Perspective on Blogging


I think we all gotta watch out for the addiction that blogging
can be. The people who pay the biggest price for our extra hour or two a day of
blogging are our families. If other people keep reading while we step aside awhile
I think that is great. – from 21st Century Reformation’s Warnie acceptance speech

Amen. I need to spend less time blogging and more time with my wife. I’m working on ways I can reduce the time I spend each day blogging. I’m probably going to take a “weekly wrap-up” approach to frivolous stuff and news that isn’t “breaking”. I’m also going to try to focus on just one or two essay-length posts each day.

Some people appear on the blogging scene and, like Athena popping out of Zeus’ head fully formed and armed, seem to have their style and goals thoroughly worked out and sharpened. Others, such as myself, develop their styles and reevaluate their goals slowly. Take a trip through my archives (you’ll find the link in the side bar) and you’ll see that this blog has changed a lot from what it started out as. I’m still refining it and probably will continue to do so for as long as I keep it going.

Anyhow, please bear with me as I rearrange my priorities. Hopefully, by Lent I’ll be in a groove.

Bonus article:

For Some, The Blogging Never Stops
By KATIE HAFNER; TIM GNATEK CONTRIBUTED REPORTING FOR THIS ARTICLE.

TO celebrate four years of marriage, Richard Wiggins and his wife, Judy Matthews, recently spent a week in Key West, Fla. Early on the morning of their anniversary, Ms. Matthews heard her husband get up and go into the bathroom. He stayed there for a long time. ‘”I didn’t hear any water running, so I wondered what was going on”,’ Ms. Matthews said. When she knocked on the door, she found him seated with his laptop balanced on his knees, typing into his Web log, a collection of observations about the technical world, over a wireless link.

Comments 6

  1. Steve N wrote:

    Ain’t that always the problem with the observant ones… Their observancy fails to be impressed by the observancy of potential suitors!

    Cheers!

    Posted 27 Jan 2005 at 1:48 pm
  2. Tom Smith wrote:

    I am impressed, Steve.

    Anyway, I kinda get addicted to reading blogs, mostly this one, Dappled Things, Pontifications, and Saintly Salmagundi. Sometimes, like for a week at a time, I’m addicted to posting on crossandflame.com, a forum run by a few Methodists (hence the name), and post ten times a day.

    Posted 26 Jan 2005 at 4:18 pm
  3. Steve N wrote:

    I have gotten addicted, and I don’t even have a blog. I will be giving up internet browsing (e-mail and work-required intranet excluded) between 2/9 and 3/27.

    My $0.02

    Posted 26 Jan 2005 at 1:19 pm
  4. Tom Smith wrote:

    My history of Lenten penance is kinda goofy: I started going vegan every Lent to impress a girl I knew in high school. Funny part is, she was Jewish. The thing was, she was very observant, and was very much interested in traditional Christian practice. So I decided to go hardcore for Lent, and really benefited from it. I have done so ever since. One of the fringe benefits is that my Orthodox friends who like to brag about how the East is more hardcore about fasts and Lenten observances are humbled.

    PS – I never got the girl. She was impressed, but refused to date Gentiles.

    Posted 27 Jan 2005 at 5:40 am
  5. Steve N wrote:

    Of course since email isn’t verboten, I can still send “Letters from the Lenten Wasteland” to Ales Rarus from time to time. (I just won’t be able to respond to comments.) This would actually be a VERY challenging task: to post but not to read what I’ve written or the responses thereunto… very humbling I would guess… We also, as a family, will be giving up all broadcast TV (not video/dvd), and the consumption of mammalian muscle tissue (not milk). Reports from the wasteland just might very well be of some edifying value…

    Hmmmm… Whaddaya think, Funky?

    Posted 26 Jan 2005 at 5:54 pm
  6. Jerry wrote:

    While not as severe as Steve, I plan a similar fast as well.

    Posted 26 Jan 2005 at 7:46 pm

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