When life intrudes upon Blogging

Posted on June 1, 2008. Filed under: HowTo, Musings, Philosophy |

I like to Blog, as many of us do. I use the broader definition of “blogging” to mean more than writing and publishing posts, but also reading other blogs, commenting on them, answering comments on mine, maintaining content, research, brainstorming, finding or taking pictures, blog-related emailing, learning new blogging tricks, quietly contemplating, and sitting for long periods of time with “blank look on face” waiting for inspiration. So you see that this all takes a great deal of time.

I’m not complaining about this, mind. It’s just that every once in a while Other Parts of my Life interfere with blogging! Can you imagine? I try to remain good-natured about this, but sometimes it’s difficult. Just look at what I have to put up with:

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work—Now, I really enjoy the work I do, so that’s OK, but apparently, if one is a blogger, someone, somewhere, expects Money in order for one to have a Computer to blog upon, and a Room to blog in. One must work, or be independently wealthy.

telephone calls—I found telephones irritating even before I started blogging. I’m just not a “phoney” person! The only person I’ll willingly speak to on the phone for any length of time is my sister, and that’s only because she lives far away. Anyone else, it’s email for you!

family—Whether or not you live with family members, you will notice that, at times, they want to TALK to you! This is very time consuming. I sometimes just send them an email, even if they’re in the same room!

email—Email can sometimes go right along with blogging, but it’s those OTHER emails, the ones inviting me to lunch, or asking me to respond if I’ll attend a meeting that can really cut into blogging time.

friends—I’m talking about the live ones here, the ones whose real bodies I’ve actually seen; do you have any of those? I really do enjoy meeting them for lunch or an activity, but, when they ask me what I’ve been up to, I mumble incoherently something about a lot of writing in my “Personal Journal”. I call it that so they won’t ask to read my blog, because then it would be a whole different kind of blog. If you know what I mean.

house cleaning/tidying—Low on my priority list, but every now and then if I look up from the computer I’ll notice a layer of fuzz or haze, or [‘scuse me a mo’ while I look it up…oh, yeah!] dust! This dust thing is not good because if I were to let one of those “friend” people in here (see notation above) and there was “dust” on display, I’m socially conditioned to think They Won’t Like me as Much. If I stopped blogging long enough to notice, that would make me sad. Also, dust makes me sneeze, and sneezing delays typing.

shopping—The food kind of shopping is OK, if uninspiring, because if there’s one thing I like Even More than Blogging [shhh, don’t tell] it’s eating. The clothes kind is hard because I don’t like trying things on, so I do a lot of that online (while multi-tasking replying to comments) where I get to dress my “virtual model”. This is satisfying because when the clothes arrive I find I look much better than my “virtual model”, w00t! As for furniture, housewares, dishes and the like, well, if you take the time to do it right the first time (which I did before I started my blog) then you don’t need any more of those things for, like, 76 years, right?

hobbies—Now, I know, some of your friends will tell you blogging IS a hobby. Don’t listen to them! Blogging is lifeblood, we all know that. You may engage in other activities which could be considered hobbies, though: music; art; coin collecting. If you do, and you don’t blog about them at least once per month, they should be considered Wastes of Time, and eliminated.

holidays/vacation—I was just on one of these, and rediscovered that there is something called “The World” there outside my room/office. Imagine! It was just enough time to give me fresh perspective and new ideas. I would strongly caution you not to let these things go on too long…

sleep—There is so much research out there now indicating that sleep is eventually necessary for humans (and several other species, I believe) that I can’t really argue, but there are rules: It is OK to go to bed if you have Fallen out of your Desk Chair because you’ve Nodded Off whilst typing a post. Otherwise—keep at it, baby!

reading—All right, this is one of those guilty pleasures that I’m almost ashamed to admit: I really, really like to read. And while I’m in a confessional mood: Not Everything I Read is something I will Blog About! Shocking, I know. I hope you’ll keep reading here, even after knowing this about me.

gardening/farming—There are some aspects of these activities which my be considered “hobbies” (see listing above, and if they are, you might consider stopping them.) Some of you, though, actually grow food for human consumption. If so, we’ll reluctantly allow it.

pets—I would have thought all bloggers would only have cats for pets, which don’t require walking. Cats are the perfect pets for bloggers because they will pretend to be as aloof as you are for most of the day, but occasionally will sit on your keyboard, or paperwork, or even [I’m not kidding] on your lap, just to remind you there are actually other creatures in the world, and they don’t all live in your computer. Throw ’em some kibble, pet ’em for five minutes, and it’s back to work! What’s astounding to me, though, is it seems a sizeable number of bloggers have dogs! Amazing.

television—I do watch some television, although it’s increasingly easy to ignore. I watch science fiction, a couple of quirky detective shows, and, occasionally, home improvement shows to see what other people who aren’t blogging do while they are home. I allow myself this, as I have a notebook close by in case I get an idea for a post from a TV program. This rarely happens.

movies/concerts/plays—In spite of the fact that I have to Go Out of the House to do these things, I do do them. [do do?] Who knows why? Must be some small eccentricity; we all have them.

laundry—Now, we all know we don’t need clean underwear to write a blog post! Your mother told you always to wear clean underwear in case of an accident; I’m aware of very few accidents which happen during blogging. None of you know what I’m wearing (it’s not that kind of blog!) or when it was last laundered, and furthermore you don’t care. Or at least you didn’t until I started writing about it. Ooops…

classes/lectures/meetings—blog fodder/blog fodder/blog fodder.

exercising/sports—Trust me, there are really good reasons to engage in these activities. They may seem like a Waste of Time at first, but if you’re fit and flexible, with a good bloodflow to the brain, you will write better posts. (Please don’t look to this one as an example. I haven’t had my walk yet today.)

bodily functions—I’m not saying any more about these, other than to say you may imagine them to be whatever you choose. 😉

There is something that doesn’t compete with my blogging time, whether it’s at home, or out with friends: eating, (somewhat related to the “shopping” topic, above.) This is one of the few things that gets my mind completely off the blog. (I’m not saying there aren’t others; again, use your imagination—if you have any left after reading this post.)

These are just a few of Life’s Little Intrusions which take away from blogging time…of course, a lot of this is tongue-in-cheek, but a fair amount is not. I’ll leave you to guess which is which. 😀 I am, actually, grateful for all of the above intrusions. They give me things to blog about!

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omg, this is sooooo witty and funny!!! yeah, i can’t get any lamer about how good this post it. i’m witless after reading it because it’s so witful.

Sulz has coined a perfect word – witful! Delightful post, Muse, and any blogger who doesn’t relate to it has only been blogging a day or two. (psst..you can buy groceries from Amazon 🙂 )

Wow, Muse! I love this post. It’s a side of you I haven’t seen before. 🙂

I agree with Sulz, what could one possibly add to this? I love your writing, I guess the way you think really! 🙂

Blogging is interfering with my life right now! I have too much to do that I am putting off. And with that, I’m off to do some of those things! 🙂

It really is inconsiderate of life to intrude upon your valuable blogging time! Shame on it!

Excellent post!

Great post!! Blogging has taken over my life. I am supposed to be at the grocery store as I write this. I’ve given up many of the things on your list because I am on the computer so much. I don’t watch TV anymore. I hardly read and I used to read a lot. You’re right I have cats. I hardly ever answer the phone. One good thing, I don’t eat as much now that I blog.

Oooh, sulz made a new word! Thanks so much for your very witful feedback. 🙂 I hope you have recovered some of your wits by now! 😀

I like sulz’s word, too ella! I’m glad you were entertained, thanks—and for the tip about groceries on Amazon, I never thought of that, hah! [crosses food shopping off list] 🙂

Thank you, bead! Every now and then I start to get too serious for too long on this blog, and I have to lighten up just to preserve my own sanity (such as it is.) It’s great you can relate. I admire your fortitude and strength of character to be able to tear yourself away and do something useful OTHER than blogging!

I agree with you B0bby. I used to be quite fond of Life until it started acting up this way! Thank you. 😀

Joan, you are so right, we do tend to shift priorities to accommodate the blog, don’t we? I’m happy for you that you are eating less now. 🙂 I, um, have managed to find ways to, um, eat while blogging. 😦 😀

I hate telephones with a passion, even to the point of having a phobia-like reaction whenever I have to call someone I don’t know (though that’s gotten easier with time). They ARE very intrusive and demanding of one’s complete attention, which isn’t good for folks who value their alone time. I much prefer more passive sorts of media, except when face-to-face communication is actually available.

And yes, I used to think I was a freak for having these sorts of phobic tendencies, but I’ve met many people over the years, similar in temperament to me, who just so happen to have EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM with phones. Fancy that, huh?


I just loved this…it made me laugh out loud…Thank you so much for humor…

Nice post. I’ve always been wondering to myself that how much of a portion of my life should I spend on blogging (which after all takes away time from other presumably healthier things such as outdoor activities, socializing with real people, and spending time with children if one has any, etc). I guess the answer eventually lies in how much you really enjoy doing it and what you gain thru blogging (e.g. friendship)… For you my friend, it’s obvious you really enjoyed it and you have great friends here, bravo and congratulations! and blog on! 🙂

Great post! Blogging is a bit addicting, isn’t it? We are leaving in a week or so for 2 1/2 weeks on vacation. I plan to bring a spiral notebook (leaving the laptop at home as it would be very inconvenient to lug along)and my camera so that I can blog later!

This is such an insightful and witful post…thanks for that Sulz…doesn’t life have the nastiest habit of getting in the way of blogging? I found myself nodding along to so many of your points that I feel a study or three should really be done on the addictability [is that a new word?] of blogging.

Am also with you on the phone thing although I have had a few fights or misunderstandings since I started receiving emails that I feel would never have ensued prior to people feeling they could contact me this way. Because of my phone aversion I always try to see people face to face if there is a problem but have discovered that some of my friends are more comfortable not dealing with things face to face and it has been a real eye opener for me and has actually turned some of my friendships around.

I also am a semi flickr addict so with the reading of other people’s blogs and the keeping up to date with new quilts and works there I find my time online can get away with me. Am not complaining though as it is a good time filler when the insomnia is at its most merciless.

Thanks again for such a light hearted look into your life!

ahhh-this is an awesome post—so true, soooo true!

Deirdra, very insightful; fancy, indeed. Your comment about face-to-face contact resonates with me; one of my petty annoyances is when a particular friend calls to set up a lunch date—which is fine—but then proceeds to ask me how I am, what’s been going on, etc. I think she was probably raised to think it’s polite to “chat” with a friend on the phone, but I get increasingly fidgety thinking to myself: “I’m going to see you TOMORROW! We can talk about this then!” Or if I’m feeling particularly cranky, I’ll say (only to myself, thankfully) “So, now we’ve covered everything, why bother having lunch tomorrow? I can eat at home!” I’ve come to realize this is a personality quirk, but I used to feel like a phobic freak, as you’ve mentioned. 😉 This same friend gets exasperated with me that I don’t leave my mobile phone on when I’m out (which I never do unless I’m expecting a call) and I, with her, when she doesn’t read my emails for three days. I think some of this is due to the senses, or perhaps sensibilities, which predominate in our individual emotional makeup(s). As for alone time, I’m with you there, too. I require a great deal of that, and have come to the conclusion, after years of social conditioning else-wise, that just because the phone rings doesn’t mean I have to answer it! That’s what voicemail is for. I can always email the caller later. 🙂 Whew! Obviously you’ve landed on a hot topic for me! Thanks for your insight.

Thanks, kaylee. Yeah, I wish I could be more like Joan. 🙂

I appreciate that, Poetman. Without humor, life (on or off the blog) would be a dull place indeed.

Thank you walkingbetween. While this was mainly intended as a humor piece, there are always truths to be found within such things. You make some very good points, and remind us that balance is key, (even regarding blogging). 😉 I am thankful for the friendly people I encounter here, yourself among them!

teeveebee, you’re going on vacation? Yay, I hope you have a great time! [note to self: catch up with TVB’s posts before she goes.] But, tee, you will be away from your computer for 2 1/2 weeks? I’m starting to hyperventilate at the thought! [Better go mediate to recover.] 😉 Still, I’ve discovered that writing in a notebook (the kind made of real paper!) is a different experience than typing on a keyboard, so I await your returning posts with pleasure, thanks!

Wow, apparently this post has spurred a spate of linguistic creativity! I had not used your word, “addictability” before, Magik Quilter, but I like it! So, you also have phone aversion? I’d much rather discuss “issues” face-to-face, but, like you, now have an increasing number of “blog-pals” that live too far away for that. Haven’t gotten into a fight on email yet; have only exchanged a couple of snarky comments when I was in a mood, and usually only with people I actually see in real life. Interesting what you say about how some of your friends prefer working through things that way. Yet another reminder that not everyone frames the world the way we do. Thank you!

So, you can relate, seeing? 😉 Should we worry about our addictability? I think as long as we can laugh at ourselves about it, it proves we have perspective. I hope so, anyway. 😕

Fun post, Muse. And love the cartoon! Where did you find it? I can’t quite read the fine print; it’s like looking at the chart at the optometrist’s.

The biggest intrusion I find is actually the window. Ideally the best room for blogging is one with four walls and nothing else, definitely not with a window and views; supposedly that inspires people but if you’re daydreaming, when are you blogging? Looking out over apartments can have its distractions too… particularly when Ugly Naked Guy starts doing yoga in front of his window! 😯

And by the way, if you used audiobooks you wouldn’t even have to stop blogging to read! Cool, eh? Thanks for the witful post. 🙂

Just hope you are doing ok. 🙂 After a post like this and then not for a few days. Now I worry. 🙂

Thanks, cj! If you get distracted staring out the window, I can see why you’d relate to the cartoon. Actually, I appreciate you pointing out that the cartoonist’s url was not readable. Dave Walker very generously makes his cartoons about blogging and the internet freely available to us as long as the credit is visible. By not noticing that it was too faint to read here, I was inadvertently violating his TOS. So here’s an extra plug: WeBlogCartoons . com. (He prefers we not hotlink). When I look out the window, I see my nice mountains, and I rest my eyes by staring off into the distance. It doesn’t seem like a distraction to me, although sometimes daydreaming contributes to my posts. If you can call it contributing. Perhaps that explains the nature of some of them… 🙂 eeeek! Ugly Naked Guy doing yoga! Now, THAT I would find distracting! Sounds like a real-life episode of Friends! 😮 Audiobooks. Audiobooks. Yes, you have blogged about them, I recall. Hmmm, hadn’t thought of that, even though I can read and listen to the radio at the same time. You and ellaella are my multi-tasking heroes! Now, can you advise me how to blog in the shower? 😀

Where have the last three days gone, bead? Between catching up on some work, and working on a post for (I hope) tomorrow that needs research, I have been away a bit longer than usual. All is, however, well; Not to worry. You are lovely to be concerned, thank you! 🙂

Phew 🙂

Super stuff, of course I don’t identify with ANY of it

bead 😀

Thanks for coming over, gentledove, I’m glad you liked it! It is remarkable, though, that no one else experiences anything similar… 😉

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Lolz 😀 😀 so so true and witty way of expressing that!! this “do do” pun reminds of a F.R.I.E.N.D.S episode in which Chandler cracks same joke

Reema, thank you! I’m glad it was entertaining, with, perhaps, a morsel of truth. I don’t remember that on FRIENDS (although I think I’ve watched every episode), but it does sound like something Chandler would say, hehe! 🙂

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