Blogstipated (\ˈblȯg-stə-ˌpā-təd\): The state of being unable to start or complete a blog post despite desire to do so; often accompanied by intense frustration and/or despair; common remedies include writing a meta post about the experience of blogstipation or a post completely unrelated to the regular theme of the blog.
Yep, I’ve been blogstipated.
And I’ve definitely been experiencing the accompanying frustration. Because I feel like there is a post waiting to be written, but I can’t see it yet.
At the encouragement of my writer friend, Kyeli, I’m trying to remedy the situation with a bit of a meta post. Well, I guess it’s also partly an “unrelated” post, because I’m sharing this little pun I threw out on Twitter today, which led to Kyeli’s encouragement.
In search of blog fiber…
I know I’m not the only one who’s blogstipated. So I started wondering about finding bloglaxatives…or blaxatives.
The meta post is a good one to try.
But sometimes just knowing it’s a post can be too much pressure. So if the thought of a meta post or a silly, off-topic post is too much, what about a journaling exercise? One that you never have to show anybody. One that you could burn afterward, if that helps you feel less pressured. Just something to get your pen (or fingers) moving.
So I came up with a few questions. These are the ones I’d ask if someone came to me with a case of blogstipation. Just to see what happens.
I’ve included my own answers.
What would you write about if you didn’t care what people would think or you weren’t trying to make it fit with the rest of your blog? Or weren’t trying to follow any blogging rules?
Sometimes I’m afraid I’ll sound too pushy. Or even too cheery (or – blech – coachy). But if I really weren’t worried about it, I’d probably write…
…a really encouraging post letting people know I believe in them.
…a ranty post that people don’t have to keep doing work that makes them miserable.
…more about the ways I can help people.
…stuff that has no real point, but would allow me to connect with people more.
…more often, because I wasn’t so damn worried about the point.
Describe how your blogstipation feels. Do you feel it emotionally? Physically?
Mostly I feel it emotionally. It’s Urgency again, but instead of “hurry up or you’ll go broke,” it’s “hurry up and write something or all your readers will forget you and find another blog to read.” So it feels anxious. Which means the physical stuff feels like adrenaline.
But it also feels like something is trying to come out (my inner 8-year old is giggling, while my inner fussbudget is apologizing profusely for the unfortunate imagery).
Like there’s a blog post right there, but it’s too foggy for me to grab on to it.
What will happen if you don’t write a post today?
It will just keep getting harder and harder to write one. But it’s tied to all the other stuff that’s been going on – the insomnia and fatigue – so it’s a symbol of all the work I want to do but can’t seem to get done.
At the same time, I can see that, in reality, nothing will happen if I don’t write a post today. Today, tomorrow, next week…it won’t make a huge difference in the end.
What does your blogstipation want you to know?
It’s okay. Things are shifting. Be patient. Your body needs you to take care of it. The blog will be here.
What do you wish God (or someone) would say to you – about your blogstipation or anything else?
That the desires I have to help lots of people in deep, meaningful, radical ways will happen. That I won’t die before I figure out how to do what I want to do. That the world won’t end before it happens. That it’s happening already, even if it doesn’t always look or feel like it.
How about you?
Want to play along by answering these questions? You can answer in the comments, or on your own blog (be sure to comment with a link to your post so we can find it). Or, if you answered privately, which questions were the most enlightening? What question did you wish I had asked?
Also, if you have a favorite blaxative, please share, so we can all add them to our medicine chests.
As always, no advices, please! Blogging is challenging enough without throwing shoulds around.