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Down The Rabbit Hole May 31, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Life Balance.

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.

alice25thIn time, I come full circle, morphing back to familiar territory.

The clock chimes and chides me for spending hours giving chase to White Rabbits while traipsing around cyber croquet courts, cheering for Playing Cards armed with Pink Flamingoes.

Like Alice, I need a pill.

Alice experimented with pills that shrunk her down, down, down, and others that caused her to grow high, higher, highest.

220px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_27I need a pill that stops the clock in real time so I can explore as many Blog Holes as desired without racing breathlessly back to reality chanting, “I’m late.  I’m late.  Late for an important date.”

Or maybe there’s an App for that?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Reposted for  Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ Down The Rabbit Hole.

To see a real live Hobbit House, jump down THIS Rabbit Hole.

Illustrations:  Wikipedia ~ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & The Mad Hatter (in Public Domain)


1. Carl D'Agostino - May 31, 2013

Like Alice, I need a pill.

Go ask Alice when she’s 10 feet tall !

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane . . . so good! 😀

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

ericjbaker - May 31, 2013

Hey, but where’s that really awesome tune they did, “We built this city”? That’s when they really hit their musical stride.


nrhatch - May 31, 2013

ACK! Jefferson Airplane kicks the Starship’s Power Generator to the Galactic Curb! :mrgreen:

2. SuziCate - May 31, 2013

It’s fun and interesting but can easily suck away an entire day. I limit myself most times…now if it’s a rainy day and the house needs cleaning…hello blogland, lol!

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

It’s an enormous Time Suck Machine!

I wrote this post 2 1/2 years ago before I put “safeguards” in place to ensure that I “step away from the keyboard” and do “real things.” :mrgreen:

3. Tammy - May 31, 2013

Oh, we’ve all fallen through that hole, haven’t we?

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

We need one of those panic/alert buttons to wear around our nexts, “Help . . . I’ve fallen down a bottomless Blog Hole and can’t climb out!” 😛

4. Jodi - May 31, 2013

Amen to that! And lately I’ve been stuck in that rabbit hole far more than I have time for.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

It ebbs and flows . . . but, at the moment, I’m am stepping away from the keyboard with far greater regularity.

Yesterday, while BFF tiled the master bath, I cooked “just for fun” ~ Spicy Lentil Pate, Pushcart Onions (for veggie dogs), Couscous, Crusty Cuban Bread, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

Jodi - May 31, 2013

With cooking like that I wish I lived closer! Blue man group does an awesome cover of White Rabbit. Saw their concert a few years ago – so fun!

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

I love getting into the kitchen to play around IF I’m in the mood to cook. I went through my recipe box yesterday and pulled out about 20 recipes that I haven’t made in a while.

Now, I’m making them!
And eating them! :mrgreen:

The Blue Man Group is so interesting to watch . . . I never would have pictured the group performing “White Rabbit.” That would be COOL to see.

5. shreejacob - May 31, 2013

Ah it’s fun to keep clicking on links and seeing where it leads you! It’s the same with Youtube too! It’s amazing what this universe contains! Have you tried Stumble Upon? That’s really addictive too! You’d feel like 2 Alices rolled into one…LOL

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

I tried Stumble Upon, but unsubscribed ~ too much to read, not enough time.

shreejacob - May 31, 2013

Hehehehe…it’s a if someone sling shot you out into space with the gazillion starts…doesn’t it? 🙂 But hey…at least you have “been there, done that” 😀

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Exactly! 😀

6. SidevieW - May 31, 2013

I could do with a time-stretcher pill as well. Please let me know when you find it

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Time can be “elastic” . . . but that elongated feeling is elusive.

7. Lisa A. Kramer - May 31, 2013

Sometimes that trip through the Rabbit Hole is very intimidating. I’ve had to pull back to reality recently.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

I’m happiest when my days are spent in a myriad of ways. Variety is the spice of life.

8. Don - May 31, 2013

Your posts are wonderfully entertaining Nancy. So enjoyed this one.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Thanks, Don. When I saw Sidey’s challenge this weekend, I immediately thought of this post and decided to re-share.

9. sufilight - May 31, 2013

I admit, I am sorta addicted to WP even if I don’t write consistently. I like the connection, the entertaining and inspiring posts.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Same here, Marie. It’s an enjoyable pastime that often causes me to look at the world anew.

10. Suzanne - May 31, 2013

this is a great read and a very entertaining look at what happens when you get caught in reading blogs rabbit hole. I enjoyed reading.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Thanks, Suzanne. If you click on the link, you can find out who else is playing along with Sidey’s theme this weekend . . . as long as you’re willing to chase them down their respective rabbit holes.

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Oops . . . just realized that YOU are playing along. Loved your post. Well done!

11. diannegray - May 31, 2013

Sometimes I find I’ve gone so far down the rabbit hole I can’t find my way back 😯

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

Be careful. If the Rabbit Hole is connected to the Twilight Zone via the Matrix, the tunnels could lead everywhere, anywhere, and nowhere all at once. 😉

12. Grannymar - May 31, 2013

I have been down that rabbit hole on many an occasion. More often in the dark days of winter, it helps to bring a world of wonderland indoors to warm my heart!

nrhatch - May 31, 2013

That’s a lovely way to look at it, Grannymar.
Let the Sun shine in! 😎

13. two engaging goldens - May 31, 2013

Usually I spend every spare moment in the garden but I have been confined to the house lately and blog jumping certainly makes the time fly. Its no good for the backside though. Too much sitting whilst being transported into all sorts of places. Joy

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

When we are stuck inside, internet surfing makes the time fly! But, as you note, we still need to get up and “move it, move it” of our backsides will expand exponentially. 😉

14. Patricia - June 1, 2013

It amazes me how much time passes while I am in blogworld. Seems like minutes and it is often hours. I must get back to using a timer to keep me from staying too long at the computer.

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

OK. But before you set that timer, check out the link I just added to the bottom of this post . . . it leads to a real live Hobbit House in Montana!

15. Three Well Beings - June 1, 2013

I have the same problem! And it can be a problem 🙂 I’ve been pulled in a variety of directions lately and I am having quite a time with keeping up. And it wouldn’t be an issue at all if it weren’t that I really don’t like missing out. I can get completely lost opening door after door and often replaces sleep when I’ve had a too busy day! I love Alice…great weekend theme.

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

That’s it, Debra. We need a time warp so we can surf the internet in cyber time leaving us FREE to head out and live life in real time . . . without missing out on anything. 😀

16. countingducks - June 1, 2013

The trouble is there are only so many Blogs to which you can pay real attention. There is always more quality than the time to pay it attention in Blogland, and that is a problem. Walking away from quality is never easy

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

As in many areas of life nowadays, we have too many choices and too little time to explore them.

The problem is compounded because most bloggers I follow feel like friends now . . . so it’s hard to tear myself away no matter how pressed I am for time. But I am less apt to subscribe to new-to-me blogs until I’ve decided that the writing holds real appeal.

17. Sandra Bell Kirchman - June 1, 2013

You guys have the right of it. I never seem to have enough time to do “everything.” For me, though, I do feel it’s my organizational skills at fault. Time management is one of my weaker areas, although I keep trying.

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

I know! Maybe you should Google “Time Management” and see where the search leads. 😉

Sandra Bell Kirchman - June 1, 2013

Good idea, Nancy…I’ll do it when I find some time! (Just kidding). I’ll do it today. lol

nrhatch - June 1, 2013

Haha! We must first find some time . . . if we want to master time management.

18. jannatwrites - June 3, 2013

I can relate to this. I barely have time to make sure I visit the blogs of those who have taken time to comment. I have to keep my blinders on so that I don’t stray too far, or I’ll never get my emails down to less than 50! Just when I think I’m caught up…I’m not!

nrhatch - June 3, 2013

For what it’s worth . . . you amaze me. You manage to write beautiful posts and compelling stories, oversee the kids, sell/buy/move from one home and city to another, manage your menagerie, hold down a job . . . and polish off pans of brownies when no one is looking. On top of all that, you carve out time to write thought-provoking comments here, there, and that other place.

You rock! 😀

19. Perfecting Motherhood - June 4, 2013

Haha, my only advice to you is to stay away from Pinterest! It’s a beautiful black hole, but a black hole nonetheless. The internet sure is a time sucker, but also a great resource in many ways.

nrhatch - June 4, 2013

I took a peek at Pinterest once. Interesting concept. An infinite cyber montage or vision board of ideas to implement.

Perfecting Motherhood - June 4, 2013

I love it and I use it to pin my photos, so people repin them and follow my boards. I try to be selfish and use it mostly this way, or else I’d be in there the whole day. Just like going to a Michael’s store. It sucks you right in.

nrhatch - June 4, 2013

I used to love going to Michael’s when my nieces and nephews were young . . . to pick out craft kits for birthdays and holidays. What a great selection. 😀

20. viviankirkfield - June 9, 2013

I can totally relate to this post, Nancy. I want to visit so many blogs and comment…and still have time to write my posts and respond to comments on that…and still have time to write picture book stories. Help!
I know it is a question of time-management…most people advise carving out the writing time FIRST…and then taking time to do blog stuff…and then check emails…the descending order of priority according to some experts. 🙂

nrhatch - June 10, 2013

And you also need time to travel, give presentations, visit your kids and grandkids, kick back and relax with your hubby, enjoy the great outdoors, and do all that “other stuff” that keeps us healthy, awake, and aware. So, be wise . . . prioritize.

I tend to go with the flow, but I don’t get much done. 😉

viviankirkfield - June 10, 2013

Yes, I am learning, Nancy! I make my to-do list the night before…and often have to ‘carry-over’ items that don’t get done…as Scarlett O’Hara said, “Tomorrow is another day!” 🙂

nrhatch - June 10, 2013

That’s what To Do Lists are for . . . Tomorrow! 😉

21. MoreThanACat - July 10, 2013

That’s the joy of returning to Sidey’s themes; the chance to find something you missed first time around. Glad I found this rabbit hole – an interesting read 🙂

nrhatch - July 10, 2013

Thanks! The blogosphere is an endless source of amusement . . . when we have the time to pursue rabbits down their respective holes.

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