Monday, July 18, 2005

Blog Burnout?

You ever have one of those days where you just aren't feeling creative? Where coming up with even a moderately witty comment seems well beyond your ability? Where all you want to do is lie on the couch all day, eating Hot Pockets and watching SpongeBob? Where you're filled with an inexplicable urge to plunge a dagger into Dr. Phil, remove his flesh, put it on, and be borne unto worlds where his flesh is your key?

Okay, not so much on the last one. But the other ones pretty much describe my last two weeks.

I can't really put my finger on it. I swear, I'm not dismal or morose or anything. I've just had no interests in doing anything creative. Every time I've sat down at my PC to jot off some barbed observation about the bombing in London or Karl "666" Rove's recent embarrassment, I've found myself overcome with a desire to play Freecell or Minesweeper instead.

Blog burnout, maybe? I go through this every few months. Usually, it takes the gentle yet firm nagging of SJ to coax me back into inflicting my opinions on others. But this time, I thought I'd be proactive instead of reactive.

(When I used to work at Brinker International, the VPs and directors were always encouraging us to "think outside the box," and to "be proactive, not reactive." They also told us that we had to "perceive, believe, and achieve," and you know that's some quality workplace advice because it fucking rhymes. But I digress...)

Does anyone else ever have this problem? I swear, most of the bloggers I know are so goddamn prolific. They post day after day and show no sign of ever slowing. Whereas the only post I've been able to manage lately has been this one, about how I can't think of anything to write about.

That's about 900% more ironic than anything you'll find in any Alanis Morissette song about irony.

So hopefully, this meandering piece of stream-of-consciousness will do the trick and unplug the colon of my muse so she can take an enormous, creative dump on my head. (No, I don't have a fetish. I was just belaboring a metaphor, that's all.)

Okay, thanks for listening. You've been very therapeutic. Maybe.


John said...

Whenever I can't think of anything to write about, I'll post a picture of Rodney Dangerfield as a Zombie, or, more recently, compile a "Best of" post, that's nothing more than a list of stuff I've already written.

I see you've already done the latter. (Read all of them too, great stuff.) Maybe it's time for Rodney to once again crawl out of the crypt to feast on Karl Rove's juicy brain.

mr. schprock said...

I'm still a neophyte to blogging, but what I like about it (so far) is that it inspires me to hunt for material and keeps me thinking. So it's fun. Right now, I've got a list of 5 things to write about. Are they worthy subjects? Probably not, but at least they'll distract me from keying cars or playing practical jokes on blind old ladies.

SJ said...

Prolific? Hell no. Just bossy and indignant, that's me. And most days trying to do anything to keep myself from being bored. as. fuck.

And I knew you were back from the quiet depths where you go more often than not 'cause I seen you were on my blog jes' a-reading.

Fear not. When you're having blogger's block, just pull a meme out of your ass. (and not *your meme* either, now)

DrMax said...

For some reason when I started my blog I got it into my head that I had to post every day. There have been many days when I regretted the decision, and felt just like you described. When that occurs I just try to do a small posting, short,sweet and to the point. Sometimes those postings turned out great and sometimes not, but at least I didn't let that bastard lethargy win.

Also I think it's OK to take a break once and a while to regroup. Summer is the time for idylls.

DrMax said...

P.S. Irb,
It may have been that I blogrolled you on my site. The same thing happened when I added Kevin Smith's blog to my links, he didn't post for a month. It was probably the curse of That One Blog.

Boidy said...

Just because you are a writer doesnt mean everything you post on your blog has to be a wonderful story, ya know .. you could just converse - I know you have lots to say.. I havent even heard about your day with Chris II, for instance.

Of course it doesnt have to be as mundane as what >> I << post, either >G<

Sylvana said...

I try to only put up a post every two to three days. If I try to put one up everyday, people dont read them.

I like SJs advice- whenever you don't have shit to write about, find a meme. You can even tweak them to your own liking. Think outside of that box!

Kimmy Agnes said...

Oh Irb...those references to Brinker bring back such fond (hack) memories. Thinking about that alone can cause some serious burnout. Blogness will return to you...fear not!

John said...

Still nothing new? Just post another one one those creepy Chick tracks. They're always good for an uncomfortable laugh.