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I am joining Bloggers Anonymous…how about you?

Bloggers Anonymous is there for you if you need it!

I think most bloggers will admit that there have been times when blogging started taking over their lives. I know I have had moments when I would look at my husband and say, “I am so blogging that!” I think my blog is kinda at a stand still with all the shuffling going on in my life. This has given me time to reflect on what is a blog, anyway?

What does my blog mean to me? Do I have to post every single day? Do I have to record all the funny, exciting and trival events of my life here on my blog? I have decided that I will do what I want. I don’t want my blog to become a chain around my legs keeping me from enjoying my “real” life.

I don’t read as many blogs as I once did. I just don’t have the time. I think in part it is because as I feel more comfortable in my life in France. I don’t need to have a filler to make me happy. The filler was blogging. In my opinion, my blog will be more valuable as I make posts that are more meaningful. I don’t want to post just to fill up the space. I want my blog to remain a hobby. I don’t want it to become my job. Besides, it just doesn’t pay! :)

I am not going to stop blogging. I need the mental release it gives me. When I blog, I am “talking out” issues in my life or sharing special moments that I can go back and cheerish again. My blog is me. I am not perfect and I am changing all the time. Understand that I don’t always come across correctly in typed words. At times, I seem serious or like a stickler. I am neither. I like to talk about anything and everything. My opinions are known to change ofter as I learn more about the subjects.

I am GRAY. By that I mean that I don’t see many things in black and white. For me, most things are gray. I laugh often and ALWAYS search for the bright side. Life is too short to worry about things that you can’t change.

Blogging is just so much fun! However, I don’t want to be addicted and boring. I want to be addictive and exciting!!! :p So, enjoy my life journey with me throught the small slices I share but keep in mind it is hard to express yourself through words alone. When I say something I never want to hurt someone. My thoughts change often and I am growing as a person 100 percent of the time. I want to thank all of you that have helped me to grow by passing along information, sharing your thoughts and stories and more importantly challenging me at times.

Blogging has been a useful tool in my life and I intend to keep it under control! I don’t think I am addicted, but I don’t think I could stop unless I had no other choice. And, I wouldn’t be happy about being cut away from the blogging community.

How about you? Has blogging become an addiction? Can you stop at anytime? Do you HAVE to blog every single day? Do you check your stats several times a day? Do you think about what is blog worthy during all the special moments in your life or do you just enjoy the moments as they are?

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  • Pauline July 6, 2006, 10:36 am

    Umm. I think what you have post here are thoughts that every blogger /ex blogger has thought about. Should I stop, should I go on ?

    I have recently stopped blogging and am now only blogging a photo a day (Keeping Mum and Dad informed on what’s going on) I can’t tell you how relieved I am it’s all over (I know this sounds daft)

    The main reasons for stopping being:

    1- Too much time spent thinking about what I should/could/would blog about, rather than actually living my life. Spending too much time on the computer rather than with my son and husband.

    2 – I have the strange feeling that there is something slightly unhealthy about this addiction (as in any addiction) and all these online friendships. In fact I have more online friends than in real life, that can’t be normal. So I am trying to leave that behind and get a life.

    3 – Getting a bit bored of the whole thing. Everyone doing the same Memes/Quiz etc etc … (me included) sometimes I get the feeling people are just trying to fill up their blogs for the sake of it. That people leave comments all over the place just to have lots of comments themselves.

    4- There are even a few blogs that I go to regularly and I actually don’t like the people. Is this normal? Am I the only person that doesn’t like someone because of their blog and if I don’t like someone why do I keep going back! (Names with held incase these people decide to kill me :) )

    :( Can you tell them I have become very disillusioned about the whole thing and am a very cynical person? Blogging is very BIG right now, but I don’t think this will be the case a few years down the line.

    Good luck to your blogging life Pumpkin, I like it here and haven’t totally overcome my addiction so will be back……

  • Jessica July 6, 2006, 1:42 pm

    I agree with you (both). Blogging certainly has an unhealthy aspect. I try not to get too caught up in it. That’s why I rarely leave comments, and only post once or twice a week. I use it to stay in touch with friends, and keep up my writing skills. In that way, I think blogging is beneficial.

    I don’t read too many blogs regularly. But I do feel an affinity for certain bloggers, and their are some I’m sure I would like to meet some day (like you ;-).

  • carra July 6, 2006, 6:06 pm

    Oh dear I wrote a similar post (but much more negative) on my blog recently. Yes you should keep blogging but no filler required! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

  • cj July 6, 2006, 8:19 pm

    :) I could have joined BA but I embrace my blogging. Sometimes I blog more than others… its for my own mental health. :)

  • Alison July 6, 2006, 9:51 pm

    Blogging saved me a couple of years ago. No kidding.

    I’m less inclined to blog now, although sometimes I still post every day. I do fewer quizzes and memes these days, though. I post more photos, I think. I check my stats no more than once a day.

    The best thing about blogging is the friends I’ve made — I love the exchanges I’ve had with certain people. :)

  • samantha July 6, 2006, 10:07 pm

    Wow, I’ve never thought about blogging as being addictive before. But then again, I think some people just have naturally addictive personalities and can become addicted to anything, be it drinking, gambling, eating, cleaning, etc.

    I don’t have many friends here in my town, especially English speaking ones, so I tend to post whenever something’s on my mind and no one’s around to tell. And I usually write just as if I was talking to a friend – like the two posts I did today are just quick blurbs I would’ve normally told to Fab or my old roommates. I’m pretty anti quiz/meme though.

    As far as reading blogs, I read quite a few, but not all of them regularily. I’ve always been curious about other people’s lives and enjoy autobiographies or books about people more so than non-fiction, so that naturally falls over into the blogosphere too. Or maybe I’m just nosy!

  • kim July 7, 2006, 4:47 am

    I’m gray too! Not black and white, just gray, I like it that way!

    I love blogging, it’s never controlled me, I skim through my favorites when I get a chance and speed read. I love to learn through blogs, your blog teaches alot, I love your views!

    I agree with Sam, I’m a naturally curious person, and I love to learn about people different and candid lives. Naturally curious person is a nice way to say nosy:)

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