I have had major writers block lately.
Its not the first time in this blog. Lord knows, in over seven years of blogging and writing I have been in its presence now and again, but I tended to push through it and force posts to happen. Writers block was often a great time to start a series on a topic that would force me to write.
This time around, I am enjoying the writers block. It’s the first time I’ve not felt that not publishing three to five posts every week is necessary for my identity. It’s the first time I’ve been okay with slacking off on social media or commenting on other blogs to build my readership.
I simply don’t let that stuff define me anymore, and its great.
I know that when I tweet and spread my posts on social media I usually double my traffic, and I know that people comment more when I am engaged, but frankly it’s not the end of the world for me anymore.
Like poetry or journaling, blogging can be therapeutic. Two or three years ago, a blog post could feel like the only meaningful work I did in a day. Now, when each day I go to work to literally help rescue the oppressed, the orphan, the widow and put the world back to rights, well, that’s pretty satisfying.
If you want to make it in the blogging world you have to post incessantly. Just look at Andrew Sullivan or Scot McKnight. They are blogging geniuses, posting a ton of amazing relevant and thoughtful content.
Or look at Ed Cyzewski or Addie Zierman or Rachel Held Evans or Lore Ferguson or Kimberlee Conway Ireton or Lisa Colon Delay. These people, like the proverbial Chicago voter, just write early and often. I used to do this too, and I think I was pretty good at it.
But really, I have let the definition of what a blogger is get in the way of what I actually want to do.
So: the future according to writers block is that it is permanent, in the sense that the constant rhythm of posts and promotion is ending. What I have wanted to do for a long time, but have let the constancy of blogging interfere with, is long form posts, more extended thoughts, interviewing more people and producing resources for the church at worship. That is what gets my creativity going: networking and presenting great people to a wider audience and crafting prayers, liturgy and services for the worshiping church.
Too often, I felt like I was producing text. Now, I just want to produce beautiful meaning, on my terms, not some experts recommendation on how to be an awesome blogger.
And Lord willing, that will mean Everyday Liturgy is better than it ever has been.