Just Sherring

Blogging is Hard

Blogging is hard. Much harder than I expected it to be. I was scared to dip into the blogosphere because I didn’t think there was a space or a lane for li’l ol’ me, even though my mind was always buzzing. I thought I’d be inspired to post intelligent, thoughtful, witty, or funny posts on a daily basis. I kept having experiences that I thought would make perfect blog posts, like trying a diet for the first time or getting free tickets to movie screenings.

Months after finishing grad school for writing, I missed writing, and took the plunge. I was on fire. Making lists of things I could write about, drafting posts at work while I should have been working. Then before the year was up, my drive fizzled. I was quiet for over a year.

I resurrected my abandoned blog a few months ago, starting with a Goodreads book review, but I’m having the same troubles again. It’s weird how while laying in bed, taking a shower, riding the subway, reading books, magazine or other blogs, my mind is ticking with ideas for posts. Whenever possible I scribble down a title, opening sentence or  the idea that popped into mind. These unfinished future posts are in various notebooks, emails to myself, Post-It notes around my apartment, and trapped in my phone, iPpod and Nook.

I’m usually so excited to finish writing them. And then…life gets in the way. I get home late from work. I’m too tired to write. I’m busy stuffing my face. I get hypnotized by the evil TV. I fall down the rabbit hole of social media.

I’m sitting at my table trying to be a good blogger so I can have consecutive posts. I had a long day at work. Since I didn’t go to the gym earlier, the plan was to do a YouTube workout video in my living room, cook dinner and eat, wash dishes, shower, then blog as I watched TV.

Easy, right?

I am feeling quite accomplished that I stuck with the Tone It Up workout even though I was tempted to close the window on my laptop screen. I could’ve chromecasted it to my TV, but I was also watching a show. What can I say? I’m a multitasker. My baked salmon and broccoli dinner was delicious. My hot shower with eucalyptus aromatherapy bath gel from Bath and Body Works was relaxing, and I’m now watching a DVR’d episode of The Real after switching off from the CNN coverage of the primaries. I watched New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fake excitement and begrudgingly introduce Donald Trump, who easily dismissed questioners, and bragged about being a good businessman who would bring jobs back to America, and of course build a wall. I haven’t washed the dishes yet, but I did scroll through social media and saw that my cousin took our 94-year-old grandfather to vote. It made me misty-eyed for several reasons.

There’s a lot more randomness that I could write about, but I’ll just save it for another post, another day.


  1. Maggy Dartiguenave

    Even your seemingly “uneventful” blog post about the harsh realities of blogging turned out to be a cerebral exercise and treat for the reader. Go with YOUR flow; we will “keep swimming, swimming, swimming” right behind you. I very much enjoy reading your adventures. Keep “Sherring” with us, please, even if it’s intermittent.

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