The 4 Stages When You Have Nothing to Blog About

Blogger’s block is like writer’s block, but worse. Instead of losing the ability to string together coherent thoughts around a central thesis, you lose the ability to write about anything at all. No LOLCats, no double rainbows, and no Bieber fever. It’s like someone ripped out your brain and replaced it with flavorless chewed gum.

These are the steps that happen to me when I realize I have absolutely no idea what to blog about.

1. Realization of the Problem.

Nothing to Blog About - Step 1 - Realization

2. Distraction to try and find inspiration to solve the problem

Nothing to Blog About - Step 2 - Distraction

3. Despair that you just wasted three hours and if you’ll ever have a good idea to blog about once more.

Nothing to Blog About - Step 2 - Despair

4. Acceptance that if you don’t blog one day, the world will not end.

Nothing to Blog About - Step 4 - Acceptance

It’s just a blog. The world existed before blogs, and the world will exist after blogs. Get a guest blogger to fill in and give yourself a break every once in a while.

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21 Responses to “The 4 Stages When You Have Nothing to Blog About”

  1. John Morrow February 4, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    And of course, the ultimate irony is that if you posted a picture of your cat playing with a toy, you’d get twice as many visitors are usual, posting multiple comments about how cute the cat is.

    This would lead to a couple of hundred Diggs, and before you know it, your blog will appear in a dozen “Post of the Day” lists as “Cute Cat Plays With Toy and Lulz” and you’ll make a few hundred bucks off adsense clicks.

    It’s a sick world.

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

      My cat is way too emo to be caught looking cute playing with toys.

      I do think my cat would be awesome at social media, if she had the intellectual capacity for language, usage of tools, and complex social interactions.

  2. Dino Dogan February 4, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    The world will exist after blogs? Surely you jest? :-p

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      I know. It seems crazy, but it will. We’ll just be less snarky.

    • Keith Davis February 11, 2011 at 7:21 am #

      You tell him Dino.
      This guy has no grasp of social responsibility. LOL

      The world will exist after blogs!

      Actually, thinking about it… I think he’s right.

  3. Brianne February 4, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    I could always write about Peter Pan again.

    Or not.

    Definitely not.

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      We can blog about another creepy internet figure. I suggest Chris Brogan.

  4. Jon-Erik Lido February 4, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    and finally
    5. Write a blog post about having nothing to blog about.

    or perhaps more honestly… 5. Comment on a blog post about having nothing to blog about.

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Number 5 is really what happened when i wrote this.

      • Jon-Erik Lido February 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

        Well, this post is a heart-warming triumph over adversity then, sir!

  5. Liz Hover February 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I love you Jay Dolan. Only you could turn nothing into something. This had me rolling in the aisles. I’d like to also share some of that love with Jon-Erik Lido above for his neat conclusion.

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      This is what happens when it’s 3 am and I just want to go to bed.

  6. Morgan February 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    I don’t think I could live in a world without blogging, sir. So you better entertain us and get serious about this blogging biz-nass!


    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m totally serious about planting my tongue firmly within my cheek.

  7. James M February 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    What I love most about these stages are your drawings. Those rock! But seriously, who would honestly use Jersey Shore for inspiration in writing something? It sounds like a good blogging contest - worst content ever that includes Jersey Shore.

    • Jay February 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      I’m obsessed with human interactions, so reality shows, regardless of how real or unreal they are, always appeal to me because of the ridiculous, over the top interactions.

      If someone runs that contest I want to see it, but I certainly won’t be having it on my blog anytime soon.

  8. Keith Davis February 11, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Love it Jay
    Who does the drawings? Is it you?

    Final line has to be the one to remember… “It’s just a blog.”

    You are so right, it’s just a blog.

    Keep up the anti-social info.

    • Jay February 11, 2011 at 8:05 am #

      I do all the drawings myself. :) I’m an artist.

      • Keith Davis February 11, 2011 at 8:11 am #

        If you ever want to do a guest post, using your drawings, about Public Speaking, fear, nerves, that sort of thing.
        Please let me know.

        Or I would write the post and you add the drawings.

        Take a look at my site and see if you have any ideas.

        I would love a post with your drawings in.


  9. Victor February 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Good point in your last sentence. Me too, when I am not inspired, don’t post anything in those days. I like your blog theme - looks simple and cute -, and your drawings too, looks funny and it’s some kind good to use your own images than using from internet. Also your idea of anti social media is something original to me, caught my attention. Keep up the good work!


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