I woke up this morning, made a cup of tea, sat down at my computer screen and hit into one of my most dreaded gremlins...blogger's block! I started to panic and then ...my mind just went blank! I decided that I had a few options...
1. skip my post altogether this morning
2. post a picture and a quote/poem
3. write a list
4. write my post about it!
As you can see, I chose option #4! I realize that writer's (or blogger's block , in this case!) is something we all face at one time or another. We can't be brilliant, insightful, funny, amazing all of the time:) If we are lucky , it happens some of the time...So what do we do? How do we work through it while still being authentic and relevant. Here are some things I have found to be helpful...okay, here goes #3-the list!
1. I write my post anyway without having all these expectations of it being a great post.
2. I did deep within mySELF and find pieces of vulnerability, insecurity, goofiness and embrace them. I include them in my writing because these are pieces that we all have, that we can all relate to
3. I pick a topic that I am passionate about (the environment, art, reading, human rights, food...) and once I start writing, things flow
4. I have skipped a few days because I hit the wall but I find that, for me, this often prolongs my "block". It's about finding that balance between "recharging" and "working through"
5. I pick pieces of my personal life (starting my art business, motherhood, marriage, a great book I am reading) and write about that. I find that there is so much we all have in common...that we can share and learn from
6. I post a quote
7. I write a poem
8. I write a list (you can make up a list of just about anything!)
9. I look through my pics and let them inspire my post. For example...a pic of a loaf of bread can inspire me to write about simplicity or a trip to the Farmer's Market. A picture of Tara in a summer dress can inspire me to write about the joy of motherhood or the top 10 things I love about summer or...
10. I keep in mind that blogging (like everything else in life) is a process. If we are too hard on ourSELVES, set unrealistic expectations or quit because it's difficult...we won't grow, learn, evolve. And it's the journey after all...
The most important thing, though, is that I strive to be authentic and to keep in mind that all of you reading this are dear kindred spirits; friends of my heart. This, above all else, sends the gremlins packing! What are some things you do to work through your bloggers' block?
(She has faith in her path...)