Tuesday, 21 February 2012
By Amy at Make Me a Mary
1. Blogging is a time sucker. I have developed this uncanny ability to block out all sounds and happenings around me, to the point where my kids wonder if something’s wrong with me when they find me in this trance-like state in which I appear fascinated with the screen in front of me.
2. Blogging causes me to care too much about the numbers. I can’t help clicking over all the time to check my stats, the number of Facebook likes and shares, how many comments I have—all things I really wish I didn’t care about. Maybe I’ll just stop caring right now.
3. Blogging distracts me from book-writing. It’s funny how the whole reason I started a blog is because I wanted to write a book and I thought I’d just see if anyone cared to read my stuff. And now I don’t work on my book at all. I’m too busy blogging. What the heck?????
4. Blogging can get you into trouble. Not only have I unintentionally offended people I don’t know, but I’ve even gotten in trouble for saying “crappy”. By my dad. It’s not that he never says “crappy”, he just wonders if I ought to say it on a Christian blog. Also, a little freebie for you: if you’re a new blogger, take my advice and don’t speak out against deer hunting—even in a lighthearted way.
5. Blogging makes me want to quit my job. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to be a real blogger if you work full-time. I have to put food on the table of course, and my little blog ain’t gonna do that. But I want one of those big blogs. I want to make hundreds of thousands of dollars with my blog so I can quit being a librarian (although that’s pretty fun, too).
6. Blogging makes me spend too much time reading blogs. To the point where I can hardly get a book read anymore. It’s ridiculous! What is it that’s so addicting about reading blogs, anyway? I can’t decide if I just want something to compare my own writing to, or if I want to be entertained, or if I want to be inspired. Speaking of,
7. Blogging makes me tired of inspiration. Is that crazy? But more and more I find myself drawn to the edgier-type blogs that really, really challenge me. In fact, I long to be a little edgier myself. I’m all for bleeding out gut-wrenching truth on the screen. People seem to really like it when I write this way on my own blog, and I understand why because I like it, too.
8. Blogging makes me wish I were funnier. I read funny blogs and laugh my head off—but at least I’m laughing through my jealousy. :) Again, I want to be one of those bloggers.
9. Blogging might be causing me to air too much dirty laundry. I run into this dilemma all the time. How much do I say? When should I keep quiet? I feel it would be inappropriate to tell all the gory details of my story, at least right now. At least through a blogpost. But there’s that fine line I have trouble not crossing because I can’t even really see it.
10. Blogging makes me feel a little guilty. Despite my deep relationship with Google Reader, I never, ever have enough time to travel to everyone else’s actual blogs and comment like they do for me. But please know that I love you and would comment on your blogs all day long if I had the time. :)