Despite the fact that I feel like I’ve been doing this forever, in reality I’ve been blogging a couple of weeks. A short time to develop such an overwhelming obsession – at least I think so.
I am currently fighting the urge to ‘check’ the blog every 90 seconds or so. I tell myself I will actually stay away from the blog for a full 24 hours. I think I’ve been telling myself that for the last week. The longest I’ve gone? About 4 hours, unless you include the times when I’m sleeping – but I do dream about checking it so does that count?
And when I’m not checking it, I’m thinking about it. I’m thinking about the next post and future posts beyond that. I’m thinking about where to get pictures for the posts. I’m thinking about how to get a more accurate counter so when I ‘check’ it I will know how many people have really been by.
My conversation now is littered with references to my blog and I think I say it with a little too much pride. Most the people I know in the real world aren’t blog readers, so their eyes glaze over and polite nods and fake smiles are issued at the mention. In my mind, I roll my eyes because ‘can you say blogosphere?’ Wake up people, this is the wave of the future.
Okay, okay, I’ll admit that before I started my own blog I wasn’t really that into the small press blogs. I did have a few favorites that I visited but generally they were the big blogs, the ones everyone knows. The ones that discuss politics and issues of the day and usually penned by people with some notariety. As well as the occasional message board devoted to a topic/person of interest. But never really the under-the-radar, mom and pop, independent type blogs. Now that I’m in the know ;), I find myself getting into them. It reminds me of sauntering down to the general store and sitting around the pickle barrel to chew the fat with the locals.
But I digress…I’ve been wondering lately. What would happen if I didn’t check my blog so often? Would people still come by? Would they still read and comment? Would the hits be about the same or dwindle? If I actually didn’t post for 24 hours or God forbid, 48 hours would I lose what tiny readership I have? Would they move on to the next neighborhood blog? Would somebody email me and inquire about my health or personal life? Would I find other things to talk about to my non-blogging friends?
Maybe I’d actually go see a movie or have dinner with a friend. Or even take my dog for a walk. I could possibly do my laundry as well. Or…I could finish the damned synopsis for my novel which I’ve been going out of my way to avoid. Yes, there are many things I could do instead of the constant, obsessive checking of the blog. Staring at the screen until my eyeballs bleed, trying to will the hits to increase. The constant pondering of what to say next. The ‘not now, I’m blogging’ response to intrusive phone calls when I’m debating which pic looks best.
I wonder what would happen if I just hung out a Gone Fishing sign for a little while. I wonder about all of this a lot. But…I guess I’m still in the obesso-bloggo stage, so I blog on.
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How did you know what I was thinking? I actually went through this when I first started my blog too. Though I’m not nearly as witty as you. I found myself checking my blogstats constantly and wondering what I could possibly do to get more people to notice me. Alas, I have decided that I must improve my writing. If only I could be as witty as you. Or… I could always just comment on blogs of talented writers in hopes that people with be tricked into thinking I am equally as talented. Who knows, maybe if I hang out on blogs like yours, some of that writing ability will rub off on me.
LOL – I’m not sure what might rub off on you if you hang around here, but you are surely welcome. It’s nice to know we’re all sort of having the same ailment so to speak. Maybe we could have an obsesso-bloggo convention like the Trekkies?
Ok this is totally unrelated to your blog…but, I just had to say it, given that we ‘met’ threw a mutual obsession some months back. I DID IT Write Chick! I really did it! I went, I saw, I touched and I spoke to him!!! He does exist, and yes he is an Adonis!!!! LOL (We were SUPPOSE to have done this together, remember?)
You cwack me up, girl. Great news. I’ll soon be all fangirly myself. Look for a post about him – probably coming up next week.
I like your blog and I can relate to your obsession. You’re doing great. 🙂
Thanks! I think obsession may be a job requirement for bloggers. I checked out your blog just now and like the way you think. Good stuff!
Hey i’m with Aredden on this, I hang with the ‘cool’ people hoping it will rub off on me! I also tend to steer clear of the big blogs. Not personal enough for me, the interaction and r’ship building doesn’t happen. While i’m still obsessed with the stats, I have come to accept my smallish numbers knowing that those that DO come, are indeed reading, and enjoying. Having said that, I recently changed counters because I didn’t like the info I was, or rather wasn’t getting! Let me know if you want them 🙂
I am constantly looking at life through a pair of ‘blog fodder’ glasses too. Have you used the whole “YOU BE NICE OR I’LL BLOG ABOUT YA!!” in an argument with someone yet?? Once you’ve done that you’ll know that your truly a blogger….hehehehehe This blog thing is more addictive than nicotine, there should be warning labels or something…who can I sue????!!
You write just fine and I love your take on things. Yeah, we have to talk about the counter thing. I think I need a seminar on this stuff – I tried to put a counter on the sidebar and there was all this stuff about codes and style sheets and I instantly went unconscious. LOL.
No, I haven’t threatened anyone with blogging about them. I’ll have to work that into my bag of twix.
Sure you can sue – let’s start with Bill Gates. Hehehehehehe.
I will say that after a while you become accustomed to certain things and can check stats less often and find shortcuts to go through your daily reads quicker. But at times it does border on obsession.
Oh Fuzz, you’re my hero. I don’t know how you handle all the stuff you do. I aspire to be as blog-savvy as you. I’d love to know what the shortcuts are, I think I need them already. 🙂
See, I told you WC.
This blogging thang is not unlike doing smack.
Sounds to me like you have a slight case of BCD.
Hope you don’t mind the S&M pimping.
For me, I’m just glad that you’re here in the blogosphere.
I am currently fighting the urge to ‘check’ the blog every 90 seconds or so.
You’re killing me… 😉
LOL -what? Did we call each other last night to see what we were wearing today? I guess twisted minds think alike?
PS: Apparently twisted minds don’t think alike, at least not on the same time warp – apparently m’s pimped post was done a year ago. So, I guess I’m way behind. Figures. And no M, I don’t mind you pimping a post – not at all. WC
This morning (before my workout at the gym-Remember my FA?) my friend found enjoyment out of observing my true obsessive-compulsive nature to “clean” the table after we finished eating…you know “put everything back in it’s place!!” Life would be soooo B-O-R-I-N-G without a little obsession, don’t ya think???
love ya, FC
Why yes, yes it would. The only question is, will you come to my house and put everything back in its place? I so could use that kind of obsession.
love ya back!
why yes…yes I could (evil laugh), but
remember ….my idea of “in it’s place” might NOT be the same as YOUR idea of “in it’s place…..” hehehe
I’m willing to chance it. What plane will you be coming in on? Hehe.
The counter thing – see my latest post for the ones i’m using. I did see on one of the sites somewhere something about how to put it on a wordpress blog…i’ll see if I can find which one again and let you know 🙂
You know, I did get a peek at your post this morning but it was so info-packed I didn’t have time to get it all. I did try that counter thingie you had on your side bar but wordpress wouldn’t let me add it to mine or…which is probably more likely…I did it wrong. Have I mentioned I’m technologically-challenged?
And please if you do find the instruction manual ‘Blogging for Dummies 101’ do pass on the link. 😉
I’ll be the one packed really really light!!
Yep, no lipstick, hand lotion, water, or hydro-bras. I hear Kroger’s has a nuovo line of carry on luggage they’re promoting – they call it ‘le-bag.’
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