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Down The Blog Hole October 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, People, Word Play.

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit like Alice.

In Wonderland.

I subscribe to a number of blogs, and read them regularly, often daily.

These beloved bloggers refer to other blogs in their posts (through the giving or receiving of awards, links to related articles,  posts by guest bloggers, or re-blogging posts).

Even if my favorite bloggers remain silent, blog titles on side bars catch my eye, screaming out,  “Read me!,” with the same frequency as the Red Queen’s pronouncement, “Off with her head!”

However it happens, while reading one blogger’s blog, something inevitably catches my attention and, like Alice chasing the White Rabbit, I head through yet another cyber-door to see what waits for me there.

Emerging on the other side, I find still more cyber-doors clamoring for attention (“Read me!” “Eat me!”  “Drink me!”) . . . each leading to yet another blog with still more cyber portals to explore.

170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_02In time, I come full circle, returning to familiar territory and morphing back to my regular stature.

Glancing at the clock, I notice that hours have passed as I chased White Rabbits (and Pink Elephants) about.

I need a pill that stops the clock in real time so that I can explore as many Blog Holes as I want without racing breathlessly back to reality chanting, “I’m late.  I’m late.  Late for an important date.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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1. Greg Camp - October 19, 2010

That sounds like the Wikipedia game of following the links in articles until you come back to the original article. The winner does this in the fewest number of steps.

At least the Internet provides us more interesting entertainment than just playing Solitaire.

nrhatch - October 19, 2010

I’ve lost myself a few times in Wikipedia as well.

I must either cut back on the topics that interest me . . . or figure out a way to turn back the hands of time.

2. Agatha82 - October 19, 2010

Been there done that way too many times 😉

nrhatch - October 19, 2010

It’s an addiction . . . just. one. more. 🙂

3. Paula Tohline Calhoun - October 19, 2010

Uh huh!

nrhatch - October 19, 2010

Step away from the keyboard . . .

4. Mstrongair - October 19, 2010

haha! oh!

nrhatch - October 19, 2010

Hey Maria ~ Have you ever been lost in Cyberland?

It’s a great place to visit . . . but quite the time hog.

5. souldipper - October 19, 2010

Too true, Nancy. Exactly what has been on my agenda: Bal-a-nce!

It means having to get to the truth of why I want to spend so much time on the computer. It means sincerely checking my resistance/feelings when I tell myself to go for a walk. Or read. Or visit a friend. Or make some soup.

Does it means something when my cat comes on to the desk and lays on the keys of my laptop?

Time to get honest with my needs and give more time to the flesh and bone part of life.

nrhatch - October 19, 2010

Life Balance is important.

Yesterday, we went for a hike in a neighboring preserve, and I took time to cook a lasagna for dinner.

And everytime Tigger comes calling, I take time out to give him a cuddle and listen to his purr.

6. Julie - October 20, 2010

This is a very apt description of what it’s like mining the treasure trove of the blogosphere. I sometimes get anxious because I feel like I’ll miss something great. Then I remember how long the world existed without blogs and I relax (and go back to work).

nrhatch - October 20, 2010

For me, it’s a bit like newspapers and magazines.

When they physically show up here, I have a hard time tossing them into the recycling bin without at least flipping through the pages.

But I NEVER worry about what’s in ALL the other papers and magazines around the world.

Likewise, I don’t worry about what’s going on in all the blogs of the blogosphere, just in the ones that land at my feet.

7. Cindy - October 20, 2010

It has consumed me far too often, now I have to discipline myself to a certain time of the day.
Great post Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - October 20, 2010

I think that’s what I shall do.

Mornings for writing/working. Afternoons for playing/living in the real world. Evenings for socializing (including browsing the blogosphere).

Or something similar.

Problem is that I hate rules and discipline and deadlines (even when self-imposed). I want to see where spirit leads. 😉

8. Maggie - October 20, 2010

For me, that’s not just blogs. It’s the whole Internet.

nrhatch - October 20, 2010

It can be, especially if you shop on line. Opening one page and the next and the next, is incredibly time consuming.

When I’m looking for something on-line, it’s usually something specific, like “Manatee Historical Village” or a restaurant we want to try or a specific book. I go to the main site, I look around, I get the information I need, and I leave.

So I don’t surf the net as much as I browse the blogs. I get to “know” certain bloggers and want to see what they have to say on virtually any subject they choose to write about. If I had more time, I might even go back and read through their blogs from cover to cover. But that’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

Too many blogs, too little time.

9. Tammy - October 20, 2010

This is a real issue for me Nancy. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and not sure what the resolution or outcome will be. I so love the community here but I do put so much time into it. Let me know what you do regarding this topic.

nrhatch - October 20, 2010

The list of blogs I follow keeps getting longer, but my time has not expanded one iota.

I find that I’m writing less, and reading more. Maybe that’s a good thing. I’m not sure yet.

I do think that I will be more selective about subscribing to “new” blogs in the future.

10. Naomi - October 21, 2010

If you figure this one out, Nancy – or anyone – please share the secret!!!!!!!

nrhatch - October 21, 2010

If I can figure out how to extend 24 hours into 27 or 28 . . . I’ll be sure to let you know! In fact, I’ll scream it from the rooftops. 8)

Short of that, I expect that we need to be governed by our own priorities. To that end, I unsubscribed to two blogs today, after concluding that reading them didn’t interest me given the subject matter addressed.

Well written, just not for me. 🙂

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