27 August 2008

Antidote for blogertia

BlogLily wrote today about blogertia, that syndrome where one wants to blog but seems to have lost the spark for actually blogging. Lily gives some suggestions for overcoming blogertia and asked for others to make similar suggestion. Mine: post a list of things you've thought about blogging about. Then do it!

So, walking the talk, here are some of the things that I've thought about writing about but haven't moved out of the brain and into the blog.

- Ants & frogs and helping my son move into his first college apartment (yes there is a connection). There's a wonderful poem that goes along with this (not written by me).

- my recent efforts to be more aware of the environment and my impact upon it, as part of the Eco-Justice Challenge (which also seems to be suffering from extreme blogertia).

- writing about Michael Ondaatje's poem, 'The Cinnamon-Peelers Wife'. I was struck by this poem when it was read by Julie Christie in the movie Away From Her. I have read it several times since I first heard it. I thought about writing about this during National Poetry Month as part of Kate's Modest Poetry Challenge -- that was in April!

- writing about any of the books I've read in the last several weeks, or any of the 3 books that I'm reading now.

- Answering the question, how many books are too many to have by one's bedside (on the nightstand, under the nightstand, behind the nightstand, under the bed, etc...). I cleaned this area recently and found the answer. (As a born clutterer, I consider cleaning a highly overrated activity). Maybe this isn't an entire post. So here's the answer: 52.

-- do one or another lame meme that I've bookmarked in my blog feeder.

-- Why does my news addiction, so well controlled most times, flare up every 4 years, especially since all of the talking heads are driving me crazy.
OMG, Chris Matthews just referred to 'Senator Barack'. Does he only have one name now?

-- Related to the above post, an screed about a really biased 'news' story. I started writing this a few weeks ago. But I hated to post it because it was favorable to McSame who I will NOT be voting for. But, maybe I should post it, because it isn't about him, but about the news.

--Book clubs, in particular, my bookclub which has a rather interesting makeup.


--The only movie that I've ever seen that has a 100 rating on Rotten Tomatoes: Man on Wire. Don't know that I'd actually review the movie as much as write about how one can't segregate in one's mind the symbol that the Twin Towers have become from what they were, although this film tries. It isn't about 9/11 but about the towers on August 7, 1974.

-- Highlight some of my favorite blogs/bloggers.

-- Hold another 'Roundtable' like I did last November.

-- create a meme

-- Visit this place since I haven't been there since it re-opened and write about it. Take some pictures of the cool architecture too. Surprisingly, there aren't any pictures of the new addition to the library on the web.

-- Write about the spot where we vacationed when I was a kid -- the lake, Sherman's Dairy, the 'Indian Path' and the 'jumping off point'.

-- write a post or two for What She Said.

-- write about some of the more memorable teachers I had.

-- try to write about my grandfather without being sentimental.

-- post about some of the cookbooks I've used recently -- my attempt to participate in Soup's On Cookbook Challenge, without actually joining.

-- write about my hair turning gray

And if this doesn't give me something to write about, I'll just continue to post photos.


Anonymous said...

Wow. What a lot of wonderful ideas you have! I'd love to hear about any and/or all of them...

And pictures -- I love pictures.

Courtney said...

Oh, goodness. I don't know if I have blogertia so much as a lack of time, but I am going to read Lily's post and tap into some new energy. Thanks for this, Cam. Your list is awesome.

Dorothy W. said...

That IS a great list -- and it's a good idea for getting inspiration to write. Saying publicly you will do something makes it easier to follow through, for sure.

Cam said...

BL -- thanks for your encouragment -- and your inspiring post.

Courtney - I'm sure that you would come up with an awesome list too. I really want to hear what you have to say about your Obama speech party you wrote about a few days ago.

Dorothy -- If stating it publicly made a difference, I would probably have finished several reading challenges. Can't say I'll do everyone of these, but at least I have a list to refer to as a writing prompt when I can't easily get water from the creative well!

Kay said...

I'd love to read all those posts! My pick at the moment would be reading about your Book Club and your grandfather ... but all the rest sound equally readable ... A great idea to blog about what you'd blog about!!!

Emily Barton said...

Ooo, I love this idea of making a list of everything you want to write about. I think I'll steal it. From your list, I especially want to read about frogs and ants and your son's first apartment (I want to see how they're connected, and frogs are a pet favorite creature of mine). Meanwhile, yes, the ecojustice challenge is suffering from extreme blogertia, as has Telecommuter Talk, not for lack of ideas, but more for lack of time, I think (and the fact that I was without computer access for 9 days).