Blog Block

blog block

Blog Block - yeah, I just made that up.

If it's a thing, I have it. Not just with my own but with just about every blog in the world.

Am I alone with my blog block? Certainly feels that way.

I have no desire to read. I have no desire to write.

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The only thing I have any desire for at the moment is to look at beautiful, natural things and get high on colour.

There is no problem with painting, making, taking pictures and staring at the sky when I have time to myself, I just don't want to write.

Blog block is becoming social media block too.

Time spent on social media unsettles me because it feels pointless and means I am not immersed in colour and everything coming to life now that it's March.

So I compromised and made this picture to put on my blog because it's how I feel right now. The words I put on it are all I can say about life as I deal with my aging family.

It is the only thing that comforts me since my much loved 96 year old Aunty left us back in February and my own parents are in the winter of their lives.

Emotions well up frequently at the moment and all I can say to myself is:

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time to be born, a time to die...

And its the time to die bit that is getting to me as I do all the things I have to do right now.

I know I am not alone in this. There are so many of us 'boomers' watching the same decline of the elderly in our families.

Blog block is the least of my worries I guess.

For the time being, I will be back here with a picture or two when the mood takes me and if it doesn't, well the tumble weed will be tumbling right through here until i get my blog mojo back.

But what if it doesn't come back?

Has blog block ever hit you and if so, what did you do?

16 comments

  1. I know these feelings about life and, of course, death. My mother, at 97, is the last of her siblings. My father died 17 years ago, so she’s been alone for awhile now. My husband and I are moving into her house because it’s now obvious that she is getting weaker—but still refuses to leave the house her husband built for her.

    1. Thanks Jennifer – yes it’s all rather difficult isn’t it? But difficult as it gets at times, I keep hearing that song, ‘No Regrets’ and I try to imagine what it must be like to be that old and in the final years of life. It must be terrifying for some people.

        1. That’s an important point you’ve made there – those experiences and stories are gone if we dont capture them somehow while we can.

  2. Hello my friend, so good to hear from you! I wonder if it is more Blog fatigue than Blog Block. I wonder if there are so many bloggers now, all of us saying varied versions of the same thing, that we are now just craving some reprieve from the fray? I too have been away from my blog – I haven’t blogged in over a month. I have barely been on social media (though Instagram has taken my fancy recently), and I avoid the news at all costs because, really, it’s the same thing day in and day out these days and who wants a perpetual onslaught of the misery in the world.

    I think it’s okay to not want to write, or to take a break. Creativity needs space to grow, it can’t be forced (and you are so beautifully creative) and if does feel forced, then it’s not really creativity – not to me anyway, it has to flow for me.

    Plus, you are going through grief, and that is often interrupts creativity as our brains divert its resources to healing the pain that we feel, or at least attempt to heal since I truly believe we don’t ever truly heal, we just learn to live in the world without that person.

    I shall miss your blog, but I will always stay in touch with you.

    Much love Sarah x

    1. Thank you so much Sarah – I am really touched by people’s words. When I wrote this post, it was almost to myself because I haven’t been keeping up with everyone and didn’t expect anyone to read it! Your words mean so much and every time I see your name I think of us sitting in that cafe in Lee On Solent. Never in a million years did I think we would meet up eventually. I am with you on everything you have said here and thank you for it. I will be over to see you later today – it looks like I WILL be back into reading again, thanks to my lovely friends who took the time to stop what they were doing and connect. x

  3. I’m sorry for your loss and your own block. I’ve been through it too, although I find that getting out and seeing beautiful things or doing fun things inspires me. I see things and think, I want to share this with others. Sometimes too that block can push me to go out and do things. I try to break myself out of the rut.
    Interestingly blog block can also be its own inspiration. It can even be the subject of its own blog post.

    1. Thank you Chris – I really appreciate your words. And yes, they are SO true. Yesterday, instead of stressing about not working, I just immersed myself in paint all day (well not literally of course đŸ™‚ You are right about the block pushing us out to do other things – something has to refill the creative well when it runs dry I guess and having new experiences is what fires us up. Will be over to see what you are doing later today and thank you once again.

  4. Oh, Gilly! I’m so sorry to hear about your Aunty! She must have been a precious lady.
    Blog block happens, but don’t let it worry you. You have so many more important things going on right now!!
    Your parents won’t be with you forever. The internet will always be here, as long as there is electricity!
    What a beautiful quote. So apropos for you right now. And for many of us too!
    <3 Melinda

    1. Thank you Melinda – it’s responses like yours and my other long distance friends that make me realise how real the internet world is. Sometimes it all seems so remote but you are all only a click away. I will be by to see you later and than you so much.

  5. I’m right there with you! I’ve been off my blog for a while… We suddenly had an emergency trip to England as my mum ended up in the hospital all off a sudden. She is home now and slowly on the mend, so I’ll be going home in about a week.

    Hopefully when I get home, I’ll find my way back to the blogging world… but for now… priorities are getting mum back in semi shape…. It sucks when they get older

    1. Oh dear Anne – so sorry to hear that. There seems to be an epidemic of our beloved elders being unwell, I have other friends who are saying the same thing right now. All the best to you and your mum and I hope she makes a full recovery. Stay in touch – all of us with aging parents probably need to support each other even if only from a distance.

    1. Hi Fran – well the only way I could break the deadlock was to use a picture and write a few words. So glad I’m not alone!!!!! Thanks so much.

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