Is Blogging Addictive? Are you a Blogapathy?
The son is too addictive to blog until he don’t want to do other things like watch tv or eat dinner or study? Will blogging affect a person life?
The mother is too addictive to blog until she has no time to cook for the family and the family members have to resolved to instant maggie mee?
Haha some funny comic about blogging… nowadays blogging really change ppl life? How what they do everyday they blog about it? Is blogging addictive? Will it affect a person lifestyle? for me I did say both “Yes” and “No”
woo hooo… I love blogging too but sometimes really too busy and can’t even post a single update =(
DO NOT become Blogapathy!
Blogapathy—a condition caused by excessive blogging leaves little time for keeping up with current events and pop culture. “It’s like—I don’t even care anymore what goes on in the world—unless it affects my blog”—says one individual who’s identity we are protecting for privacy… I’m not! =)
some related article that I googled
Update: Hey Hey … I’ve just noticed that someone dugg my “How To” and so have 6 others. Cool! Click on the image and digg it. I’m a relatively digg newbie … so let’s um “game” this beast and see if this social stuff works. : )
Blogging has made a huge impact in many peoples lives over the past few years – just look at the Technorati numbers to see blogs in the tens of millions, from all corners of the globe and by people of all walks of life.
But there surely must come a time for every blogger at some point, where they start to question themselves and their blogging habits: Am I doing too much blogging? Does my life revolve too much around blogging? Am I, OMG, truly addicted to blogging?
Well fret no more fellow travellers, because here’s my cure for your blogging addiction if you think you’re heading down that path – or maybe … you’re already there!
So here are my 7 steps to curing your blogging addiction…
Step #1 – 11pm Means 11pm … Not 2am
When you say you’ll stop blogging and doing blogging-related things and hit the sack at 11pm then make it 11pm. Don’t catch yourself blogging away at 2am in the morning. Be firm on this. Place a curfew on yourself. And no, don’t just move the curfew to 2am.
Step #2 – No More … Good Morning, Computer
Do not turn the computer on first thing in the morning, a habit that every blogger would surely understand. But there might be something I’m missing you tell yourself – an important email, that post in my rss reader that might spark an idea that could get me digged or stumbled upon. Blah, blah … whatever. The world will still spin. Go and wake up properly, have a coffee and some breakfast – and then head into your “blogging” office at a nice and leisurely pace.
Step #3 – Dear Statistics… We’re Seeing Too Much of Each Other
Blogging and stat checking go hand-in-hand. So … limit the number of times you check your blog stats. Once a week is good enough. And if you miss a week, then so bloody what. Life goes on! And don’t use every stat package known to man that is out there or is released. Pick one and stick to it.
Step #4 – Post Only Once a Day
Yep, you read that right. Try it. Sometimes less is more … unless that is, of course, if you’re really after the quantity that AdSense demands. Okay, so lets say you post 5 posts a day. Try only 3. It doesn’t really matter how much you currently post – just try posting a little less. And gosh damn it, if you miss a day of posting or have nothing to say then so what … the world won’t stop.
Step # 5 – Destroy your RSS Feeds
Yup. Set in alight. Delete everything. And start from scratch. Only subscribe to feeds you actually read. Don’t worry about possibly missing something – it’ll bounce around the echo chamber and reach you soon enough. And keep trimming and pruning your feed list – be ruthless.
Step #6 – Get Out of the House
Yes, there is a world out there. Go for a walk. Smell the roses. Talk to a real person face to face. Go to your local pub/cafe/eatery – whatever you fancy. Leave your laptop/pda/crackberry behind. Make it a ritual: once a week, once a day … whatever, just knowing that you are stepping away from your blogging world will give you some peace of mind.
Step #7 – Dump your Broadband
Finally, if all else fails switch back to dial-up. Dump your broadband connection and you’ll soon get so annoyed with how slow it used to be that you’ll just want to get away from that damn, slow, annoying computer.
And there you go – my 7 step program for curing blog addiction.
another interesting article…
If you are not a blog addict,
someone you love is. A son or daughter, perhaps. A close friend. Perhaps it is your lover’s secret sin. No family is immune to the addiction; no relationship is impervious to the personal storms unleased by rampant, out-of-control blogging.
How do you identify a blog addict? Perhaps he says he has other things he’d rather do than watch a movie with you on Friday night. Perhaps she sneaks off to the computer desk once she thinks you’ve fallen asleep. Perhaps he is bleery-eyed and unable to track when you talk to him about plans for next weekend. Perhaps she plays at you again and again with the tips of her fingers, as if trying to see if you are real.
The blogging addiction occurs for a variety of reasons. “I spend all day working at this computer – it’s so lonely,” one might say. “No one listens to me at home. At least someone out there in bloggerland is willing to read what I have to say,” says another. Some may take to blogging simply for the pleasure of it, like recreational sex. For others it may fill a deep-seated need to “be somebody.”
Whatever the cause in a particular case, the enablers are everywhere: Blogspot, Bloglines, Journalspace, and Typepad are a few of the more obvious ones. All of them are readily available at the click of a mouse, and some of them are free. Free like maybe the little bag of free sample your heroin dealer offered you at the beginning of that addiction.
You’ll see that one who is tempted to blog starts by hanging out with bloggers (in a virtual sense) and soon enough gets sucked into the endless cycle of Post-and-Read-and-Post-and-Read. And soon enough, something that started out as an innocent and fun way to pass the time turns dark and ugly and begins to ruin a life – and not just the blogger’s life, but the lives of those around him.
Unlike the heroin addiction, the cure for the blog addict is not necessarily total abstinence. Rather, as with many sexual addictions, the goal is to change the habit and the mind-set, so that the patient gains control of the activity, rather than allowing the activity to control him.
Is it hopeless? Not necessarily. The loved one of a blog addict needs to:
(1) Ensure that the blogger posts no more than once or twice a day.
(2) Aid him in reducing the number of blogs he reads – get it down to no more than fifty per day.
(3) Assist her in lessening the number of comments she leaves on other blogs to no more ten per day maximum.
These seem to be reasonable standards; anything more has the potential to become extreme and to push the addict out of control again.
One who loves a blogger has to practice tough love at the first sign of back-sliding, has to remember Lysistrata and tell the out-of-control blogger: “No more driving my bus til you get this under control, buster! (or babe!, as the case may be).”
“I blog, therefore I am” is a great and dangerous fallacy and the blog addict needs to understand that.
Yes, blogging can be one facet of a fulfilling life, but only when the blogger is in full control. The Blog is a monster which must constantly be subdued, wrestled down like some wild animal, tamed and made subservient to the blogger’s enlightened self-interest. In its proper context, under strict watch, with a blogger who is in full control of his faculties and in control of the activity itself, blogging can become a useful and therapeutic adjunct in the development of one’s emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual life.
When the blogging is out of control, the blogger will end up – well – like you and me.