Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Blogger's Block

One may call it another chic excuse for not having blogged in a long time as against the drab I-was-very-busy and I-was-getting-married-and-honeymooning-in-Switzerland and I-was-trying-to-strike-a-work-life-balance excuses. Or one may dismiss it with the arguement that just because there is a term like that, you'd like to term your inactivity Blogger's block. And that just because you read about a condition like that, you'd condition yourself to being afflicted by it.

The condition of Writer's block, in its originality, doesn't apply to blogging, at least to Rambling Mutterings, but then I need something to mutter and scribble to break this spell of inactivity, and what is a better way of overcoming the Blogger's block by blogging about the Blogger's block. A little off track, here is a good list of tips I found for beating it.

The last time I couldn't blog for a long time I had attributed it to quarter-life-crisis. Things are pretty different now. I am happily married, have enough workload to keep me busy at work, have lots to write and share, especially in the travelogue part of my blog (yes, Switzerland indeed!), experiences of my new life and all; there are a few draft posts sitting in my blogger account that I did not complete and post lest they should have shooed away prospective brides. I had taken resolve in my last post three months ago, that was one after a gap of two months, that I shall try to post at least once a week. Almost all my readers have asked me at least once about my next post. I had many things and lots of reasons and enough time and peace of mind.

I still couldn't write.

If I try to analyse and list down reasons for it (in order to justify it to myself):

  • I actually had no time when I was taking nuptial vows and was touring the Alpine land.
  • Nocturnal habits die hard. I realized I was more creative in the dark, and now the nights are not that free, not that I complain.
  • I used to look forward to a large chunk of time to write a new blogpost: composing, Googling and Wikiing, editing, and then posting all in one go. Drafts remain drafts for ever. Don't get those large chunks now.
  • I try to come up with a well-written, complete piece of essay-like post, half-baked, hurriedly written posts are something I don't want to do.
  • Didn't watch any movies, thanks to the multiplex-owners' strike and an almost diminished torrent-downloading interest among colleagues, else would have come up with some interesting movie reviews.
  • I have too many topics to write upon, so when I pick up the pen, I lose interest by the time I decide which one to begin with.
  • Time and again, I have this urge to split up my blog into many, a travelogue, a movie review blog, a personal one, a photography one etc. This thought hinders me from writing under the general Rambling Mutterings umbrella.
and so on and so forth.

Let me wait and see if I am able to produce more posts soon. To start with, this one is an incomplete post ending with an incomplete senten


13 comments:

Chaitanya said...

Burn!!!!!! (I guess you know Michael Kelso).

Roli said...

I hope now you are coming into your regular track and will see posts from you atleast one in every fortnight.

Keep going...

Anadi Misra said...

Don't fret over it :). In a way, its good that you don't blog that much. Yeh sab khaali time kaatne ki tricks hain, so I am glad you are busy.
Probably you shouldn't blog (certainly not once a week) unless you are really charged up about an idea and want to put it in words.

Been a little pre-occuped, will catch up with you online sometime.

Anadi Misra said...

Looks like you have been gone for so long that people forgot to check your blog :)

ashes said...

Chaitanya:

I know Michael Kelso, know of his "Burn!" too but I missed the point here. Haven't seen too much of That 70's Show.

ashes said...

Roli:

I too hope so. :P

ashes said...

Anadi:

Well, am not fretting it over, but I miss it. And I am not actually that busy, haven't been able to manage time well (No, am not fretting about time management now :) ). There have been many times that I really felt like writing, but couldn't. Let us see when I get into that mode again.

And yes, many of my readers have stopped coming by, or did not have much to say on this post.

Vamsee said...

OMG you got married to Rashez!! That is great news! Congratulations! I wish you lots of happiness and fun.
Blogging is a lot more than just a time pass activity. You should get back to it. We miss you.

As for writer's block - my solution is to force yourself to start writing. Even if it starts off bad....it will get better soon

Indigo said...

Writing after so long and that too about not writing. Well, that is a good way to overcome the writer's block, but I don't see much progress here. :)

Here is a couple of good posts to overcome the writer's block:
http://lifehacker.com/5324661/break-through-writers-block-with-clusters
http://lifehacker.com/198299/how-to-defeat-writers-block

Looking forward to your next post. I sometimes miss your posts. Seriously.

Amiya said...

Lage Raho!! Looking forward to one desperately...

उन्मुक्त said...

हम लोग इंतजार कर रहे हैं अगली चिट्ठी का।

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