That little tab in the blog dashboard marked ‘Write’.
It’s threatening, when I have bloggers constipation, and can’t think of anything to write. It sits there, goading me, after I’ve loaded the dashboard into my browser, knowing that I’ve not written anything for a few days, and yet still can’t think of anything useful.
Truly though, the secret is, don’t worry. It’s like having real constipation; the more you think about it, the more you can’t. (I don’t have that problem for real, in case you were wondering – ok, I knew you weren’t, but you might have been).
But if you miss a day or two, or three, because you can’t think of anything truly constructive to write about – then don’t worry. Something will come to you. It might be at 2am tonight when you can’t sleep, or at 11am in the middle of a busy day.
That leads me onto another point. Keep something to make notes on with you at all times. Keep a pad by the side of the bed for that 2am thought, and keep something you can jot notes into during a busy day – a pocket book, or your phone’s voice recorder, or use Jott, or something else that works for you. It doesn’t have to be high tech. Just something that will remind you what you had a great idea to write about a few hours later, when you do get the opportunity!
I haven’t posted for a day or two. I’ve been busy. I’ve also been busy in places away from the computer. It’s kind of difficult to post then. I’ve started using Jott, and that allows you to blog from your cellphone (or any phone) by dictating a message. You get up to 30 seconds. It’s fairly good, although not perfect, as sometimes words aren’t recognized, and you have to spell them out. All within your 30 seconds.
However it is a useful tool for sending quick reminders or even email acknowledgements or quick reminders to friends, family, and colleagues while you’re on the move. This kind of thing can only get better as voice recognition gets better. Apparently Jott runs on a mixture of computer and human transcription.
By the way, don’t dictate anything too rude or it won’t get transcribed, so best not to rant down it at an employee or at the cable company when it’s gone down yet again.