Like most of you, there are times when ideas and words for a blog just don’t come to me. That’s especially true during that lazy period between Christmas and New Year when everything seems to slow to a crawl. But as they say, out of sight, out of mind, so it’s important to blog even if there is nothing to blog about.
What generally happens to me is, in order to make it appear like it’s a bona fide blog, I will write long drawn out sentences just to fill up the page even though there is nothing in the sentence that is revealing or even or any interest to my readers, but they don’t realize that until after they have wasted several minutes reading not realizing until the end that there was nothing of value in any of the words or phrases that I used in composing the sentence, which is the main reason that I have written it.
That’s just one of the tricks I use to publish a blog. Another is to repeat things, which helps fill up the page as well. Repeating things always helps to make a blog seem longer. By repeating things, I can pretty much make up a whole paragraph which lengthens the blog. If I didn’t repeat things, the blog would not be long enough. Therefore, repeating things in a different way helps me write the blog. Just to summarize, repeating things is helpful if you want to make a blog longer.
And, of course, there is always the old “link” flim-flam which tells the reader to click on a link to the writer’s other blog posts to give them the illusion there is worthwhile material in the other posts, which of course there rarely is but they don’t know that until they get to the other post and start reading it only to find out that it wasn’t really worth clicking on that link because the other post wasn’t that good either or if you don’t believe me just click here. Really, if you don’t believe me, click here. Clicking here will convince you for sure.
Well, that pretty much explains what I do when I can’t come up with a creative blog. I probably shouldn’t have given out my secrets because I sure wouldn’t want to have to read a blog like that, would you?
Al you are a delight! It doesn’t matter what you write about; we’re all hooked anyway! Happy 2020 (I love writing that number; it just rolls off the tongue!)
Thank you Ronnie. Happy New Year back. I agree on writing 2020. Maybe by sometime in mid-February I’ll remember to do it.
Al… even when you are “not being creative” you are still very creative …. and entertaining! Keep it up and I am looking forward to your stories in 2020! jfh
Thanks, Janet. I will do my best not to bore you like I just did. Happy New Year!
Bwhahahahaha Al. I just kept right on reading all through the repeats and all of it. I am going to have to reread this …..often….when that writer’s block hits. For some reason it is running rampant lately in my mind. Maybe you could start a class for composing blog posts that go in circles without the reader being aware?
Thanks, Faye. You remember how the Seinfeld TV show was called a show about nothing? I guess you could say the same about my blog site. Ha ha.
I have to confess….I do like those Seinfeld shows :). However, I do like your blog better!!
Happy New Year, Al!!! Btw, you sucked me right in. Lol! 😂
Thank you, Susie. I think that blog actually increased my followers by a couple. Wonders never cease!
Haha, I just saw that! – Great minds!
Ah, Spain is a special place and I’m glad Katie fell in love with it ❤
Best of wishes to you and your family.
Brilliant, Al! You have a real talent for filling a blog post without actually writing anything at all! – Definitely a business idea here if you’re interested – there are many people out there in the blogging world with writers’ block, who need your help!
Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year.
Sending you a smile.
We must have a psychic connection, Carly. See my comment above this one. Happy, healthy New Year to you as well!
P.S. Katie is back home, a little sad to have had to leave Madrid early, but excited about her environmental class coming up this semester. Only 20 out of a couple hundred college applicants were accepted. She really fell in love with Spain and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her back there in a professional capacity some day.
LOl! I love your tricks for inventing interesting blog posts. Lately my mind is an arid desert landscspe.
I’m thinking of starting a business writing blogs for people with writer’s block. I’ll call it “Insipid Blogs R’ Us.”
You are a master of wit and eloquence, as always. Huge hugs for you both and much love flowing for 2020. ❤
And a really, really. really long hug for you from across the sea.
I see you found your words after being nearly speechlessness this morning in response to my Facebook post about the knitted thyroid…
I’ve recovered from the trauma of the knitted thyroid and your speechlessness and can now sincerely say that I love the creativeness of your New Year’s post!
Happy New Year!
Thank you, Margy. I haven’t unseen the knitted thyroid yet but I’m hoping 2020 will help with that.
You’re so clever Al! 😂. Happy New Year 🥳!
Thank you, Lynn. Not so clever, but really wordy!
Lol Al! I can sure sympathize. 🙂 Happy New Year back at ya!
Thanks, Tricia. I see you are one of the brave ones who made it through the New Year post. Excruciating, no?
Somehow I managed to get through it Al. No harm no foul! 😉
So, let me get this straight – what you’re saying, if I’m understanding you correctly and have read the words in the spirit with which I was supposed to have read the words, and I haven’t misinterpreted anything or read between the lines words that were meant to be there but actually weren’t there but maybe should have been now that you’ve read my response, is that – where was I going with this?
We’d all miss you terribly if we didn’t hear from you so just keep repeatedly profusely pontificating and let us decide what to do with it.
Happy new year Al!
w/a Jansen Schmidt
Thanks, Patrica, but I didn’t understand a word you wrote in that first paragraph. You really need to work on your writing skills. He, he, he.
You’re not the first person to tell me that. The truth hurts but I appreciate that you’re not afraid to tell it.
Let’s just keep on being goofballs in 2020 okay? Who cares if we reit gud.
OK. I think being a goofball in 2020 is one resolution I’ll have no trouble keeping.
The problem with blogging is that if a favorite blogger’s posts suddenly go blank, we the readers don’t understand what is going on! Is our favorite blogger sick? Is he hurt? Was he kidnapped? So please Al, don’t stay silent; give us a sign, like, “In the midst of writer’s block,” or “Having a bad reaction to dental work,” or “waiting for the train to pull in.” We just want to know that you’re still there, writing and needing to hear some chuckles out of your readers. So I give you one guffaw and a chortle in advance!
Thank you, Ronnie, and I agree. I feel the same way when I don’t hear from a blogger for a while.
No need to worry about my being kidnapped. Everyone knows my wife would rejoice rather than pony up the ransom. He, he, he.
What??? 😆Congratulations! This has to be the best and most creative example ever of what NOT to do when writing a blog post! Happy 2020, Al! 🎉
Thank you, Linda. I live to serve.