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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog Constipation

Do you ever sit here and just stare at your monitor and think 
(or even say out loud, if you're one of those weird types who talk to yourself non-stop. Like me)

"What the #@*! am I gonna blog about today?"

 Welcome to my world.

I spent a couple of hours last night
reading a boatload of old posts from Tara of Blondie 'n' SC.
Dang, but that girl has a gift for expressing herself!
And in a way that's completely relatable and identifiable.
She just rocks, plain and simple.

And then I came back here.
And immediately wanted to just wipe out
90% of my old posts and start over.

(utterly DARLING giveaway win from DustyLu & The Agoura Antique Mart)

My days and nights are all mixed up lately...I've been off work
more than I've been working, so I've been staying up
way into the wee hours and sleeping in late like the slug I am.

This is, no doubt, wreaking havoc on my thought processes, hence my feelings.

What feelings, you ask?

Thank you for asking.

I feel constipated.

Creatively, inspirationally, motivationally plugged-up.

Can anyone else out there relate?

Do they make Metamucil for blogging?

Or has it perhaps advanced to such a state
that I now require a full-blown, blogging colonic?

I smile.

As I'm typing these words, I hear Mr. Twig in the other room snoring.

Ahh, the sleep of the content and the well-adjusted.

Just some random 2am thoughts, shared because somewhere,
some place, someone else gets what I'm talkin' about.

Sleep well, my pretties!


Aoife.Troxel said...

I get you! That happens to me all the time, and then I start a post, and don't finish and every day look at it and sigh and do something else. Have you ever thought about using a word generator? Sometimes it comes out with something very random, but a lot of times you can relate to it, and then you think of something semi-interesting that happened, and you're off. Anyway, it worked for me. :)

Carol Mae said...

I know what you mean, it happens to me all the time, I'm just not a girl of many words, I guess that comes from growing up in northern Wisconsin with the cows? they don't talk much!! I love reading your blog, your one of my favorite blogs to visit. Have a great day. Many smiles, Carol Mae

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Although I am a newbie, having a boatload of fun and love the subjects I am blogging about I think my posts need more, um, je ne sais quois?! Depth perhaps...humor I said je ne sais quois (sure hope I am spelling that right). So Anne, find that medicine because you are a BIG inspiration here! Although, today's post did not disappoint! Humor and LOL, depth too! Have a great day!

Theresa said...

Well dear Anne, thankfully I have these busy grandchildren or my blog would be empty. I am not as creative as lots of you, so I don't have that to talk about:) I wish I could stay up late but I am a big 'ole baby and go to bed early and get up early. Now that snoring husband, check him for sleep apnea... just a hint, that is one of the symptoms! My honey has it and sleeps with the cpap machine now... NO more snoring here:) Hang in there and let's get you straightened out, maybe you need a weekend getaway? Hugs and prayers, and extra hugs:)

Elaine said...

I think we all get "blog block" at one time or another. I'm like Carol Mae ....a country girl.
I do not have the knack with words that many of the bloggers do. My daughter gwen has a blog and she is never at a lost for words..she didn't get it from me.

Life was more exciting when my husband was alive as we were off on the motorcycle or camping. I am having my coffee and wondering
...what do i post about.

keep on posting your blog

Anonymous said...

Too funny, Anne! It must be a theme...I was just talking with a friend the other day about someone we both know who creates discord and messes 24/7 and that following this person around to fix the havoc is like following an elephant on ExLax with just a small broom and dustpan! LOL!
I don't know if they make a pill for your problem though! LOL! Not to worry! It will pass. It's the artist's perennial dilemma but it does go away!
Thanks for the giggles though!

Unknown said...

Boy if you could package that you would be rich. I hope you keep blogging when you are rich.hehe.
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

oh your title made me laugh!! You are so fun! I love your blog......keep doing what you are doing! Its great!!
have a great day!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Anne ~
You are cracking me up ! I can totally relate !! I also smiled at your sleep comment ~

Privet and Holly said...

Of COURSE, I know just what you mean. After working on a post for quite a while and then hitting the POST NOW button, it is sort of like putting a kindergärtner on the bus for the first time.....You hope it goes well, but as you send her off, you turn and think: now what??? But eventually, a thought starts to form....just a small seed, at first.....and there you are, blogging about NOT KNOWING WHAT TO BLOG ABOUT. So, no worries, I'm sure that seed is already ruminating in your gorgeous head, preparing to sprout something else wise and wonderful!
xx P&H PS: LOVE the picture of the flowers and wondering why you need ANY help with the camera???? You're amazing.

lulu redstar said...

It happens to me all the time...but you are correct to put it out there for some support. I'd rather not blog than have a so-so blog with no comments...which is happening regularly with me. As i once blogged about a break through...SMOOTH Ex-Lax moment has arrived! :O LOLOLO ox lulu

Unknown said...

Well gee Anne, I think it must be self-bashing day girl! I think you are a wonderful blogger so don't second guess yourself. We all get into the constipated corner once and awhile - that's why I only blog about once a week LOL

Diane said...

LOL Anne! I am sure you will come out of it. You have way too much creativity inside to not have something to share with us in some form or another! Like my friend Diana Frey says....just breathe =))

Little Emma English Home said...

Oh Anne, I so well know what you're talking about. I'm in a momento of my life that I'm blocked by many thoughts and projects, but so blocked that I'm not able to do anything about it. I don't know where I shall go, or what shall I do to give shape to these thoghts. I feel suspended in time and space. Just my mind works, that never stops. But still, I don't know what I shall write about, or maybe have too many arguments and don't know where to start. I'm sure soon thoughts will flow free in your mind as well..... Hugs, Zaira xxx

Polly said...

This is a VERY creative post for 2am!! Blog constipation! Ha Ha!!! Love it!! You are funny!

I agree...sometimes the inspiration just isn't there!! I try to keep my blog narrowed down to items and stuff (decorating, what's for sale) so that makes it a little easier!

Have a great Thursday Anne!



P.S. thanks for your comment about my booth! I don't have a full time job, so my booth kind of is my full time job, so I have more time to spend "fluffing"!!

Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Miss Anne, At least you got on here and wrote something! I've had blog constipation for almost a month now and just look at my blog hoping something will come to me to write about and then I close my blog and feel even more constipated!! Then I do come up with something and only 2 people respond and I figure well, I must have lost my followers as I have not posted regularly! Ok, well sun is very finally out today, so maybe I'll take some pictures and be inspired to blog. So, I get it Anne!! Hugs to you, Kim

It's me said...

Hahahhahahah!! you are a nice friend !!

You are so fun! I love your blog......keep doing what you are doing! Its great!!..........don't change anything you are what you are !! and that's good !!!

Hugs happy day enjoy Ria....

The Flying Bee said...

I am right there with ya on this one...totally constipated...blocked up...ain't NOTHING coming out! It's bad! I almost hung it all up and said adios to blogging a few times this week. I mean really, what can I say...that I woke up, drove my kids to school, went home, cleaned my house, drove back to get my kids and then went back home, cooked tacos and then watched AI and went to bed! Who wants to read about that!???

Sorry about that...I'm fine now. :)

Love ya!

Sweet Woodruff said...

Do they make Blog fiber? Eat more apples and pretend you're Fiona Apple for a day. :) Girlfriend, you are hard on yourself. You have almost a 1,000 followers so you must be doing something right.

Glad you liked my Kerrville trash stuff. I cornered the market that day. :) I think I found that fan on Barbara Ann. If I get it to working and you come see me, I'll let you sit in front of it to cool off. :) ((((hugs))))

You are wonderfully amazing and you are loved...not just "followed"... for who you are as a person, not for what you type.

trash talk said...

I feel ya girlie. I suffer from constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth...for which there is no cure!

Raised In Cotton~Carol said...

Dear Anne~I have been blogging for almost 5 years and I hit those blockage times too:)) Sometimes I go to the bookstore and scan magazine titles to help spark posting ideas~it really does help~

I know we only met briefly in Texas at the Blog Party but I wanted to stop in and say Hello again:) I finally took the time to go back and look at your lovely blog and your posting's are delightful:))

I'm an RN too so if you need any further help with that "constipation" I can probably come up with some sort of BlogEnema:))

Carol~Raised In Cotton

Shell said...

I thought I was going to spray my morning coffee all over the monitor! Blog Constipation??? I love it!

Is that like Irritable Blogging Syndrome???

Egads,,I fell asleep during "Idol" and woke up before 5:00am......I think I took the "next shift" missy!

Hope you have a great Thursday and for the record,,,Just your header alone was worth the Post!

Hugs and Love,

Tricia said...

We're all right there with you Anne...many days feeling too much pressure from all of the other fabulous blogs out there to let our minds and creative juices flow freely.
If you find the proverbial fiber, please pass it my way!
Hugs~ T

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I think your blog is WONDERFUL and I always look foward to reading your posts! But, I think we ALL go through this! It is simply impossible for me to post everyday! With two boys, one husband, four cats and a full time job PLUS the home...can't do it! SO, I do the best I can and try and get at LEAST 2 or 3 posts a week! I don't have millons of followers, but I have fun and LOVE the ones I have!!

You will break out of this and just BLOOM!

Have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)

Anonymous said...

Anne.. all the time yet I realized that I didn't have to post everyday and adventures were more important in life.

Lantana Camara.. one of my favorite flowers in the summer!!!!

Sarah said...

Anne, I can totally relate to this one. I struggled to come up with something for my Alphabe-Thursday post this week. Just couldn't get motivated or inspired and nothing creative came my way. So in the end I pulled together some photos and basically did a wordless post. The end product was nothing like my original thought which was going to be a tablescape. So thanks for sharing your thoughts at 2AM. Hope you are sleeping in this morning.
I didn't comment on the previous days post, but loved your thoughts.
Hugs to you~ Sarah

Elizabeth said...

To funny :] I'm in need of some metamucil right know!I'm not a great writer so this is a constant challenge for me. I had to laugh about your husband sound asleep snoring,that is so my house :] Blessings to you sweet Anne.
p.s I think your blog rocks!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Anne ~ I can ALWAYS relate to you and your blogs. You just say it like it is. Which is so great for us. Don't change anything and let it "flow". BTW ~ I just noticed the timepiece in your banner says New Haven on it ~ I live the next town over from New Haven, CT. Have a great week ~ Dee

Anonymous said...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and your photographs are speakin' to me! Gorgeous!!! :)
Zuzu said...

OMG I love you!!!! Only you can make 'constipation" an interesting post. LOLOL Your posts are ALWAYS fun and interesting. I think we all get 'Blogging Constipated' one time or another. I know I do. Then there are times I have so much to say that I get excited:)LOL I wonder if they make Blogging Imodiam for that:) Have a great day. I am getting crazy and am not sure people understand my humor:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

OMG Anne your title cracks me up! I hope you know how much we love reading your posts I think your the best, I really do! Have a wonderful week!!!!!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I totally relate, I am up into the weeeeee hours of the morning which leads to foggy brain come 7AM. So you are not alone, I was up till 3AM.. now I know where to come to read late night postings.

hope your day is a good one...

Ticking and Toile said...

Hi Anne,
I know exactly what you mean....I tend to just not blog when I can't figure out what to blog about. I like your idea better ~ I too love your posts & think you are just fabulous!! Even if you have blogger consipation! Hope you get some rest! :)


DustyLu said...

I know I know exactly how you feel! Take a little break! It helps the creative soul rest. Love those apples! ~Lulu

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your honesty. Usually, I can think of a lot to say but I am afraid to share for fear of what people might think. I want to be more "me" but I edit myself fiercely. I've never been able to say anything like I have "blog constipation." I'd say that's pretty bold! Love your blog.

Unknown said...

I am sure it will be momentary. After all you have come up with consistently gorgeous posts on you wonderful blog. besides , what a great link to a giveway- thanks...


My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning Anne......We just seem to be missing each other in blogland. (O: (O: I stopped in yesterday to your sweet little place and bought a few things from your booth, as well as a few others. We will be here about 4 more I do hope we can hook up.

Bless you


Charlene said...

ARE WE RELATED??????????? I never had a sister... always wanted one. But, you must be a twin. You hit the nail on the head on most of the posts you do. ROCK ON SISTER! And get some sleep. HUGS! Charlene

Pamela said...

Oh yeah i can totally relate! I was thinking the same thing this morning when i got up!!! And to put more pressure on myself i created another blog a couple of months ago...what was i thinking?
Your posts are always wonderful ...and you came up with somehting profound again today!
Pamela xo

tara said...

What? Noooo, you did not just reference little ole me on your AMAZING blog? I thank you kindly sweet friend and I am also glad I could be your companion at 2am!! :) I get this, uhm quite often lately so I go MIA for a few days and soak up life and then come back and gush about it! I love your blog so keep it up sweet cheeks! muwahhh! Tara

D. Jean Quarles said...

As a writer, I'm often constipated. So yes, I relate. Lesson 1: Sit butt in chair. Lesson 2: just write. Lesson 3: Edit later, much later. It works for me. Good luck and have a great day!

red.neck chic said...

Girl - I am laughing!!! You crack me UP!!!

You know the occassional posts when it's some crazy / randomn / red.neck picture? That's when I ran out of laxatives...

:-D xoxoxoxo

clustres said...

Anne, you're too cute! Everybody gets you!

Wildflowerhouse said...

Good grief girl why do you think I write about wanting a goat.....I am ready to mail that bobcat off to anyone. Now I am just waiting for the bear to show up, like he did last year and the year before that. Gardening in the NW can be interesting. But I digress, Yes I am with you looking for the medimucil sometimes. LOLOL Sharon

Deb said...

Hey Anne, lovin' those white apples, so cute! You sound like a night owl like me, mornings are difficult though. Oh yes, I get you too! Some days I have so many ideas for posts and then the next day...nothing! You are too funny! Deb

Unknown said...

Sometimes it's good to have thoughts that are just my own.......a break now and then is always a good thing for me. :)

Rustydiva said...

Hey Anne ~ I'm not a blogger but I love yours! You are a fantastic photographer. I think it's a talent that is just waiting to explode! You also have a VERY witty point of view and deep spirit that comes across in your writing. I wouldn't worry about "constipation", I think you're doing great! I can understand the restless feeling you're having. (feeling restless AND unfullfilled myself) Hang in there girl ~ you have LOTS of support!


Faded Charm said...

Anne, you put too much pressure on yourself. Just post when and what comes to mind. Everyone loves you style and wit.

Hope you are doing well in your bigger booth.

Take care,


Donna Reyne' said...

You my dear friend....are a hoot!
I knew that if I could only stop by one or tow blogs this week(month)yours would make the top of the list.
Thanks for being so normal...I have been terribly busy lately and have no advise to offer...but,
It anyone could find the would have to be you!
Best of wishes for a rapid recovery
Love ya bunches!

Unknown said...

Hey Honey! Are you kiddin? Of course I know what you're talking about! Maybe it's the heat. And you never stop you're always on the go. Always accomplishing so much. Just remember this too shall pass. Take the break you deserve. I would read about whatever toilet paper you were thinking of buying if I could only find the time to keep up.

Love you Sweetie. Take care and have a blessed day. Hugs...Tracy :)

Unknown said...

Oh girl - I soooo get this. I'm a writer and I used to write fiction. One day my characters left. Disappeared. I was so sad. I've never been able to get them back home.
And then one day I realized that my characters were done. The books I wrote were all I needed to write. I didn't need to write fiction anymore.
That was a huge shock because I always thought I would be a fiction writer. It's just what I knew I would be.
Then I discovered other writing avenues - and found my calling. I'm meant to write. Just not what I thought I would write. I purged the characters living in my head and moved on to the next phase.
Anyway, all that to say -- that maybe you need to refocus your angle a bit. Rediscover who or what your blog is about. And, my sweet Anne, thank you for letting us follow you on the journey.

Brenda said...

Take a walk, but not at 2 AM. I can usually find something to blog about by just taking a walk and clearing my head or seeing something worthwhile. I don't blog a lot though so I don't usually have a problem just the couple of times a week that I do. I wish I could be as faithful of a blogger as many of you are.

Lou said...

I sooo totally get where you are comming from Anne!!! :) My sleeping pattern sounds just like yours too!! Hang in there lovely.. I love reading your blog.. so think the constipation is just a little hiccup instead...:)
I love how you change the headers too.. and they are always so gorgeous!!!
Love Lou xx

Olive said...

Dear Anne, I have yet to understand how many of you great bloggers and by that I mean YOU, blog so often! Being new to blogging I have puzzled over this matter so your post today encourages me a little. I have faith you will blast your way out of it.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious post.LOL@metimucil for blogging.Well I get that way, like just brain dead and no ideas but I havent needed metamucil yet,LOL

Happy Friday ahead!

Lori said...

even in the midst of your have banged out a mighty fine post...too funny Anne...i love your sense of humor!!!

Unknown said...

i stopped by about five hours ago and finally am getting to say hi! life is so crazy right now! i can soooo relate to this pot anne! it'll pass, have some fun, do something you love, get outside away from the computer, grab your camera. hugs, susan

Prior said...

LOVe all your posts and photos... It's pretty outside and soon will be so hot, so just enjoy the outdoors...God's natural world holds all creativity in its being. All the colors, smells,tastes, sounds and textures. How creative is our God! He covered all our senses! and we are made in his image. Your blog is awesome, just don't make it feel like a job! Lezlee

Six in One Hand said...

You were up late...weren't you?

I know how you feel?
Sometimes I have a million thoughts and then other times....I got nuttin!!

Tina said...

Oh sweet Anne! Know the feeling well and then when I do have something to post about, I am too busy with 'life' to post about it :) Take a break and enjoy just being, it will come back to you eventually! Now... Metamucil for blogging? - you make me laugh! Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovely girl ~ Tina xx

sharon said...

This is THEE most beautiful blog I have EVER seen!

Journal Swag said...

Anne, YES I totally understand! Don't give in to the constipation, all of your posts are awesome. Hoping this will reLAX you! :)


Judy said...

OMG! I thought I was reading my mind when I read this today! I blog in spurts! Don't have anything to say, then suddenly, I have everything to say for a day or two, then nothing. Discovered that regular day-to-day life gets in the way of blogging and creating. Got to change that -- AND SOON! I'm feeling constipated, too!! So glad I'm not the only one!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Anne, I love your blog...for me I probably don't post as often as many others do~ I don't put pressure on myself, I just wait until I have something I want to write about! No set schedule, sometimes I just take a break or read other blogs...

FEDERICA said...

I know what you mean...
thanks for your kind words and for your comment!
Wish you a lovely weekend!
p.s. Don't forget to enter my giveaway :-)

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Uhh huh . . . yep . . . you're self-diagnosis sounds a lot like what I've been afflicted with as well, Anne. Little creativity or motivation . . . clogged . . . maybe it's Spring Fever???

Thanks for a chuckle. You're obviously not alone with this ailment. Perhaps you can find a cure or at least a remedy. We'd all be eternally grateful. :o)

Have a great weekend.

Lara said...

Haha.. that's a good way of putting it! I have blog constipation right now too. I can't just sit down and write a blog post.. I either have to be smacked in the face with instant inspiration or cook up a post idea for weeks. I changed my blog name & domain name fyi..
:) Lara

Robyn said...

totally feel like that sometimes and the DANG prune juice doesn't work for that!

Beth A. @ Songbird Hill said...

I am constantly blog constipated. That's why it's the 21st of May and I've only posted 4 times this month. One of these days.... I'm going to get my act together and then...watchout! LOL!

Janet said...

are you kidding? i totally GET IT! what i have found is that if i don't freak out about my next post an idea will always come to me! uh, but the chronic overthinker in me has trouble not..well...overthinking! it's a vicious circle!

Janean said...

we all *hit that wall*
rest...relax...something will inspire time.


VS said...

Yes my dear, I too get constipated...right now I'd like to write something wonderful on my blog, but I'm exhausted, my head's buzzy from sensory overload & I kind of feel like I'm in waking catatonia. But I must tell you, I love your wonderful picture of the beautiful Lantana flowers that made me smile & remember...
When I was a little girl those were always my very favorite flowers. I would carefully pick them & pretend that they were my Barbie dolls wedding bouquets. Each tiny flower looked like a stunning bouquet of color to me.
I'm smiling!

June said...

ME are so funny at 2 am Anne!
Yes I can totally relate. I am all out of blog thoughts right now. Thank goodness for the garden blooms that I can take photos of and share.

mimi charmante said...

I ADORE that bottom photo - it is fabulous!
I often am "dry" when it comes to the inspiration well. That is what I love about the blogging world - I am so inspired by others and it seems to give me what I need to move forward. Isn't it nice to know we aren't alone?
Have a fabulous rest of your weekend,

Maria | Vintage Simple said...

I can relate...which is why I don't post that frequently... But maybe it should be like an exercise - writers write every day... I'm not sure. All I'm saying is: I get it, and I usually just go off and do other creative things if I'm not feeling inspired to write. I think it's okay to give yourself room to step away for a while if you need to.


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