I have been asking this question to myself for the past few days. Have I hit a writer’s block? The post frequency of this blog has decreased and the decrease is substantial. Yes, I have been busy for the past couple of weeks with studies and various computer symposiums and I will be busy in the coming weeks because they are no different but then, when I have had some free time, I have spent it in consuming information rather than contributing to it or creating new content and thus becoming a part of the 90% users of the 90-9-1 principle or the 1% rule, something which I don’t personally like. It’s the 16th day of the month and all I have published are 6 posts. Last month, the number of posts till the 16th of the month were around 14 if not more. And then I ask myself, have I hit a writer’s block?
Writer’s block, as defined by Wikipedia is
a condition, associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers.
It is something which I have never agreed with and just saw it as an alibi to get away from Blogging but now I stand corrected. I like writing long posts, not because they have more words but because they have more content. I don’t reiterate facts (or at least try not to). Traffic has come and so has positive feedback from you, my readers. I thank you all. I remember getting worried when my blog went without any new content for a couple of days and when today it has been a week since I published anything, I don’t feel guilty. And then I ask myself, have I hit a writer’s block?
December has been busy for me mostly due to the shift to Pulkit.Me. I have spent countless hours trying to set up my blog with whatever knowledge I have of CSS and PHP and probably that is the culprit. I have 4 posts lined up to write consisting of one which I have been procrastinating to write since October. One (on C.O.R.E 2010) which I should have written 4 days back hasn’t made any progress whatsoever. And then I ask myself, have I hit a writer’s block?
This post has no significance and you may as well stop reading now because it will not give you any insight either to me or to any thing else. This post was written to try and fill the gap that my procrastinating self has made on this blog and to ask myself the question again and again, have I hit a writer’s block?
And as I am proofreading and previewing this post for the last time before pressing the Publish button, a sense of realization has come over me which has made me aware that it doesn’t matter if I had hit a writer’s block or not, I am now over it.