Can I call it writer’s block if I’m not really a writer?

I’m stuck.

Day after day I find myself struggling to get this silly post onto my computer screen.  I can’t get past it, so I have 2 choices: bag it or keep pushing through it.  Right now I am blank.  I’m not really a writer, a photographer, or a storyteller.  Nope, I’m just someone who blogs occasionally.  So maybe I should call it blogger’s block?

I could practice silence, something I think we could all use at some point.  I mean… silence right after I say a few things.

Or I could just bag this post. For some reason, I keep trying to save it.  The WordPress Daily Post recently asked us, “When is it a good time to quit?

My answer: right now!

But I’m not totally quitting, I’m just quitting trying to save the post as I thought it would be.  And dammit, I’m going to post it!  I wanted to post about the 2nd fort in San Juan and share some history and my trip advice, but I was boring myself.  I probably should have just included something about it in the previous post, but it didn’t take me that way.

It took 250 years to build the fortifications.  Over the years, they survived several attacks from the British and the Dutch.  It wasn’t until the Spanish American War in 1898 that Puerto Rico became a US territory.  You can spend a few extra dollars for admission to both forts, blah, blah, blah…

Here are some photos from the Castillo San Cristobal, the second fort.  It is bigger than El Morro, but El Morro feels more expansive and majestic.  San Cristobal has better tunnels though.

Old world meets new world…

The views from this fort are just as good.

There are even beautiful views outside the forts, thanks to the wall around the city.

I have learned a few things though…

I’m still no more of a writer, photographer, or a storyteller.

  It’s time to quit when I’ve driven myself crazy.  I’m stubborn enough that I seem to often push to my limits before I let go of something.

And I’m not very good at the silence thing.  Ask my husband.

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27 thoughts on “Can I call it writer’s block if I’m not really a writer?

    1. Thanks! That rant was the only way my stubborn self could get her way! I’ve decided I hope I don’t hit this same wall next week 😉 And yes, definitely Happy Blogging!

  1. Oh Laura, you get that “silence thing” from your Mother! You inherited that honestly …. just ask you Father! Great Photos….. Brings back memories of when I was in El Morrow! Next time you are home, I’ll show you my photos of El Morrow! Nice work! Mom

  2. I used to get bloggers block a lot, it wasn’t until I figured out what I liked writing about best that the posts just came pouring out – unfortunately that was 11 months into blogging.

    I think you did just fine 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ayngelina. It is funny how different it feels to hit that Publish button when you’re in the flow vs. when you’re stuck. I’m sure this won’t be the last time!

  3. I totally agree with Ayngelina, maybe you just weren’t that into the fort even though you thought it was kind of cool at the time. Only write about stuff you really like, and sometimes you have to search through your day to figure out what that is (if you write about your life, which you do). For example, you could have written about the cool architectural shapes of the fort and other cool forts/castles that are pretty impressive and exist around the world. Or about how the fort made you feel.

    If I get really stuck, I turn it into a photo blog and minimise the writing. You don’t have to write all the time though. And sometimes it’s good to say to yourself, I’m just not going to blog for a bit. I’m going to take the pressure off. No one is making me blog. Then you’ll probably find you have tons to say!

    If you’re in real trouble then take a look at http://www.dailymail.co.uk for some light relief and you’ll probably find something so ridiculous on there you’ll want to highlight it to the world.

    1. Thanks, cazbag. I’ll have to check out that site. That’s great advice, and you’re right! The funny thing is once I decided I was going to write about my blogger’s block, it all came together. I just needed to let go and stop pushing myself from every direction.

  4. Hey, hey, hey! If you’re taking photographs often, you ARE a photographer; if you’re writing often, you ARE a writer! 🙂 Don’t worry about a stretch filled with brain fog. It clears.

    I was happy to see your photos of El Moro — I haven’t been there since the early 90’s and your pix brought it all back. Good job! And thanks for stopping by travelinglitely! — Susie C.

    P.S. @ cazbag: You are too right about the DM — it’s as if they publish from an alternative universe, isn’t it?

  5. Thanks, Susie! I guess they’re all just titles anyway, right? Even the other day I thought, “I’m not really a cook, but I can follow a recipe and make a great meal!” 😉

    I loved your photos and will definitely be back to travelinglitely!

  6. OMG … we were just in Old San Juan. Heck, that looks like a Carnival ship in the background. Meanwhile, due to shortage of time, we only went to the other fort … El Morro.

    Recommendation about having a blogging block … don’t force yourself to meet a timetable (such as daily) … just adjust it. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog.

  7. I get stuck and tired of my own words at least 2 times per month. Then however, I get a surge out of nowhere and I cannot keep up with the thoughts I want to put down. I have to admit that I cheat when it comes to blogging. When I get those spurts I write them down but do not publish them all. I have had days when I write 4-5 posts and just keep them saved as drafts. Sometimes the simplest thought or photo (I dig the photos) goes along way to keep the momentum going.

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