WHAT'S AILING YOU? CHANCES ARE SOMEBODY HAS WRITTEN A BLOG ABOUT IT

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Sick ComputerIn ActiveRain years, I'm not even 3 months old.  I posted my inaugural ActiveRain blog on October 31, 2011.  Since then, I’ve tried to build up some consistent blogging momentum.  I started out slowly at first -- blogging about once or twice a week.  Soon after, I blogged three times in one week.  And, as I welcomed the arrival of 2012 by posting four blogs the first week, I thought "Cool!  I'm starting to get the hang of this!"  I mean ... I had so much to write about that the blogs were practically writing themselves.  Then -- WHAMMO!  I hit the proverbial wall.  What's happening?  Why can't I write?  It's not that I have nothing to write about.  In fact, when I first joined ActiveRain, a wise sage here told me that "Everything is a blog.  You can write a blog about anything."  I never forgot those words.  So, what's wrong with me, Doctor Rain?


"Maybe I should go eat something?"  You know, I'm thinking along the lines of Starve a Fever -- Feed a Writer's Block?  Yep, that's the ticket ... I'll just go fix myself a snack!  My brain cells could probably use some extra, blog-writing-enhancing nourishment anyway.  So, I headed straight for the refrigerator.  I spent the next hour or so eating and reading frozen food packages hoping for a miracle.  Nothing.


Faucet"Maybe I’ll go watch Judge Judy."  Judge Judy is my secret indulgence.  It's always good for a few laughs and if nothing else, I'll get to see some people who wish their biggest problem was blog writing dysfunction.  Well, a couple of hours later, my tummy was full, I had my Judge Judy fix, and I was back at the computer.  Still nothing.  Have my creative juices dried up already?  Has my raging flow of blog writing waters diminished to a single, tiny trickle? 
How do I get past this obstacle? 


LightbulbSuddenly, a light bulb went off in my head!  I thought to myself, "surely somebody on ActiveRain has written about my dilemma before."  I headed straight for the Search box at the top of the page and as luck would have it, what should appear but a blog written by Mimi Foster specifically about Writer's Block.  In my particular case, I found this post to be extremely helpful because it is less about brainstorming for blogging topics --and more about organizing the abundance of ideas you already have.  It addresses blogging from a different perspective, and offers advice for topic selection and writing options based upon varying moments of inspiration.


BINGO!  I have found a cure for what's ailing me!  How?  Luckily, I have access to a great network of tremendous people here on ActiveRain.  And therefore, I have access to some fabulously informative blogs that were written way before I came along.  Was I worried about discovering a cure?  You bet!  But, with this awesome group ... I just had a feeling I would find one.

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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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We've all been there - great job breaking through your wall!

Jan 11, 2012 06:49 AM #1
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Alan May
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Mimi's definitely an inspiration. And here you are writing a post about "not being able to write a post"... everything's a post.  What a wise sage.

should I just go ahead and press "suggest" to get ahead of the curve on this one?

Jan 11, 2012 07:27 AM #2
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Carie, It's a popular topic!  Blogging topics, breaking writer's block, it's a common ailment :)

Jan 11, 2012 08:27 AM #3
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Wayne & Jean Marie:  Thanks!  Yes, we've all been there -- and I like it a whole lot better on the other side of the wall :)

Alan:  A wise sage indeed ... I'm happy to introduce you if you need any advice!  Suggest?  I would be honored :)

Jan 11, 2012 08:34 AM #4
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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Liz & Bill:  You're right ... I have definitely discovered that I am not the only one suffering from this "common ailment" :)

Jan 11, 2012 08:47 AM #5
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Mimi Foster
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Suggested . . . great post, and thank you SO much for the mention.  The more you do it, the more fun it becomes to see the ideas around you.  Welcome aboard.  You have a beautiful set up here, well presented and well written.  Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Jan 11, 2012 09:30 AM #6
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Mimi Foster
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Don't know whether or not you saw this one, but this has become my 'preferred' method of keeping track of ideas.  Hope it helps . . . Keeping Track of Blogging Ideas

Jan 11, 2012 09:46 AM #7
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Carie Shapiro
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Mimi:  Thanks for the "cure" and the inspiration :)  I'll definitely read the other blog you sent my way!

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