Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Metallman: The Committed Blogger

Hey there.  I'm ready to declare myself back!  I have been MIA for the last couple of weeks and I have been doing some on and off blog work while I was off but I am on step 1 of getting back into blogging form!  It's been a rough, few weeks and I think that the rough patch is now in the rear view mirror and I'm ready to devote more time to my blog and other commitments that I have made online.  I've slowly been inching my way back into Twitter and Facebook and now I'm ready to continue with my daily posts.  I've been a while since I've done a personal post and I have a few lined up.  I have my son's B day post, my wife's b day post, my dad's B day post, and several others that I have started and hope to have up in the coming days but first I want to discuss getting back into writing form.

Have you ever had writer's block?  It sucks.  When I was in school, I would write all the time.  Whether it be poetry or a short story, I always felt like I had something running in my head and I had to write it down.  And back then, I had the time.  During lunch, recess, or after school, I would sit at a bench or classroom and just write away in my notebook.  The ideas were never fully formed and the poetry was always choppy, but at least I had a good foundation to work with and refine.  Now?  There simply is no time.

When I started this blog, I was hoping that it would jump start that spark.  To an extent, it did.  I haven't done this much writing since my school days, but I still struggle to find the time to post.  Well, let me be more clear.  I can't find the CONSECUTIVE minutes in the day to really sit and write a post.  Throughout the day, I'll have a few minutes to jot something down.  Whether it be in quick note on my phone or a quick idea onto a note pad. Which is good.  But what good are those ideas when I can't sit and refine them into nice pieces of work?  Currently, when I write a post, I do it right then and there.  5 to 10 minutes, tops.  No rewrite, no revision, hell... sometimes I don't even proof read it because I feel that if I don't publish it, I won't get it done until later later.  So what's a committed blogger to do?  YOU FIND THE TIME!  That's what.

I've decided that night time is my time.  I don't sleep much anyways.  I'm usually in bed watching TV til past midnight.  I'll catch up on some TV show that I've been wanting to watch or catch a movie that I recently miss. Sometimes, I'll get up and get my CoD: Black Ops on.  Well, I'm making a conscience effort to channel that down time to a more productive means and get some blogging done.  Remember all those ideas I've been jotting down from time to time?  Yup, those are the ones that I need to materialize and turn into some high quality posts.

I am happy that this year has been a great year for me earnings wise.  I've already surpassed the $2K mark, which I am extremely proud of, but I have been disappointed that I just haven't had as many "me" posts that I thought I would.  Don't get me wrong, all my posts have "me" written all over them, but what I'm trying to say is that those posts have guidelines that I need adhere to.  This post has no guidelines.  This post doesn't have requirements.  This posts is a "me" post and I want more of them in this blog.

I have been praised for my writing style and I have been criticized for it.  Regardless of what you think of it, I love doing it and will continue to do it.  Though I will admit that I would prefer to hear praise than "constructive criticism".  lol  But I promise you, my readers, my friends, that you will be hearing more from ME because I am definitely back!  Later!!!


  1. Hey there Frank. Yeah, being a big kid/adult can make it difficult to find the time to write but where there's a will, there's a way and I'm definitely finding a way to get it done. Thanks for the comment, Frank! Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

  2. I really liked how you talk about writing and writer's block.  As a kid, I definitely made time to write and always made that extra oomph to finish things.  When you become a big kid and / or grownup there's just not all that time anymore, and it SUCKS.

    But, we keep on keeping on because we have to keep a small part of us sane.  We like doing things we enjoy.  It's just sometimes we don't have the time.  Keep writing!  I love reading it, as most of us do!

  3. I myself have the same issues every now and then. Sometimes I just don't want to write out of pure laziness. But I think since I have multiple blogs, its a bit more difficult to find the time right now to get multiple things done at once on top of school FULL TIME. I never realized how much time school would be taking out of my every day life, so now I've got to focus on main priority, even if that hurts my blogs. =(

  4. Yeah, Jenn!  Having multiple blogs must be tough.  I've given some thought into doing the multiple blog thing but when I get sidetracked like I did these past few weeks, I tell myself that there is no way I can maintain several blogs at once.  Don't know how you can do it and still go to school full time!!!  Kudos to you!