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Monday, January 04, 2010

In which I blog about blogging

I try to avoid blogging about blogging at all costs.  It just seems silly to me.  But, there comes a time when it must be done, and I suppose now is as good a time as any.

In my self-evaluations this past few weeks, I have realized that I have let this blog take over my life somewhat.  For the three years that I lived in Cedar City, it was kind of my lifeline.  It kept me sane in many ways while I tried to navigate what was the most difficult time in my life thus far.  It helped me focus on all of the good things about my life.  Since I moved here, things are different.  I feel that blogging doesn't serve the same purpose for me anymore.  During Christmas break I barely turned on my computer and I really had a lovely time with my family and guess what?  I didn't even miss blogland.

Sure, my interest has always waxed and waned and I'm definitely at a new moon sort of state right now.  I know how it goes, and soon enough I'll be bursting with things I want to blog about.  So, I'm not going to leave my blog, but I'm definitely not going to spend as much time on it as I have in the past.  Nor am I going to spend as much time reading and commenting on other blogs.  I have absolutely loved and needed the connections I've made through blogging, but something in my life has got to give and I feel that this is the thing.  Again, not going to give it up entirely.  Just moderation.  No more commenting and reading all morning long...it will wait until the kids are in bed and that will be just fine.

In other blogging news, I have added word verification back to my comment box.  After getting a lot of blog spam (blam?  splog?) the first year of my blog, I took it off and have had little trouble for nearly three years. Then all of the sudden, this last month or so I have been getting 5 or 6 spam comments per day.  Mostly on old posts, but it takes too much time and energy to go through and delete them.  So, welcome back word verify.  Sorry.

Now, I am off to check off the rest of my lists (half done already!) and live life, even if it hasn't stopped snowing for a week.  Coming soon:  A picture of my back deck.  The amount of snow on it will astound you.  I promise.

Happy Monday!

32 comments :

  1. I totally respect this. If work was actually busy right now, I would do the same.

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  2. Such is the ebb and flow of blogland. It's just too bad that my desire to blog flows as yours ebbs! :) Enjoy your time!

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  3. Love the post title! This is a big struggle for me, too. Balancing the computer and "real" life. Good for you!

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  4. I think every one of us understands. I've always been amazed at how active you've been in blogland. Take a little break--just don't disappear altogether. :)

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  5. While I'm not making a public announcement, I'm kind of doing the same thing. I accepted a gig with MMB that requires one post a month, and I've got several other writing responsibilities I have to attend to first. So once every couple of weeks is about where it's going to go with me, unless I'm hit with a veritable thunderstorm of inspiration!

    Think you're great, and I look forward to hearing from you whenever you get a chance! (Besides, neener neener everyone else, Lara and I are Facebook friends, too!)

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  6. Wishing you the best ... it is just the way life goes. I have enjoyed your posts and your comments and thank you for all the kindness! I'll keep you on my reader and just enjoy what comes! ;)

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  7. Good for you! I am so happy to hear you have got things in order so that you don't need the lifeline of blogland anymore. I will miss reading your posts, but family is far more important. Have fun with them!

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  8. Sometimes it's nice to take a break---and not feel like you MUST comment and write. That's the beauty of google reader. I'll always know when you decide to come back:)

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  9. So, I can't think of what to say that hasn't been said with the exception of "I will miss reading your posts", but I now look forward to the ones you make that much more! I am thrilled that you are so happy in your new town.

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  10. I understand this. It can get exhausting to read a lot of blogs and it does take up a lot of time. The break was lovely and has inspired me to take more time for life. Although I'm not leaving either.

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  11. I have to admit, I'm really glad I was too sick to blog for a couple of months. It helped me realize that I could cut back and still be okay! Now I blog much less and I feel much better about the whole thing. Enjoy getting things done around your house!

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  12. Happy Monday and Happy New Year!

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  13. I know what you mean...I have cut way back on reading and commenting, too. (If I cut back on writing, though, I'd disappear completely, since I only post about twice a week) Anyway, I will look forward even more to your new posts!
    :~D

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  14. oh! that's what I need to do - I've been slammed with spam too - I didn't even think of word verification. See - that's why I need you in my life. LOL

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  15. I'll miss frequent blogs, but I totally understand. :) Looking forward to your deck picture.

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  16. I go in and out of blogging, too. I, too, barely touched the computer during the holidays and {surprisingly} managed to survive. You backing off the blogging of course saddens me a little, since I'm just meeting you, but I understand it. I'm sure I'll be backing off in a month or two after I pop out a baby.

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  17. I so relate to this. I have been blogging at a MUCH slower pace the past eight months or so and my interest in other things has returned. Funny how that works. However, I have really started to miss my blog friends. Trying to find a balance, knowing when enough is enough and not get caught up in things has proven hard for me to find. It sounds like you are really enjoying your new home--yay!

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  18. I totally get it, but I'll miss your posts. Just bein' honest. :)

    And that's not my kitchen...our friends' kitchen. I'll post mine soon.

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  19. Yeah, I hear you on needing to put the WV up for the first time on my blog. I've had the same problem over the last month and it's SO annoying.

    Enjoy your moderation! Enjoying family sounds lovely!

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  20. I think I'm just coming back from a blog wane. . . I barely blogged at all the entire month of December, and while I missed keeping up with all the people that I have met, I didn't miss spending all of that time on the computer. I'm still trying to find a good balance, though. Someday.

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  21. Oh I understand and will probably be doing the same thing very soon or as soon as I start working. I will look forward whatever blog posts you send out. And I can't wait for that picture!

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  22. I post short, not-so-deep entries more for me to be writing something than for other people to comment. It is a little daily touchstone and I am not so into it that it takes any more than 30 minutes a day (between reading AND writing). That's all I can/ will give.

    You are in an exciting time with your family and I think it is awesome that you want to spend your energy doing many non-blogging things.

    I'll read your blog whenever you feel like writing. :)

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  23. Make adjustments where needed, girl! :)

    I spent most of last year blogging every single day. What was that about, I haven't a clue.
    I'm glad and weirdly relieved to have gotten that out of my system, though.

    While I'll probably never leave blogland, blogging has it's place, for sure.

    Here's to a new year, new moon feeling & all the rest!

    PS: Can't wait for that picture of the back deck!!

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  24. I'll miss hearing from you as often, but I'm also happy to hear you're feeling much the same as I have been! I know if I make time for blogging (and Reader) at night instead of morning, I'll get lots more done!

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  25. I have a blog-about-blogging in the drafters right this minute. And it sounds a lot like yours.

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  26. I'm feeling the same way lately. But, I don't want to stop blogging either, so hopefully we'll figure out a balance.

    (keep in mind that blogging when you're across the country serves a whole new purpose for family that misses and needs updates from your family.)

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  27. I think most of us completely understand where you are coming from. I am there. I can't spend as much time blogging. I have so many things I need to and want to accomplish that I can't spend as much time blogging.

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  28. I'm trying to keep my blogging connections for only nap time and/ or evening now too! Family is more important!! Good for you!

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  29. I know you're not asking this, but I love Wordpress because it has done such a good job of filtering spam.

    And you'll be missed, but not forgotten. That sounds a lot like some cheesy military bumper sticker or something, but you get the idea of the sentiment.

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  30. It's pretty obvious I've done the same over the past year. It was a good move for me. :)

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  31. I completely respect this, Lara. Cutting back was a relief for me and I like feeling like I can post and comment when I want to, but the brunt of my energy goes to who matters most. Happy 2010!

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  32. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to comment on this; I've been spending more time away from the computer myself lately. But congratulations on your wonderful goals for 2010, and I certainly understand your need to live life more fully in the real world, and spend less time in the virtual one. I've been thinking about that particular balance issue myself, and I'm glad you're sticking with it!

    Oh, and blog spam? So not fun. Hope the word verification does the trick for you!

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