Unraveling the block

Mar 2, 2010 by

It’s been over three months since I’ve written a blog post. That is entirely too long. Between a crazy travel schedule and a serious case of writer’s block, I’ve allowed a few weeks to stretch into months. And as is often the case with these things, the longer I didn’t write, the harder it was to start. I’m attempting to unravel that block here by examining the reasons for it and by forcing myself to just write something – anything.

I’m an over-thinker; always have been and probably always will be. That includes my job, my relationships and of course this blog. Now that I’ve left the nonprofit capacity building and leadership world (at least professionally speaking) I’ve found that it’s harder for me to spend mental energy thinking about these things. They were and still are my passion, but my work days and sometimes nights are now consumed with smart growth and public transportation. These are good things too, but not the topics on which this blog is ‘supposed’ to be focused. And so, I struggle.

Plus, I’ve logged over 15,000 air miles in the last three months alone; if you’ve seen the movie “Up in the Air” then you have an idea of what my life has been like for the last few months. Even though I seemingly have endless hours of quiet while flying from place to place, its hard for me to focus on anything but just sitting quietly and letting my mind rest. Though I do enjoy writing these posts, they are somewhat of a labor of love – stress on ‘labor’.

But I’m trying to remember that this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want on it.  And I’m also trying to remember that every post doesn’t need to be a 10+ paragraph missive on the topic of the day.

So fair readers (assuming there are some): I shall endeavor to post more regularly and I shall likely stray into territory I didn’t originally intend to when I started writing in this space. Some posts may be short and sweet and composed while I’m waiting for my next flight, natch. I already have a few posts percolating and they aren’t even too far off the beaten path. Keep your eyes peeled.

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  • I definitely have the same problem! But it’s great that you realize every post doesn’t have to be super-serious (have you seen mine lately?) 🙂

  • I’ve enjoyed your most recent posts! And though they aren’t “super-serious” they aren’t frivolous either. Maybe that is the more important question here: what constitutes ‘frivolous’ when it comes to blog posts?

  • Don’t fret, Elisa — I’m in the same boat. When I get frustrated, I remind myself I’m not blogging because I’m fortunate to have a full-time job with health benefits and lots of fun writing freelance work. 😉 It’s all in your attitude, and it sounds like yours is in a great place!

  • Thanks Julia! I’m trying to keep a positive view of things because I know that the more I get down on myself, the less I write anyway. And yes, I do have a glamorous, busy life that keeps me from blogging 😉 or at least a full-time job with benefits.