I am in blogging limbo. I do not know how to start writing a blog post. Or, should I say “when to finish a draft”? I am stuck and I don’t know how to get out of this limbo. I need help, My Favorite Lists blog readers!
“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed. “– Peter Drucker
More than two weeks had passed since I last wrote a blog post. My children had their mid-year break so I got my hands full for a week. Feeding, entertaining and educating my kids were my top priorities during their school break. Excuses, excuses… right? But, having the time to write a blog is already hard when you are alone at home swamped with house chores and other tasks. How about when there are three children around you, constantly asking for a million things? Did I forget to mention that my youngest is a mama’s boy? He would follow me around the house while I try to do my daily routine. Or, he would constantly ask “Mom, where are you?” as if we live in a 1 hectare flat. I only get to work on my blog when they are either at school or asleep.
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“A lot of times, people start out with a lot of good ideas, but then they don’t execute. They lose the purity of their vision. You end up running around in circles.” — Jan Koum
I cannot say that I have run out of ideas because I have more than 40 blog posts sitting in my Drafts folder right now. These draft posts range from writing about hubby to discussing why expatriates need to invest their money, from itemizing the blessings of being laid off and to enumerating free things that families can do in New York. Each one of these draft posts is in varying stages of being written. I, however, cannot seem to start or finish any of them. I always get stuck in the middle! I have started composing my travel-related posts but, hubby has yet to upload all our photos. I plan to write a travel series which I can’t start randomly for obvious reasons. Newsflash: Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, ugh! I hope to publish a romantic (or, not) draft post soon.
“If I get even five percent of my ideas out and documented before I die, I’ll be lucky. I’m not in danger of running out of riffs or ideas anytime soon. They overwhelm me and it’s hard to find time to deal with them.” — Jello Biafra
Perhaps, this is a case of having “too many ideas” that my brain can handle. Like a reverse “information overload” kind of way. When I read a paragraph, see a photo or look at one of my children, a swarm of blog post inspirations would flood my mind. However, my brain which churns out thoughts is faster than my hands that type the corresponding words. I am sure this is a common occurrence for almost everyone, nothing special. I just need to filter my thoughts and sift through it.
“Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.” — Steve Maraboli
Maybe I am afraid that My Favorite Lists blog readers will judge me based on my personal thoughts. I admit, I initially decided to start a blog because someone had accused me that my personal Facebook posts are offensive thus I should remove such kind of posts. I did not take the comment personally but I must admit that I resented that. I didn’t know writing about layoffs and educating people about Personal Finance is upsetting. I am aware that talking about money is a taboo, especially in a third world country like The Philippines. Should it stay that way? Are we not in Information Age and Empowerment Revolution already? Writing in a blog gives me more opportunity to put everything in context as opposed to posting FB status with less than 5 sentences or to sharing photos with a quote.
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Have you been in blogging limbo? How did you deal with it? Please hit comment and give us suggestions! You may also share this to someone that can relate to my current state of mind, thanks.
Have a great day!