I am reminded that it’s coming up to NaNoWriMo time again. I still get the emails about it a few years on from my first (and only) attempt at it. I’ve thought about trying again some time, but as each year passes I just feel more and more like I don’t have the energy or time to really make a go of it.

That doesn’t mean that I am totally against the idea of month long writing challenges. Indeed, I’ve taken on my own alternative in the past. November has seen me post a blog every day instead. Doing that every day felt a lot easier to me than writing novel chapters, even if I did run out of things to blog about near the end of the month. I didn’t do it last year and I am unsure as to whether I’ll do it this year, unless I can guarantee that at least 60 percent of them are not going to made up of me moaning that I have nothing to write about.

I’m still rubbish at this stuff.

Here’s a question for you; how many times have you signed yourself up to something online, only for you to rarely, if ever, use it?

I’ve probably done it more times than I can remember. It often starts when I see some website promoted on social media or in a magazine (Web User FTW), thinking it sounds interesting, getting as far as logging in and setting up my profile. I’ll then probably log in about three times after that and then just completely forget about it.

The latest one of those sites I signed up to but haven’t really used is a site called vocal. It’s a “social publishing platform” – I guess that’s what they call websites that you can write and post articles to. I thought that it could help in getting me writing more often, but I still haven’t come up with anything decent. I guess if I’m not able to come up with any regular content on here, I don’t think that there’s much chance anywhere else, but it was worth a try.

What really did it  was when I saw the categories that articles on vocal are put under. There’s a number of sections, including a section for video games, pop culture, even one for poetry and while I know I could write something related to the topics on the site I don’t know how anything I write about could fit in. I should mention here as well that vocal is one of those sites where you can earn money for the amount of clicks an article gets and while my reason for joining was in no way at all to do with that (it would most likely be crap money anyway, if you earn anything at all), I was still interested to see if I could learn or gain any particular skill or feedback from doing it.

I might still go back on there and give it another try, until then maybe I should try to concentrate on upping my blog game.

30 Blogs of November: Day 24 – A Note to Self.

Once again, I found myself stuck for another idea for a blog post. This has been a pretty regular thing during this challenge. Some days I had thought of giving it  a miss for a day and catch up the next.  I vowed that I would carry on throughout the month, I would not even think about giving up. 

Today, I nearly did give up. I thought that I had managed to do pretty well getting up to this point. I didn’t want to fill my last few blog posts with moaning about how I couldn’t come up with anything. I wanted to write something decent.

Then something hit me that made me feel like writing this:


Posting blogs in which you bang on about having nothing to write about is still writing something. Yes it probably isn’t writing anything interesting, but you’re still posting something. And isn’t that the whole point of a challenge like this?

Think of when you did NaNoWrimo. Yes you didn’t last long with it and your novel was mostly disjointed and sketchy but you still had a go. Besides, does anyone write a perfect novel in thirty days? I doubt it. Is every blog post written during the month of November a masterpiece? Absolutely not. Your blog as a whole is made up of posts of varying quality, from thought out pieces to spur of the moment rants and rambles. What you think is a poor post is probably good to somebody. Hell, you’ll probably read this back thinking it is boring, and you might even consider deleting it.  But you should still feel good that you spent another day writing something. And you know what? nobody gives a monkey’s what you write about anyway.  So long as it looks like you enjoy writing it. So bloody well enjoy it!

Hang on, there’s not too long to go now…


30 Blogs of November: Day 20 – A Load of Random Questions

Does anyone remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books? Do they still do them? I liked those books.

Does the voice of the mouse on the Aldi advert remind anyone else of Rowley Birkin QC from the Fast Show?

Why have I got I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on TV? (actually, don’t answer that question)

Why is this computer so bloody slow? (don’t answer that either)

Why are the pigs in Angry Birds green?

Why is the meaning of life 42?

Why am I even writing this?

Should I stop now?

Ok then.


Brain Dump

Every now and again I write a blog post that doesn’t really have a subject, but is just a post where I offload all the things that have been on my mind over time. I usually do this when I’ve not blogged for a bit due to life getting in the way, or when I have a load of ideas for posts but find it difficult to put a good one together. Basically, it’s just an excuse for me to write a load of incoherent tripe in a bid to beat the curse of writers’ block.

The last week or so has been a bit crap for me to be honest. Things have happened that I am not entirely happy with and it’s has been a bit hard to engage with the blog, twitter and the like without wishing bad things on some of the internet’s more unpleasant inhabitants. I gave up on Facebook as I was getting tired of the bad spelling and trolling that I saw on its pages, not to mention the endless requests for Farmville and some other shitty games and apps. Oh, and the fact that Facebook Timeline is a big, steaming pile of manure. I’m not going to delete it, as there are still people on there I want to stay in touch with (I don’t have many friends on it, and the odd person I have on FB also has twitter, so not checking it every day isn’t much of a big deal).

I’ve tweeted less, but have probably browsed my timeline more often, trying to think of something to say that is actually worth putting on my profile. I don’t really like to post “emo” tweets, or see people use their twitter feed to tell the world how terrible their life is at the moment any more than I do those whose sole purpose on the site is to badmouth and insult everyone. However, sometimes you can’t help but get it out there, and then decide to shut up for a few days because you don’t want people to think you’re a completely miserable bastard and you’re scared of losing followers.

Ok, that’s enough on that. What else can I put here?

All that Samantha Brick business that the Twitter mob was once again all over made me despair. It wasn’t just the article that Brick wrote that raised my hackles though. Make no mistake, the woman is foolish, vain, deluded and not exactly an oil painting (though neither is she, in the words of twitter’s more classier residents, a f****** munter”). It was the fact that once again, people on a social media site were getting worked up over a piece that was first published in the Daily Mail. Don’t you get it Twitmobsters? The reason why the Fail is the most popular newspaper website is because people like you are publishing links to its articles and reacting to them. All the time you’re slagging off the paper and Brick you’re giving them the attention they crave – as well as giving the Mail more to back up their “Twitter and Facebook are evil” stance. There was an article in the paper the next day she’d written about the backlash against her, for goodness sake (probably prepared even before the original was published). They are the biggest trolls going, and they’re getting paid for it, so how about we all stop reading and feeding them and we can all get on with our lives? Because let’s face it, all that tweeting about the Bricks of the world really isn’t good for us.

In other news:

I am seriously considering getting an iPad.
I’d like to get into vlogging again (and do it properly, this time).

I am shit at Draw Something.

“Teenage Blood” by Tom Williams and The Boat is an excellent album.

I’ve been thinking about doing a postgraduate degree. And getting another job.
I think that’s it for the moment.

Write My Blog Post!

Or at least give me a subject to write about.

I promised myself that I would write a blog post this evening. However, I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to write about. I had a few ideas and had attempted to map them out in my head – but once I got home from work I had forgotten them all. It seems to be happening a lot recently, that feeling when you just want to write something but you can’t really put it all together.  And you’d think that my busy lifestyle would give me plenty to write about.

Thing is, I don’t want to blog for the sake of it, but nor do I want to abandon blogging for so long that I forget about it. I feel the need to post something, even if it is a load of rubbish, like this post is. Which is why I am giving the few readers I have the chance to choose what I write about.  Maybe you want to know my thoughts on a particular subject, maybe you want to hear about a particular interest of mine, or maybe you just want me to write a load of nonsense – coherent nonsense I hope (if there’s such a thing).

If you have any ideas, just stick a word or a sentence in my comments page and I’ll pick the one or ones that I like the best (ie the easiest to write about). You get to hear my opinion and I get to cure my writers’ block. Everyone wins – sort of.

And oh yeah – NO SPAMMERS PLEASE! Thank you.

Bloggers’ Block Strikes Again..

On Monday, I had an idea for a blog. It was whirring round in my head all day at work and I knew exactly what I was going to say in it.  Fast forward to the evening, I went on the computer with the intention of writing it and – nothing. Everything I thought of went away the moment I logged into wordpress.

So I tried yesterday. Again, I had thought about what I was going to say. But then, other topics that were worthy of a mention in a blog came up. As a result I ended up putting it off again, as I couldn’t decide which topic to go with. I thought I would try it tonight. I was sure that I would have decided on my subject tonight…

Guess what? I still haven’t decided.  Doesn’t it suck when so many blogworthy things come along at once?

In case you were interested, here’s what I could have blogged about here:

1. The woman who stuck the cat in a wheelie bin (I’d have written a bit more than “she is the biggest, most evil bitch in the world”).

2. The X- Factor Autotune scandal – and the axing of the woman who did that unique (to put it mildly) version of Mercy for having mental health problems (did they honestly not have an inkling, or did they know but thought she’d make good television so let her on anyway? I’d wish it was the former, but more likely it was the latter, sadly).

3. My experience of having to complete an Employee Satisfaction Survey (not really an interesting topic, but, it’s  something about my life to rant about).

4.  Getting an email from one of the owners of a website that I had dared to post a critical comment on – it’s a long story but so you know (a) it wasn’t a particularly nasty comment I posted (b) the email to me wasn’t abusive (c) I hate giving my email address in order to have comments verified and (d) the particular article on the site I commented on did deserve criticism.

There you have it.  They probably wouldn’t have made the greatest blog posts in the history of the blogosphere, but I am sort of glad to have them written down now. Maybe seeing them on here will be the spur I need to have a go at trying to write a full post on one of them.

Plonked onto Plinky.

After reading up about it on wordpress’ blog I have got myself a Plinky account. This will be the place I go to when I want to write a blog, but am a bit stuck as to what to write about. And for just writers’ block in general.  I will be sharing a lot of my Plinky entries on this blog as well – so keep looking on here if you want something to read.  Or not.

But hang on, what exactly is Plinky, I hear you ask? Well clicking here will tell you all you need to know.  And if you do sign up, let me know and I’ll add you.  Because I’m nice like that.

Becoming a Wikinutter.

So a few days ago, I decided to sign up to a site called Wikinut.  Wikinut is a website that you can submit articles on any subject  to and get paid for it.  It had got a four star review in Web User magazine and as someone who loves writing and has long wanted to make a career out of it, I joined it. I even had an idea of what I would write about for my first couple of articles.

A few days later, I still haven’t submitted those articles.

After an initial good start planning out my articles and what I was going to mention in them, I found the actual writing of the articles themselves a bit of a problem.  I could blame the fact that I kept getting distracted by numerous things (youtube, twitter, people around me, etc), but really I know I should blame myself for being so easily distracted. Not since the days I was at university have I really thrown myself into writing stuff (I know my blogs look like I’ve taken my time with them but believe me, they don’t take a great deal of effort).  I have tried a few times to get back into it since then, but lack of time due to one thing or another has prevented me for carrying on with the stuff I started. There’s quite a few notebooks in my bedroom filled with story ideas that have never fully materialised.

I’m hoping that it’s just a little bit of writers’ block that is hampering my latest efforts, but after getting half a paragraph down I fear I will end up ripping it up and starting again with another subject.  I probably won’t make a lot of money from it, but it’ll be good experience for me, I suppose.