Bloggus Interruptis: when a blogger takes a blogging hiatus for a period over four weeks. Some key words associated with Bloggus Interruptis: writer’s block, blog insecurity, Vegas vacation, beach cocktails and many barrels of red wine.
I took a little break from my blog this summer. It was going to be a short hiatus, but turned into more than a month of bloggus interruptis.
The reality has set in, all that is left of the beach drinks are little umbrellas, I need to push past the writer’s block, give up my blog insecurities and jump into jeandayfriday like I originally planned. So, in the words of the Terminator, “I’m back.”
At the start of the summer, I set a few goals for myself. One was to come up with a bi-weekly blog schedule. The second was to exercise daily. The third was to spend as much time with family and friends as possible. I succeeded in only one of my goals: lucky number three. Three is a magic number after all.
After getting behind on my blogging, I began to avoid it as I avoid scales and balancing my checkbook. I would open the computer and see the WordPress bookmark on my bookmark toolbar and then gently close the computer and walk away. I knew my blog was calling to me to write, but I began feeling insecure. The inner voice started taunting me saying, “You don’t have anything to write about,” and, “Your writing is poopie,” and even, “You know you will be interrupted a million times so why even begin?” Eventually, the inner voice got to me and I avoided my blog.
The inner voice started taunting my about the blogs I follow. She would say, “You don’t have time to sit and read those and give them proper comments,” and, “The comments you make are silly,” and even, “How can you read all of these when you will be interrupted a million times?” Darn the inner voice!
So, as I mentioned, I’m back. I have put the inner voice into a wine bottle, corked it and set it free in the high tides at Hilton Head. It may find me again next summer, but hopefully I will have some strategies to deal with her nagging presence then.
But even with her on a journey to the ends of the ocean, I still have some questions for my fellow bloggers.
1. How do you crush the inner voice of doubt?
2. How do you manage the blogs you follow and give them a fair shake?
3. What is a good blogging schedule? Once or twice a week? Or more?
and lastly, 4. How was your summer?