Also, if you blog, keep it up. In fact, blog more. I hated that anxious feeling I used to get when I received a call from a recruiter about a tech screening the next day, when I haven’t done anything for six weeks. Don’t let that happen to you.
The other day, I read a suggestion on how to get experience in the industry when you have none. The idea was to go to charity orgs and offer to do work for them. You gain much needed experience, and they get a volunteer.
The same holds true when you're out of work. If you’re not motivated on your own or don’t have any projects you want to write for yourself, then offer your services to a charity and do some work for them. Make the rounds and possibly drum up some business at, for example, a local restaurant by offering to write them a Web site for free. Explain to them that you’re an out-of-work IT guy who’s trying to stay sharp and you’re grateful for the chance to keep busy.
Anyway, those are some suggestions for staying sharp while you’re waiting for your next gig. I hope this helps someone, and really, don’t take your unemployment lying down. You have to be the best one out there when that next gig comes up. Be ready because it can come at any time.