"writers rut"--noun: A condition where a so-called "writer" really has no idea what to write.Writers rut definitely has applied to me a lot lately for two reasons:
- Writers block refers to a real writer, which I do not, nor will I ever profess to be. Writers rut refers to a lower class of writer, which I profess to be.
- I've spent many an hour staring at a computer like an artist stares at an empty canvas, looking for inspiration.
Then I started reading posts closer. What is it that the majority of them have in common? Personal experience. Bloggers relating their experiences of card collecting, the sets they like to collect, or the cards that have special meaning to them. The trades, the pack pulls, the in-person autographs. The expressions of emotions when that 4 color relic was pulled. Even more so, the personal triumphs and tragedies that remind us of the human element that permeates our hobby.
I tend sometimes to try and "keep up with the Jones-es". Try and collect too much, or collect the "in" set. Trying too hard to fit in. Look at all the blogs out there I have to remind myself. Bloggers posting about stuff they like, not because it's what Tom, Dick or Harry like, it's because they like it. Damn the masses. I tend to forget that from time to time. This is going to be the post I look back on the next time I can't think of something to post about and remember "post about something you like, no matter what the others may think".
Chances are, somebody else might relate to what I post as well. If nobody does, I've still done something that I wanted to do.
I also must remember that this is a 2-way street. Other bloggers are going to do the same, meaning they'll post stuff that they want to talk about. I have to remember not to mentally tune them out if it's something that doesn't interest me terribly, because it's what I owe them. In order to be successful, not just as a blogger but as a person, I have to read and listen to what others are saying on their blogs. I don't have to agree with what they are saying, just listen to what they're saying.
If I've struck a chord with a 2nd person out there with this post, then I've accomplished more than I expected. Because really, I only expect to influence one person....
Thank you for reading, Robert
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