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Do any of you ever have the equivalent of writer's block regarding answering questions?

Asked by Kardamom (31991points) December 26th, 2015

For the last several months, I seem to have a hard time answering questions, or at least getting motivated to answer them. For awhile, there were a lot of really boring questions, but now that more interesting questions have started appearing, I seem to be out of steam.

I chalk part of it up to being busier than usual, and still suffering from insomnia, so I’m more tired when I would normally be answering questions, but sometimes I just feel like I can’t give an adequate answer, even though I know what the answer is, or know that under more ideal circumstances (not sure what that would be) I could easily answer and give a worthwhile answer.

This last week, I didn’t even look at Fluther for several days in a row, which is not like me. I just felt too exhausted, and when I did check in last night, there were a bunch of Q’s that I would have normally have answered, but I just sat there. It’s not like I didn’t know what to say, I just couldn’t seem to push myself to say it.

I’m probably just in a slump. Maybe it’s a side effect of taking Valerian. Who knows.

Have any of you ever had a period (not when you left Fluther) when you just couldn’t answer questions? Do you know what the cause was? How long did it last?

I’m not feeling depressed and I’m not sick or anything, I just feel un-motivated to answer, mostly due to feeling a bit more tired than usual. It’s kind of a drag, because I feel like I’m sitting on the sidelines.

This may be a related, or un-related, thing, I have noticed that every two or three days, food which would normally taste fantastic to me, has almost no flavor at all. Then it’s totally fine the next day. I’ve suffered from nasal allergies for years, but it has never effected my sense of taste. I wonder if this has anything to do with the answering blockage?

Any ideas about any of this?

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17 Answers

Tropical_Willie's avatar

~~Too much gluten. j.k.

We all go through changes in motivation and interest. It just happens.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Don’t force it. Answer when you want to. We can wait.

CWOTUS's avatar

Have you seen my normal response essays?


Mimishu1995's avatar

You seem like you are just too tired and unmotivated. Just take your time.

Or maybe the questions are not intriguing enough to get you interested.

marinelife's avatar

I definitely go through periods like that!

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

In life, no, here, all of the time, I am nearly aestheticized into the big sleep by the question before getting to the end.

Here2_4's avatar

I feel similarly. I have been reading questions, and giving GAs and GQs, but I haven’t been answering much. When I do, I don’t have much to say.
I’d say Fluther is suffering malaise.

Stinley's avatar

I mostly read rather than answer. I think it’s a confidence thing with me. Other people seem to say it better – more funny, more succinctly, more quickly – than me. I also feel that while I often have quite a different point of view, it’s because I am not American and I can’t keep saying that. I still enjoy the site even if I am just reading

jca's avatar

I’ll click “follow” on a lot of things without answering. Sometimes, if I get inspired, I’ll come back later and answer. Sometimes I’ll never answer. Some things I’ll answer right away, depending on several factors, the main one being whether or not the question requires a simplistic answer or something I want to ponder first.

When I do answer, my responses aren’t usually very in depth. There used to be huge religious discussions on this site, some Jellies going on for paragraph after paragraph about their beliefs, or trying to argue with others about their beliefs. My thoughts when reading those many paragraphed answers used to be “these people have time for this?”

ucme's avatar

I prefer to call it, “Jesus, these questions are shite”

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

This has been happening to me recently. I’ll click on the question to answer then I freeze up. I just don’t have the energy or time to respond with a helpful answer.

ibstubro's avatar

@Kardamom & @dammitjanetfromvegas I suggest you do as @jca suggests and follow the questions that really seem like something you’d normally dive into. The other answers might spur you over time, of if you come on refreshed and ready you’ll have something immediate to work on.

I don’t think this is a case of forcing yourself back up on the horse. If you don’t feel like logging in, don’t. If you don’t want to write answers, don’t.

Sometimes I just get burned out. There’ll be days I think of more decent questions than Fluther will allow me to ask, and then days when traffic is slow and I can’t think of a single motivating question. I might go a day or two without logging in, then I might log in and not answer anything.

Sometimes PM can get you going. Having a private conversation with another member, whether you know them well or not. I have PMed someone about something they posted and found myself eager to get back to Fluther to continue the conversation.

Keep an eye out for a really motivating question to ask. Nothing makes you look forward to logging into Fluther more than starting a lively exchange.

dxs's avatar

Take a break for a few days or a week and come back. It works for me.

janbb's avatar

Sometimes life is more engaging and sometimes Fluther is. I don’t sweat the slumps.

rojo's avatar

Yeah, sometimes….......
I guess.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Sometimes I feel bored and just disengaged. That’s probably as much to do with my mood as a reflection of what people are posting here. I don’t think there’s any harm in taking a break and coming back when you actually feel like participating.

Pachy's avatar

Often—which is why I always keep my comments very short. Forty years of ad writing taught me to do that.

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