‘What, don’t you know?’ You might ask. Many things, I would be forced to concede. Right now though? The topic of this post in particular. Or at least I didn’t know, right up until I made not knowing the point of the post.

I had the typical slew of draft posts placeholding topic ideas of course. But as frequently happens when drafts sit for more than a few days — none of them really resonated now that I come to write them. I’ve heard several other bloggers encounter this phenomena too, so I know I’m not alone on that one. I do have one draft that I’m not quite ready to call time on yet and may still see the light of day.

We’ll see.

Moving on from those, I’ve also been playing some Ori and the Will of the Wisps which I could write about. And also Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord! Hoo boy has that been fun. I had to work myself around the price expectations I had though given the original titles vs. where the price of this one is set — but I’m glad I did. So very much worth it.

But… Neither of those options really appealed me as something to write about tonight.

Lots of other concepts I could pursue too, and lots of ways to generate even more new ones… But I just was not feeling any of them. One that I came close to pursuing though was the stats provided by Steam Ladder — and I probably still will at some point!

But yeah… Tonight? I was starting to get to the point where I was feeling perhaps a bit… stuck.

Random image to keep things purty. This one from Kingdom Come: Deliverance.

Then I remembered one of the things I realised pretty early on in the life of this blog. And that is: If you run into any sort of problem with posting — any sort of block — acknowledge it in a post. Now sure, normally it isn’t going to result in a post quite as meta as this one is. And you certainly won’t want to be starting every other post with ‘I don’t know what to write about’.

But the point stands. Run into a block — acknowledge it. I had to use this technique to allow myself to start posting again after the Christchurch shooting last year. And in a few far less serious circumstances too. Each and every time bringing the topic to the fore and consciously discussing it allowed for moving past it.

We’ll see if it holds true again though, when it comes time to pick a topic for tomorrow’s post. ;) I haven’t yet managed to get the day-ahead writing cadence that I prefer when it comes to daily posting.

That’s my goal for this coming weekend!


This was a post for Blapril 2020, the annual blogging event (albeit usually as Blaugust), brought forward to help bring a sense of community during the challenging time of COVID-19. Blaugust is an event aiming to welcome new blogger blood into the fold and revitalise those who’ve been at it a little longer.

The Blaugust Discord is still available to join in, year round!



Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

2 Comments

Bhagpuss · April 6, 2020 at 10:27 pm

For almost the first time, I’m a couple of days ahead with posts. I never usually plan anything beyond having a vague idea of something I might want to write about floating around in the back of my mind but I had a music post to do (posting it today), which was basically a huge amount of fun for me, so I couldn’t wait to get started on it. I had that one in the bank and then I had another idea and knocked that out, but I’d already posted that day, so I was two days ahead.

After that I was just writing as normal but with a couple of finished posts in the bank. Usually i’d post them all at once because I have enormous difficulty stting on something once I’ve finished it, but i thought about Blapril and restrained myself. It puts me in the unusual position of being able to take a day off if I’m stuck for something to write about – although it’s very, very unusual for that to happen. I totally agree that the thing to do if it happens is to write about that. I’ve done it a couple of times. I also like reading it when other people do it – blogging about blogging is probably only of interest to bloggers but then almost all our readers are bloggers!

    Naithin · April 6, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    It’s a good feeling I think to be ahead in posts, at least with an event like Blapril/Blaugust running. Outside of that context it sounds I’m very much like you. I really struggle to sit on a post for very long after I consider it finished. Hehe.

    Also though, for this type of post — the… acknowledgement of an issue so can get past it and move on style post. Those are, being quite honest, as much for me as anyone else! Although I will admit, while I was thinking how to frame this post in the shower, it was originally a bit more ambitious. A cleansing of the draft ideas by quick discussions on what they were going to be about. An equally quick summary of the Steam Ladder stats — just an all around push of the ideas I’d rejected tonight, see if anything stuck. Or at the very least get them over and done with so could move on more cleanly.

    Tomorrow’s post will be interesting! No idea what it is yet! But I do think a bit more positively about the draft I have at the top of the pile. So… maybe that one. :)

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