Why don’t I post much at night?

Got an email from someone asking why I don’t post more entries at night if I’m not able to post them during the day. The simple answer is: I’m ADD.

Being that I’m not on the Adderall medication I was taking to help me focus I have to put more effort into paying attention to doing my job during the day. This uses up a lot of mental energy (for lack of a better term) and by the time I get home I just don’t feel like having to think too hard and, despite the seemingly easy brilliance my entries may present to the public, I often have to think really hard about what I write. So if I manage to blog at all in the evening it’ll usually be the easy throw away entries like the one about the stripping magician I put up last night. Those are easy to write (Look! A naked magician! Ha ha!).

The shit where I get all reflective and profound takes a lot of effort to come up with, kick around in my head, write a draft, decide whether I’ve managed to stick to the point I was trying to make, decide whether it really matters if I stuck to the point I was trying to make, revise to sound less like an idiot and perhaps put a bit of humor in, and then decide if I really want to submit it to the site or scrap it and go play World of Warcraft for a bit instead. For every entry I post there’s probably at least three others that never see completion because I get distracted and toss them out before I even get halfway through writing them. It also doesn’t help that when I’m at home I have all my toys here to tempt me. I’ve got no less than 8 different video games I’m in the process of playing, 3 different DVDs I need to watch and return to Netflix, two different books I’m in the middle of reading, two blogs I’m hosting that I need to work on templates for, and two compilations of Foxtrot comics Courtney checked out of the library for me to enjoy.

So that’s why I don’t write more crap in the evening, but I’m working on changing that. Fortunately I’ve been lucky enough to have jobs that make blogging during the day possible and this one seems like it’ll be much the same once things settle down a bit. Also once the insurance kicks in I’ll be able to get back on the medication I was using and that should help with both focusing and using less mental energy during the day.

5 thoughts on “Why don’t I post much at night?

  1. Hello, I have been lurking around this website for sometime…I think it’s Great! I found it by typeing in ” Nancy Grace Sucks ” and this site was the number one on the list of hits. Wes your a Great guy, A lot of insight into people, places and things in general. This site is the Bone under all the meat and fat. Well the magic trick yesterday was a bit boring, I did watch it though…I think it was in Norway or Holland. But not sure. As for the ADD, I don’t think of you as a Cripple Minded Freak. Your a very sane, intelligent person. And thats why I’m here. I don’t like to waste my time with alot of Bullshit. I like to be able to understand a subject and see it in a clear uncluttered way…THX Paul

  2. As a person with ADHD too, I don’t know how you manage to post as often as you do. Even more, if I were to try to attempt a blog, I would do great at first, then I would simply lose interest and move on to something else. For me it would take quite a bit of effort to stick with anything long term unless I was really, really interested, and even then I’m not so sure. That you have been able to do it for so long is impressive.

    Like you, I have to go through tons of revisions for anything I write. I’m not sure how bad you have it, but sometimes I have to review something that I have written about 20 to 25 times to make sure that what I wrote makes sense. *sigh* At least with writing it gives us a chance to coherently get across our ideas.

    With all that is going on in your life I don’t know how you do it. Stress and lack of sleep also enhance the more annoying traits of being ADHD. That you aren’t on the medication (which makes a huge difference BTW) makes your efforts even more remarkable. Note, I’m not trying to stroke your ego. I’m actually just being a bit blunt. I am a bit envious actually.

    Anyway, you come across quite well. This is one of the few blogs I read on a daily basis. You have done a good job with this site.

    Hmm, I should mention that I don’t want you to feel obligated to post on a daily basis. Guilt is something that people with ADHD feel far too often and it certainly doesn’t help.

    Thank you for all your efforts.

  3. With that list of stuff you have on the go at any one time I’m amazed you find the time to work.
    I don’t suffer ADD but I have a bit of OCD going on which makes any post I do play with a little time consuming as it’s never right.
    Playing here makes me commit and that’s quite exciting, and healthy, as I know I constantly leave myself open to whatever may come.
    I’ve also learnt not to take myself or anything else too seriously.
    There … the unusual one draft entry.
    I’m not even gonna spellcheck. smile

  4. World of Warcraft, Call of Duty 2 Multiplayer, Destroy All Humans, Shadow of the Colossus, The Movies, The Battle for Middle Earth, The Sims 2, and F.E.A.R. combat multiplayer.

    You know, the usual stuff.

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