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What Part Does Blogging Play in Your Life?

March 26th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

I’ve been feeling really disconnected from the blogging world lately.  I’ve had a ton going on in my life lately-we renovated our house, I’ve been packing, cleaning, prepping our house to put it on the market, I just hit the 6 month in my pregnancy, we have a huge deadline at work coming up so we have been working weekends and taking care of my 2 year old.  So I’ve had very little time to devote to blogging, reading blogs or spending time on Twitter.

I didn’t realize until now how important the blogging community was in my life.  I miss the conversations I had with people on Twitter and feel so out of things and no clue what’s going on.  I just started going through my Google Reader for the first time in probably over a month and realizing all the great books and topics I’ve been missing out on.  And to top it off other than a few book reviews I haven’t really had time to devote to the memes I love, the author spotlights I wanted to do and a few other posts.

As I am slowly jumping back into things it’s great and I really feel like it helps me decompress after a long day.  I’m hoping to really get back in touch with the friends I’ve made in this community and catch up with what is going on out there.  Just in time to start drooling in envy because everyone I know is going to BEA in May!  For those that didn’t know I had to cancel my plans to go since I can’t fly at that point in my pregnancy.  Hope to be there in spirit with everyone and will be sitting here green with envy not so much over the book swag but the social aspects.

All of this brings me to my question. Am I the only one who feels a little lost being disconnected from the blogging world?  Am I just obsessive or something?  And be honest how much of your life is really devoted to the blogging world?  Between writing posts, reading blogs, tweeting, etc it really did used to take up most of my evenings.  Do you ever feel like you spend too much time on blogging activities?  How do you balance it in your life?

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16 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    Glad your life is returning to normal. Moving is so draining – and time consumming.

    Blogging is pretty important to me now. I confess I spend at least two hours a day reading blogs! Often more. And if I miss a day, it feels so odd.

  2. Helen Murdoch

    I read blogs (well, my Google Reader) early in the morning for about 30 minutes and probably that amount again later in the day. Splitting it up seems to allow me to pretend it isn’t that much time :-)

    I tend to post 3 to 4 times a week so that aspect doesn’t take up too much time. But, I definitely feel some withdrawl if I have a day where I don’t check, am traveling or whatever.

    Are we ill and obssessed? Probably a bit. Am I concerned? Not a bit! I also wonder what has happened when a feed goes quiet for longer than usual and am happy when the blogger is back.

  3. Jennifer

    I spend a lot of my time blogging, reading other blogs and on twitter. As a mom of 3 small children, it’s really the only me time I get.

    I plan and schedule things for the future, so if I was to disappear for 2 weeks, it wouldn’t be too noticeable on my blog. It helps for when I have the rare pleasure of not being trapped at home. Things will be ready for when I’m at BEA and when I go away (for the first time in over 5 years) in November. This way I won’t worry about the blog while I’m gone and will just have to play a little catch up once I return.

  4. MrsVanquish

    Oh you are not alone!
    Blogging, Tweeting and the whole community plays such a big part in my life right now that I feel the same when RL is taking over all my time.

    So enjoy your pregnancy:)

  5. Emily Ellsworth

    You know, when I was pregnant I really took a step back from blogging. I was generally too sick/tired/lazy to post reviews or get involved in the conversation. I kept reading, but it just seemed like so much work to get on the computer and write out a review. Also, my husband got cancer when I was about 4-5 months along. But, now that he’s cancer free and I’ve had my baby, I find I’m a lot more motivated to get reviews done and participate in the blogging world.

    I think we all go through lulls. I mean, this blog is my hobby, not my job. And I don’t want reading to seem like a chore.

  6. Zee

    I have been pretty busy lately (and will get busier in the next few months) and I have really missed the blogging world too.

    Glad to hear things are slowing down.

  7. April (Good Books & Wine)

    I definitely spend a bit too much time blogging, BUT in my defense I don’t have school, and my job is very part time. I am looking for another job, but in the meantime, as I have the time to spend on my blog and building connections with other people, I figure I am going to take advantage of that.

  8. Carrie K.

    I definitely miss it when I miss several days, and then feel the need to get caught up. I don’t think you’re obsessed – it’s a good way to wind down and connect with people with like interests – something we all need.

  9. The1stdaughter

    I’m definitely one of the ones who misses it when I go away for too long. The comradery and conversations are so nice to have with so many people I have so much in common with. But I completely understand the stress of it all, especially with little ones around (and you with another on the way). Keep coming back, we will all still love to hear from you when you stop in!

    PS…We can drool over the BEA attenders together, I had to cancel my plans to go as well. :(

  10. Amy @ My Friend Amy

    I like to go away now and then, but yes I miss it when I do. That’s why I’m still here doing it. :)

    It does take up a lot of my time, but my routine is very much write a post/go to bed. And I feel a little lost without it. :)

  11. Jess.

    I’m not as involved in the blogging community as I would like to be. I find that I often don’t know what to say when I want to comment. There are only so many times you can say “great review” or what not, yanno?

    But am I lost if I don’t check in on the community as a whole? Kinda. I often wonder what people are up too and what’s going on, and if I’m missing out on any great reviews that might just move a book up a notch in my TBR pile.

    Haha, sorry for the looooong comment. :) Grats on the upcoming baby (woah I didn’t know you were pregnant) and sorry you’ll miss BEA but hey a baby > BEA anyday! :D
    -Jess.

  12. Sheila DeChantal

    I too enjoy the networking of blogging. I enjoy relaxing an d discussing books on twitter, on my blog, and like I am doing now – on other blogs. :) Chatting with people who have a passion for books is my hobby and I love it!

  13. dsuzuki

    Glad to know I’m not the only one! Sadly since I wrote this post my reader went 1000+ unread again! Yikes.

    L. Diane Wolfe-Thanks!

    Helen-LOL.

    Jennifer-I also try to schedule several posts in advance. That’s pretty much what got me through January and February but now I’m running out of scheduled posts :)

    Mrs. Vanquish-thanks!

    Emily-I’m so glad your husband is cancer free and you now have your beautiful baby.

    Zee-good luck with all that’s coming up for you.

    April-good luck on the job hunt but it’s great to take advantage of that time right now.

    Carrie-so glad for your round up posts to help me catch up on what I’m missing :)

    The1stdaughter-that sucks you had to cancel your BEA plans too :(

    Amy-you always amaze me with all you manage to do!

    Jess-I know what you mean about commenting sometimes. Thanks for the congrats! My poor neglected wish list. I haven’t been adding as much since i’ve fallen behind on blog reading.

    Sheila-Isn’t the networking just the best? You learn so many different things.

  14. Michelle

    I’m so glad to have read this post! You’ve expressed exactly how I’m feeling right now. Like you, I have so very much going on (though most of it is work related) that I haven’t been able to be as active in blogging/twitter as I usually am. I’m hoping to make a turn back in that direction but it’s a struggle given how much work I have during the day. By the time I get home at night I’m pretty well good for nothing conversationally speaking.

    You wil certainly be missed at BEA. You are definitely one blogger that I was most looking forward to meeting. We’ll definitely keep you posted via Twitter and other means.

  15. J.C. Montgomery

    I don’t think I can add to anything you’ve said, nor to the other bloggers who have felt (and expressed) the same.

    All I can say is I am amazed by your strength in the face of so much going on in your life. You are an inspiration.

    I don’t blog as much as I used to, and know I will never give it up. It is a way to keep in touch with others, their ideas, opinions, and more. But I have found that to keep the faith as it were, I need to always remember that I do this for me and am only accountable to my own goals; not to stat counters or the number of comments I receive per post.

    Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing.

  16. dsuzuki

    Michelle-I hope your projects are going well. I thought I hadn’t seen you on Twitter as much but thought it was just because I wasn’t getting on as much :) I guess that is just how things go. Hopefully once things settle down we can both get back into it.

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