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Writer’s block and other excuses August 15, 2013

Have I really been too busy to blog? Absolutely not. How is it then, that though I ache to write content longer than 140 characters at work, when I come home, I do anything else but exactly that? It’s so simple and I am 100% in control of my ability to do it, yet I haven’t.

I find bloggers fascinating. The fact that people can actually earn money by simply writing down their thoughts and opinions is amazing. Companies actually market to and create campaigns to recruit “mommy-bloggers” as brand advocates. But more than that, they are so open with ideas and supportive of one another.

band r diaryI’m an inconsistent blogger because sharing my opinions and ideas about things is like letting you look at my diary. Fittingly, when I was younger, I was inconsistent with every attempt to keep a diary as well. The only diary I consistently kept for longer than a week was my Beezus and Ramona diary that offered prompts for things to write about. And that’s what I am missing, the prompt.

When I started this blog, I was a student. I continued the blog after I learned everything I had to learn at my internships. Now, I am no longer the student. I have to figure these things out on my own and come up with my own prompts. No longer are the thing I am writing about stories of someone else’s trial and error, they are things I am experiencing on my own because I am the head of my company’s social media department (truth be told, it’s just me).

I told myself I was too busy to blog. I told myself it wasn’t important. I decided not to fix the virus taking over my laptop. I created excuses to avoid doing what I should love. Writing a blog, whether anyone reads it or not, is an excellent outlet. It’s as much a social experience as it is personal. Blogging is an especially necessary outlet for someone hanging out on party of one social media team. Those of you that do read my blog, I apologize for slacking. It turns out you are the community I need and look to for encouragement and ideas.

Whew, it feels good to get that off my chest. I promise I’ll be more willing and committed to letting you see into my “diary”.  Writer’s slump is the worst, but sometimes it feels good to let it all out into the virtual world!

What causes your writer’s block and how do you overcome it?

 

 
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