Monday, October 25, 2010

Brain Fart

We all have them from time to time - you know, when you run into your new neighbor at the grocery store and can't remember her name and then you go into the store to pick up milk, eggs and . . . oh shit, you can't remember the and . . .  It happens even to those of us you with the best of memories.

For me lately, my brain seems to be almost constantly in fart mode, especially when it comes to writing.  Throughout the day when I don't have time to write, I've got a million thoughts and ideas bouncing around my brain.  But once I get home, make dinner, get Liam to bed, sit down at the computer and finally find my way to bloggy land, there's nothing, nada, nil, in my head expect for the odd tumbleweed.

So, I head off to read the blogs on my blog roll, searching desperately for inspiration.  Every time, I read lots of posts that make me laugh, many that are thought provoking but none of them wake up my creativity or give me any new ideas that i can write about.

By this point I am ready to bash my seemingly empty skull against a cement wall to try and shake some of the ideas from earlier out of hiding.  But alas, I know that is a bad idea, because I do still have enough functioning brain cells to know that hitting my head against the wall will hurt!  

Then it hits me, I have a BRILLIANT idea, Twitter, I will find inspiration on Twitter.  I follow some really cool people who often give me thoughts and ideas!  But again, I come up with NOTHING!  Sure, there are lots of comments to read and other distractions but not a single tweet that inspires me to write.

Why are the ideas and inspirations only around when there's no time for me to use them?  The harder I try to come up with something, the lamer, more boring and downright pathetic my ideas are.  

Then I start to wonder if this is my brain's way of telling me to give up because I can't write worth shit.  Or maybe it is just my conscience telling me that I should be cleaning my house or exercising instead of blogging.

And that just makes me mad.  What right does my brain or conscience have to tell me that I can't or shouldn't write?  I want to write.  I want to blog, so damn it, I am going to blog.

Then I look back at the blank Blogger new post screen and remember that I don't have a single damn thing to write about.

"Screw you brain," I decide as I log out of Blogger and head over to Facebook.  "I don't need you to play Farmville."

And that's it until the next day when I do it all over again . . . 


  1. I do that all the time! I'm always thinking of posts and having conversations with myself on my way to and from work. I'm thinking about buying a recorder since I can't write and drive. I always forget my awesome ideas :)

  2. First of all let me say that I absolutely love your post photo! No matter how much of a fart that your brain had, that made me laugh. On a more serious note, I have the same problem ALL of the time and have yet to figure out how to fix it. Nonetheless, I enjoy your posts!

  3. LOL I get those all the time. I will be talking and know WHAT I want to say, but I CANT say it. LOL. I guess thats more of a Mouth Fart? LOL Anyway, why don't you do those 30 day challenges going on. I have 2 of them on my blog. They were fun and 30 days of knowing what to write about was great!

  4. It's hard to know what to blog about sometimes. I always try to focus on the small things. The little things that I know I will forget if I don't write them down.
    I just wrote a post for Kids in the Capital about finding your voice. I don't know if it would work fo you, but it has worked for me.

  5. Will check out your post!! I did see you tweets about it and made a mental note to read it, but haven't yet.