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What to do if you’ve missed a week? or month?

On twitter, someone asked us if we had any advice. They’ve missed a stretch of posts because they’ve had a…

On twitter, someone asked us if we had any advice. They’ve missed a stretch of posts because they’ve had a rough patch.

My advice is… you’re already back on track. Posting on twitter is still posting something. You can always just write about why you don’t want to write, or about why you think you should write. Writing is sneaky in that you can write about anything, including writing about writers block.

But what do you guys think? Any other advice for BoltClock, or for all the other lurkers out there who aren’t blogging?

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  1. Is the depressive episode something that can be utilised in posting? If not, then that’s okay, it doesn’t need to be used.

    But life is such a useful tool, I find, for anything writing related. If there’s been problems that have made you feel angry, write about it, if it’s made you sad, write about sadness. It doesn’t have to go into detail, it doesn’t have to say very much, but it could be a way to work through what’s going on and get back to the posting regularly.

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  2. Abandon perfectionism, all those who blog once a day (or week). It’s better to post “Yalurpty lurp yalurpty lurp yalurpty lurp!” than it is to post nothing because the first expresses and interacts and gets something onto the screen.

    The Daily Post is nothing to feel guilty about. It’s meant to energize and inspire, and the whole feel of it seems to be one of bolstering rather than oppressing–step up and be weird or lousy or smashed down by life, but STEP UP and get ‘er done. Even if all you can write is “OMG BOOGERS!”, that’ll do.

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    1. This is a serious issue with me. I am a guy who would never write a post that has no or little depth to it. And the need for content, and the effort requierd to rproduce something of quality is getting too much for me. But yeah, I do write stuff equivalent to OMG BOOGERS!, just so I can maintain the flow. When the ideas strike, I would be up for it. But I really spend more than 2-3 hours daily on my posts, and when I really strike something, like the day before yesterday when I wrote a story, I can work myself to irrational extents, sometimes even 8-9 hours on a stretch.

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      1. I’m just the same way. The effort gets to the point where it’s unsustainable–I’m all for putting out a quality product, but not at the expense of creating the habit. It’s all too easy to give up and try something else. I think that what a lot of us need is perseverance and tenacity. We’ll probably become better bloggers as we go, and we need to refuse to succumb to the pressure to be “OMG the greatest EVAR”! We all lie fallow sometimes and we all wax with creativity sometimes. The trick is knowing how to handle it when the words won’t pour out of our fingertips.

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    2. I simply adore your blogs and sketchbook art! I have been so far away from my computer, I am just now getting to the emails, and back on track with WP. Matter of fact, my Doctor said that if I felt yucky, and didn’t want to write is when she wants me to write. So “Doctor’s Order’s” are to write especially when I don’t have something nice and cool to say. So I appreciate your “OMG BOOGERS!” more than I could ever express! Thanks MM! ;-D

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  3. Even writing one line perhaps on why you are troubled or depressed can actually work in your favor. Writing is a release or a purging–whether positive or negative. Seeing the words in black and white could give one a different perspective.

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  4. Great creative!
    With all the DailyPost topics, you can get back to blog writing in no time. Other blogs also provide topic ideas, I’ve even provided a list on my blog by the name of “Standing Up to Writer’s Block with Daily Post.”

    And Twitter can certainly be a fine medium to keep your writing going. As long as you’re giving those Tweets some decent length and put some thought into them.

    Maybe write a story. You don’t have to be the next Horowitz, Colfer, or Dumas to write a fun tale. It can also take your mind off things.

    Using your blog as an emotion vent is also a possibility, as long as you have a filter from your mind to your keyboard.

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  5. Blogging about random objects is something truly therapeutic. I signed onto postaday in the New Year in an attempt to get rid of the clutter in my household. One item a day, one post a day, 365 days straight. The great thing is that I can reflect on something completely removed from myself in escape or if I’m feeling something emotional, I can transfer it onto the object in my reflection. Good luck, BoltClock. I encourage you to check out my blog http://jettison2011.wordpress.com/

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    1. Oops! My comment was for Daniel @BoltClock … Sorry Miss Peg :-)
      Great point Scott! @BoltClock, go with your heart and post anything you feel prompted to do. Posting Photos or any other quick tips, quotes, or add-ons will be another way to stay connected. :-)
      Best Wishes,
      Eliz
      Mirth and Motivation

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  6. If you are not posting because of problems, write about them privately, and then review. Maybe there’s something there that you wouldn’t feel too uncomfortable sharing. We all have problems and I’ve found a great deal of inspiration from the writings on the Internet. It helps to read about the issues others are having, so that you know you are not alone. Plus, it’s very therapeutic to get it out. If you end up helping someone, it can be very healing. Hope things get better!

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  7. I’ve been there. Write whatever is on your mind. Even if it is more like a diary entry than a blog. Or something so personal that you don’t even want to admit it to yourself. Save it – don’t publish it right away – and then look at it again a day later. You may be very surprised at what you’ve written and want to share with the world. If not, you can edit it to what makes you comfortable. Best of luck. Sending good vibes to you.

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  8. I experience writer’s block every single day. I just try to not panic about it and go on a walk and see what I think about. Invariably some little beginning will happen….a question I have, a scenario, a word even. I think the main thing is to not judge it, just write.

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  9. Writing is a brilliant way to get those thoughts out of your head and away… I would cheat and write two little blogs a day for a while, or throughout the year, to catch up. Free writing is excellent too. M

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  10. I agree with all the above comments. I suffered severe depression and last year was then diagnosed with lung cancer, so decided to write about all that… The Art of Waiting – or Waiting for GOD knOws whaT…. it helped me deal with the issues I was facing. Good luck !

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  11. Writing even just one sentence and posting it every day is a post. I find that if I just do a tiny little bit – but do that tiny bit consistently – it’s *much* easier to stay with it than to go in spurts and stops. And if I’m not feeling overly “creative”, I can always just look out my window and write one sentence about what I see. Or write one sentence about what I ate for lunch. It really can be that simple. Good luck!!

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  12. Olá Daniel, gostaria de poder ajudar, veja bem, quem não tem depressão? É o grande mal do século, parece que você superou, ou está superando os seus problemas. O importante é que você voltou e quer continuar é isso ai. Eu também queria desistir de postar, a minha família não deixou, e por isso estou aqui, até que valeu a pena. Sabe escever realmente ajuda vá em frente. É muito bom escrever.
    Receba o meu abraço e bom retorno!
    Mina!!

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  13. If the bad patch is too personal to write about, BoltClock could always write a password protected post or create a separate and locked blog for private matters.

    Even if you write a post a day or week late, you can manipulate the date and time to appear as if they were written on the day it happened.

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  14. Just write something, and don’t feel guilty about missing time writing. Just writing about anything may get you going again. Write about writer’s block. Write about the dog; write about how you hate to get up. The point is to write.

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  15. I agree with what’s already been said. Use your personal conflict in your writing if you can, if not just get something back on the page and soon you will back to your regular posting. Good luck and hope things start looking up! :o)

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  16. Just blog about what you’ve been through while you were gone from the blogosphere. Or you can just pull from other articles and stories that have got your attention and re-post them.

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  17. I agree with Stephen Q above. Use the “press this” feature whenever you find a post or site that stirs something in you. Although you are not technically writing the post, you can certainly respond to it on your own blog.

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  18. Hi BlotClock! Don’t be guilty in not blogging. It’s okay, Blogging should not be treated as a “requirement” or ‘obligation”. You blog because, you felt like blogging. Don’t push yourself, if you can’t really blog because of some inevitable circumstances, it’s okay, blog next time or whenever you’re free or you’re in the mood. Though sometimes, it helps when you write/blog something that depresses you or about a “sad/terrible” experience. It helps you ‘get rid of it’ slowly because you let out all your feelings. Treat your blog as a friend, where you can speak to when your happy or sad or just felt the need for someone.

    If you can blog parts of why you haven’t blog, then blog something about it. But if it’s too personal and confidential, then just get back, when you’re okay already and got the right mood for sharing~

    Good Luck!

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  19. What I usually do is I mixed things up in my blog.

    If am really out of anything to say, I opt for Journal which means I simply share what I feel at that current moment on what happen within the day or from the past that I suddenly out of nowhere thought about it.

    I love quick pen drawing so I also do that. The writing fun part is making the title and captions :)

    I love aphorisms too. In 1 line, I declare the statement that I believe based from personal experience.

    Do something for the first time, something you’ve never done before, then blog the experience and the result.

    Check out my blog to read my works :) http://ittakes10k.wordpress.com

    Good luck @BoltClock, don’t fuzz that it was 1 month that you didn’t blog at all, enjoy life; don’t pressure yourself.

    If you really L♥VE blogging – you’re in the right track asking help to ease the writer’s blog and for sure you’ll be writing more than 1 post in one sitting. If you’ll follow my suggestion on aphorisms, then even if you’re out and about, bring a mini notebook and write what comes to mind then it will be easier to blog and publish once you’re ready to get going. Honestly, from your depressive episode, why not look at a different vantage point and lean on the positive sides, and hopefully therapeutically write about it.

    Take care!

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