Normally, blog ideas bubble away inside my mind. As I go through the day, I think, “I must write about that. That would make a good blog post!” Usually, life is a blog post. But right at the moment, I am stuck. No topic seems worth sharing. Nothing significant or funny or thought provoking is happening to me. I have come up against a brick wall.
Now this could be very worrying: a blogger without anything to blog about. However, I know from experience, times when nothing seems to be happening are usually times when there’s a lot going on sub-consciously. One day when I least expect it, a great idea is going to pop into my mind. I will drop the iron, ignore the ringing phone, wave my family away with a flick of my fingers, and dash for my computer. Soon I will be tapping away in that creative world, capturing a new story before it disappears forever. Well, at least I hope that’s what will happen.
So I am sitting here resigned to doing something other than writing for my blog as I wait for inspiration to hit. What shall I do? The ironing is up-to date! (Can you believe that?) But I have loads of half-read books on my Kindle. (Does anyone else read a dozen books simultaneously?) I could haul out the exercise bike more often. (I think I’m well on my way to banishing that annoying extra two kilos.) I have the girls to spend time with. (We’re reading Bleak House together, which is very, very long). Yes, there’s plenty of things to keep me occupied while blog ideas (hopefully) ferment away inside me before rising to the surface of my mind.
But what if those ideas take a long time coming? What if my blog readers stop coming? Would they return just to dip into my archive? Would you? I wonder if you have read all my 101 already-written stories. 
Have you read:
My conversion stories such as A Confession about Confession or Searching for Treasure?
Or all the Thomas stories like Leo, Augustine and Theo and Perfection.?
Maybe you've missed the light hearted story, Breeding like Mice.
Did you read my embarrassing story: The Splat?
Or all the family stories such as Sons, Scrapes and Love and The Empty Table?
Do you know there are a few of my grief stories on the Apostolate of Hannah’s Tears blog which I haven’t yet shared on this blog:
But wait… here comes an idea… no… that won’t do. It’s a homeschooling idea… It's more appropriate for my Stories of an Unschooling Family blog. But… maybe… you could visit my other blog and share some more family stories. I’d love that!
What will I do if those wonderful ideas I am hoping for, don't appear? Will my blog sit here immobile and unloved for a long time? What does a blogger do when she hits the ‘New Post’ button and then sits there, looking at a blank screen that refuses to be filled?
I wonder… Do you ever run out of inspiration? What do you do?


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  1. I wonder if there is an ebb and flow to blogging. You write and, then, you go away and do things - then, you have something to blog about, again.
    I'm sure you'll think of something, soon - but, it will probably be in the middle of the night when you don't want to get out of your nice, warm bed to write it down before you lose the thought!:)

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  2. Hi Vicky,
    One day, after a short trip to town, I thought of 4 blog post ideas and the only problem I had was deciding which to write about first. Lots has happened this week but I just don't feel called to write about any of it. I want to write but no great idea comes to mind. Never mind, I shall enjoy a break and do something else. Yes, I hope inspiration doesn't occur in the middle of the night! Very inconvenient.

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  3. "I will drop the iron, ignore the ringing phone ..."

    A woman was admitted to hospital locally with TWO burnt ears. She was asked how it happened and she said the phone rang while she was ironing.

    "This explains one ear," said the doctor, "how did you burn the other?"

    "It happened when I phoned for an ambulance!"

    When I have ideas to write for my Blog I usually write them in Word and save them. Then I post them a few at a time as copy/paste. I have a few Father Ignatius stories still in reserve. My ideas, like yours, come all together then there's a period when I cannot think of anything to write.

    God bless.

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  4. Why does it say on some Blogs "Your comment will be risible after Blog owner approval"?

    All my comments are serious!

    God bless.

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  5. I think it was Bradbury who said that he would sit in front of his typewriter and write for 30 minutes at least each day. Many days were spent writing utter nonsense while inspiration sat lurking in the corner waiting to pounce. On days like those, after the 30 minutes was up he left his writing and went out and lived. Other days inspiration would be on him in blur of frenzied, flying fingers and suddenly it was 10 hours later and half of a book (in rough form) lay in front of him! I really love his discipline... Maybe someday when my babies are bigger and I am not a human pacifier...

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  6. Sue, I for sure would not stop coming! I'd email you instead :) and see, you did write a post about not having anything to blog about! You are a very talented writer! I think I have most of your posts but will double check.

    Trying to recall how quickly we met after I started blogging? January or February I think?

    God Bless my friend!

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  7. Victor, I am laughing (as usual). You being serious? I am sure you're like the rest of us: life is difficult at times. But you keep smiling. And uplifting our spirits too. Thank you.

    No danger of burning my ears with the iron. The iron doesn't get hot very often. It sits on top of the dryer for weeks without being used.

    I have a few ideas in Word too, Victor. But there is something wrong with them. They're not 'working'. Though I've noticed that sometimes after leaving old ideas and half-written posts for a while, I suddenly see how I can write about the idea in a new and better way and improve the post. And voila! A post is retrieved from the waste bin and used after all. Thanks for your help. God bless!

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  8. Shannan! My dear friend. It is so wonderful to see you here.Thank you for stopping and adding to the conversation.

    "Many days were spent writing utter nonsense while inspiration sat lurking in the corner waiting to pounce." I just love the image that conjures up! I like the idea of discipline: to keep writing regardless of whether I think I have anything interesting to say, as I wait for the next big idea to hit. I just won't post all those ramblings but keep them to myself!

    Shannan, I wonder if you have an urge to write too. One day... I'd love to share your stories.

    God bless!

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  9. You are quite right, Noreen: I did manage to write a blog post even though I didn't have any post ideas!

    Could you really have read all 101 of my posts? Now that is real friendship!!

    Your first comment on my blog was on the 25th January this year. I looked it up! You said, "I am brand new to the blogging world (a whole 2 1/2 weeks)" So we 'met' 2 or 3 months after I started blogging and have been friends ever since.

    Thank you for your encouragement, Noreen. God bless!

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  10. I had to laugh at Victor's comment!

    I don't know about other bloggers but I go blank on a regular basis :) Usually I take a little break when this happens and wait for inspiration to hit. Sometimes, I'll link to older posts and expand upon my thoughts on them or point to posts that have particularly inspired me by other bloggers. Nothing like a little link love! There are some great articles out there in the blogosphere!

    And yes, I have tons of partially read books on my Kindle!

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  11. Mary, I was sitting at the computer writing to my sister when your comment dropped into my inbox. Thank you! I always love hearing from you.

    Your ideas are great! Yes, some links. Link love? That's a wonderful term. More reading, less writing, perhaps.

    And I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person with unorganised reading habits. Did you take your Kindle on holiday and did you finish any books?

    God bless!

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  12. i'll still be here waiting and looking forward to your post. Hearing your voice in my mind. sometimes other blogs give me fresh ideas. Leanne

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  13. Great idea, Leanne. I've been doing some reading rather than writing. Actually, I've been writing for my unschooling blog instead of this one. But I have a few ideas fermenting away...

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  14. Great post on this subject!! A really good idea for a post! Love Victor's story!

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  15. Colleen, "No Idea" turned into a good idea! I like that. I guess everyone has their times of lack of inspiration.

    I love Victor's stories too. Usually his comments are more interesting than my posts!

    God bless!

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