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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blogging. The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.

A few people have done this recently. I don't recall where it started, but I do know the last one I read was over at Blogstalker. The assignment was to list five things, positive and/or negative about blogging. I've had a rough week, so this may be a little heavy. Are you ready?

  1. Blogging for me is an outlet of sorts.  I spend my days typing other people's thoughts (I'm a medical transcriptionist) and have found my poor little brain falling asleep, a cranial atrophy of sorts.  I don't know if that is a real word. Cut me some slack.  I work in cardiology. This allows my brain to exercise and hopefully discover what it's really capable of.  This is both positive and negative because while it truly feels good, it means I add a couple of hours to my "work day".
  2. I, personally, don't see why it's different to spend some time on my ass at the computer, or do the same in front of the TV. I guess TV can be spent, even quietly, with the family, while computer time is a solo "activity". Regardless, my family insists on harassing me over it. "Where's Mom?" "Where do you think? At the computer, of course." When it actually turns out I'm doing dishes or laundry, or working at the computer. I've told them all that if I'm going to be accused of it, well then by God, that's what I'll do. That'll teach them.  lol
  3. Blogging is my escape from my reality. I can come on here and laugh at your stories, or my own, which my husband thinks is a little silly, but, yes, I truly do laugh at myself. Or I can write about the ups and downs that are my life (I have a teenage daughter with anger issues!), and you can choose to read and leave, read and comment, or shake your head and with a single click remove me from your life. That is your choice and I'm okay with that. I do hope that you give me a second chance if you come on a downer day, because those, at least on my blog, are few and far between.
  4. My regular stuff isn't getting done like it should.  I used to crank up the music and spend some time on my house. Not very often, but I would do it. Now, cleaning is a race. With my little one in school, I'm determined to get on top of some of this mess. You know, the baseboards and top shelves, the grime in the corners, and the slobber on the walls. (What? You don't have slobber on your walls? You must not have a 180 pound English Mastiff who can shower you with one shake of his head. But, while you may be thankful for that, you also don't have him snuggled at your feet wherever you go, because he just happens to love you THAT much. And not just anyone will get near MY feet, folks!) I am getting it done, but it's not that relaxed, feel good kind of cleaning that feels more like therapy than anything else. Besides blogging, that is.
  5. I tend to get in my moods where I hide from the world. Thankfully I have a few good friends who are very accepting of my ways. I gain weight, I go into hiding. I feel overwhelmed, I go into hiding. Well, little did you know, until now, that I am hiding in your posts, and my own. I am capable of hiding anywhere, be it a good book, the TV, Walmart, but it's just more fun with all of you.
You will notice that I didn't specifically point out the negative/positive of each point. That is because I'm just not quite sure. But they are what they are. The only real negative I know, is that it is another sedentary hobby, on top of my sedentary job and the sedentary chauffeuring I do with my kids. The other is that it can be quite overwhelming. I have found that I have around a dozen blogs that I will read faithfully, and who usually visit in return. If I have time, I will go exploring, and if someone I don't recognize leaves some comment love, I will go over and say hello, and thank you for coming. I think that is only right. I am wowed by the bloggers that routinely get dozens of comments daily. I would love to have that sort of "audience" one day, but honestly, I don't have the time to reciprocate with numbers like that!! I love my dozen, and will work hard to keep them entertained and returning. That is enough for me. 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for some Wordful Wednesday, hosted by Angie!


careysue said...

It's so funny how much all of us are alike. I too tend to hang up in my house for various reasons, some you have mentioned.

I think I'll be on more in the up-coming winter months so I will also be accused of always being on the computer...

Rhonda It was refreshing hearing your honesty and you have a loyal reader here!!!

For me the only real negative thing I can think of is I start dreaming about people on the internet I've never even met! Or I guess becoming very involved in their lives. Oh well...who would of thought!!! :)

Candid Carrie said...

Hi ... Carrie Sue here (the other one)!

When we moved into our current house we had four great danes. You want to talk about slobber?

Mr. Clean makes those eraser pad things, use those. Don't buy generic, spend the extra bucks and get the good ones.

Ronda's Rants said...

Very well said! I need to blog about this but I am still really thinking about it...your thought s are really well said...I am just not there yet.
I am just glad you blog!

angie said...

I love that your list is what it is. With 5 kids it's really challenging to have many in person friends. Coordinating times to get together or attempting a phone conversation never works out, and blogging provides for me friendships. The kind that come to me on my terms (it's that click of the mouse thing-they can stay or they can leave, and so can I), on my time. Plus, it's nice to be able to pick and choose what we reveal. I've SO enjoyed our friendship and am glad I'm one of those dozen or more that you always visit. Your comments are always a highlight.

angie said...

I failed to mention that your blog, especially recently that reveals a little more depth into you, is always a daily highlight for me.

angie said...

And lastly, thanks for the Wordful Wednesday shout out/reminder!

Rhonda said...

I've got my post for tomorrow all ready, Angie! And it's a HOT one!

Amy said...

I agree, especially with number 3, since it's the name of my blog. I feel like I can get away and escape when I blog and I love it :D

Heather said...

I hide in my house too and my friends worry that I'm being anti-social. Little do they know that I'm being very social...just with bloggy friends.

wy-not said...

Some day I want to blog too. My hat is off to those who do. And I would. I really would. But there's that problem I have with my addiction to CSI (all of them), Law & Order, Medium, Two and a Half Men, Survivor, Big Bang, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds – errr-- uh -- you get the picture. I'm soooo glad you blog, Rhonda, because I feel like we keep in touch this way. Is that sad? I hope not.

wy-not said...
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wy-not said...

Oops. My comment ended up here twice, so I deleted one. I didn't mean to be rude.

Shan said...

You read my mind.

Rhonda said...

That is only one of my many,many talents! lol

DysFUNctional Mom said...

We all deserve time to ourselves, and it's our decision what we choose to do with our times. I can think of a lot WORSE things we could all be doing instead of blogging!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

Love this post!
I used to clean my house for like 4 + hours a day (no joke) I no longer do that - So my arse and thighs are getting bigger from sitting here blogging (I do not blog 4 hours a day!!) My cleaning is pared down to the rush and stuff!!