Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting another monthly meeting for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Be sure to visit the many talented authors and bloggers who offer their wisdom, encouragement and broad shoulders.
She stared at the blank screen willing herself to focus, but nothing seemed to work. She thought a change of scenery might do her some good, and went out for a walk in the evening air. It was quite chilly, so she stopped in to warm up at a neighborhood pub. As she drank her coffee, she gazed around the room for inspiration. A moment later, Inspiration walked in the door.
The writer stopped to check over the opening paragraph, before he hit the delete button. He knew he was better than this, and decided to start fresh tomorrow. Unfortunately, the problem was still there the next day, and the day after that.
Blogger Dysfunction or BD is commonly sweeping through the blogging community, and it's time we opened up about it. It starts out innocently over a few casual posts. After several warm receptions, a string of meaningless ramblings ensue. Then you decide to check out the competition by offering
your undying devotion, until they return the favor. Euphoria takes over, and you continue to fill them with more promises of a lasting relationship. Unsuspecting, you move in for the next killer comment.
You keep them begging for more. One minute you're a comedian, and the next you're sensitive and caring. They leave satiated, and return the next day in the hope that it will be even more exciting than the blog before. Only the old blog is dusty and shriveled up. The muse is gone, and the mad month of merriment is over.
There is no cure for Blogger Dysfunction, and no little blue pill to lift you out of your rut. Both men and women fall victim to it, but with strength and guidance there is hope. Continue to visit other bloggers at a slower pace. Court them don't cavort them. Take long walks, cool showers, and start a new hobby. When you're relaxed and ready, the words will flow.
Inspiration walked in the door, and their eyes met. "Why don't you slip out of your coffee stained cargo pantsuit, and I'll give you some of this inspiration baby!" On second thought, this BD is aiming to stay awhile.