By John Sonmez February 2, 2015

Why I’m Not Writing a Blog Post This Week

Just a minute ago my wife walked into my office and busted me.

It's Saturday, around 4:40 PM and I've been in my office “writing a blog post” for the last 3 or 4 hours.

It's not like I didn't get anything done.

I responded to like 50 emails, and I shipped out some signed copies of my “Soft Skills” book.

I even got the ball rolling on a few business deals.

When she walked into the room though, I was in a bit of an awkward position.

I was standing in front of my whiteboard, black marker in my hand, and I had written:

Blog Post Ideas:

There was only one post idea listed.

blog-post-ideas

My goal was to brainstorm 20 post ideas and then pick the top two or three and write about one of them.

I had already tried to get out of writing a blog post by emailing Matt Kremer to see if he had already written up the answers for the Q & A I did with him so I could use that as my blog post, instead of this one.

He actually emailed me back and told me he was working on it, but I felt guilty, so I decided I needed to write a post as well.

I even thought about enrolling in my own free “Create a Blog to Boost Your Career” email course, so I could actually kick myself in my own butt.

Back to the story…

My wife was listening to the latest few Entreprogrammers episodes on her headphones, because she had to know what was going on with Derick Bailey's debt problems, but that didn't stop her from scrawling on my nice clean whiteboard with a red marker “just take action.”

I quickly erased it and tried to explain my situation.

She ignored me and wrote in blue, “just write.”

I protested loudly that:

  • I had been blogging for a week or more for over 5 years
  • I had been producing 3 YouTube videos a week for over a year
  • I was doing two podcasts a week for some time
  • I had just written a 504-page book that basically detailed everything useful I know about life

I didn't have anything more to say.

I didn't have anything more to write.

I tried to claim my situation was different than your average blogger, who had not already written and said everything they had to say or write.0 cGFuZGEuanBn

Her response was to simply write under my list of blog ideas, “why I'm not writing a blog post this week.”

Which, in case you didn't notice, is the title of this post.

So, there you have it.

I'm sorry, your RSS reader will have one less blog post to pull down this week.

Monday morning, you'll have to figure out something else to do at work, rather than read the latest post on Simple Programmer.

I'm going to have to break my streak of writing a blog post every week for just about 5 years.

I'm not going to write a blog post this week.

But if I were going to write a blog post this week…

Well then, I'd probably write about how there is always something to write about.

I'd probably throw in this Seth Godin quote, which I just found out is actually from Sandra Tsing Loh, not Seth:

“When faced with writer's block, lower your standards and keep going.”

I'd probably tell you that when you think you don't have anything to write about that you need to sit down and reread “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and realize that it is just resistance whispering in your ear that you have nothing to write about, when in reality you are just being a lazy f—anyway… I think you get the point.

I'd probably write about how something is always better than nothing and that sometimes what you think is your most boring and uninspired writing, turns out to be your best.

I'm quite sure, I'd mention something about pushing through the pain and the rewards that are in store for those who can manage to keep going when others can not.

I'd almost certainly throw in some analogy about how choosing to write, or do anything you've committed to, when you feel uninspired, is like climbing up a really steep hill. How it's like heading to the higher ground where most people won't follow you. How there are so few people at the top, because so few people are willing to keep going and to keep climbing.

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Not a real analogy. For illustrative purposes only. If I were to write a blog post, I'd probably show an image like this one.

 

And you can bet your socks I'd talk about excuses.

I'd talk about how everyone has an excuse—and some of them are even good—but, excuses are about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop—bonus points if you can name where that quote came from.

Oh, and don't forget that bit about putting a brick in your wall every single day.

I'd definitely talk about how it may seem like not writing one blog post would not really matter in the long run, but over time it amounts to a lot of missing bricks in your wall and how that kind of attitude is caustic and spreads to all areas of your life.

Laziness is an infectious disease that you have to fight, fight, fight, with every fiber of your being.

And you know who is good buddies with laziness?

You know who laziness goes out for beers with every Friday night or whenever you are supposed to write your blog post for the week, but you just don't feel like doing it or you think you don't have anything good to say?

Perfectionism.

Yes, perfectionism.

That ugly bastard will really ruin your day.

There are a lot of armchair quarterbacks that are absolute perfectionists.

If they'd ever actually do something, it would probably be amazing, since it'd be so perfect, but nothing they do is quite good enough, so they just critique the work of others instead.

Whoa there though, let's not get carried away, since I'm not actually writing a blog post today.

Anyway, I'm sorry…

Man thinking

Next week, I'll write something epic… yeah, next week.

I have to apologize.

Dear reader, I have failed you.

I wanted to write a beautiful blog post that would bring tears to your eyes and at the same time light such a blazing fire in your stomach that you'd Tweet the hell out of it, share it on Facebook, and just start running down the street shouting at the top of your lungs “you must read this beautiful post from Simple Programmer today!”

But…

I just didn't have it in me.

I sat down at my desk and tried to come up with something to write, but I kept drawing a blank.

I know you are disappointed, but I promise, I'll write a blog post next week—it will be epic.

 

About the author

John Sonmez

John Sonmez is the founder of Simple Programmer and a life coach for software developers. He is the best selling author of the book "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual."