It’s 2 am, you’ve been tossing and turning for hours.
Sleep is as elusive as a free shopping spree for designer shoes, gone like a cloud of fog hit by sunlight. Thoughts creep in, desperate for attention, poking, prodding, chasing away your serenity where it lay all curled up like a cat.
Not fair go back to sleep you mutter at it, don’t bug me.
“Blogging, blogging, blogging” the voice in your head chants.
Help, there’s a marching band in my head and it won’t stop clanging.
Drums boom loudly, percussion bagpipes scream, instruments bang, rattle, clang.
Who can sleep through that noise, it’s 2 am go away.
There are clowns running rampant through your brain.
That thought wakes you up even more.
It’s a regular occurrence with bloggers, sleeplessness, mind circles.
The why can’t I remember what it was that sounded so brilliant in the middle of the night, and now I have forgotten it the morning after syndrome.
We need a club for bloggers who can’t sleep, for those who dream of blog posts, outline topics, write and plan thier most eloquently written gems in the middle of the night only to wake in the morning, groggy, sleep-deprived, and blog post-less.
What happened to those thoughts overnight, where did they go? All of those perfectly described paragraphs, and brilliant ideas?
Just the thought of getting out of bed and putting bare feet on the cold hard floor is enough to make you forget.Walking down to the computer, turning it on in the dark, during the desperate hours acts as a deterrent to productivity in the middle of the night.
The ideas are gone in the blink of an eye.
Maybe that’s why we need to create an early morning blogger’s social club. A phone line, staffed by those who cannot sleep either. A gathering place to lend, borrow, discuss, and most of all help in remembering those thoughts that only come to us in the middle of the night.
We’ll create a hot line, dial 1-800-I-can’t-sleep.
“This thought may be recorded for training purposes, and for future use”
“Please hold”….sounds of a marching band playing in the background, tinny music for those who cannot sleep, no soothing acoustic guitar lulls you until you have transcribed your blog post.
“Hello, Blogging hot line, this is your best blogging friend speaking, [the one that you’ve never met in person even though you’ve both spilled your deepest secrets to each other over the internet], how can I help you?”
Hey, best bloggy friend I didn’t know you were working tonight, how are you?
“Oh sleepless, just like you, so what have you got for me tonight?”
You tell her, I’ve got this great idea for a blog post, and it’s circling my mind like water down the drain.
She chuckles on the other end, she’s been there all too many times herself.
“Spill, bloggy friend, I’ve hit the record button” she tells you, “go right ahead.”
You tell her your latest ideas, forming them into sentences until they shine as bright as the morning sun, emptying your mind of the middle of the night thoughts until the yawns take over your tired voice.
The marching band music is changing to something more soothing, but you don’t notice right away.
Lutes, and harps pluck away in the background.
Your yawns mean that your latest post is secure, safe, transcribed and emailed to your inbox the next morning.
After all, overnight service is their specialty.
Give them a call.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams