4 Great Ways to Procrastinate
So, as you guys have no doubt noticed, there’s a dire error on the home page of this blog. It proclaims that my “blog schedule” is every fortnight, but in reality there really is no such thing. You see, like most writers, I’m sometimes afflicted with the horrible blankness of writer’s block, and in my mind, the best way to cure writer’s block is to just forget about it…by procrastinating. On one of those websites that can suck whole days away from you in just a few clicks (like pocketfruity.com), leaving you high and dry at 3 AM with all notions of making a new blog post wiped cleanly from your mind.
Want a good way to break up the monotony of editing? Here’s a list of the best places on the internet to lose yourself:
- Cracked.com — the tagline is “America’s only humor site”, and it may as well be, considering all of the time you’ll spend on it. Cracked publishes satirical articles on a wide range of topics, from video games, movies and literature, to every day life. Challenge yourself to read just one article. It’s damn near impossible…the “similar articles to this” window down the bottom makes sure of that.
- TVTropes — never heard of TV Tropes? You should count yourself lucky, because it means you still have good time management skills. TV Tropes is a wiki that catalogues the tropes and cliches of fiction. Have you ever wondered how many horror movies have black characters who die first? They’ve got a list that’ll tell you each and every one. Also, it’s pretty fun to look up different tropes and see if they apply to your own work (and it could help you improve as a writer).
- Wikipedia — you probably already know what Wikipedia is but you’ve probably never heard of the “philosophy game” — open a random Wikipedia article, and then click the first hyperlink you see. Do it again on the next article, and so on. Eventually, you’ll discover that all Wikipedia pages lead back to the Philosophy article. An insight about the human condition, perhaps?
- pocketfruity.com — a website where you can purchase smartphone apps — because you can never have too many of those, right? Besides, slot machine apps are a perfect way to procrastinate without any effort on your part.
Disclaimer: This is a partner post.