I blog because I enjoy it. I enjoy feeling free to share my thoughts. I enjoy reading the thoughts that others share. I enjoy the interactions a blog post can create. Still, sometimes it can begin to fill a bit old.
It starts as I stare at the screen wanting to write but nothing comes out. I stare at the screen wanting to read but nothing seems to interest me enough. I scroll through the reader hoping for inspiration or enjoyment. Something I can write about or something I want to comment on. Minutes, then hours pass and I close the laptop.
I take a break, maybe a quick nap. I come back and open the reader again. An idea pops in and I hit the new post button. I start typing, then backspacing. I start typing again, then highlight all-delete. Why can’t I just get the words right? Why can’t I say what I want to say? Minutes pass and my blog starts staring back at me. It’s laughing at me now.
I’ve shared my thoughts so many times before so easily. The words fill the screen almost faster than I can think them. My fingers press keys and a post is born. I watch as the comments mount and the likes light up. A new reader, a new follower a first time commenter make me smile. A long time blogging buddy makes me laugh. I want this, I need this. I am an addict.
Still the box on my screen is empty. The title does not exist. I save the empty draft just to create something. My empty idea now has a place on my blog. Maybe soon I will be able to turn it into something worthy of the publish button, but only when I feel it is ready. For now it is back to the reader to see what may be new. Such an array of literary talent, such an expansive display of art.
This simple reader is a tunnel through which a new world can be displayed, the universe is open and all its stories amaze. In it anything is possible, plausible and portrayed.
I see politics, current events and a few world views. They mix with the fiction, the jokes and cartoons. I laugh at one story, then tear from another. I like a few posts and comment on a few others. Time to start thinking again about what I want to say. I log back into my blog and stare at the display. (sorry about that. I got in a sort of rhythm but I will stop now.)
I sit there a while with nothing new until finally I decide I’m tired of looking at the same screen. I pull up the appearance option and select themes. Preview this one then preview that. I believe it is time for a change again and this new theme fits. It makes me feel refreshed, a bit special.
My older post look better. My newer post will pop. I feel like writing. The words start to flow again. No deletes or backspaces, just words that come from my soul. A catchy title and it is finished. It seemed so easy again.
This happens every few months. I get a bit of a writers block and somehow, changing my theme makes me forget the block. I’m not sure if changing my look bothers or confuses readers, but it is a mechanism that helps me. Let me know what you think. I would be interested in hearing your opinion whether for or against updating the look of your blog. Maybe you want to try it yourself and see if it helps.