Confessions of a not very good blogger

You guys! You guys! So much has happened since my last post in…uh…January? Really? January? I didn’t realize it’s been that long since my last post. Well, uh, at least it was from this year. It IS from this year right? Right.

So, what’s been going on since January? Things. Things like planning a wedding (that blog hasn’t been updated either. I suck), honeymooning in Vegas, traipsing around Napa Valley with family, trying new recipes, general lounging and acclimating to life as a newlywed, working out (more often than not – kinda), video game playing, Netflix watching, Game of Thrones reading, Graphic Design and web design/development learning, and contemplating life. In short, it’s been a little busy around these parts.

However, I am looking forward to getting back to writing! I know you’ve heard it all before so I won’t even waste the breath or words to say that I’m serious this time; that I changed. Because, let’s be realistic: there are only so many hours in the day and if it comes down to writing a blog post or spending quality time with the husband (or napping), I’m going to spend the time with him (or nap). But that isn’t to say that I’m any less dedicated. It’s just to say that my priorities have changed slightly.

But I’m rambling. I have a mess of thoughts in my head just waiting to be organized into coherent sentences for blogs so stuff will be coming.  So for now I’ll leave you with this (and don’t worry; I’ll be back!)

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Just another post about Writer’s Block

I have about six different posts in various stages of incomplete thoughts. Some are more thought out than most, but really, the only differences between the majority of them is the number of sentences (or even words in some select cases) in the draft. It’s kind of disheartening and frustrating.

I’ve documented my bouts with Writer’s block before and while I’m not ready to cop to another round of it, I know there is something blocking my ability to fully form my thoughts into coherent sentences.

So what do I have in my draft file?

1) My reactions to my mom saying things going back to normal after my sister and the BF returned home following my graduation. Yes, way back in May. I was going to write about my desire for creating a new normal but just couldn’t flesh out the idea.

2) My job search progress. I started this a few months ago to ruminate on my current processes and wondering where I’m going wrong. I started it and then abandoned it when I simply lost interest in the topic. As a quick update, I did have an interview last week though haven’t heard back. Bummer. The job was sooo perfect for me!

3) That weird spot between deciding you want to marry your significant other and actually getting engaged. It’s kind of awkward floating in “engagement purgatory,” especially when there are some extenuating circumstances (long distance, jobs, you know, the usual ) keeping you in a prolonged holding pattern. This was really a hot topic in my head but when I started to write, I just kept getting confused and lost steam.

4) Why I don’t think I want to start my own business. I get calls all the time about starting my own business, whether it’s to sell my crafts or to plan parties and while I think it could eventually become a nice little side job, I just don’t have any real desire to make it happen.

5) My primary care doctors and why I’m secretly in platonic love with one of them. Hint: It’s his clothes.

6) What I would splurge on if I did, in fact, splurge.

So there, that’s what I have in the pipeline for the blog. But with the depth of material, sometimes I wonder if I’m really dedicated to continue blogging. Is this something I really want to do? Because if it was, I’d have no problem blogging. Is it because I usually don’t get comments? Comments are motivating pieces of crack since you know for sure that people read and possibly enjoyed what you wrote, but do I write commentable posts? Do I make you think? Is that really my goal? To make you think? Or is it just a little space for a quick, breezy read that hopefully makes you at least chuckle? Maybe I should go back to stream of consciousness writing? Nah, I don’t want to go back there. while it was easy to get a post written practically everyday, my earlier writings are so unfocused and comical that it’s kind of hard to go back and read them and I don’t think I really want to go back there.

Huh, that last paragraph was a little stream of consciousness writing. That wasn’t so bad. Maybe I should try it out more often.

But in the end, isn’t it funny how I always seem to have no problem writing about my Writer’s Block? What is that all about? #Irony.

I could use a ghost writer right about now

Or at least a swift push in the right direction.

Sometimes the most frustrating thing about writing is wanting to write but not knowing what to write. I’ve been struggling with this inane “Writer’s block” for a while, which would explain the obvious lack of posts in the past year. I want desperately to write but for the most part, have been feeling generally uninspired once I pull up my blog editor.

I’ve noticed that I’ve been treating my blog as if I were writing a paper for class: have a general idea of what I want to write about, open my blog, write a sentence, delete the sentence, write another one, check Facebook, then my email, then ModCloth, Twitter, my other email, Twitter, and then I need to Google “how to pronounce Siobhan” [it's not "See-ob-han" in case you're wondering]. And then, the next thing I know, it’s an hour later and I have nothing. Except for that random period that somehow survived the mass deletion the first time around. Erasing fail.

So what’s exactly the cause of this apparent writer’s malaise? I suspect it’s probably a combination of many factors but mainly the pressure to produce a witty, insightful and interesting post and the perception of not having anything worthwhile to blog about. Which is really stupid since I have actually done stuff worth writing about, like how I pushed myself past my own comfort zone and socialized with strangers. By myself. Or the day I spent with the SFFD. Or the lovely revelations I had during my most recent visit with the bf. There are plenty of things to talk about, not only from my own life, but from the world in general.

Which begs the question: if there is plenty of content that I can draw from, what is the issue? Deep down, I suspect that I’m not worthy of writing anything because I’m not working. If that’s so, when did my entire identity become dependent upon one singular aspect of my life?

I know I’m more than my job. I have other things to contribute to the world besides working. And it’s not like I ever really wrote about my job in detail on the blog anyway so why am I so hung up on that? That sounds like fodder for another post. But the pressure of writing is very real. It happens and it can be incredibly crippling. I constantly try to remind myself that while I may not write as hilariously as Jenny at The Bloggess or as eloquently as Jose at The Jose Vilson, it’s okay. All I can be is me. Sometimes I’m hilarious and sometimes I’m eloquent but I know I’m not like that all the time. Way too exhausting. But I can weave my fair share of fantastical tales and have my own distinct voice that is definitely worthy of being heard.

So how do I combat this severe writer’s block? I plan on writing for the sake of writing in an attempt to remember that I actually LOVE writing and that writing isn’t a chore but a pleasure. I’ve come to realize that Academic writing has killed my soul. But all is not lost though; I do still get the overwhelming urge to write something so at least it’s not all dead. Just mostly dead. But you can totally come back from being mostly dead.

Right, Wesley?

Have fork, will travel

I’m getting ready to head up to Seattle for the fun and adventures that lay ahead of us for Amalia and JoAl’s wedding and I cannot wait to get started on my second attempt to eat Seattle.

But I’ll be back to update you on my trip and my failure to keep my weekly Running on Asphalt series going [it's not like it's a lot of work, it's just enough work to discourage me from continuing on a weekly basis], the bf and my trip to IFly SF for some indoor skydiving [hopefully with video!] and possibly start to reveal my super top secret plans for my 30th birthday coming in August.

Yes, I’m going to be 30. In August. THIS AUGUST.

Until then, enjoy your Fourth of July weekend and I’ll see you next week!

 


I’m coming for you, Seattle. And I’m bringing my own fork

How to have a bloggable life

So you want to know how to have a life that’s worth blogging about. It’s as easy as 1-2-3. No seriously. It is.

Step 1: Get a life

Now is the time to start doing stuff. What stuff you do is up to you. It can be crafting, surfing, running, hiking, shopping, cooking [or your attempts to cook], dressing up in a mascot costume and traipsing around the city? I’m not here to judge. Whatever floats your boat.

Step 2: Start a blog

This is pretty self-explanatory. Apparently more self-explanatory than getting a life. Weird how that is isn’t?

Step 3: Write about the stuff you’re doing

Okay, so here’s a little math: Step 1 + Step 2 = Step 3.

Prefer word problems? So remember all that stuff you did in step 1? Now take all the memories of those things and write about it in the blog you started in step 2. Then hit publish, and lean back with a smug productive smile on your face. Wham, bam thank you ma’am, you’re done!

And that, my friends, is how you have a bloggable life.

Any questions?

Everywhere but here

So the memory card reader on Sarge, my laptop, went kaput sometime in January. I don’t know why or how it happened but when I tried to upload the pictures I took from Monterey while the bf was visiting [I'll write it about, I promise!] my camera program announced that there weren’t any pictures on the memory card. How could you say there are no pictures on the memory card, camera program? That’s funny, because I JUST saw them on the camera. Thinking my camera program was acting stupid, I decided to check directly with the drive and wouldn’t you know, Sarge told me to insert a memory card.

You mean the memory card that is currently in the G drive? That one? Because it’s already in there. Lies! Lies I say!

After a pretty involved chat with a Dell tech rep [in which she went all ghostwriter on my laptop and took control over it] I was left with the option of living with a broken card reader or relinquish Sarge for a week or so to have it repaired. Since Sarge is still under warranty I decided to just turn him over to get fixed. How often does something break while it’s still under warranty? I HAD to take this opportunity to get it fixed.

So alas, I will be laptop less for a little bit. Granted, my mom has offered me the use of her laptop and we do have the ginormous dinosaur downstairs but I foresee a future of limited Internet access until Sarge is returned, which is basically the longest, more drawn out way of saying I won’t be posting here for a bit.

This is where you roll your eyes and say, “So what’s new?”

Touche.