It’s all your fault, really.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed an incoming link to this blog where a blogger mentioned being happy because my post frequency was “back to normal”. Well, that lasted for about a week. I realize I haven’t devoted much time to this blog in the past month or two, and to be honest, I was hoping for some kind of writing revelation to occur. Unfortunately, it isn’t happening and I’m finding myself bored with my post drafts. So incredibly bored.

I’m not going to write about taking a blog break…it’s just that, I’m sitting here- my writing deadlines have all been met, my sick baby is sleeping, I’ve fed my Us Weekly addiction, but I just don’t have it in me to write anything at this place. And it’s not that I don’t have the material, because this week has been chock full.

(Such as, I’m now 34. This is my last year included in the 25-34 box, people.)

(Or how a stranger told my husband that I am a dead ringer for Sarah Palin. While I was standing at the polling booth! Wearing an Obama shirt! Which, apparently, is called passive electioneering and is illegal! Take THAT, rule-abiding self!)

(By the way, the short phrases ending with exclamation points?! BORING.)


((((Not to mention the overuse of parentheticals.))))

GAH GAH GAH. Am I the only blogger who feels this way? Obviously I am, since all of you are NaBloPoMo-ing it like crazed over-achievers. Way to make me feel like a total turd.

  1. Jane

    November 7, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Wow, you are really hard on yourself.
    Always a pleasure to read you.
    Happy birthday.

  2. lulu

    November 7, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    No, you’re not the only one feeling that way about blogging. It’s going around, and we’re all (or a lot of us are) feeling it. Check this article out from Wired: http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/magazine/16-11/st_essay

    Interesting, huh? Maybe it’s the end of an era..

  3. Courtney

    November 8, 2008 at 1:53 am

    I feel like that all the time. It’s all good. You write when you want to and don’t force it. And if you ever think of something interesting, but don’t have time to write the post right away, just take a note of it and save it for later.

  4. Jerri Ann

    November 8, 2008 at 3:35 am

    That’s the beauty of owning your own blog, write when you want………….don’t worry about it when you don’t!!!!!

  5. MKateP

    November 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    That is the reason I don’t write a blog…too much pressure to be entertaining, when my reality is mostly about laundry, keeping up with my two year old and worrying about what I am going to cook for dinner. That isn’t even interesting to me, let alone the rest of the internet. For some reason, though, it is comforting to read about someone else that is dealing with and managing similar life experiences, especially when they do it in a funny, sincere way.

    Hope Wito is feeling better.

  6. zizi

    November 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Not to worry, you will be home for Christmas and this fam always gives you something to write about. How can anyone forget picking up the 6 foot sandwich in a snowstorm or the slaughter house ham from last Christmas?

  7. Angella

    November 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    You are not a turd. Just not crazy like the rest of us…

  8. Karen

    November 8, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I’m nablopomo’ing again and I don’t frickin’ know why… I was MIA from my blog for a while too… maybe I’m just trying to recapture some of that blog passion?

    I don’t know. You’re not a turd, though, that much I do know. And I’m all about parenthicals too…

  9. JG

    November 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    All I know comes from my personal experience, in which I did the same thing for so long that I became a cliche of myself. At which point it was just time to move on. :) I think I avoided that realization for a while because it felt disloyal. But it was true anyway.

  10. Miguelina

    November 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. I’m doing the NaPoBlo thing PRECISELY because I’d been avoiding my blog and putting too much pressure on myself to be entertaining. Now I’m just blogging. Also? I’ve started doing the question-mark-in-the-middle-of-a-sentence thing.

    I hang my head in shame.

  11. Jora

    November 9, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I’m pretty sure there is some sort of law of the universe that says when you are required to do something, it is no longer fun. You’re writing so much now for weekly columns, writing for fun prob. isn’t going to happen. Oh well. We still have your tweets!

  12. brandy

    November 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

    There’s a better chance of me suddenly grasping advance calculus than completing NaBloPoMo. And considering I got 17% on my midterm in math, you can see I’m not a math genius. Don’t feel bad about this not wanting to write feeling, you are definitely not alone.

  13. bok

    November 10, 2008 at 4:41 am

    I know just what you mean. Perhaps more invigorating for bloggers than NaBlo etc etc would be a pledge to avoid all the hackneyed “bloggy” writing devices, mang of which you have identied:
    Using full stops (or “periods” as you call them, hee) in. totally. inappropriate.places.
    Writing in caps ALL THE TIME. Or even ALL. THE. TIME
    Using exclamations marks! Like this! As you pointed out!
    Writing huge run on sentences with mininal punctuation, not because we don’t know how to write, because oh my god many of us do have degrees, which by the way means we should how to punctuate, but because it’s just like the way bloggers write.
    (And using parentheses)
    (Too many of them)

    I do all of these things myself, and so do most of the bloggers I read regularly, but have decided that enough is enough. I’m tired of boring myself.

    I’m not being entirely snarky, just irked, and also relieved that somebody else has noted that blogging can be kind of boring when you don’t break the mould.

    Let’s get fresh! You know what I mean.

  14. bok

    November 10, 2008 at 4:42 am

    *many* of which you have identified, I mean.

  15. lemonologie

    November 10, 2008 at 7:19 am

    I completely understand! When it comes to blogging, my boredom comes in spurts. Some days I can’t wait to write. Then other day – I cannot think of a single thing to say!