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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Second Post of the Day

The fact that I have nothing to write about shall not stop me. After all, it has never stopped me in the past.

These last few months I have been creatively dead. I'm not writing anything outside of this blog and what I've been writing at this blog has been about a step and a half above drivel (and I'm trying to be generous to myself).

I see that it has been a problem for a number of bloggers recently. McAryeh http://awhisperingsoul.blogspot.com/ has been struggling to find his blogging soul and young Trophy of the Hour http://trophyofthehour.blogspot.com/2006/02/blogging-has-become-harder.html recently went through this crisis as well. Anysara got married and thus most probably endeth Chosson Hunt/Found http://chossonhunt.blogspot.com/ (I daresay when Sara found the Chosson, she lost the edge that made her blog so compelling in the first place - though I suspect she'd make that tradeoff in a second). Then there are those with no problems like Jack http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/- who remains as prolific as ever.

I often wonder why I all of a sudden I have nothing to say here. Well, part of the issue is that I'm busier at work - thus making me more tired and less productive when I get home. Part of the problem is that with the finished novel pretty much dead and buried, I have no energy (though no shortage of ideas) to commence another one.

I have been trying to figure out what other venues I could use for writing. I think I'd enjoy writing for magazines and the like but again, I have no way of getting "established credentials" first. And without the street cred, no one wants to publish you. So that's pretty much a dead end.

I used to hope that my blog would be the way to get people to hear my voice, but it's so without directions. Is it a sports blog? A literary blog? What the hell is it? Truth is, I don't know. The blog's lack of focus is a direct result of its owner's lack of focus. (Though I guess I technically don't "own" it either, but I digress.) Without a clear path, you lose your viewers - or you don't gain any new ones. Some people come here to read the sports while other wish I never post about the Jets, Mets, Rangers and Knicks. Others seem to enjoy the snips of stories that I spin here (though not so much recently). Some may even come here to hear me bitch about my job of my failed attempt at being a real live author. But it's all some, some some. I don't have a growing audience, just a set one. So the blog remains just what it is, a passing fancy with a short shelf life - to be used or discarded at my leisure. I'm sure when it's gone, the Elster Faithful will find another way to kill 5 minutes every three days.

But damn, I want to write more. My feelings of creative numbness are a direct result of my lack of writing. I need an outlet - not a trivial outlet like this one, but something more, well "real" for lack of a better word. Much like my dream job, I always assumed that it would simply fall into my lap. With my 33rd birthday coming up tomorrow, I have long since realized that only life's very lucky get the constant breaks. The rest of us shuffle on like the worker drones we are.


  • Oh, Elster. Fear not, Chosson Hunt/Found may indeed continue in some incarnation or another especially since we will be living in a teensy community and helping it grow in Yiddishkeit. Stay posted.

    Mrs. Soulmate

    By Blogger AnySara, at 5:49 PM  

  • Well, THAT is certainlly good news. We here at Elster's World have missed you.

    By Blogger Elster, at 6:01 PM  

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