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Is Addiction To Blogging A Bad Thing?

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A lot of the people who blog on the internet are addicted to blogging.

If there were something known as, “Blogoholics Anonymous,” a large percentage of us would be members of that recovery program.

Now, if a high quantity of blogging has enriched your life, blogging regularly turned out to be a good thing for you.

However, if lots of blogging got in the way of you being a fully functional and productive member of society, then blogging regularly was more of a hindrance to your personal and professional growth.

So, without further ado, let us examine whether or not we are addicted to blogging and to also find out if this interesting type of addiction is working for or against us.

Spending More Than Average Time On Your Blog And On The Blog Of Others

I will admit, that blogging can become very addictive (Especially, when you are eager to check out all of the blogs of your fellow bloggers).

And, a person can get themselves caught up with their own blog (As in the case of those people who are deeply committed to creating fabulous content).

What about you? Do you find yourself doing those things that I mentioned on a regular basis?

Now, do not be ashamed to say, “Yes,” because you have got lots of company — many other bloggers (myself included) are also guilty of doing those things.

In the past, I spent countless hours blogging; I got up early to create a blog post before I went to my place of employment and after a hard day’s work, I found myself creating another blog post and checking out the blogs of others.

Back then, I always found the time for blogging (Today, I am very much the same because I will make it a priority of mine to find the time for blogging).

However, if I were to spend an extra eight hours of blogging after a hard day’s work, I would be overdoing a good thing.

And, why is that the case?

Because I am supposed to be in bed resting.

If you came straight from work and you turned on your computer and spent eight straight hours blogging, it is going to take a toll on your mind and your body the following day (You will feel as though you were up partying the entire night; in other words, you would feel exhausted).

For the record, it is okay to be committed to your blog. But, things can go somewhat awry by spending more time that is necessary for blogging.

As bloggers, we need to always remember, that our blog is still going to be there when we wake up the following day; it is not going to run away and take a one-way ticket for a plane flight to Mexico.

Also, we need to keep in mind, that although it is a commendable act to check out the blogs of our fellow bloggers, we can barely enjoy or comprehend their words when we are half-asleep (We might as well read some of those blog posts the following day — the time period when we know that we are going to be fully coherent).

A blogger who blogs in a sleep-deprived state is without a doubt, addicted to blogging (And, this type of addiction works against them).

Thinking About Your Blog When You Are Away From Your Electronic Device

Do you ever think about your blog whenever you are away from your computer, tablet or smartphone?

Most bloggers would have answered, “Yes,” to that question.

In my case, my blog always crosses my mind whenever I am away from my laptop computer.

Whenever I am making laps around the football field, I always think about my blog (And, the exercise routine tends to release those endorphins; which puts me in a wonderful mood to get my quota of blogging done afterwards).

However, the negative aspect of this is that I end up missing out on small chunks of the present moment (And, it is all because of the desire to return to my laptop computer with the intentions of getting some blogging done).

In the past (those days when I published content on my blog on a daily basis), I hated it tremendously when people dropped by unannounced and I wanted them to spend no longer than two hours because I wanted to return to blogging as quickly as possible.

On a positive note, those unannounced visits allowed me to spend some time away from the computer.

In reality, too many people spend a ridiculous amount of their time on their electronic devices.

We have seen teenagers and young adults who were deeply engrossed by what was taking place on the screens of their smartphones.

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that a fulfilling life requires more than spending countless hours on those electronic devices.

Our life needs to be balanced and we need to interact with other human beings in person.

Updating my blog once a week has allowed me to find a more balanced life.

However, a part of me will always be focused on my blog when I am away from it and would want to make up for the lost time by putting a blog post together on my laptop computer (That is what happens to a person when they have been blogging for years).

Now, I would like to point out, that if your mind is focused on your blog when you are at work (especially when your mind is supposed to be focused on the work that is right in front of you), that is a bad thing.

The last thing that you want is for your employer to accuse you of daydreaming (So, you might as well get your act together).

You Do Not Mind Having More Than One Blog

If a blogger is having the time of their life with one blog, there is a high probability that they would not mind starting an additional one (As a matter of fact, there are lots of bloggers on the world wide web that have more than one blog).

It is no secret, that one blog alone is capable of taking up a lot of your time (So, you can imagine the high level of commitment and devotion that is required in managing more than one blog successfully).

For the record, there is nothing inherently wrong in wanting to manage more than one blog. The horrible issue stems from wanting to spend an average of thirteen hours daily managing multiple blogs (And when we are heavily addicted to something, we do not mind spending countless hours doing it).

I understand clearly, that there are bloggers who blog for a living (Which in itself is a good thing). However, those bloggers would need to implement some form of time management — a process that enables them to:

  • Get their daily chores done.
  • Spend ample time with their family.
  • Spend a reasonable amount of time with their friends.
  • Visit their relatives.
  • Have enjoyable walks outdoors.

It is unfortunate, that the people who are heavily addicted to blogging seldom think of those things.

Now, if you are a blogging addict who happens to have the time to do those things that I mentioned, then all is well with you.

You Cannot Imagine Your Life Without Ever Blogging

Hey, I will be straightforward by saying, “I cannot imagine my life without ever blogging.”

What about you? Do you feel the same way about blogging?

I am pretty sure, that there are a lot of hardcore bloggers on the world wide web who cannot imagine their lives without ever blogging.

Proverbially speaking, once blogging enters into your system, it never leaves your system; it becomes a part of you for life.

Is that so much of a bad thing?

Not necessarily.

However, it can become a major issue for a blogger who is having technical difficulties with their computer or every blogger’s worst nightmare — a computer that stopped working; this can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as:

  • The blogger getting depressed.
  • The blogger not wanting to talk to anyone (Except for the computer technician).
  • The blogger being in a foul mood.
  • The blogger withdrawing from their family, friends, relatives and associates.

Now, if you are one of those bloggers that are not afraid to experiment, you would pick up the slack by blogging on your smartphone or tablet until your computer is repaired or until you purchase a new computer.

I will admit that computer-related troubles are not fun (It is something that I would not wish on my worst enemy).

If you do not own any other electronic device, you can:

  • Pay to use a computer at an internet cafe.
  • Borrow a computer from a friend or a family member.
  • Arrange a time with a friend to use the computer at their house.

I will admit, that using someone else’s computer does not feel the same because we went ahead and customized our computer to our liking. However, using someone else’s computer to get our quota of blogging done is better than nothing.

And, speaking of nothing, you can write your blog posts down in a notepad if you have zero electronic devices at your disposal (Your creative process should not cease; it can continue freely).

If you are a blogger, you should not have the cause to imagine your life without ever blogging.

And, if you were to suggest to a singer to imagine their life without ever singing a note, they would look at you as if you were crazy (The same thing applies to bloggers and blogging).

Final Thoughts

The issue of blogging addiction is somewhat of an intricate one (It might even be an emotionally sensitive topic for some bloggers).

In spite of your blogging addiction, you can blog without neglecting:

  • Your health.
  • Your friends.
  • Your family.
  • Your relatives.
  • Your associates.
  • Your pets.
  • Your daily chores.
  • Your duties at your place of employment.

However, if your blogging addiction causes you to neglect the things that I mentioned, it can be looked upon as being a liability.

Are you addicted to blogging?

And, has your blogging addiction affected your life for the better or for the worse?

Please feel free to tell me all about those things in the comments section of my blog.

And, thank you for reading!

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63 thoughts on “Is Addiction To Blogging A Bad Thing?

  1. Blogging is indeed addictive. But initially when you start and are getting into your routine. After that one should be able to find the balance between blogging and other daily life activities. In my experience, there are a lot of bloggers who are retired or are empty nesters like me. So we have all the time in the world to write.

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  2. I’m definitely not addicted to blogging. 😛
    I would say that almost any addiction could potentially be a problem if it causes you to neglect things like those you mention, though I agree it certainly doesn’t have to be that way when it comes to blogging… 🙂

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    1. 🙂 In all honesty, every blogger deserves a break and if you mentioned to your readers in advance that you were going to take a hiatus, you should not feel guilty.

      Thank you for your participation, Judy.

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  3. Excellent post as usual. I am retired and sometimes worry that I spend too much time creating my own posts as well as visiting others. There have been days when I have spent 6 hours blogging but I try to avoid this. I have 2 blogs so there is a lot to do. to do!. I have tried lately to be more organized – I have a list of blog topics always ready to go, I have a handy supply of pics, I try to do 3 posts a week on my cat blog but since they are weekly features they do not take a lot of time, I spend breakfast reading and commenting so I feel that not blogging time but meal time. I plan posts in bed when I can’t sleep so I don’t consider that blogging time but sleeping time. It is s wonderful hobby. ZI loved it.

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  4. Honestly I never thought about blogging being an addiction. 🤔 Your post really made me stop and think if I might be. I don’t think I am, but there’s always potential for that to change and I’ll definitely keep your post in mind for signs if that day ever happens to come

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  5. ANYTHING is unhealthy & bad if taken to an extreme. You can even die of “water toxicity” if you drink too much water, believe it or not. Moderation in all things; a lesson I admit I’m still working on learning.

    Blogging in particular has one other pitfall IMO. Some folks use it as therapy. As long as you’re working towards a better place, that’s all great. It’s helpful. Some people fall into the trap of wallowing in their problems instead of trying to work past them, or at least emotionally rise above them. Having been there,I realize it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, BUT if you don’t work towards that, you’re just burying yourself deeper in the darkness of your problems.

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  6. I’ve often found that my addictive tendencies come in bursts. I have a sudden urge to write reviews like crazy on some days. And on other days I couldn’t be less motivated. The fact that I post a review every single day just makes it trickier, but I’ve already managed to find balance a long time ago. That’s why I write reviews days, weeks, and even months in advance. So that I can find time for myself in between. Now blogging is one of my all time favorite things to do.

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  7. Thanks for this wonderful post .
    Yes blogging is quite addictive more so when you’re in like minded group.
    Love the way you take us into the various aspects of blogging community through your posts.yeonan service.
    Thank you Renard Moreau.
    God bless you.

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  8. Much like in life, blogging needs to find some level of equilibrium within our existence. It would become an issue or “addictive”(much it can be) when we blog or spend time within the blogosphere at the expense of other important elements in our day to day lives.

    I have a job that entails long hours, but only working four days a week. Getting home at 6:00pm and jumping on the computer to write or catch up on what others have written, would be unfair to my wife and family.

    My writing and “blogging”, I limit to the early mornings on my three off days. I can get four or five hours in on those days before the rest of the world wakes up.

    I blog and write because it is my creative outlet. But, like all things in life, there needs to be a balance between all parts. The reality is, and many might argue the point, there are far more important things in life than blogging. One needs to make sure you have the order correct.

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  9. I’m addicted to blogging. It’s one of the reasons I reluctantly took a two-week break from publishing any blog post. Still, during this break, I found myself thinking of blog topics and drafting some outlines at the slightest opportunity I got. I had intended for the break to last for a month, but just two weeks into my sabbatical and I couldn’t live with the guilt anymore. I just had to return to blogging.

    Although, these days, I’m so preoccupied with lectures and practicals that I have very little time to blog. Yeah, it doesn’t make me feel less guilty, but at least it makes me realise that there’s more to life than living behind the screen all day, every day.
    I so loved reading this post, Renard.

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  10. I have blogged for well over a decade. Some public some private. But I am not addicted. Your article is well thought out. I enjoyed reading it and comparing your thoughts with my lifestyle.

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  11. Great thought provoking article. Yes, I recognise for me, my blogging has become a daily habit, mostly because I am a numerologist and find enjoyment in working out the daily influences of the numbers. In doing so, I am never at a loss for words, so to speak 😀
    The other reason that I blog each day, is because I have retired from my marketing career and ultimately miss my creative activity. I find that my blog gives me a reason to get up each morning. In life, and retirement I believe that we all have a need for purpose. I can easily stop blogging when we travel. Then write about my experiences when I get home. Thank you for pointing out that I am not on my own in enjoying this addiction Renard

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  12. Intriguing article. I know people are addicted to the internet but never really considered there to be a subset of people addicted to blogging, despite blogging up to 5 times a week, I’m not addicted. I rarely think of my blog outside of my blogging time, I use guest posters to create some of my posts so I don’t have to blog too much and sometimes I even get annoyed that I have to write a post lol

    If I stopped blogging it wouldn’t crush me and mostly it’s part of a larger marketing strategy, while also being a great way to connect to people and share my thoughts.

    As for other blogs, I did have a great method for checking on them but it fell apart recently due to family requirements. But I had a trello board and created cards for each day of the week, then added blogs to the cards. That way it limited how many blogs I checked a day and stopped me missing any.

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  13. Oh imagine my pleasure at discovering two gems today Renard – one that deals with is blogging a temporary fix to is blogging your main addiction fix!?

    I am addicted to blogging, there we go l have stood up and said it!

    But l am not an ex blogger accepting my addiction and tackling it as a negative, l am a healthy current blogger promoting my addiction! and fuelling it further.

    Does it get in my way of life? No.

    Being online is the future of our world, it is already shaped that way. The evil is not being online, of course the thing is to be able to moderate, regulate, self police and enhance the benfits of its presence to work for you rather than against you.

    in the next ten years, more than 75% of the global nation will be working online as sellers, buyers and writers. online careers are already booming, and of course as we step further into the space agae of digitalised footprinting, it is here to stay – so being obsessed IS not that bad a deal, the secret like anything is to ensure it doesn’t take over your life ‘if you do not wish it to’.

    I have some very elaborate systems in situ in my blog. Yes l DO blog a lot, but many is either shared, reblogged my own content or new content, mostly series, l don’t tend to do much topical stuff and this in turn helps me keep my moderation in check. But as in the next twelve months l do see myself as working full time online, l use this and all of my experience to date as my training ground, therefore my philosophy is simple – if you wish to be an online success then you had best get used to being online, and being healthy online too.

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  14. Yes, I’m addicted. I have three blogs; one writing and poetry, and two digital art. I spend most of my time on my digital art blogs. But, I miss writing and feel bad that I’m letting my followers down. So, I’m trying to balance the time I spend on each one. By the way, I’m retired so I have nothing but time on my hands. I would be totally bored out of my mind if I didn’t have my blogs to keep me busy.

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  15. Loved this article. It gave me many smiles and giggles, particularly the point-form list on withdrawal symptoms. I’m hands-down addicted to blogging. I was working the 12 steps of my self-created Blogaholics Anonymous group (one member so far) for a while there; need to get back to those. I started a new blog about it. 😉

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