Confessions of an Addict [#31]: The Blogging Habits of the Uninspired.

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Some days, it’s really hard to find the time and initiative to do anything productive on the blog. For most of the week, I’ll be lucky if I’m able to visit your blogs. That’s why I try to do the most of the blogging/commenting during the weekends. But by the time Saturday rolls around, I’m at least a thousand blog posts behind. I also have to make sure that I’ve got my posts scheduled for the week, so if I’m not inspired to write any reviews, chances are, you won’t see or hear much from me for that week.

Sundays are my designated writing days. During the week, I’ll write a little bit, never full blog posts. I usually have my line up of posts for the coming week drafted by Sunday, except for my Throwback Thursday.

Lately, though, I’m surprise that I’m able to keep my readers updated. So what brought on these sparks of inspiration? Well, for one, I finally found a good place to blog in my house. I’ve also figured out some factors that stop me from writing. I thought I’d share some of my findings.

Cluttered house, cluttered mind.

This came to me through an ironic epiphany of sorts. I find it hard to write (or read, for that matter) if my house is in a state of disarray. Particularly, in my bedroom where my corner office is not a big space. The thing is, my bedroom is furnished sparsely, so the odds of it being cluttered is very small. However, my side of the bed is overflowing with books – which, ultimately is the clutter that I speak of. Do you see the irony?

When I painted my living room in white, and re-arranged the books, I found the cleanliness of the space very soothing. Therefore inspiring productivity. Nowadays, I do most of my writing in one corner of my couch, surrounded by pillows and books for a view.

Music to my ears.

I’m sure most writers would tell you how much music helps the creative flow. I, for one, used to hate it when there’s background noise – of any kind! However, I found that if I’m listening to wordless music (instrumental or classical), I’m able to concentrate more. I suppose some easy-listening tunes help as well. My go-to playlists are albums by Regina Spektor and A Fine Frenzy.

A shower of thoughts.

Sometimes, no matter how much I force myself, I’m not able to string a few words to express exactly what I’m trying to say. I find that if I step back and do something else, I’m able to come back to the writing board with a fresh mind. My favourite thing? A shower. I’m not even kidding! Some prefer to go for a walk, but me? I like taking a shower.

Β Where to find inspiration?

I can’t answer this question. I just write when it strikes. That’s why my phone is a handy tool. Because when it comes, I write little notes for myself for future reference.

What about you? What do you do to get out of a funk?

  • You made me laugh with your music, J.! I can’t write without it most of the time. Hubby has an amazing taste in really hardcore techno – all old tunes, and I keep stealing them from him. SO good for writing really fast. It’s almost like I’m in free flow. Right now I’m on Emmanuel Top. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu5XvaxcNx0 LOVE IT. Anything else is not an issue.

  • My blogging usually happens on the weekends too, just because my weeks are packed between work and school and sleep. Sunday has sort of become my unofficial review day but sometimes no matter how hard I try, the words just don’t come to me. I don’t have any anecdotes per say, I usually just give up after a couple hours of staring at my screen and come back to it later, or force words onto a page. Usually when I start writing something/anything, my brain starts working again.

  • Oh the clutter! I get so distracted with all the mess around here. It’s so hard to keep up, especially with my kids and family in and out, all over the place. It gets hard to ignore the mountains of laundry, etc. Sometimes it takes me days to type up the simplest cover reveal or review… I like showers too! It revives me and I feel like I can tackle anything, it’s the perfect antidote for me πŸ™‚
    Great post! Good to know we’re not alone in the our clutters!

  • I tend to babble a heap of sentences together and come back and fix it later. Sometimes making a list of good and bad points helps.

    Thanx for visiting my WoW!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I’m the same way – I find it hard to work with a cluttered house, on anything – blogging, work, personal writing, etc. It’s like my mind is just all over the place. I also really love wordless playlists for inspiration. Fantastic post!

  • I love this post Joy. <3 You are all kinds of awesome. And I love seeing all your pictures too πŸ˜€ But aw. I wish I could write blog posts like you do, talking about all the things. I want to. But I just don't know how :p Or what to write about. Sigh. Hopefully I will be able to find some inspiration one day, like you have πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 I love reading all your posts.

  • I’ve been feeling uninspired a bit lately with my blog as well, but I’m doing NaNoWriMo, so I think all of my creative energy is going there (and I barely have enough for that!!). So, my blogging has definitely been suffering. I’m hoping that inspiration will hit me soon, though!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • I can’t write and listen music at the same time – it districts me and makes more nervous than inspired.

    Oh, everyone has their lazy days – nothing bad with that. I used to take a short break to process everything after finishing a book, but I realized that in most cases I end up not writing reviews at all. That’s why I write reviews as soon as I read a book or at least next day.

    As for visiting other blogs, I usually do that in the morning while I’m drinking my morning cup of coffee.

  • So true. When I’m around clutter my mind is just everywhere else and I can’t focus. I’ve taken to typing notes on my phone while in bed or wherever inspiration for reviews hits me unfortunately my best ideas probably come to me in the shower and I lose it by the time I get out. lol

  • I wish I could write while listening to music, but I can’t. It’s distracting for me. I can read while listening, but I can’t write which is weird…If the book is good I usually don’t have problems with inspiration when writing a review, but if I didn’t like it…that’s a totally different story- a real struggle.

  • Great post, Joy! It’s so nice to see how other bloggers work on their stuff. I listen to instrumentals, too. Anything from The Piano Guys. Nothing too loud. A hot drink (coffee or choco) helps, too. And yes, clean working space. I’ve learned time and again that taking notes while reading is super important so that I won’t forget anything when I need to do my entry.

  • Christy

    I do everything better outside. This might sound weird, but it honestly feels like my brain turns on, or I come more alive and want to do things when I’m outside. So I read, take my laptop, everything out when it’s warm enough. I listen to music sometimes, and it depends on the book I’m reviewing. Sometimes I need classical, sometimes pop, metal, or whatever fits.

  • Honestly, I don’t have a problem with reading or replying back to comments, but I do have a problem with actually picking up a book and reading it. I always end up back on the internet on Tumblr, other blogs, etc.

  • It is hard when feeling blah about the blog. I try to schedule ahead when I am in a good mood with it, and then take a break as needed. I am just now starting to get caught up with my scheduled posts and have been panicking a bit.

  • I totally get what you mean about de-cluttering, when the house is in disarray the last thing I can do is sit down and relax with a book you know? I have never been one to listen to music while trying to focus either, I just find it distracting. Hope you find your space soon Joy! Thanks for the lovely post.

  • Tidy house, tidy mind. Is my little thing. I like to blog on my desk where like you im surrounded by books, shelves, my music and just my personal space. I guess I sort od resolve myself around my front room with family, but blogging is my sort time with my passion and I think I enjoy more now than I used too! Great post! πŸ™‚

  • I find I go through stages, sometimes I am so on top of blog posts, replying to post, visiting others blogs, and reviewing the books I read that it is crazy and then other times it is like I have to physically make myself sit down and do these things. I have no idea why but I would imagine a lot of it depends on some of the things you mentioned.

    I hate when my house is disorganized and cluttered and I find I have a hard time concentrating on anything until it is clean again. Also random thoughts come to me about books that I find I have to write down right then or they are gone by the time I sit down again to write up my review.

    I have also learned that I have to do my blog posts and reviews during the week when everyone is gone otherwise I won’t get them done on the weekend. I am too busy doing things with my family or just finally relaxing that I have no energy to do them.

    You would think after blogging for a few years now that I would have it down, but I sadly still don’t.

  • I just try to go with the flow, but lack of clutter always helps! Also, I just love the photos you take…so beautiful and minimalist. πŸ™‚

  • Music always helps me get inspired and de-stress from everything, something instrumental usually clears my head. This is such a great post! I’m with you on the cluttered thing, too! πŸ™‚

  • De-cluttering does help. Just yesterday, I dusted and busted my house. I even scrubbed the floors barehanded. My arms truly hurt right now, but it felt great being able to lie down on a clean floor. I found myself with a clear head. Also, instrumentals does help. I have a piano instrumental playlist in Spotify that I always listen to. πŸ™‚

  • I’m so with you on the clutter – the first thing I do when I have a big blogging/writing/school project to tackle is tidy everything. It’s just impossible for me to concentrate when there are piles of stuff everywhere.

    I don’t really have a set day to write blog posts, or a specific way to get inspired. As a student my schedule is all over the place, and no week is the same. I just blog whenever I can (: