04 September, 2013

I Can't Believe It's Not August: An IWSG Post

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh and is co-hosted this month by Alex, Chemist Ken, S.L. Hennessy, Michelle Wallace, and Joylene Nowell Butler. More about the group.

This time, my insecurity is . . . well, time. Time and productivity. Time flies like an arrow (fruit flies like bananas) and I feel like I haven't done nearly as much writing as I could have this year, and it's already past Labor Day. Furthermore, I feel like I'm crashing on the blogging front as well, which I consider to be a kind of writing. I've been blogging, but not on The Eagle's Aerial Perspective, and I don't know for sure how to revitalize it.

I've been sinking time into Tumblr, and while Tumblr is a great deal of fun it's not the same as having to type things out and express ideas, and also to comment on other people's posts. So I suppose my insecurity is: How am I going to get back to blogging, for real this time? I've been considering jumping into some kind of prompt-influenced thing (if any of you would like to give me prompts for posts, I'd love it) or forcing myself to post every day to get me to at least visit my dash daily. I don't want to give up on Blogger, because this blog is important to me. (Much as that might not be apparent based on my lack of activity.)

What do you do when you're in a blogging slump and can't find the words? 


-----The Golden Eagle

26 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have to find the fun in it again. Because if it's not fun, you'll dread doing it, and soon you'll quit doing it again.
Maybe just one day a week with a writing prompt will get you back into the swing of things.

Andrew Leon said...

Since you mentioned it:
I hate time right now. Foolishly, I thought that when school started I would have more time, but, here it is weeks into the year, and I still haven't even opened Brother's Keeper. :/

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah have to have fun. Find what you enjoy and just go at it.

M.J. Fifield said...

When I'm in a blogging slump (and I've been in one most of the year), I just don't force it. I have a couple of fun weekly bloghop that I do at least every other week, and handle the rest of the stuff as it comes.

Old Kitty said...

I think that's why I only blog once a week, sometime once fortnightly! I think the first step for me was to admit I can't blog everyday - well not come up with anything interesting to blog about everyday - and also that it's ok to slow down too! Good luck re-discovering your blogging mojo! Take care
x

shelly said...

Time is a problem.

Hugs and chocolate,
Shelly

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I haven't let myself get into a real slump though I slack off during holidays. If I were you, I would just start in slow with short posts. Lots of us have missed you.

Liz A. said...

This too shall pass.

There is no law that says you must blog, so if you're not feeling it right now, don't push it. We'll all be here when you feel ready to come back. If you feel ready to come back.

JeffO said...

I post pictures of brick walls. Or a music video. Or an apology for having nothing to say. If you don't do it too often, people say nice, encouraging things.

A lot of blog post ideas I get come from reading other blogs and forums (fora?). When I find myself composing and recomposing and deleting a comment or response, I usually think, "Hey, there's a blog post!"

Robin said...

We do the things we enjoy.

Do you remember when Donny Osmond won Dancing With The Stars? If not, it was on the last very show that they interviewed his family. Apparently, he is well-known amongst his loved ones for the following saying: "How can we make this fun?"

They even showed a clip of him asking that question of his dancing partner when it just wasn't going well in rehearsal. "How can we make this fun?"

I think that is what you need to ask yourself about blogging (and this blog)... How can we make this fun?

Maurice Mitchell said...

Burnout is normal Eagle. I haven't really tried Tumbler, but I hear it's a lot of fun. Maybe you could do a "top ten tumbler list?" That way you can combine two loves.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm currently experiencing the slump you mentioned. I finally decided to just see it out. Who knows where it will take me. As for fruit flies. Yikes, they're terrible this year. At least the hornets seem to have left.

Charles Gramlich said...

I tend to do a series of some sort of posts. like the Scorn pieces I'm running now. Just to keep the old fingers lubricated.

M Pax said...

Just have fun and post about what you love.

I am blogging less lately, but it ebbs and flows with need now.

Maybe just something you find amusing each week or that inspired you.

Cindy Dwyer said...

Have you ever heard of the Internet Writing Workshop? It's an online critique I belong to and they have a practice list with a weekly prompt. I don't belong to that list because my children provide all the writing prompts I need!

Jagoda said...

There's good advice here about making it fun for yourself and finding inspiration from other blogs. I'd add -- think of your readers and how they'll miss you; even weekly or bi-weekly posts will work. Good luck finding your blogging mojo again.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I need more time for sure. I could use a clone in fact. So much to do! Good luck finding fun stuff to blog about.

Jemi Fraser said...

Time is so elusive! I wouldn't aim for daily blogs - that's almost impossible for me to even imagine attempting. I usually aim for once a week and I don't get stressed if it doesn't happen.

Paul Tobin said...

Things have their natural life span and we change as we go through life. This does not mean you won't come back to writing. Perhaps the details are going in and simply need longer to gestate into stories?
Don't beat yourself up. Do what feels right at the time.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Time does fly by quickly. Here's to hoping you adjust to September and Fall soon.

Rusty Webb said...

I've been in a blogging slump for a few years now. Just can't do it the way I'm supposed to. I figure that if you aren't feeling it, don't fret.

Mark Noce said...

When I'm in a slump I freewrite...a lot. Try shorts-stories, it's really been helping me:)

....Petty Witter said...

Not yet having found myself in a blogging slump I couldn't comment but thanks to some of your followers I know have several ideas under my belt when it does happen as I'm sure it will.

Jen Chandler said...

Hello Eagle! I've been out of blogging for a long time too. Alex's comment is so right! You have to rediscover the fun. That's what I had to do. I had to find my message, WHY I was blogging. Once I rediscovered that, I was able to return!

You'll get there! You've always been a trooper and you'll definitely come out of this on top!

Cheers,
Jen

Jack said...

Finding time for blogging is hard. Even without Tumblr, it is just so time consuming to log on, write, post, and then comment. I hope you find time, because I do like your posts. 8-D

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