I Don't Feel Like Writing A Post Today #BlogWriting

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You must have had days where you've felt as if you just can't be bothered to write a blog post. Yesterday (Monday) was one of those days for me, it went a little bit like this...

Yesterday was another typical Monday morning in the VanMarciano household.

The hustle and bustle of the getting kids fed, dressed and ready for school.

The weather outside pretty awful, just our typical wet and windy British November Monday morning.

After dropping the kids off to pre-school for the day, I grabbed myself a large mug of coffee, as per normal, fired up my Macbook and launched my favorite writing app, Byword, to start writing this week's post.

I'd already written down some topic ideas and organized the chapters the night before, so I knew roughly what I wanted to write about.

One little problem, though.

I just didn't feel in the mood for writing anything.

I wasn't inspired, I wasn't motivated, I wasn't in the right frame of mind, I wasn't focused, I just didn't want to write.

I gently closed my laptop shut, looked around my office for a bit and thought for a moment.

After a rather busy and noisy morning getting the kids ready for school, I was just enjoying the peace and quiet.

In fact, the only things I could hear was the sound of the clock ticking on the wall, and the wind howling down the chimney in the other room.

So here's what I did that day, instead of writing my usual blog post.

The heck with blog writing!

First, I put on some music, I love listening to ambient sounds like space music or relaxation music to aid sleeping. Yep, even if it's first thing in the morning.

I started my morning by blitzing my office from top to toe, emptying every drawer, file, box and anything else I could find.

I must have spent at least 3 or 4 hours sorting through masses of paperwork, old stationery, files, receipts, invoices, and other general office trash.

I also found a bunch of other weird things that have somehow accumulated in my office over the months, including some of my kid's toys and Lego bricks.

I then went on to sort out my filing system, it was something I'd been meaning to do for a long while now, to be honest.

I then proceeded to clear my work desk, creating some extra space to work in and around.

I found a couple of boxes of old printer cables, phone chargers, old cameras, hardware and old Windows software that I would never use again.

I found a box of redundant business cards, old business and computer books, hardware manuals, they all had to go as well.

I must have filled 3 black bags with trash, I kid you not.

I didn't even realize I had that much junk in my office.

I found stuff that had been hidden away for at least two years.

I found stuff that I'd lost and spent hours searching for in the past, and stuff that I thought I'd actually gotten rid of a long time ago but obviously hadn't. I can be a bit of a hoarder.

Where am I going exactly with all of this you're probably wondering?

Bare with me.

OK so that was my office space done and dusted, but I didn't stop there.

I then fired up my main desktop computer, knowing just how much trash there was on my internal hard drive to clear up.

I proceeded to spend the next 2 hours sorting through what I was going to keep, and archive, and what I was going to trash forever.

I did the same for my laptop as well.

So by the time I had to go and fetch my kiddies from pre-school at 3:30pm, and after 7 cups of coffee.

And, after having listened to almost 6 hours of continuous droning ambient space music.

Not only was my office cleared, not only was my desk cleared and spacious once again, not only was my computers cleared from thousands of dead documents, images, cookies, temporary download files, and other crap...

But my mind was also clear.

I somehow felt lighter in myself.

What a significant difference clearing the clutter from your environment, your workspace makes on your creative state of mind.

By the evening of that very day peeps, and after spending some truly quality time with the family after dinner, I was inspired to write something.

I felt motivated, fresh although a little bit tired, but I wanted to write, and so I did.

But instead of writing the usual stuff that I write about here on this blog, I wrote this little post.

I decided to share my little story of how my day unfolded.

When you don't feel like writing, do something that will inspire you to write

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say!

That quote above was by the American novelist and short story writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald. I love that quote.

Blog writing doesn't have to be a challenging experience.

You don't need to sweat your pants off while staring at the screen for long periods of time, or until you force yourself to write something because you have to.

You're not creating content for a magazine company where you have to meet a critical 12pm deadline or your boss is going to have your liver for dinner.

I appreciate that it's important to develop a habit of publishing great content regularly, it shows your commitment towards blogging and serving your community.

But seriously, if you don't feel like writing. If you don't feel like blogging at all even, then simply don't do it.

Go and do something else entirely, and it can be anything you want.

For me, it's either doing something practical and productive, or heading down the beach for some surf to clear my mind, or simply spending some quality time with my family.

If you feel as if your creative mind is cluttered with thoughts and obstacles, you'd be surprised at how doing something so simple like "having a good clear out" really helps to clear your mind.

Otherwise, you just have to find the things that will inspire you and make you want to get creative with blog writing.

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What I've learned over the years with experimenting with different habits and methods of blogging, in particular, blog writing, is that at the end of the day, blogging is supposed to be enjoyable.

Yes, even if you're blogging for your business.

If you look at the state of blogging today from a broad angle, it would seem as if everyone has taken the darn thing way too seriously.

"We must do this that way, we can't do this or that, we've got to create x amount of content this week, connect with x amount of people in this niche and that niche...",

It's really become a bit of a joke I think.

We're all going to have long periods where we won't be able to stop thinking about the next post we're going to write about.

But there will also be times when you'll feel as if you couldn't care less about writing or blogging or doing anything online.

I've been blogging for over 5 years and I still have those days, yesterday was one of them.

We're human beings at the end of the day, we're not content churning machines that can be switched on and put to work at any time of the day.

Those writers and editors working 12-hour shifts at publishing companies don't really have a choice, they have to be creative whether they like it or not.

But sometimes being creative every single day doesn't necessarily mean you're going to remain focused on being productive, to produce the best content possible every single time.

Don't feel like writing a blog post this week? Meh, then don't bother. Go and do something else that inspires you.

Don't feel like writing sometimes too? Share your stories with me peeps

I know this post is slightly different from the normal stuff I put out, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

  • Do you ever have days where you turn on your computer and think to yourself, ah the heck with this, I'm just not feeling it?
  • Do you try and fight past the "I'm not feeling it" state of mind to try and write something?
  • What do you like to do when you're not in a creative blog writing mode?

If you enjoyed reading this week's post, do share it with your friends on social media, I appreciate you as always.

Have a great rest of the week and happy blogging.

Fabrizio Van Marciano.

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18 comments on “I Don't Feel Like Writing A Post Today #BlogWriting”

  1. Hey Fabrizio!

    Yep, I have had this issue quite a few times myself, and I found that when I force myself to write something, it comes out sounding pretty bad. I try to have a reserve of unpublished posts to tap into in the event I can't come up with anything interesting to write about, which has remedied that issue.

    "If you feel like as if your mind is cluttered with thoughts and obstacles, you’d be surprised at how doing something so simple like “having a good clear out” really helps to clear your mind."

    Wish I could bring myself to do this... I have gotten to a point where I feel guilty if I'm not working, so I can't even enjoy whatever it is I'm trying to enjoy. It's a big problem I'm trying to work on.

    Good to talk to you Fabrizio and thanks for sharing your story. It was an enjoyable read!

    - James McAllister

    1. Hey James, thanks for your awesome comment. Glad you can relate to my story. I try and have post ideas written down as well, often I'm chopping and changing them to try and write for a specific need or to solve an individual problem that one of my readers are have perhaps.

      I think one of the reasons why I'm able to let go of writing instead of fighting with a blank screen is because I know if I try too hard to motivate myself, I'll only end up messing something up, even worst get too critical about my writing and become frustrated with it.

      What I find helps the guilty trip is if you do something that's going to benefit your work. So for me clearing up my messy office meant I could create a better working environment for myself.

      Thanks again for stopping by buddy, have a great rest of the week.

  2. Hey!

    This so me right now. And you're actually right - my work space is a clusterf*ck of papers, coffee mugs, ball pens, cords, and whatnot. I think it's time to de-clutter.

    Although I'm still in the early stages of blogging, I am stuck in the perpetual cycle of "I need to write something because I want to publish a blog post" and this post made me take a step back and realize that yes, I only have to write something IF I have something to say. Very well said.

    What I usually do when I feel lazy is to give myself a change of scenery - maybe work in a coffee shop or library. I also listen to chillstep mixes to focus, much like your ambient-space-listening ritual.

    By the way, your blog's design keeps getting better! Love the readability. Cheers.

    Yesh

    1. Hey Yeshua thanks for your insightful comment my friend.

      I can actually picture your workspace, you describe it very well as a few days ago I was in that state too. Except I have the uncontrollable desire to shove things in draws and boxes out of sight, until I run out of space and start piling the floor and my desk with things.

      I have this thing with envelopes where I seem to hoard them even after I've removed the contents from them lol.

      A change of scenery is good, I love doing that too by going for long walks or maybe head down to the beach to catch some waves. I was intrigued the chillstep music you listen to, to help you focus so I checked it out and I won't lie, this is the kind of stuff I could easily find myself listening to and working too. Great taste buddy 🙂

      Have a great rest of the week Yeshua, keep safe, speak soon 🙂

  3. One of the best posts I have read in a while! This happens to me all the time. For me it's not a matter of what to write, I always have a billion drafts just waiting. It's about the starting and letting it flow process. Some days it just doesn't happen, and then other days I will be up half the night because I am on a roll. Like I am right now... Tonight's gonna produce something awesome 🙂 But last night... well, lets just say I had a 007 binge watch 🙂

    1. Hey Brain, welcome to my blog and boy can I relate to that. I'm very much the same with writing, somehow when I'm exhausted after a day chasing my kids around and being the family guy, I'm more inspired to write than I am alert and awake first thing in the morning or half way through my day.

      I'm a bit movie watcher and I can't think of any other activity to do to be honest that allows you to forget about writing and blogging. Watching a film really shifts your focus away for a long period of time, giving your creative thoughts a rest. I've tried mediating but I get bored of sitting and thinking of nothing to be honest.

      Great to see you hear Brian, take care and pop on over again anytime 🙂

  4. Hi Fabrizio

    A story is a great way to illustrate a point, and you've done that perfectly with your latest post.

    I agree with you - if you're not feeling creative or inspired, take a break. Chill for a while. Get the juices going again so you can do your best work.

    Actually I was a bit like that last Friday. I had the blahs. I also needed to get my haircut so I walked to the local men's barber shop. First time I've been to this barber shop, and because I was intrigued by their shop front, I decided to give them a go. Wow! This was one amazing barber shop. They really laid it on in terms of service and marketing pizazz. Bear in mind that I'm currently residing in a third world country (Cambodia), so I didn't expect much from a lowly barber shop in this neck of the woods.

    Because I was impressed by this place, after my hair had been cut I walked over to the manager and chatted with her for 20 minutes. The info she shared inspired me so much that I decided to write a story about it for my blog (will be published in 3 days).

    Story ideas are everywhere. Sometimes we just need to do something different, to get the creative juices flowing again.

    Thanks Fabrizio!

    Kim

    1. Hey Kim, absolutely right, and here's something interesting about me, I'm not much of a story teller or at least that's what I tell myself, but I thought I'd give this a shot with this post.

      I had such a blast clearing up my office that Monday, and I got a result. Wait I got two results, a cleaner working environment and I was inspired to write this post to share my story.

      I've been told so many times "Fabz you should share more relatable stories and that's something I'm going to certainly do in the future as I've got quite a few that have lead me to where I am with my blogging business today.

      Kim, it sounds like the barber shop visit was quite an experience, and I'm intrigued to read your story about this now so hit me up when the post is published on your blog buddy.

      Thanks for your visit as always, have a great rest of the week.

  5. Hi Fabrizio,

    I have been through so many blitzing sessions in my life that you'd think I was a linebacker LOL. American football reference 😉 Crazy how clearing helps you proceed from a peaceful, detached space. I get rid of almost all in my life as my life demands it. We own a few laptops, tablets, cheap phone from 2009, wallets, have our cash and cards, 2 week's worth of clothes and suitcases. That's it. Being clear, clean and simple helps me let the words flow and also, to blog when I feel fun, blogging, NOT to blog from any other space.

    I was hellishly resistant thru most of my blogging career because I acted from resistance. I blogged by force, not power. I watch this tendency today, even, and still use resistant approaches here and there but generally do things for the fun of it, and let go the resistant blogging practices that led to so much freaking struggle for me.

    Thanks dude. You are getting so clear. I can feel it here. Yes, from Nicaragua 🙂

    Ryan

    1. Hey Ryan, thanks for sharing this with us and wow, now that's living clutter free my friend. I can see how that reflects in the quality of your posts, clear environment, life, mind and heart, good job!

      I think the fun is so important in blogging, when you're having fun, you produce amazing content, that's what I've learned over the last 5 years of bouncing from one writing style to another.

      Take it easy dude, so glad you enjoyed this post, have a great weekend.

  6. Hi Fabrizio,

    There is something totally satisfying about decluttering (aka getting rid of crap) and I'm sure you felt a whole lot better for it.

    I like the points you've raised here about blogging and sticking to schedules. You're quite right that for those employed by a magazine or publishing house they will have strict deadlines to work to, and you have to take your hat off to them for being able to produce a stream of content. But when you're writing on your own blog then you control the schedule, or at least you should. Its been a lesson that I've learnt over the past year!

    There is so much junk content being produced, a lot of it repetitive, that we do need to step back, clear our mind, and focus on producing some quality content that will be engaging.

    Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts on this topic.
    - David

    1. Hey David, thanks so much for dropping by and leaving a comment buddy, I appreciate it.

      I try and stick to one post per week, it's something I've done for most of the year. But sometimes even then I struggle to get something out, I think because I always try and produce something that people will both love and benefit greatly from. I can't sleep a wink if I know that I've published a post that I'm not entirely happy with.

      So yep you're right about being able to have more control over our schedule and deadlines as a blogger.

      I completely agree with you about repetitive content being produced, I find that a lot when reading on topics that I've researched for.

      Anyway, take it easy buddy, have a great weekend!

  7. THE FOLLOWING COMMENT WAS SUBMITTED BY JANE SHEEBA, HOWEVER THE COMMENT IS NOT SHOWING UP IN DISQUS, SO I'VE PASTED IT IN MANUALLY HERE BELOW.

    Hey Fabrizio,

    I can SO relate. I have lots of such days too and I do more fun and productive things - either related or unrelated to business - on those days. And moments after, I would feel a lot happier, lighter and more productive than usual.

    On the other hand, if I force myself to write, I can hardly get 100 words on the screen and those 100 words will be vomited by me for sure lol.

    However if such strange block occurs for more than a day in a row, I allow myself to vomit on the screen and just get along with the flow.

    Usually I won't be able to make any use of such writings. But they help me to clear my mind and get in the zone.

    Thanks for sharing your story here. Have a nice day!

    Cheers,
    Jane.

  8. HI ALL, THE FOLLOWING COMMENT WAS SUBMITTED BY JANE SHEEBA, HOWEVER THE COMMENT DID NOT SHOW UP IN DISQUS DUE TO A CHANGE IN THE URL STRUCTURE USED IN OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER.

    I'VE PASTED IT IN MANUALLY HERE BELOW.

    Hey Fabrizio,

    I can SO relate. I have lots of such days too and I do more fun and productive things - either related or unrelated to business - on those days. And moments after, I would feel a lot happier, lighter and more productive than usual.

    On the other hand, if I force myself to write, I can hardly get 100 words on the screen and those 100 words will be vomited by me for sure lol.

    However if such strange block occurs for more than a day in a row, I allow myself to vomit on the screen and just get along with the flow.

    Usually I won't be able to make any use of such writings. But they help me to clear my mind and get in the zone.

    Thanks for sharing your story here. Have a nice day!

    Cheers,
    Jane.

    1. THE FOLLOWING WAS MY RESPONSE TO JANES COMMENT:

      Hi Jane thanks for stopping by.

      So glad you get the drift with how I felt that day, sometimes I do try and get something out too, especially if I've not been very creative for a few days. I try and write something and come back to it much later to see what I've done.

      I know if I publish something that I'm not happy with, I will lose sleep over it, which is why stepping away sometimes or not even publishing a post at all is the best strategy.

      Thanks for sharing your feelings and personal experiences on this subject, great to see how others deal with uninspiring days.

      Have a great rest of the week.

  9. Hi Fabrizio,

    There is a reason we create dynamic, inspiring, relevant content on a consistent basis: so that when we don't feel up to it those articles are still cranking along, attracting new audiences and earning us new opportunities.

    Believe it or not, I've learned through experience that sometimes the best thing to do is NOTHING! Let the articles from before keep on working 24/7/365.

    I say good for you!!!!

    You'll be recharged, rested and ready to go when it counts.

    Have a great end to your week Fabrizio!!!!

    ~ Don Purdum

    1. Hey Don, exactly that my friend. Some of the best stuff I've written are still doing most of the work, earning me the buck and attracting new readers, subscribers etc.

      It's always better to wait until you're ready to write something incredibly useful and memorable, rather than try and bust your chops trying to write something that won't even be as half decent.

      Hope you've had an awesome weekend mate, ready to take on the new week 🙂

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