Losing the blogging mojo

It’s not great. Technically, I’m still a bum — but I don’t have the time to blog? Something is wrong.

I guess this is all to do with that theory. If you have a demanding full-time job, go to night college, look after kids and do all the shopping and you have to do something, no bother, you just do it. If you are a bum who does nothing all day, gets up in the afternoon and spends two hours deliberating over what you should have for breakfast, you just get nothing done. I’m in the latter stage at the moment. I’m working on rectifying that, but it’s difficult to get going because I spend three hours a day deciding which font I should put on my CV.

It’s not that I haven’t been blogging. You may know that I have another blog which is dedicated to Formula 1. It’s that stage of the season where there is always something happening, even if it has to be contrived by the FIA. And since F1 is just a big soap opera with races in between, you don’t even need races to have loads to write about. So now I spend much of my time pontificating over the finer details of the debate over whether Buemi or Senna should get the second Toro Rosso race seat.

In the meantime, I’ve been neglecting this blog. And it becomes worse when you spend such a long time away from a blog, because then you feel this pressure to make sure the first post back is a good one. I could have easily written three or four posts by now, but I was worried about them for one reason or another. Blog depression, a truly 21st century disease.

It’s silly to get worried about it. But when you lose focus for a couple of days, suddenly it becomes a couple of weeks and then it becomes a struggle to avoid it becoming a couple of months. I’ve been blogging for a few years now though so I know how these things work. If I can just get going I will be back in the swing of things. But now it’s got to the stage where I have to either write this grovelling excuse or practically throw in the towel completely.

So I’m sorry, this is the one. I make no apology if I write about loads of nonsense for the next week or so until I get into the swing of things, although I do promise to write something or other here.

I recently bought myself a new toy, an Asus Eee PC. I did this partly so that I could get some blogging done when I’m not at home, perhaps if I’ve missed the train in Edinburgh and find myself having a couple of hours to kill (damn cheap day returns). I normally spend those couple of hours wandering around the streets of Edinburgh trying to convince myself I’m busy. Now I can tap some keys on my laptop trying to convince myself I’m busy.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that I’ll find any wifi hotspots so I am discovering the joys of Windows Live Writer. I heard rave reviews about that when it was first launched, but I had no need to use it because whenever I was at a computer I had internet access. Now I am using it on my Eee PC and can say I am quite impressed with it.

The thing about it is that I can now effectively blog in my bed. I have not yet decided if this is totally awesome or totally pathetic. In one sense, it is a great way to use that time I spend being unable to sleep doing something that I can pretend is vaguely useful. On the other hand, that is probably a sign of dire internet addiction.

I’m currently umming and aahing over whether I should buy a wireless router to accommodate this new toy. The current router is full up so when I’m blogging in my bed I’m actually doing it offline. And then the next day I have to faff around with the cables just to be able to do something with the excellent writing I did the night before. I can see that wearing pretty thin.

Anyway, that’s my comeback post. Sorry for disappointing.

9 comments

  1. “It’s silly to get worried about it. But when you lose focus for a couple of days, suddenly it becomes a couple of weeks and then it becomes a struggle to avoid it becoming a couple of months. I’ve been blogging for a few years now though so I know how these things work. If I can just get going I will be back in the swing of things. But now it’s got to the stage where I have to either write this grovelling excuse or practically throw in the towel completely.”

    Snap! This is exactly where I’m at this month too. Maybe something’s been put in the Fife water ahead of the Glenrothes by-election …?

    Graeme

  2. Trebuchet MS – a font for all seasons.

    Yeah, blogosphere’s been pretty flat recently (except for Die-Hard Kezia and ever-chipper SNPTacticalVoting) with Scottish Tory Boy at one point deciding to quit.

    But towels are for drying, not for throwing in.
    So dry your eyes, pick a font and gear up for Glenrothes.

    Glad to have you back

  3. PoliticalDissuasion, funny you should mention Glenrothes. I’ve been wondering if I should try and do something special for it. The constituency is just ten minutes up the road from here. Goodness knows what the special thing would be though.

  4. It’s easy to lose the blogging mojo – Like Graeme, I’ve been blogging for a number of years, on one blog or another. The thing is, if you don’t feel strongly enough about something, or don’t have anything in particular you wish to comment on, why blog just for the sake of it?

    At least with vee8, you have a regular influx of new things to comment about – with a personal blog it is less focused.

    Unless you’re blogging for profit, there is little reason to feel pressurised to write – your regulars will be subscribed either by RSS, or like myself just check in every few days to see what’s going on.

  5. @doctorvee You could bomb Glenrothes? That would be quite special. Well, for Kirkcaldy at least…

  6. I’ve found NaBloPoMo helpful for making me write regular blog posts while still retaining the amateur ethos. They have a scheme where you can opt into monthly challenges to write a post every day for a month on a given theme (as long as there’s some sort of connection to the word used for that month’s theme, the entry is considered valid for that challenge). There’s even a prize for one randomly-selected blogger who completes each challenge (except November, when any theme goes and the blogging community contributes prizes). It’s useful for breaking up procrastination-related blocks, since the need to write a post can force a post to be written – and sometimes it’s striking just how good an entry can result from such time pressures. It’s a bit like writing an essay at university – it’s amazing how much a deadline can focus the mind at times.

    I saw that October’s theme was “Vote” and thought of you. I’m still undecided as to whether I intend to do the challenge, but it would be great for a political blog like this one. Between Glenrothes, the USA election and anything else that comes up involving a vote, I think you’d have enough material.

    Naturally, your loyal readers will come in and read what you have to say however sporadic your writings, simply because your writing quality is so good. There’s no need to feel you have to do something extra-special for a “comeback entry” – unlike the music industry, we don’t expect the wheel to be reinvented every day 🙂

  7. Oh, thanks Alianora! I might look at that NaBloPoMo for October, although I am sceptical as to whether it is really like a university deadline. I would probably shirk because I know that, unlike university, missing the deadline won’t be any big deal.

    Thanks for the Bluetooth tip as well. I hadn’t thought about that. I’ll look into it.