Can’t Blog? So What’s a Blogger To Do?
We’ve all heard of the blogging mantra to write often and regularly. It has become a blogging maxim, a common law so to speak for serious bloggers who want to create a thriving blog community and rank well with the SERPs (search engine results page). So in consideration of this fact you might have been wondering why BLOGBloke (who gives tips about blogging) has not been blogging all that much?
Well besides tinkering with the theme there has been something else far more insidious that has kept me from the keyboard .. and that is I am suffering from a degenerative arthritis condition called DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis) and chronic muscular-skeletal fibromyalgia-like pain symptoms. It is especially painful in the winter, and as soon as the rains started again I have been in constant agony.
I’m suffering with other things that are keeping me popping the pain killers but I’m not going to mention it because I haven’t the strength to write it all down. But I wll say most of my pain is from the shoulders up (although the lower back ain’t all that great either). Stiff neck, sore painful shoulders, wrists, fingers, headaches, and more recently chronic pain in my jaws and gums which are especially troublesome. So for these reasons I’m keeping this post short and sweet.
To cope, what I’m doing is:
1. Take lots of breaks from blogging. In the good ole days I could blog for hours. There were days when I could sit for 12 hours or more forgetting to eat and only getting up to visit the boys room. When I was practicing law (and if I was especially busy) I could work three days without sleep if I really had to. But those days are behind me now. So getting up from the computer for a change of venue helps.
2. Stretching. I’ve been learning some stretching techniques from my therapist that help to relax the muscles and increase flexibility. I’m trying my best to discipline myself to take regular stretching breaks but I usually forget until the pain reminds me it’s time for a break. I know I shouldn’t wait until the pain gets that bad but when I get engrossed on the computer I lose track of time. I even set up software that regularly reminds me to take a break from the computer but I tend to just ignore it. That’s not a smart thing to do when you’re in my condition.
3. Exercise. Now that the rainy season has arrived it’s not that easy to go out for a walk like I could in the summer. Because someone stole my car it’s not convenient for me to join an exercise club either. So I tend to not get much exercise in the wintertime. That’s an issue that I haven’t yet resolved.
4. Mornings are the worst for me because my arthritic neck gets stiff overnight, sometimes giving me a headache when I wake up or foggy brain syndrome (no it’s not altzheimers .. or at least I hope not). The stiff neck is worse in winter when the rains arrive so I wear a turtleneck when I sleep to keep the neck warm and snuggy. It helps a little.
5. Long, hot Showers can help. No, I’m not talking about showering with someone else (although that might also have its benefits). With the water as hot as I can stand it, I let it pour over the back of my head and shoulders for about 10 minutes. Ahh!
6. I’ve resorted to tweeting more than blogging because it is obviously easier to write 140 characters than it is for 500 words or more. I hate to admit this but it’s true, and it has been born out of necessity rather than any desire on my part .. because I’m a hard-core blogger and always will be. You might have noticed that I included a tweet menu in the right-hand sidebar to keep the content flowing and Google happy between blog posts.
7. Therapy. I’m currently getting massage therapy and more recently seeing an Osteopath Dr.
Talk to me:
So I was wondering how many of you might have disabilities that keep you from blogging, or make blogging particularly difficult and how you manage to cope. Perhaps you might even have some tips that will help us to cope better and rise above our disabilities so that we can all be better bloggers.
Or maybe you’re feeling defeated and need some support or there’s something else that’s been preventing you from blogging. Either way I want to hear from you. In the mean time I think I’ll head on over to the couch where it’s a little more comfy. But knowing me I won’t be gone for long.