I recently wrote a post about Silencing the Internal Pressure to Be the Blogger I’m Not, and that wasn’t even the article I set out to write that day. I planned to sit down and write this slightly self-deprecating list of all of the things I do instead of work on my blog, create new videos, or post to Instagram:
1. Drink coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. That way, I definitely cannot write about/film videos/take pictures of tea.
2. Borrow a bunch of books from the library, and then I proceed to binge-watch the Office again because, you know, it’s been a few months since I watched it.
3. Change my layout.
4. Stare at my phone with a finger hovering over the Instagram icon, debating internally whether to open the app before ultimately setting it down and walking away to rummage around in the fridge, because nothing is more distracting than eating food when you’re not really hungry.
5. Open the Youtube Creators app and then quickly close it before it finishes loading because I don’t want to see how many subscribers I’ve lost.
6. Brainstorm my way through a blog branding workbook before realizing everything I wrote down is exactly the same as the last three times I brainstormed my way through a blog branding workbook. (My ideal audience is always “me”).
7. Change my layout.
8. Try to do Twitter again. Like, why am I so bad at it?
9. Have a sudden bolt of inspiration to launch a new blog, as if that were the answer to my inability to sit in a chair and write.
10. Proceed to brainstorm my way through another blog branding workbook for the new blog only to realize it’s still the exact same as the blog branding workbook for
Books & Tea By Golly, Ollie!, just with different fonts. (Also, my ideal reader is still “me”).
11. Give up on the new blog and finally sit down and hand-write a long list of blog post ideas.
12. Type up a hand-written list of blog post ideas onto Trello cards.
13. Change my layout.
14. Move all of my bloglovin’ subscriptions to a Feedr account.
15. Decide I don’t like Feedr that much either, and move all of my subscriptions to my Feedly about.
16. Binge read blog posts but don’t comment because I don’t want someone to click through and see that I haven’t posted in two months.
17. Type up a blog post and let it sit in drafts for a month before ultimately scrapping it because it’s not as good as I thought it was the day I wrote it.
8. Change my layout.
19. Begrudgingly type up another blog post just to get something out into the world even though it’s definitely worse than the blog post that was sitting in my drafts for over a month.
20. Write a second blog post, hope for the best, and pray for continued writing momentum.
Do you experience anything like this? Tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from blogger’s block!