Monday, September 2, 2013
Blog Writer's Block - Do you suffer from it?
A few days ago I read that a blogger was having a case of writer's block. I don't want to say who it is in case I embarrass her. I did leave a comment, as did other people - and many of the comments were very considered.
I have been mulling over blog writers block since I read this post. I don't seem to suffer from it, and I wondered why. Then I realised it is because I have a background that has given me the skills to overcome this problem.
I have a background, not only in nursing (very handy to earn an income) but also in the creative arts (Bachelor of Arts, Hons 1, majors in Drama and Screen.). I have also done a couple of art units here and there. What I have learnt is that there is no such thing as inspiration. First comes perspiration, and that can lead to inspiration.
I also learnt in drama to improvise - we had lovely exercises such as "in pairs, rhyming couplets, 6 lines, two minutes and on stage..." You certainly just have to get on with it without too much thought ...and it really is amazing the ideas you can come up with. I frequently use this sort of technique when blogging...
There are times when I have no idea what to blog about, but I sit down and blog anyway. I find that this always works. I keep anchored to my themes of sewing /style or blog related activities - I don't deviate into talking about much else (occasionally I do) as then I lose the focus of the blog.
I don't have hard and fast rules - I improvise as I go along, but with a structure behind it. I find that rules tend to stifle ideas that float out. Any idea I have I jot down - I may or may not use them - but sometimes an idea leads to another idea that I will blog about.
Sometimes I have ideas that come in a rush - I just jot them down in my "not to be published blog" - if you look on my profile you will see a third blog, Sew Style Notebook. Some ideas are deleted, as they are too silly for words (pardon the pun).
I am quite lucky in that I have a mind that is always seeing ideas - I am sure quite a few of you are like that too - most sewers have lots of ideas, especially about what to make next...
And I never criticise myself for anything I've done - a blog is a work in both progress and process - a bit like life really. I do try to improve. For instance, I have never really thought about how to write a blog - and now I am starting to think about it, and trying to share my ideas with you. Over time, I will get better at this, and may one day have posts that can really help people develop their blog.
Well, that's it from me for today.
Take care, Sarah Liz :)
P.S - I'm still working on the Bloglovin problem - I did get an email from them, but the instructions did not work, so I have emailed them back again...! I didn't have any problem installing the stylethestashsewalong.blogspot Bloglovin button, so I am not sure what the glitch is here.