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Biting The Hand That Feeds Me

June 6, 2012

I’ve been blogging for almost five years. When I first started blogging I spent all day reading other blogs, clicking on little yellow boxes and even writing a post here and there. I met a great group of people and really enjoyed reading what they had to say. Commenting was the best part of blogging in the early days because it was a way to connect with people. The comments were often the best part of the blog posts.

For the last year or so I haven’t blogged (personally) with the same gusto I did in those first couple of years. I suppose like anything the novelty wears off and what was once fun, bordering on obsessive turns into a bit of a chore.

Life takes over.

Part of my problem is that writing is what I do to pay the bills. It’s my 9-5 job and while I do love it and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else, I don’t want to do it on my off time. Besides, there are other things to do besides write. I have to go out into the real world and buy groceries, pick up kids from school and even see a movie sometimes.

While I write fun stuff on this blog in my other writing I write stuff that isn’t so much fun. Finding a way to work the word reputation into a blog post isn’t the hardest work but it isn’t always the easiest thing to do either. Sometimes I do it better than others. This isn’t one of them.

Facebook ruined blogging for me. Maybe not entirely but I have to admit I would like to unplug for a couple of weeks but fear I can’t. The world we live in moves at the speed of the internet and what has take five years to build could be gone in those two weeks. Adding Facebook to the mix knocked me over the edge. I love reading blogs and connecting with people I will never meet in real life but I don’t care what they ate for lunch. Don’t even get me started on Twitter.

So how do you feel about blogging after all these years? Do you love Facebook and other social networks or would you prefer to going back to talking to your neighbor over the fence?


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  • Reply lisleman June 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    First off – I’m glad you didn’t give up the blog.  We see it all the time in blogland.  It reminds me of Forrest Gump’s running across the country.  He just got tired and quit one day.  Poof gone no explanation.
    I like and use FB for mostly family.  I found G+ more interesting and fun.  But I do wish more people spent time on blogs instead of FB or G+.  You just don’t find the type of writing on FB/G+ postings that you can find in a blog.  It’s a time thing and now a mobile thing too.  I hate to think our culture is so unfocused and lacking of attention that we only accept tweets.

  • Reply Lauren June 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

    At least you stuck with it. I find it difficult to post more than once a week and even more difficult reading other blogs like I used to. Blogging is hard work! Throw in the fact that I’m writing a memoir and blogging becomes a distraction like the rest of the Internet.

    I don’t use FB that much and in fact consider myself a Facebookphobe.

  • Reply Ferd June 29, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Yep, I feel the same way. I’ve been blogging for about the same amount of time. I also don’t blog surf like I used to, partly because many of the bloggers I have met over the years probably feel the same way. The energy that went into blogging has been zapped by Facebook. Facebook made it all too easy to post little things and to connect. Too bad, because blogging was/is much more creative, and I love that aspect of it. I still post, but not as much. I don’t get the comments I used to, but I’m mostly to blame for that because I don’t visit other blogs and leave comments like I used to.

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