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?
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).
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!