18.4.12

52 Blogger's block?

B is for blogger's block!*

Either the dreaded blogger's block has struck or I'm just way too busy to blog. As you may have gathered from a previous post, someone died - a family friend, buried today, may he rest in peace - and we stopped, were hushed, took time out to grieve. But now I'm playing catch-up with all the chores and meanwhile my blogging muse has gone AWOL. Absconded. Up and left!

Does this happen to you, this staring at a blank screen wondering what to type? How do you deal with it if it does? I'd love to know. Because normally I'm chock full of words to share.

I do have a couple of ploys of my own that might persuade that muse to come home. A mini knitsofacto guide to battling blogger's block if you will. First, brainstorm whatever is in your head right now. Clearly today I was thinking about my absent muse. (Blogging about blogger's block. Ironic? Just a tad!) And second, pick out an image you can find something to say about, because a post without a picture is like a birthday without a cake, Holmes without Watson, Tom without Jerry ... can you think of any more? To this end I fill my camera with inspiration from the world around me, and I spend far too much time on Flick Commons, from whence came my wonderful B-shaped contortionist. He's tying himself in knots, just like me!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I'd scheduled this post for ealier today, to appear while I was at the wake, but Blogger's scheduling tool seems to have had hiccups. Or maybe I got something wrong ... it was the first time I'd used it. Anyway, apologies to anyone who popped by looking for a post that wasn't here.

Oh and don't forget to enter the Jubilee giveaway in the previous post, where there's a little Emma Bridgewater Union Jack Tin and a pair of knitsofacto baby shoes up for grabs. You've just 24 hours left before I pop the entrants names into a hat and pick two winners.

* Contortionist, posed in studio, c. 1880, no known copyright restrictions.

52 comments :

  1. Sorry to hear about your friend but a 'pause' is a good time to think of the friend and reflect on the friendship.
    If you don't already read her blog you might like to look at http://lenealve.blogspot.ca/

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  2. Whoops...not sure what went wrong there. it's either '.com 'at the end or you can Google 'Dances with wool'

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  3. Bloggers block, it happens to everyone I think. If you are especially busy, thinking about the loss of a family friend, perhaps a little time without words is understandable.
    Take the time you need for the words to come back. Sometimes if we pressure ourselves it makes it worse.
    Take care of you,
    Anne xx

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  4. I can relate to Blogger's block. I actually just started a blog about my painting and other creative endeavors and I am not very proficient at it yet. I *want* to be a blogger but I am just not there yet. Sometimes I have what I think is fun and interesting stuff to say but mostly I don't think I am that engaging. And to be brutally honest, sometimes I just forget! I have very few followers at this point but the ones I do have are loyal. Don't worry Annie. It will come back.
    Sorry for the loss of your friend too. Big hugs from across the pond. ;)

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  5. Hello Annie:
    Worry not! Better to take some time away from the computer than to feel under pressure to write something. After all, or so we strongly believe, blogging should be a real pleasure and should not, for whatever reason, become a chore. And we are certain that in no time at all you will have lots of things and ideas you wish to share. Until then....!!

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  6. So sorry to hear about your friend. Life just sucks sometimes. I think just go with the flow. If you don't feel like blogging, don't! And then don't think too hard about it. We can over think these things. Give yourself time. Be kind to you. I think there is enough to feel guilty or bad about these days. Bloggers block is one than shouldn't be one of those things! Indulge, look after yourself, take time and then before you know it, bam! You'll feel like you WANT to blog, not that you HAVE to blog or SHOULD want to blog. Blogging I find tends to ebb and flow, much as life :) so banish the notion of bloggers block!!!

    Jo x x x

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  7. So sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy to say goodbye to anybody at any time in life.

    I always find taking a step back helps - blogging should be fun and not feel like a chore - I think that's the hardest thing to realise.

    Take care and big hugs

    Nina x

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  8. sorry for your sad times Annie...bloggers block can strike at any time - but I guess it's far more likely to hit hard when you are feeling low. It's hard to talk about frivolities at a time like that.
    When I lose my blogging mojo I simply wait...it always comes back in its own time. And you blogging friends will still be here!
    Sending you a virtual hug (from a big squashy bossom...in fact bigger and squashier than usual thanks to Devon hols!)
    fee x

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  9. You are right to take time out to grieve - I am sorry to hear about your loss. I do agree with fee that the block often hits when you are low - but it really doesn't matter. I have been low myself and found that posting a 'low' post helped - not to unblock me, particularly but to reach out to my blogging friends to ask for a hug - and I was not disappointed. And I feel rather better this morning. There is no obligation on any of us to blog, or be chipper or make everyone else feel better, but I know one thing - just reading and being in contact with so many amazing people around the world certainly does me good. I love your words and your pictures and if you don't write every day, then I'm quite happy to browse some of your earlier posts. Big hugs, Annie xxx

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  10. big hugs. i'm loving mr/mrs B's outfit!

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  11. So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, Annie. I think you should only blog when you feel like it, not because you feel you have to. Take a break and don't worry about it, just do whatever you feel like...and then suddenly you'll be inspired again. Your blog friends will still all be waiting for when you feel better.
    Sending warm wishes.
    Helen x

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  12. Sorry to hear of your loss Annie! One of my dearest friends left us just over a year ago and I still can not put in to words the hole that's left behind. I am now finding that at the most unexpected of times, and in the most expected of places, that hole is filled with sunlight let in by a memory, a smell, a place, a word, a piece of music or a song which are her. Then from that sunlit hole comes overwhelming happiness that she was my friend and I was blessed to have shared such a significant part of my life with her, and I remember and smile. Thinking of you today and wishing you peace xxx

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  13. So sorry to hear of your loss Annie....
    I think sometimes Mother Nature takes over...she is making sure you have a little rest...otherwise blogging can all become an exhausting business!
    Have a break and be good to yourself Annie and you will come back energised and full of inspiration...maybe sooner than you think!
    Take care,
    Susan x

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  14. It's not surprising really that bloggers block has struck. When times are tough it is hard to sit infront of a keyboard and think of what to type and it doesn't get much tougher than coping with the sudden loss of a friend. A period of hush is definitely called for, a time to keep things simple. We'll always be here when the words start to flow again although you have a knack of writing very engaging posts even when you are writing about bloggers block!

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  15. I am so sorry to hear about your friend Annie - its so difficult when we lose those close to us and I guess in a way they take a little piece of us with them. But equally, you will have gained so much from that friendship to cherish. Take a moment to do just that, be still and thankful and think of all the good times.
    I wrote a piece on my blog yesterday about how it is so intensely personal to me and how in a way, I wouldn't want to share it with some people. I rambled on a bit (as I do) but I hope I got my point across. It is so intensely personal that it can almost make me feel a little vulnerable to people who may judge me for the things I like or dislike. Its hard to put into words here, but I would love to know how others feel about their blogs as a personal space, so if you feel like writing and that got you thinking please let me know. I am so knew to blogging and yet have found it ridiculously fulfilling in ways I never thought I would. I would love to hear how everyone else feels about this personal space in which we bare our souls.
    Best wishes
    Sophie

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  16. Annie, so sorry to hear about your friend. With everything going round your head no wonder you've got bloggers block. Take some time out and spend the time doing the things you have a passion for. We all need space to breathe and live life simply without the extra pressures of technology, forget those emails, forget the blogasphere, they will all still be here once you've recharged.
    Sending warm wishes.
    Fleur xx

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  17. Hi Annie...sorry for your loss. Sometimes, when there's some sort of trauma...it's hard to get back to everyday life isn't it? It's as if our thoughts have re-arranged and started at another place. Just a thought! I do hope that you are able to take time for yourself and just take what you need out of life rather than looking after others? Hugs. Joan

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  18. Annie,, how sad for you to lose a good friend. Life can be bloody unfair sometimes as we know. My biggest block came when I started work again and found I was blogging about my workmate's coffee mug! Now I haven't got the coherence to string all the words together that are tumbling around in my head. Take your time- we'll all wait for you. Your words are worth it.

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  19. Oh Annie, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Losing someone close is the saddest thing and just throws everything out of kilter, doesn't it?. I'd definitely suffer writer's block after such an event. Although as already said above, sometimes it is really nice to feel the connection of other bloggers in sad times so sometimes writing something, no matter how irrelevant is good for the soul. When I don't particularly feel like writing I still visit other blogs and comment as a way of connecting. Big Hugs. Mel xx

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  20. Love that image - I spent an age just looking at how they constructed his garment and how on earth did he get into it!

    Sorry to hear about your loss - such things have a habit of stopping us in our tracks and making us take stock, we become so much more aware of our own mortality too. I know its a cliche, but time does indeed heal all.

    As for blogger's block, I have been struggling lately too - not so much that I havent anything to write about, but more than I have been looking inward rather than outward and unsure whether to share.

    Thinking of you x

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  21. Hmm, I just take my camera out with me, look around and something sparks my interest :-)

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  22. I'm sorry to hear about your friend.
    I've got blogger's block too at the moment - and with much less reason! I have things I could blog about but I'm just too dozy to find the words..

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  23. so sorry to hear of your loss, take care. x

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  24. So sorry to hear about your friend, Annie. That in itself could be enough to inhibit blogging inspiration. I've been experiencing something similar in a form of post-Easter mental shutdown, so I simply did a lighthearted post about my new laptop to break the block. :-)

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  25. so sorry about your friend. xxx

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  26. I too am sorry to hear about your friend. I lost a friend at the end of lasy year and it is a real loss. I still am floored sometimes by the loss of her.Blogs are happy places on the whole and sometimes they don't feel like the right place to be. I started re blogging by making my focus the things I was grateful for. Should do that again. Much love to you x

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  27. So sorry to hear about your friend. Grieving can knock the wind out of your sails or the blogging words right out of your mind. Take good care,
    Meredith

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  28. My heart goes out to you, Annie. Take the time you require to heal gently. We will be waiting for you patiently.

    Stephanie

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  29. Annie I wish I could do that with my body! I, too, am sorry to hear about your loss and agree that taking a time to reflect is the right thing to do. Your blogging mojo will bounce back soon enough. I am feeling the block myself, I think because we are still officially on lazy-time holiday so I am practically horizontal. Back to normality next week and I truly hope you are very soon too.
    Take care
    Kate x

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  30. I love your posts. Whatever their subject. I too am sad that you have had a a loss. But I just write something because theres something in me that has to do it, and if people dont want to read it, or comment, fair dos. I do think that somewhere it is said that bloggers care about each other. Good enough for me.

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  31. So sorry to hear about your loss Annie, it's a very important and meaning things to do, take time out for quiet time to grieve. I think we all get wrapped up so easily that sometimes we forget to just be quiet and switch all technology off. As for having bloggers block I promise it;s very normal and I usually find a good night's rest and a refreshing new day can do the trick. Right now I have sooooo much to blog about but no time!!! Hee hee xox Take special care.

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  32. oops sorry I meant to say a meaningful thing to do...I think I need an early night!

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  33. I'm so sorry to read your sad news. I hope you and your family benefited from your quiet time, and are all okay.
    I try to (though don't always succeed in) having one or two 'general' blog posts pre-prepared and ready to go. Then, if I hit a 'block' week, I've got something to put up while I panic about finding my writing mojo again. ;-)
    Carly
    P.S. I LOVE the photo at the top of this post!!!
    x

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  34. I add my sorry and agreement with others that it's sometimes good to have a bit of hushed time. It is always a pleasure to read your posts, whatever they are about.

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  35. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. I have only been blogging 5 minutes but I already get writers block!

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  36. It happens to the best of us, but I find that the more I blog, the more I want to and the less I blog, the less I want to.
    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's death, and hope you all are doing ok! A melancholy mood can also knock the wind out of being creative. Just give yourself time to process, and inspiration will return.

    Ohhh, I'm excited about the giveaway! Anxious to hear the results :)

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  37. Annie - have been thinking about this all day since reading your post. I agree with much of what has been said, especially your namesake Annie. There are times, particularly when you have suffered a loss, when it just seems more appropriate to be private and quiet.

    My own inspiration comes from all over the place - something I've read, a conversation, a picture, a visit, a keepsake, a walk, a ride, or just looking at the sky or sea. For me it is not so much a question of running out of ideas - there are generally lots of things swirling round in my head that I want to write about, - but wanting to avoid a laptop screen. Perhaps they just remind me a little too much of "work". I reckon that blogging should be a pleasure, for reader and writer, at least for most of the time. You give a lot of pleasure with your wee blog; your mojo will be back soon. Definitely.

    PS - I love the contortionist's outfit. Striped to the utmost of stripeability.

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  38. I've had it a few times. It starts with wondering why I write a blog, but that's generally when life chucks some rubbish our way. Then I feel all out of inspiration for the simple joys of life which I like to write about. Any block disappears when it's good and ready as soon as I see something I know I want to record or share with other people who get it.

    I wouldn't worry about it as it'll come back when it's time. For now you sound as if you have had an emotional time to deal with. Look forward to reading more of your posts when you write them.

    X

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  39. i'm sorry too annie, i hope you find comfort in the little things.
    xxx lori

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  40. I find the camera is an excellent and satisfying substitute...
    I am so very sorry to hear about your friend.

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  41. So so so sorry to hear your sad news
    For someone with writers mblock you managed a very nice post. I'm sure once your life has settled back to its normal pace, your mojo will return

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  42. I'm sorry to hear about your family friend Annie, a very sad time for you. I hope you're all coping o.k?
    Bloggers block, maybe that's an official condition, symptoms are stress produced by a busy life and anxiety at missing writing a blog post. Treatment? I'm not sure...... a little rest perhaps. What I've done is decide to do a blog post on a Tuesday and a Friday, hoping that would help, but sometimes even that is a tall order. I think the best thing bloggers can do (which I don't always do!) is tell readers the situation, they're very understanding, and they settle in to wait for a return to blogging brightness, but they do like to know. I should really take my own medecine, but sometimes forget! Love Vanessa xxx

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  43. Hi thankyou for popping by my blog and for your lovely comments , im so sorry about your sad news too ,your post is lovely ,i think we all feel at times that we have nothing to write about but keep on blogging dont give up xx

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  44. Hi Annie,

    Just wanted to say thank you for commenting on my blog with well thought out and wise words. It seems like we have had simlar thoughts and concerns! Thank you for giving me your perspective on the subject. It has really helped me in deciding which way to jump as it were with my blog.

    Thanks again really appreciate it.

    MBB x

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  45. Must ... not ... visit ... Flickr Commons. There's a dinner to cook and laundry to be done.

    (What kind of fabric did they use back then for contortionists' costumes? No Lycra available and yet they managed somehow.)

    Yes, photos do help. Also the realization that blogging is not compulsory, and no one is out there waiting in breathless anticipation for my next post. It's okay to take a day off, or a week, or whatever time is necessary. And you can always write a post about taking time off! :) Irony indeed.

    Getting outside always helps me - just to look at the trees and the sky. Fresh air often equals fresh words.

    I'm so very sorry for your loss.

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  46. I had the same thing this week - too tired/hectic/frazzled to post, so I posted about that, and needing some 'calm down time'. You managed to do a great post anyway, in such adverse circumstances, so no worries. xCathy

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  47. What sad news....no wonder you have lost your blogging mojo x time to nuture x
    Oh yes...it certainly has happened to me!
    have a lovely nurturing weekend
    love jooles x

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  48. Hi Annie I really can say I know a little of what you have been going through, as you will have seen on my blog 2012 has been pretty grim so far. So I send lots of hugs and wishes that time will heal for you.
    On a lighter note, first thank you for your comment and I think your teeny tiny Jubilee Mary Janes are beautiful. The ribbon is an inspired choice and the design is so cute. Dont give up the blogging, we all go through this phase, and your readers will be even more happy to hear from you if you have to take a short break now and again.
    Jenny x

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  49. Sorry to hear about your bad news... I'm not surprised you've got blocked. BUt you don't have to post - though we would miss your posts, we understand, and it's not as though someone will come and shout at you if you don't blog (well, except yourself, that is, so stop now).

    I think everyone goes through phases like this, when life just goes a bit bonkers and some things have to take a back seat for a bit. Finding images like that one - excellent antidote. (Btw, Flickr Commons is now responsible for me not doing the washing up; much, much more interesting. Thank you!)

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  50. I have wandered into your blog today and may I say your words and photos are just wonderful. I hope that your prose starts to flow freely again, twirling around and around wherever it needs to go before it hopefully settles on these pages. Thank you for a gentle start to the day.

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  51. I agree with many others...I love your blogs...whatever the subject. Losing a much loved friend or family member fills the head with sadness and inhibits creativity so just take your time.

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  52. So sorry to hear of your friend's passing. My thoughts are with you.

    And yes, oh yes, I am stuck in a blogging rut, not helped by the fact that there is a bug with my photo editing software that makes it that much harder to overcome my inertia. Perhaps your tips will shake me out of my funk.

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