The Dilemma of Distractions

The Dilemma of Distractions
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Writing is a solitary activity. Trying to do it with someone else is impossible; at least it is for me.

I envy people who can separate themselves from everything else in almost any situation. When I was still in college, I would see them on the bus, writing business notes or a letter to someone. I see them at the fast food restaurants. Their hamburger is half ate and I can assume that the ice in their drink has disappeared. It’s all because they’re typing away on their laptop.

How did I ever get through school with a B+ average? I mean, in every class there is some kind of noise going on. The teacher is talking. Two or even more students are whispering. Students are rustling papers. Yet somehow, I was able to read those assigned books, write reports and take the necessary notes. It’s an utter mystery to me.

Now that I feel an urgency to try to write a story of some depth, I find myself distracted by the smallest of occurrences and sounds. It can be that infuriating ice-cream truck that races down the street. I can’t fathom why he bothers when he doesn’t go slow enough for the kids to get their money and run to the curb. It can be my cats playing down the hall from the computer room where I sit trying to write (type). It can be the muffled sounds of the TV that is in the living room.

There is, however, one distraction I’ve abolished. Actually, fate got rid of it for me. As of July 23rd, my public blog is gone. My blog went F.U.B.A.R. I wasn’t even able to access the login page to get to the dashboard of the WordPress program.

When I discovered that the version of the WordPress program wasn’t the latest anymore, I thought that could be the problem. I dutifully went to my host site and installed the newer version. It didn’t help at all. In fact, it erased the posts that could still be seen by visitors.

Yes, I called the people at my host site. The rep. tried so hard to help me. The poor guy was as flabbergasted as I was.

I let everything, including my nerves, rest for a while. I actually did some writing during this time.

When I had done all that I could at one writing session, I went back to the problem at hand. It was then that I finally realized that this catastrophe may be a sign, a very large sign telling me it was time to put the public blog to eternal sleep.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my domain now that the blog is gone. Maybe at some point in the future, I’ll transfer this blog over there. However, right now that seems a little silly. I mean, why should I deal with the “backroom headaches” when WordPress.Com is willing to do it for me?

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2 Replies to “The Dilemma of Distractions”

  1. It seems like such a simple goal I have to write first thing in the morning, yet I rarely do! Distractions may be excuses for procrastination, but I won’t admit it. Since I’ve been blogging, that’s one more attention grabber. Think of something to write. Check the stats. Discuss plans with my fellow bloggers. It never stops.

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    1. I consider myself a morning person. I like getting up before Hubby does so that I can bath in the silence and the sun just coming over the horizon. Yet, because I’m not sure what time Hubby will wake up, five minutes after I make coffee or three hours later, I can’t wrap my head around serious writing. I have found that I do okay at writing in the evening when Hubby is at work. I know when he’ll be home. There isn’t any guess-work about it. I can easily schedule two to three hours of uninterrupted time at the keyboard typing away. Maybe this is what you need to consider.

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope I see you here again in the near future. I peeked at your blog here at WordPress.Com. You don’t have anything there yet but when you do, please let me know. I’ll go over and take a read. 😉

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