October 4, 2010

Blog blockage

Blog blockages are, in general, created when I can't be arsed posting, or when I don't have time to do anything other than a disservice to the topic and to my adoring readers.  It's not for lack of things to talk about, in other words.  

Circumstances, obligations and opportunity cost have to be taken into account as the years and the blog roll on.

Periods of apathy and indifference also contribute to what one might assume is a blog blockage.  But in fact such times are bought about by - usually, but not always -  real life intervening to render the importance of a blog post - no matter how tantalizing the topic - trite, even ludicrous.

To be clear:  I have, at any moment in time, a few dozen potential topics at my tips, most of which never make it to the keyboard.  Some of the topics are vapid, but others are worthy and deserve an airing, even if my particular take on things doesn't.  I often rue my lack of time to blog, itching to present some matter of import or amusement, but the moment passes and I have to move on.  And I often rue the time I take to blog, the real cost of it, when I could be writing something else, something more sustained. 

But enough about me.  Let's talk about writers block.

No other group of workers lay claim to blockage the way writers do, not even plumbers.

Ever heard of a CEO refusing to get out of bed because he has a bad case of chief executive blockage?  Or gardeners block?  Chef blockage?  Clerks seizing up in fright, unable to remember how to file in ascending date order?

Wunder-boy, American writer Jonathan Franzen, supposedly had such a staggeringly crippling case of writers block when writing his latest novel -  Freedom - that he was forced to cure it by writing blindfolded and with earplugs.


He is a monumental wanker.

A very rich wanker.


  1. I know of a problem with a name quite similar to 'blog blockage'. Prunes usually help.

  2. Anonymous6:30 PM

    Ever heard of a CEO refusing to get out of bed because he has a bad case of chief executive blockage?

    Funny that, I have no problem with the getting out of bed thing - it's just that I refuse to work.


  3. You appear to be chiefly in control of your executive functions Justin. Carry on, I would suggest.

    Sometime, I think that blogging itself may be the result of too many (metaphoric) prunes Tim. :-D

  4. David Foster Wallace apparently once wrote a story about a writer who was so talented that he could produce stories by shitting. Maybe all Franzen needs really is a sturdy diet of prunes, real or metaphorical.

  5. Solomon8:51 PM

    Those other professions don't rely on inspiration. No not even gardening, unless you've found some way to graft a tulip to a petunia.

    Sensory deprivation would remove distractions and probably stimulate the imagination, to compensate, a little like meditation. I can think of kookier ways to cure writer's block. Whatever works.

  6. Tim - yes, I'm familiar with the Foster Wallace quip; and it's a good one.

    There's definitely something wrong with Franzen, and if only he'd had our simple and effective advice, I think he would have spared himself a great deal of silence and darkness.

    Still, it must have done wonders for his touch typing speed and accuracy. Although that's a bit moot when one's writing is in blockage mode.

    I think I own a copy of Corrections, but have yet to find time to read it. I hope he's not one of those overly hyped writers. One is deeply wary of any writer who makes it into Oprah's book club - not once, but twice.

  7. Anonymous9:39 PM

    Twitterhea maybe be the answer for Blogipation.


  8. The hardened little pebbles squeezing their agonized way out, Justin?