Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Blogging Around the Clock

There is an amazing amount of irony in the fact that I started my own blog in order to help myself stop procrastinating and really work on my writing and I now find myself spending entirely too much time blog-hopping. There are just so many interesting things out there to read - advice, opinions, fun stuff. My list of must-reads has grown as long as my arm, and I now spend a good hour or more each day simply making the rounds. Not to mention the time I spend writing my own blog, which can take a while if I get some steam rolling behind it.

Here's a question for you. What's the proper tolerance level for blog posting frequency? I mean, I have some blogs that I love - LOVE - but I'm finding that the bloggers post entries very sporadically. There's that certain sinking of my heart as each day I check back only to find the last entry over a week old or more. It's then that I start to wonder if I shouldn't remove said blog from my must-read list because it's kind of a waste of time to check in every day. Except then I might miss something really cool once a new entry is posted!

Because this blogging thing is a free, personal endeavor, I understand that some bloggers simply don't have the time/energy/desire/ideas to blog every single day. No one owes anybody anything in this blogging world, and I'd never want a blogger to feel guilty because she/he didn't blog for an extended period of time. Once blogging becomes a chore that has to be done, it's just no fun, and why bother? They certainly don't pay bloggers very much. Or do they? Is there a bloggers union nobody told me about?

I'm trying very hard not to go more than a day or two without blogging (figure I'm allowed a full weekend if I need it), both because I don't want to get out of the habit and also in case there are a handful of readers who do check in regularly. I admit there is a certain amount of guilt that creeps up on me when I don't blog every day, like I'm letting somebody down. I am Catholic, so perhaps that's got something to do with it. Guilt is a fundemental aspect in everything I do. But I certainly don't want to feel it because so far, this is fun for me and I don't want it to become another of my must-do burdens. I have enough of those just trying to keep up with the laundry.

One thing is for certain, I need to limit myself to a certain amount of blog-time every day. Because at the rate I'm going, I'm going to have 100 blogs I read every day and no time to do important things like eat, shower or sleep.


Anonymous said...

How about important things like writing, Lynn? ;) Isn't blogging just another means of procrastinating? [g] It's not that I don't enjoy reading this, don't get me wrong. But that's why I don't check this site every day - *I*'d simply end up using it as a form of procrastination. ;) Why slave over chapter 4 of this &$&^$)^ novel when I can spend half an hour or so browsing your site? ;)

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