Blogger’s Block

I think that it takes several things for a blogger to develop a devoted following. Foremost is probably the ability to write in an intelligent, interesting, and entertaining manner. Creativity is also key. I mean a really (yawn) enjoy those blogs that simply directly copy stuff from other sites, but I think the most interesting bloggers generate their own material and/or provide an interesting new take on something they have come across. Finally, regular posting absolutely key. If I happen to hit a blog and see that they only post once a month, I’m not going to be inclined to return–regardless of how good the material is.

So this is where I’m headed with all this: I’m experiencing a serious case of blogger’s block right now. It’s really similar to writer’s block except that…well ok, it’s exactly like writer’s block. I’ve really had a tough time the last couple of weeks. Fellow bloggers, what do you do to combat such slumps? Can you point me to the Blogger’s Ex-Lax…please? Which aisle is it on?

I came up with a couple ideas that I hope to implement:

  •  I know it’s so 20th century, but I need to carry a small notebook with me everywhere I go. I do come up with good ideas frequently. Unfortunately, I’m not generally in front of a computer or I’m at work. Those great ideas quickly drain out of my brain if I don’t act on them. I need to be able to quickly jot down ideas so that I can work on a post in the evening when I have some time.
  • My “creativity” often happens in bursts. I’ll sometimes come up with a good post and find that the ideas just keep coming. I’ll end with 3 or 4 posts in a single day during these brief moments of creative genius (snickers). What I really should do during these bursts is make 1 post and save off the other 3 (as long as they are not time sensitive) for dry periods such as I’m experiencing now.

Tomorrow we are headed out for a week-long spring break vacation. (Hold on for a moment while I do the Snoopy dance.) I’m hoping that things will happen on this trip to get some creative juices flowing again. Stay tuned.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Well, I’ve doing this crazy blogging thing for almost 4 months now. It was an early New Year’s resolution that I have actually kept. I am really enjoying it. I have met new friends and become more connected with existing friends. There is also something very rewarding about taking the time to put together a good post and watching the numbers come in. There’s just something kind of cool about somehow impacting where web surfing traffic goes. Anyway, I was taking a moment to reflect and wanted to share with you my top 10 posts as well as the lonely 10 that barely received a glance.

 First off, here are your 10 favorite posts all time. If you have missed out on some of these, now is your chance to catch up.

  1. About   59
  2. Am I Deaf?   43

Ah yes, and the shameful 10. Perhaps there’s a gem in there that most everyone missed. Most likely though, they just suck and you’ll waste your time reading them. Your choice.

Most of my personal favorites appear in the top 10 list. However, a couple did not:

Her Place Is in the Kitchen

I Want To Be Mr. Potato Head

Dad in the Headlights: Now a Domain

I decided to purchase the domain www.dadintheheadlights.com just in case I ever want to host the blog myself or do something else with it. Right now it will just redirect you to my blog hosted here at WordPress. I know: la de freakin da.