4/16/2009

Oh, I just can't be bothered

I am wondering if it really is time to knock this whole blogging business on the head. After 30 months, thousands of postings, lots of ranting, and lots of time wasted, I really am finding it very difficult to summon up the energy to write anything that is not only interesting to someone else, but is of interest to me.

Things that used to get me bothered, things that really did put fire in the belly I just seem to be able to ignore, be this a council expenses scandal involving a local Tory (which I know about but cannot be bothered to write about) or national issues (of which there are many), I really cannot be bothered.

I will wait a few days, take a temporary break and see how I feel, but in truth, I've run out of steam and am preferring to spend my time with family rather than a keyboard.

21 comments:

Iain Dale said...

Nich, we all feel like that from time to time. I went through a similar phase a few weeks ago. It passes. If you havent got anything to say dont say it. Simple as that. Inspiration will return!

Cllr Andrew McConnell said...

Shame, this is a good blog!

Mark Valladares said...

Nich,

Iain is absolutely right. I've been blogging for more than three years, and there are times when I've had nothing to say. Then the muse returns...

jailhouselawyer said...

Do what I do Nich, if you cannot find anything to write about show some animal or scenery photos.

Paul Walter said...

Nich

I meant to comment on a previous post - but technology got the better of me. I was sorry to hear of your back problem and I hope it is getting better!

As for blogging - of course it is essentially a waste of time, but I agree with Iain - if you don't feel you have anything to say, don't say it and if you do feel you have something to say, say it. It is only worth doing if you enjoy it per se - i.e. the actual act of writing.

You're always able to put a very pithy view on things and I particularly enjoyed your post about Eastenders and elections.

The other thing to say is that I think we all go over the top with blogging when we start it - I certainly did with 12 postings per day sometimes. So it is only natural that we settle down.

All the best
Paul

Harry Hook said...

Copy and paste if Susan Boyle brought you here

tally said...

It would be a shame to lose you. just take a few weeks off, have a few beers, drop back in later.

Paul Walter said...

Another thought: yes, blogging is a waste of time. But then again, so is keeping fish, or collecting stamps or getting drunk down the pub. It's a hobby.

WestBrom Blogger said...

Had similar feelings myself. Bloggers block. You will be back.

Paul Pinfield said...

Nich, I suggest that either you blog as and when you feel like it, or perhaps make it a collaborative blog. I am sure there will be enough people to keep the site growing.

Jonathan said...

If I have nothing to say, I just find someone who has and send my readers off to them.

Hope you keep going

Jonathan said...

This may help too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en-GB&v=J2ZY9Fqolc8&gl=GB

Anonymous said...

Oh no you aint. What about the kids? Think about all those who have fought against tyranny, i.e. Hereward the wake, King Alfred the great, Wat tyler, the Levellers et al. You are tired? Get over it mate. We have bigger things to think about.

James said...

Shame Nich, it's a great blog even with your poor spelling :-)

ps: bothered is spelt bovvered.

A Very Public Sociologist said...

Instead of dropping out completely why not team up with another LibDem blogger in a group blog effort? That will take some of the heat off you plus you still have an outlet if inspiration returns.

Besides, thousands of postings in the space of 30 months? No wonder you're feeling a bit burned out. Slow down!

David said...

You'd be missed. As others suggest, don't feel pressured to blog incessantly. Or to come up with vastly original material or new thoughts constantly. But to keep your unique voice in the conversation.

jickemp said...

Post less, only post about what you really care about, and spend less time at the keyboard - sounds like your on the right track to me. What's the problem?

If you ask me, we should all try to shut up for one day a year - just one - see what happens. Imagine if everyone in the UK would simply be quiet (within reason) for one day a year.

People often seem to confuse blogging with campaigning. Bad mistake.

Duncan Borrowman said...

I agree with everybody else. I also have times when I have lots to say, but just can't be arsed. Especially if I see a load of othe rblogs have had their twopenneth already.
I also have times when I have things to say, but don't think anybody else could be bothered to read it.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

I hope you are mistaken in your present resignation. You would be missed (and I would have to amend my side-bar).

I've expressed my fuller feelings at http://redfellow.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/thanks-nich-come-back-soon/

As it used to say, back in the days of my North Norfolk youth, at the bottom of Thurgar's invoices: "E & O E excepted".

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

I know the feeling. It's not that things don't really get to me and I still want to metaphorically shake people and get them to pay attention...

But they just don't seem to want to wake up and smell the coffee..

Gallimaufry said...

I reckon you write an excellent blog even (especially) when I disagree with you. Give your typing finger a rest for a few days and you'll be back as eager ever.

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