For this week’s installment of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know about distractions. She asks…
What distracts you from blogging? Apart from family and work (unless yours is a business blog) what factors or forces prevent you from creating content?
What I find interesting about this question is that, for me, anyway, blogging, in and of itself, is the ultimate distraction.
Creating content for my blog serves to distract me from the political, social, economic, health, and environmental disasters that are happening all around me. I can escape from — at least temporarily — all that crap by creating posts in response to writing and photo prompts. And I can read the fascinating and imaginative posts written by other bloggers in response to my various prompts. For me, writing stories and tall tales and all sorts of flash fiction posts is a really effective way to take my mind off of the real world.
Even posting about the bigotry, hypocrisy, racism, white nationalism, divisiveness￼, and the unenlightened self-interests of Donald Trump, members of the Trump Administration, most Republicans in Congress, and how they are all destroying the country I love, helps me to cope. The very act of ranting, whining, and venting about their injustices, inhumanity, and immorality is cathartic for me.
So my answer is that nothing distracts me from blogging. Instead blogging distracts me from becoming overwhelmed and depressed by the harsh reality of the world in which we are living in 2020.
Oh wait, now that I think about it, there is one really big thing that distracts me from blogging: the WordPress block editor. But, surely, you knew I would say that, right?