Blogging Insights: Distractions

What distracts you from blogging? Apart from family or work what factors or forces prevent you from creating content?

Very timely question from Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel this week. What distracts me most from blogging – and from eveything else that counts as fun in life for that matter – is the infinite black hole of recurring depression.

Chronic depression is (and always has been) without doubt the single most difficult life issue for me, and after the last couple of seriously down weeks where focusing all my efforts on still going to work and otherwise maintaining the basics of life as a priority (cooking, eating, cleaning, keeping the household ticking over, etc.) was the absolute best I could do, I’m beginning to feel it’s time I picked up where I left off and got back to creating some semblance of blogging normality around here.

So I’m going to make a concerted effort to try to join in with some of my usual prompts and challenges over the next couple of days and see how I get on… wish me luck! 🙂

13 thoughts on “Blogging Insights: Distractions

  1. Best of luck Ruth. Be gentle with yourself though and remember that for many of us who suffer with depression, Autumn and Winter signal the beginnings of Seasonal Affective Disorder, which worsens depression. If you run into writer’s block, maybe try something Stephen King suggested in his “On Writing”….just sit down and type…gibberish if that’s what comes out, but eventually (he assures us) one will find their muse again and begin to WRITE. I hope you continue to feel better!

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  2. I blog three times a week, once on Weekly Prompts and twice on Nan’s Farm. It’s a routine, specific days at specific times and everything planned and organised in advance, much like I organised my teaching life. It’s the planning that I enjoy and taking my time over it and because the posts are done ahead of time my mood doesn’t come into it

    Occasionally though, if I get the urge, I’ll write a spontaneous post with no planning whatsoever.

    It’s good to see you writing again, Ruth and I hope this black cloud of depression lifts soon. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sue, I’m definitely on the mend again – but when it comes to blog posts I’m always far more of a ‘non-plan plan’ girl, I just go wherever my mood takes me each day 🙂

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      1. I’m glad you are feeling a little better,

        When I retired I wasn’t sure which I missed most, the planning and organising or the actual teaching! Fortunately, in some small way blogging has made up for the planning and organisational side of it that I enjoyed so much.

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