back into my life, making sure I have balance is helping me get my groove back!

Has your Awesome vanished?

Do you sit down to write only to be confronted with the fact that every word you produced wasn’t working? Have you ever found yourself almost afraid to blog? Please, come in, pull up a seat and share your experiences!

 

FTC: I was not compensated in any way for this post by @unmarketing ,he is a friend who provided inspiration for this post.


About Jean Parks

Jean Parks is a chocolate & cupcake loving, computer & gadget addict from Boston, MA

Comments

  1. ellen says:

    I miss your writing, but knew you had gotten some new toys- can you write about them?
    I am glad you’re getting some reat too!

  2. The Nerdy nurse says:

    My awesome is currently being drained out of me and put into nursing research papers! Bah.
    Nearly done thought. Woot then maybe I can get my awesome back!

  3. I TOTALLY get this post! I feel like my awesomeness is vanishing. Sleep deprivation is one of the main reasons, too. That and there has been some shifting of daytime schedules with naps and activities with The Babes. Oh, and a 6 week birthday season that is pretty demanding, too.

    But I find when I make time to blog and connect with others, I do feel better. It’s just making sure I reserve enough energy that is the problem.

    Sorry for the vent. great post!

  4. TechyDad says:

    There are times when I look at the blank Windows Live Writer screen and say to myself “I can’t think of anything to write and don’t feel motivated to write anything.” Usually, this comes when work is hectic and I head home to a hectic household. Once I get my kids to bed and the house quiets down, I’ll often feel like I’ve been “on” all day and just want to turn my brain off and waste some time until I head to sleep.

    I tend not to stress the blog posts in these situations as I’d rather skip a day than put up a horrid blog post for the sake of putting up a blog post. Of course, then there are the times when you can turn writer’s block into a blog topic itself! ;-)

  5. Jen L. says:

    YES. I get writers’ block a lot, usually because I am putting pressure on myself to be awesome, like you said. That’s when I stop and remind myself that my blog is really for me, a record of my life and my family’s growth. I try not to put pressure on myself to write something super-funny or earth-shattering and just concentrate on the now. And I make lists. Lots and lots of lists. ;)

  6. I tend not to get stuck with Writer’s Block but I attribute much of that to years of teaching myself how to write regardless of how I feel. However there have been more than one occasion upon which I was less satisfied with the outcome of my efforts.

    Sleep and exercise have significant influence upon our moods can certainly impact our writing.

  7. Allyson Stewart says:

    Hey, Jean! Great post. I’m glad to finally be able to leave a comment. Sorry, I meant to stop by earlier, but had some computer problems. I followed you from SiteSketch101.com.

    Yes, like you, I’ve experienced writer’s block a number of times. And it’s quite frustrating to write during those times. I do a lot of writing at night and during the day, so I tend to get limited sleep. You’re right. A few hours of sleep definitely makes a difference. I also find that keeping a list of topics I want to write about helps.

    The checklist you provided is “indeed” very helpful. I’ll have to keep it handy the next time I get writer’s block.

  8. I always marvel at bloggers that have scheduled posts. I keep thinking, how do they know they are going to feel passionate and inspired about that particular subject three weeks from now? I have to have strong feelings about something or I just lag.

    I am, however, challenging myself to push through the block. I’ve given myself some topics for those days that I can’t get fired up. For example, Mmmm Mmmm Mondays. If I have nothing else to say and I don’t want my blog to waste away into obscurity, I can pull a favorite recipe out of my ass. My recipes usually remind me of a favorite family memory. All of a sudden, I have a Like Water for Chocolate type post.

    But other days, I just say Fuck it and take a nap.

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