When a Blogger Has Writer’s Block

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Blogger has writers blockOh, I used to be so good.  I was told that to be a successful blogger you need to set a schedule for posts and stick with it.   So, I did.  Or, at least I tried to.

You may not even have noticed, but for many moons now I have posted three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, where Friday was generally some sort of Friday Fotos or Photo Essay.  I never really had a problem keeping up with this schedule, with us always on the road. 

When we officially moved to Bali, however, and I knew we would be in the same place for six months, I started to worry that I would not have enough content. I opened up the blog to guest writers, and started the series Where Did You Sleep Last Night?  I wrote about our expat life in Bali. I even rehashed the story of how we met, and our wedding.  Sometimes, I missed a day. *Gasp*

As we revved up for our trip to Taipei and the US, I found myself struggling to fill my slots.  I had some stuff to write about.  A list, in fact, of blog posts I could never get around to doing.  But, I started to lose my way; lose my energy.  Shortly after arriving in Taipei, my blog posts stopped all together.

So, what went wrong?  This blogger has writer’s block.

I could give every excuse in the book why I stopped writing: I was planning for Taipei, I started a new job in Bali, I was heading to BlogHouse and was expecting big changes.  I was focused on trying to teach yoga and enhance my own practice.

In the end, they were each a valid excuse, yet no excuse at all.

Right now, I am telling myself that I am not allowed to go in the pool until I write and post an update.  I mean, it’s been almost two weeks without a word – unheard of for With Husband In Tow.

In the amount of time it has taken me to write this, the sun has disappeared behind the clouds.  I cannot go swimming now.  It is punishment for being a bad blogger – because I am a blogger with writer’s block.  

Where do I go from here? 

I have a long list of blogs that I plan to write.  I am sure you are curious about the food we ate in Taipei, all of the wine and cheese we consumed in the US, and what I learned at BlogHouse.  There are some announcements coming up and big changes to the blog.  I am excited about it all. 

I just need to write.  To write something, anything at all. To get my mojo back.  To get out of this rut of being a blogger with writer’s block.  Be patient. I will return.

Are you a writer? How do you get out of this kind of rut?

8 Comments

  1. Oh I feel your pain! I too have a lengthy list of posts I "could" write but just can't get into the act of writing. Sometime after coming home and being in the same place for a few weeks the writer's block crept in and it's been a struggle ever since.

    I'm sure inspiration will hit eventually, sometimes what's really needed is just a change of pace to zap you back into writing mode. At least that's what I keep telling myself. In the meantime, I'm trying to write a few paragraphs each day, even if they aren't something I would publish (or even about travel) and using my time to work on social media, read and comment on more blogs, and share the love :)

    All the best!

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  2. Don't beat up on yourself – sometimes those things happen, but I think rather than just throwing stuff out there because you feel obliged to keep to a schedule, take those breaks – readers get it! :)

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  3. When I wrote my old blog, Life Abroad, I definitely felt this way. I was living in the Netherlands, and shared my concerns with a friend. She gave me some great advice – post what you do during the day, even if seems mundane to you. Just the act of going to the market in the Netherlands was an interesting read for my friends and family back home, even though to me it had become so routine! The smallest of details of living abroad can be fascinating to those from other countries! Hope that helps :) Your Bali posts have been a huge source of inspiration for me as I study for the NY bar and get excited about our month long trip to Bali in August!

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  4. Calli, it is so good to know I am not alone! And, Emily, I totally agree which is why I took the break. We will see what comes of next week! The thing about a blog, though, is there is always a next week.

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  5. Oh, Heather, anything that can help you study for the bar is fine by me, as I took NY too, many years ago. Look us up when you are in Bali. I assume it will be in August? We will be here.

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  6. Yes we'll be there for all of August! I would love to meet up!

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  7. I’m experiencing something similar. To help me get it back I am taking a break. Traveling without the intent to write something. Sure enough I organically come up with something, a story, a place, an experience that I didn’t expect to have/see but flows through me nonetheless.

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    • I am writing a lot more now that I am back on the road, and have at least one new blog idea a day, if not more. The challenge for me will be to keep writing when I am back home about my experiences this month in Europe – to keep that inspiration going!

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