This week I can’t blog. Seriously, I keep looking at a blank screen. I have a few titles and even with those in mind, I can’t seem to put any words beneath them.
I guess this is what they call ‘writer’s block’ or blogging block might be a better description.
So this lack of ideas and words led me to thinking about afflictions that I suffer from as a blogger and I secretly hope that I’m not the only one who suffers with these.
Firstly is the ‘blogging block’ that I am currently trying to cure. I love blogging and writing but sometimes, no matter how hard I try there is nothing there, I start and delete. I come up with a title and then I can’t think of anything else to write. Usually I moan about it a lot and then it passes, being a combination of tiredness, stress and too many things going on inside my head. I did really worry about it in the early days but now I don’t panic and I know that if I step away from the computer for a few days, the world most definitely does not end and the blog may lose a few page views but that really does not matter in the grand scheme of things.
Next up would be ‘repetitive blog syndrome’ and this is something that I suffer with a lot. I write a post and sit there basking smugly at my completed piece of work and then as I reread it, I have a vague recollection that I may have written something similar before. I have a quick flick back through the archives and the smugness soon wears off when I realise that I have written virtually the same post before. I am then forced to press delete, just in case I should rediscover my duplicated work at a later date and forget again that I have already posted it and end up with a blog that goes round in circles.
Bloggerhoea is rare but there are occasions ever so often when I have so many ideas buzzing around in my head, I can’t quite get them out quick enough. The symptoms are sitting hunched over the computer keyboard desperately trying to get my fingers to work as quickly as my brain and extreme fatigue from working far too late in the night and then not being able to switch off when I finally get myself into bed.
Bloggers eye is another problem that I get after prolonged use of a screen; both big and small. Especially late at night, I find my eyes take on a life of their own and I get a strange twitch that is not painful but really, really annoying. Along with the twitch comes a tiredness and soreness that is my body’s way of telling me to stop and usually I do as I know that I will regret it the next day if I don’t.
Blogsomnia is another one; lying awake unable to sleep due to a great blog idea that is buzzing around in my head. This happens usually just as I am about to drop off to sleep or during one of the many child-induced wake ups and I try to remind myself not to forget these ideas. Of course I usually do as I also have Blognesia which means that however hard I try, those brilliant ideas by the time I wake up again it has gone and then I spend the next few hours desperately searching around my head trying to find it. I must remember to put a notebook, pen and torch by the side of my bed to try and capture these moments of greatness. But I forget to do that too.
Luckily I have cured myself of Linky Rage. I think this affliction came with the early blogging enthusiasm and obsession which has worn off a little now. Most Linkies start at midnight and I would get my post ready and then either try and stay awake or hope that I would wake up during the night to try and get my post linked up with the first batch. If I was first, I used to get very excited and looking back, I am so glad that I am over that ridiculous phase. If I wake up in the night now, I am thinking about getting back to sleep rather than making a mad dash for my phone to link a post up. That is a good thing.
Social Media Thumbs or Bloggers Elbow. Now I cannot be the only person to have suffered with this affliction. The hours spent frantically typing blog posts or social media messages on your smart phone or tablet. It really can cause a type of repetitive strain injury. I do wonder sometimes if the humans of the future will all have oversized super thumbs as the evolution process takes smart phone use on board. If you do suffer with this the solution is to put the phone down of course and I’m not just talking five minutes either.
So that is my collection of blogging ailments and afflictions. Fortunately it would seem that my blogging block is cured for now anyway. Now if I could just remember those great ideas for posts that I have been having ….