Running to Blow That Writer's Block

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Running is just one of many forms of exercise that can help stimulate your mind and get your fingers moving forward, to unleash thoughts and ideas that may have been stuck somewhere in the back of your blogging head space.

Early this morning I noticed a post to twitter from doshdosh in Toronto, Canada. Being the concerned citizen of the world that Maki is, he twittered his followers with the question: If you’ve ever got writer’s block before, how did you break through it?

A number of people messaged back and I chimed in with: I live a few hundred yards from the beach so I go running until I can’t think. Typically new ideas come flooding in. Todd Mintz messaged back: I get all my best ideas while working out… I couldn’t imagine not exercising for so many reasons. Todd’s response is right on and it’s one more great reason to get out and get moving.

I’ve been running the beaches of Santa Monica, Marina del Rey and Venice for nearly a decade and I do my best hit the beach at least four times a week. Many articles have come soon after those coastal runs.

volleyball Santa Monica It’s January here but people are active outdoors pretty much all year round. This photo was taken in the summer of 2007 when I was a volunteer chiropractor for a women’s volleyball championship tournament in Santa Monica. Yes, it’s a tough job, but I make my sacrifices.

Okay, the point of this post was that I went running today, like I often do on Thursdays, and I had a number of cool blog post ideas just flow through me while I was out there. Not every post makes it to the final stages but I do try to capture the jist in my mind and mentally knock out a title.

I had my iTouch thanks to the cool military shield someone recently sent me, so I was listening to some music. On came David Lee Roth’s version of That’s Life and I thought it would make a great song for SEOs and online marketers.

“each time that I find myself flat on my face, I pick myself up and get back in the race.”

Other songs played and I came up with some ideas for Top 5 Lists and Top 7 Lists. Thanks to Maki stimulating the thought, and getting out to energize my body and mind, I’ve got about a half-dozen new posts to work on that I’m excited about.

Whether your activity is surfing, volleyball, tennis, running, lifting weights, riding the elliptical trainer, or throwing a football, get out and get moving, and stimulate your mind body and spirit. Your readers will be glad you did.