Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

It’s Friday afternoon. It’s hot outside—almost unbearably so—but inside, with my ceiling fan whirring away, it doesn’t seem so bad. I’m sitting at my desk, Harry Styles blasting as my cat is curled up against the side of my laptop. Beside my laptop, my phone sits, silent, and on the floor near my feet my purse is still packed from my day at work. The moment, though peaceful, is fleeting. Now Michael Bublé is playing; my plants have caught my eye, and it has occurred to me that I need to water them.

My cat was fascinated with the way the water poured from the cup when I watered my cactus. Maybe she recognized the water as the same liquid she sips; or maybe she was wondering why I was paying attention to my cactus and not to her. In any case, my plants are watered, Spotify has turned to advertisements instead of music, and my cat is now asleep in a wicker basket on my floor.

This week has been busy for me—enjoyable, but busy nonetheless. Now that I have an entire weekend stretched out in front of me, I’m not sure what I’ll do with my time. I’ll tackle my to-do lists, of course, and try to relax.

It’s the next day now—I forgot I started writing this last night until I saw the untitled document sitting in my Google Drive. It’s still hot today, but the forecast is calling for thunderstorms for the next three days.

I’ve been thinking about this blog a lot recently. I have so many ideas, but, to quote John Green, they are stars that I can’t fathom into constellations. I got a custom domain last week—changing my URL from sherinaspeaks.wordpress.com to sherinaspeaks.com—and I guess for some reason I thought that when I got a custom domain, I’d become a blogger extraordinaire. But while the domain has made me incredibly proud of the progress of my blog thus far (I recently hit over 1,000 followers, something which is still sinking in) it hasn’t catapulted me to a place where I have gazillions of blog ideas, or even the motivation to write those ideas.

The reason for my aforementioned busy-ness is that I’ve been working full-time hours as a communications assistant at a local not-for-profit organization. I love my job—it allows me to put into practice all of the things I learned this year in journalism school. But the fact that I am writing all day at work makes it that much harder for me to come home and write more for this blog; switching my “work brain” off, and my “blog brain” on, has proven difficult for me.

So, yesterday, as I stared at an empty document, I decided to get over it and just write. Something is better than nothing; as many writers have noted, you can’t edit a blank page. Sometimes you have to get over the expectation that amazing sentences are going to pour out of you, that you’ll write the best thing you’ve ever created. Sometimes, you just have to write. Write, when you think you are too busy to write. Write, when you feel like your blog is growing but you are standing still because you haven’t written a new post. Write when the world doesn’t make sense; write when it makes perfect sense. Write, and write, and write, and eventually, you’ll find the words you’ve been looking for.

Somehow through writing this jumbled post, riddled with life updates, blog updates and minutiae details about my day, I found the words I wanted to say: which are that life is pretty good right now (on this blog, and also outside of it). Thank you to my 1,000+ followers, thank you to my 2013-self for starting this blog, thank you to you for reading this. Now that I’ve written this post, I am itching to write more—but first, I will enjoy the sun before it turns to rain (as I am editing this, it has started to rain—making me glad I wrote about the sun while it lasted).


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166 thoughts on “Writer’s Block, Rainy Days, and 1,000 Followers

  1. Congrats on the blog and job success! I help my husband with his wedding business and we also have 4 kids (those people don’t leave in the summer), so when I have a moment to write guilt sets in. It’s fun, it’s what I love to do. And even though it is what my MFA is in, I still can’t get past the guilt because work shouldn’t be enjoyable. Wrong! We just have to retrain our brains like you said – that switch between your work brain and blog brain! Thanks for the post. I love reading about other people’s processes.

  2. Wow, 1000 followers. That seems to be a pipe dream for me right now. I just started my blog over too. Took the .wordpress off. It was the best decision I’ve ever made, but at the same time, I am no longer piggybacking on the wordpress reader, which is a little daunting, to say the least. I have so many ideas that I want to integrate, but one step at a time my advisor friend keeps telling me. Congratulations on the move, the followers and the ability to put your reader in the environment you choose. I enjoyed reading your blog post, and I look forward to many more!

  3. Great simple post. I sometimes find it very hard to start a new post if I have done nothing to exciting in the few days before hand. There is something scary about filling a white page with no real content but I do understand what you are saying about just writing.

    Thank you for your words… I aim to one day also achieve 1000 followers that is a brilliant effort.

  4. Do Something….anything! has always been drummed into my ears as a teenager.
    Now I guess it is write something….anything..
    Thanks for the heads up! It came at the right time.

  5. Deliciously written, Sherina. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. You deserve even more than the 1000 followers you’ve got so far. Heading to your website straightaway 😊

  6. Great post and congratulations on appearing on Discover! I agree with your post thoroughly. Writer’s block can hit you when you least expect it. The best cure I’ve noticed, as have you, is to write even if you do not wish to. It also helps to know that sometimes experiencing the world outside of writing is incredibly beneficial as well.

    As for the 1000 followers, congratulations and good luck on the rest of your writing career. You will do amazing.

  7. As I scroll through WordPress reader, I am glad I came upon this post! I hesitated to start a blog because, like you, while I have so many thought s whirling around in my head, and all my stories are so fascinating there, they just don’t jump out on the page as well or quickly as I thought. So here’s, to my first week writing a blog, and to finding inspiration with others in the community! Congratulations on your 1,000 followers! I can’t wait until the day I can say I have 1,000 as well! Great post!

  8. Well done on reading 1000 followers. I thank you for this to inspire me to do what I love more than I often want to – to write. The line ‘you can’t edit an empty page’ spoke to me in so many ways. I also feel like I need to water my cactus 😊

  9. This is the most important post that I just accidentally happened across that may change my life. Thank you for writing writing and writing! Enjoy the rain too as it nourishes our deeper thoughts.

  10. I LOVE the way you write! So relaxed and it does seem like it flows straight from your mind so well.. even if it doesn’t in reality! Well don’t for 1000 followers! That’s amazing! 👍🏼👍🏼

  11. Love this! Definitely been hitting that writers block for a few weeks searching for scattered ideas in my brain. Thank you for this, it was wonderfully simple and beautiful, just write 🙂

  12. Love this! Like others before me have said, this post is very well written. I can’t even imagine being at 1,000 followers, that’s amazing! Congrats! I say you are doing the right thing by continuing to write despite your writer’s block. You have a new follower in me! I will be taking notes as I continue to grow my blog and craft my writing style!

  13. I really enjoyed this! Another follower gained. It is so true what you Are saying. We are struggling too with what to write and if it is good enough and at the end of the day we all start somewhere and hopefully somewhere someone connected with what is said. And we connected with yours! Thanks

  14. This was a very interesting and appreciated read. I strongly believe that I needed to read this today. It was very encouraging. Thank you!

  15. This is such a great and inspiring post. I have ideas, and I keep them organized, and I add to them, but I have SUCH a hard time getting that first draft down. Perfectionism is terrible. I even get freaked out when I write a post that is well-received, and then I worry that my next post will fall flat. I’m definitely bookmarking your post for inspiration. It is exactly what I needed to hear. Also, beautifully written.

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