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May 29, 2008

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Blogger

I had planned to write a post about plastic on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) tonight, but I’m tired. And a little depressed. Because I just got wind of the fact that one of my favorite bloggers, Crunchy Chicken, is going to retire from blogging for a while, take a mental health break because of serious stresses in her life, and part of me went, “Oh. Lucky girl.” Is that f@#$ed up or what?

Don’t get me wrong. I love, love, love Fake Plastic Fish. I love how much I’ve learned since I started blogging here, and I love and appreciate all the support and great ideas I’ve received from FPF readers. But I’m also a perfectionist. So each night before writing my post, I have to psych myself up for the task at hand. I’m not a natural writer who can whip up a frothy bloggy confection lickity split. I usually have to add a few drops of agonizing and whining before the thing is done.

A while back, several technology bloggers suffered heart attacks. Two of them died. Certainly writing a little personal eco-blog does not carry the same pressure as competing to break big technology stories. But as friendly as eco-bloggers tend to be with one another, we certainly feel the push to increase our readership or to be the first to find the answer to a green living problem.

So to those of you who blog, I ask the following questions. And to those who don’t blog but spend a lot of time reading other people’s blogs, some of these questions apply to you too.

1) Do you feel pressured to write a minimum number of posts per week?

2) If so, where does the pressure come from? If not, why the heck not? What’s your secret?

3) How do you manage your computer time in general? Is it easy for you to get on, do what you have to do, and get off? Or do you get sucked in for hours and lose track of time?

4) Do you have significant others who resent the time you spend online? How do you negotiate computer time vs. personal real-life time?

5) Do you ever find yourself walking down the street in the real world and realize that your head is still totally stuck in the Blogosphere?

6) Has your body suffered in any way from spending too much time sitting and staring at a computer screen rather than exercising? Has your diet suffered?

7) Have you resorted to alcohol or other chemicals to wind down and take your mind off cyberland? If so, is that a problem for you?

8) How do you manage your e-mail? Seriously. I need to know. Because remember when I wrote about having over 500 messages in my inbox? I still have over 500 messages in my inbox!

9) Does blogging ever make you feel lonely? It is, after all, a solitary act while you’re composing your posts. I suppose it’s no different from being any other kind of writer in that regard.

10) What kind of support can we, as bloggers and blog readers, give to each other besides nice comments on the blogs? Is there a way that we can work together and give each other a break? Sure, we could create a Forum to vent our frustrations and give each other feedback. But would that just add another task to our online “to do” lists?

11) Bonus question: How do you read blogs? Do you subscribe in a reader and if so, how many blogs are you subscribed to? How many feeds do you read each day? Do you feel pressured to keep up with your blog reading in addition to your blog writing?

Or is it just me?


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14 years ago

1) I feel like I should write at least once a week, just so I can go back and look at what I was up to…not necassarily because I have readers checking on me.

2) Myself, although I do receive replies to posts when I haven’t written in a few days asking where I am, which is nice, makes me feel like people are wanting to know I’m okay.

3) I don’t manage my time well. I usually get online when I wake up in the morning, but I know I shouldn’t, as it causes me to have to hurry with other things. I get online when I get home and usually I have to decide how important it is that I’m online versus reading a book or getting other things done.

6) Sometimes it keeps me from eating, but it means I eat later on rather then when I would normally eat, so then it’s harder to go to bed since I JUST ate.

8) I don’t recieve that many emails. I make it a priority to reply as soon as I get mail so I don’t forget if I have replied already, unless I need time to think about what I want to say. You could also choose days to read/reply to a certain number of emails, say you will reply to 10 emails every other day or something. Or try to do an amount of read/reply when you wake up each day. But give yourself a time limit.

9) Sometimes, but then I think that I really should call someone or go do another activity which would be better then sitting at the computer all time.

10) Decide on certain days you will write a blog, for instance choose Tues, Thurs, Sat for the days you will blog and the other days you will have free time to do anything else, reading, spending time with kitties, etc.

11) I’m subscribed to about 15 blogs and I have them linked on the side of my blog, where luckily tells me the amount of time it’s been since they updated, that way I don’t have to go checking them all. I enjoy reading the blogs I read, sometimes they motivate me to write about a topic they covered.


Barbara Swafford
14 years ago

Hi, and thank you for dropping by my blog and finding the post about lonely bloggers. I always appreciate new readers and comments.

My blogging schedule is fairly consistent. I post 5 days a week, answer my comments, visit other blogs (I follow about 100 via a reader), check emails, and if time permits do some social networking. It’s time consuming but I love it. I have a real job, so I have to work my schedule around that.

14 years ago

My husband writes for a blog and there are 5 bloggers who all contribute to the same site. Its nice because they each have their own area that they are more or less the point person on. There is one person (who started the blog) who posts more than others, but they all just blog when they have something they want to write about.

As for your blog, well, I love it . . . Your’s and Miss Crunchy’s are my favorites and I read them through Google Reader . . . not every day, but I do read each post and often many of the comments. Take a break when you need it, catch up when you need it, and we’ll all just be glad to see you again when you post next.

14 years ago

Hey Beth, thought I’d chip in with my two cents on your questionnaire:

1) Yes and no. I pretty much blog when I want and when I feel I have something worth sharing. That’s often every day, but sometimes not and sometimes I’m just too damn busy with “real life” to blog.

2) However, when I check my stats and see them plummet on non-post days, I worry that people will abandon my blog if I don’t entertain them. Luckily, I can whip off a silly post or rant fairly quickly. I only agonize over the “deeper” posts or ones that I know have potential to offend folks.

3) I set a time limit in the morning for reading blogs. Then I get chores done. Unfortunately, if I decide to write a post, that often gets tossed out the window. Editing, linking, and uploading photos sucks up a ton of time!

4) My sweetie has learned to deal with my blogging obsession. Since he has his own interests, it’s not too much of an issue. Fighting over who gets to use our only computer on the weekends is the bigger problem. ;-)

5) We spend a lot of time talking about things we’ve read in the blogosphere. I don’t think this means I’m stuck in cyberland because what we learn gets applied in real life. I can’t begin to tell you how much our life has changed since I started blogging. It lead me to reading many, many others and has lead to my sweetie finding new sources for information.

On the other hand, I sometimes fail to appreciate the beauty around me on a bike ride because I’m busy composing a post.

6) The act of blogging has had no impact on my health. What I’ve read, otoh, has. Thanks to folks like Sharon, I lose a lot of sleep these days.

7) I have not resorted to alcohol or drugs. I have turned to chocolate for comfort – again from the stress of the information, not cyberland. It would have been the same if I’d learned all about peak oil, the extent of climate change, and the tanking economy from current books.

8) You asked “How do you manage your e-mail?”

That’s easy. I didn’t include an email contact! I have made contact with a few bloggers through their listed addresses. Sometimes we click and develop a relationship off-blog, sometimes not. I try to be sensitive to the likelihood that their email boxes are overflowing.

9) Blogging does not make me feel lonely, but it can make me feel isolated. In the blogosphere, I’ve found many people I’d love to hang out with in real life. In real life, I’ve found precious few people locally that share similar beliefs. It’s a double-edged sword.

10) I think honesty in comments and posts is as important as being “nice”. It’s not a bad idea to let readers know if you’re going to be postless for a bit, and perhaps invite them to explore your blogroll.

11) I don’t care for reading blogs in a reader so I click through my links and favorites. When I’m running a challenge, I try to check in on every single participant at least several times per week. I also try to check in with blogs listed in the blogroll that often at least. If I have time, and it seems to be less and less these days, I try to look at all the blogs that link to me every week or so. Then there are the other green blogs I like that don’t link to me.

All told, more than a couple hundred blogs to look at periodically. I have a few favorites that I hit every day but I’m learning to step back and curtail my reading. I simply can’t read everything and still accomplish what I need to get done in real life. It’s kind of like my reading list: I’ll never get to read every book in the world that I’d like to read. There simply is not enough time!

But yes, I do feel pressure to keep up with reading the other blogs.

Going Green Mama
14 years ago

I don’t feel pressure, though I have the attention span of my toddler – so my blog is very stream-of-conscious “hey that’s neat, gotta share.”

Sometimes, my post is just telling people to check out others – that way, if you’re feeling pressure to have “something” (which you shouldn’t), you at least have a presence.

I get on when the mood hits. If it’s at work, then I make up work time later. I try not to spend too much time online…life is just as important!

I don’t manage my e-mail. Actually, personal e-mail is fine; work is so overloaded I can’t ever stay on top of it. It’s about managing expectations – I tell vendors don’t e-mail me; I sometimes even put on my out-of-office saying you’re going to have to wait.

How do I read blogs? Believe it or not, being a Web person by day, I don’t have a reader – it would be one more account to remember! Instead, I bookmark a prized few and stumble on the rest.

14 years ago

Hi–wow! you must still be getting alot of traffic to your blog–and so many e-mails!
is it the curse of success :-)?

the only pressure I feel to post is from myself–and I aim for 2-3 posts a week–BUT I don’t feel bad if I don’t manage to do that–life happens.

It is easy to get sucked in to reading blogs–so I use blog reading as a reward for myself AFTER I have finished my other computer work ( I design on the computer alot)

I don’t get that much e-mail (thank goddess!) and I admit I am not good at answering comments left on my blog ;-(

Blogging makes me feel much more connected to other artists and craftpersons ( I have an art/craft blog) and I love getting feedback on my art and other crafty creations.

I read blogs through Google reader and have about 60 blogs in my reader–but I don’t read all of them everyday.

14 years ago

I think you may appreciate the humor in the fact that I have had this post open since you wrote it and have been walking around thinking about it and well? I am going to have to let it go. I agree with lots of what you have said. And I am daydreaming about taking the summer off entirely or at the very least cutting wayyyyy back. I love your stuff! Don’t forget to take care of yourself, though, in the long run all of us who love your ideas want you to feel energized for your long, long life.

14 years ago

Oh, I feel you on all of this! I am a little on the compulsive side — that plus the way my blog is set up totally makes me feel like I have a certain number of posts to put up (3 a day usually). And when I’m on the computer, I totally have a hard time getting off the computer — just read one more blog before I sign off, etc.

I love it, but I also sometimes resent the time it takes up — not the writing time for me as much as the headspace it consumes when I’m out doing other things. That headspace used to be reserved for my fiction work.

I read stuff in Google Reader, which is super helpful for my links round up every day. But that can get out of hand. Last week, while I was away, I accumulated 1,000 plus posts to catch up on. I’m only 500 into it so far. It’s silly to feel pressure from that, I guess, but I do.

Oh, and I had to decide a few weeks ago to stop checking my readership numbers. It was making me insane.

14 years ago

Strangely I don’t feel much blog pressure. Then again I normally don’t feel much pressure even when deadlines are coming at me like bullet trains :)

I think about blogging topics often, but then promptly forget them.

I do think you lose readership if you lay off the frequency too much, like twice a week. But there is no point of stressing yourself over the frequency.

I usually don’t subscribe to blogs, because I am more likely to ignore my email. Plus, reading comments is half the fun.

Anyhoo, summer is here. Relax, enjoy the outdoor more, and stop worrying about the blog :) My two cents anyway.

14 years ago

1) I did. But then someone canceled from my blog and said I posted too many times. I tried to slow down but couldn’t find the brakes right away.

2) The pressure comes from a faulty multiphasic capacitor buried deep in my brain.

3) I once got totally lost in the hard drive and had to be extricated by The Geek Squad who rushed to my house in a Volkswagen with a little blue light on top.

4) No…she doesn’t resent the time I spend on the computer because I lock the door and put ear plugs in my ears.

5) Oh yeah…my wife accuses me of having squirrels in my brain that deposit story nuts there. I tell her about them, sort of all mixed up and abbreviated and she just says..Oh? Yeah?

6) The diet never suffers and I go hiking and biking regularly…as compared to say using treadmills and stationary bicycles. I had to peel my eyes from the screen once and they have not been the same since. Have a better Viewsonic LCD monitor that is much better on the eyes now though.

7) I have maybe a dozen beers a year and maybe some wine on special occasions. Never use it as a drug though since I never inhale.

8) Delete, delete, delete, delete.del…oh wait, I know that person.

9) For the answer to that question I must defer to Ernest:

“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer’s loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day.” Ernest Hemigway

10) I write because it keeps me sane; although some may argue that point profusely. If someone reads…great! If they comment, even better. Now, if someone could just, teach me. how to punctuate?

11) Both…I subscribe by e-mail and by reader. I scan the e-mails and read or star the ones that look the best. The reader ones tend to accumulate and then I read them when I have time.

Extra stupendous double bonus answer: I completely understand Crunchy Chickens decision. I have been in the middle of house hunting, (moved this weekend and finally have a huge yard for a garden and a basement to keep surplus veges) and the government funds that kept my consulting business alive (or at least breathing) completely dried up so I am also looking for work and I had a major eye problem which is now under control and then life threw a couple more curves at me. Referring to the immortal words of Kenny Rogers; I knew I had to fold ’em. Something had to give and it was the Least Footprint blog. I have posted from time to time (and will get back to it regularly when life settles down) but I no longer put pressure on myself to write it; even though I thoroughly enjoy it. I was beginning to feel redundant since I didn’t have the time to develop my posts like I wanted to.

Love your blog FPF but no pressure from me. You have my respect for all you do re: plastic and it is your blog that woke me up to the true realities of how sinister the stuff really is.

14 years ago

I do not feel pressured to write a minimum number of posts. However I can get on myself for not consistently posting. Part of why I tend not to post as often as I would like is because I tend to schedule myself so that I do not spend countless hours online. If I do not make commitments then I would be on the computer until my eyes popped out of my head. As I spend a lot of time on the computer (I use one also at work), I am not nearly as active as I would like to be. For me blogging helps me to connect with others.

14 years ago

Hi Beth, don’t feel compelled to comment back on this one. It seems to me that blogging is the new journalism, ya? So the same things that journalists went through in the early part of the century (and that some still go through now–if they aren’t just repackaging whatever party line they’ve been fed) are the same thing that bloggers are going through now. It seems that your stress and other bloggers’ stress comes from the desire to educate people, to get the word out. And it’s great and I’m really appreciative of what you do. What really draws me to your blog in particular though is not finding out the latest eco-news (though I’m always very happy to learn that), but to read about your life as you wade through this latest eco-news. What you do and what you write about gives a practical context to all the information that is out there about the stuff that is contaminating our lives. You never strike me as some radical hippy with such a vastly different worldview than the rest of the country that it allows you to live in such a hugely counter-culture way. No, you’re a very regular, logical, thinking person who is actually trying to deal with this stuff rather than just continuing to live right past it, ignoring all the problems.

I know this is the least useful thing to say to a perfectionist (because I am one, and I’m exactly like you describe with your blogs when it comes to my grad work and various social activism activities), but… Relax. The pressure comes from within, so just ease up on yourself already. We’ll still love you. I’ll still read your blog even without the absolute latest breaking news.

You are the context of this blog. So take care of yourself, and the rest will be fine.

14 years ago

Hi Beth – “Green” blogger, Tao of Change here. I’ve been blogging daily for 15 months now. I have not yet felt pressured or stressed about posting, but instead have a sense of commitment, discipline and dedication regarding the quality and frequency of my posts that makes it possible to get to my page without stress. In fact, when I read over your questions, I realize I have avoided all of the issues you’ve mentioned?!? My secret? Yoga practice!! Not the average mainstream version of attending classes here and there, but a bonafide, disciplined daily PRACTICE.

In fact, just before I saw your questions, I posted on my blog about what yoga practice can make our own lives and work more “sustainable”… so it hit me hard that it’s also the reason I can balance blogging with my life. Why is this so?

The short answer is that everything you “practice” doing in yoga flows right into what you do in your life. Concentration, focus, mind control, breathing, disciplined senses and more, will all help you avoid getting “sucked” in to anywhere you don’t want to be as well as balance your computer time with real life and relationships. The physical work will keep your body comfortable and strong. It also keeps you craving foods that are nourishing, not and keep you relaxed and sleeping soundly so that you won’t need alcohol or caffeine.

Yoga also teaches that we are all “one” — so, I like the idea of working together in some way. Let’s share ideas! Thanks for your questions and your hard work. Tao

14 years ago

Oh, wow… I was just thinking this! I got back from a lovely vacation of a week without internet… with LOTS of pictures and such for my blog. But somehow, i resented the pressure to do it!

1) I do feel a “pressure” to blog at least once a week, or whenever something cool happens.
2) Myself!
3) I get sucked in too easily… but I am trying to regulate it. It’s easier in the summer… too many things to do OUTSIDE!
4) He resents it a little… but he thinks the blog is really cool and shows it to all his coworkers.
5) Not really…
6) Sometimes… but it’s a day to day thing.
7) No…
8) Honestly, I get MAYBE one email every week from my blog. Housebloggers aren’t an emailing type, I guess!
9) No… it actually makes me feel more connected to people who like the same things I do!
10) Maybe a lack of “pressure” to keep it up?
11) I have a “ring” of environmental blogs like yours that I travel around.. it’s about 5. I read house blogs through a website dedicated to them. I flip through all of them, but only read about 10 or 15 in depth.

Crunchy Chicken
14 years ago

Well, it turns out my mental health is healthier when I’m blogging, so I’m cutting my two weeks short by a few days.

In other words, I’m back to blogging. So, quit standing around and get back to work, woman! Don’t make me come up with a new, less appealing movie poster for you!

Michelle Verges
14 years ago

Well, you certainly tapped into a shared set of blogging issues many of us can relate to! I was just wondering if this could be created into some kind of meme where you tag people with these questions – that way, each response will get more air time and we could also check-out their blogs, too. Sorry, Beth, this suggestion is not to add more work to your plate! It’s just that the questions you posed are so thought-provoking! (And notice I’ve not responded to any one of them. Yikes!)


Going Crunchy
14 years ago

I just write when I want to and about what I want to. It is a fun outlet that I probably give about 20 minutes of personal time a day to. I also might check blogs or write on my lunch break.

Since I don’t really do T.V. I guess it is my sub. I’m not trying to make money from it, but do use it as a tool to hone writing skills as I am writing poetry and fiction.

Don’t feel pressure, just write when you are moved to. If you get turned off you might back off, and I think you are far too valuable of a voice to stop swimming in your tank.

14 years ago

I don’t have a set number of posts I expect myself to do. I’d like to do one or two a week. When a title comes into my mind, then what I want to say follows it, and then writing it is easy.

I do most of my computer stuff in the morning. I wake up at 6 every morning, read email, check the news, check the blogs I read (fewer than it used to be). I miss Crunchy. She was one of my regulars, but I certainly understand why she has to take a break.

I stopped reading a few of my regulars because it had me upset the rest of the day.

I read email in the early morning. Even with “sharonfoodstorage” it doesn’t take that long :-)

When I want to write a blog post, it is usually in a spare hour in the afternoon or evening.

We are on dialup with one phone line, so DH and I have to share time on the computer and phone, etc., so I can’t just plunk myself down and hog it all. I have to get up once in a while.

Sitting too long is bad for me; I get stiff and my legs are sore. I think I should set a timer for an hour at the most, but I haven’t done it.

Please don’t feel that you have to post every every day. Everybody knows that you have a life too, even if you are devoting your time to “making a difference”. We don’t want you to burn out.

BTW my blog is

ahmad wiyono
14 years ago

hello, i love your blog….nice

Cat Chapin-Bishop
14 years ago

I agree, blogging can be an addictive activity! And I do find it hard to balance keeping up with blogging and working long days and spending time with my husband and my community.

But I also find that the blogosphere offers me a kind of community, and perhaps that’s part of how I manage to avoid feeling pressured and stressed. I try to blog from a spiritual center (I’m Quaker) and I think that is helpful when it comes to recognizing that I’m getting out of balance. For me, that is more about times when I feel the urge to post something that I’m pretty sure will get more hits, rather than something I feel really centered about and moved to write about from something deeper than ego alone.

It also helps that I have a sense of participating in a respectful give and take with other Quaker and Pagan bloggers. I generally moderate my comments, though only for civility, and I avoid blogs where there’s an adversarial back and forth. Who really learns anything from hostile debate, anyway?

I subscribe to many blogs, and I maintain multiple blogrolls through Bloglines; only the one most likely to my own readers is listed on my blog, though. That’s a hard discipline for me–I often want to link to blogs I enjoy reading that are off topic for my own blog, but I mostly resist that urge.

What’s really been nice has been participating in a community blog aggregator project, where a group of us post links to whatever really wonderful blog posts we’ve read that day. (Fake Plastic Fish has made it into the feed by my nomination twice thus far that I remember.) That way of being part of a group who work together to bring really fine content and information to a wider readership’s attention is really satisfying, and takes some of the feeling of urgency out of my own blogging schedule. I know that I don’t have to read all the good blogs out there, and I know I don’t have to write all the good posts, either. It’s great!

It’s also starting to do what a similar community blog project, the feed at did for the Quaker blogosphere some time ago: encourage a community of bloggers interested in similar topics to follow and comment on one another’s work. It has happened, on occasion, that I’ve met a Quaker I know through these connections out in the world, and that’s been really satisfying: I feel that I know them already (because, in fact, I do) and it helps me to feel rooted in community.

And then it has also happened that some of these e-connections have led to projects (online and off) for causes we believe in. Again, that helps to break the sense of isolation that could come from many hours in front of a glowing screen. But I can feel how my words have connected me to others, and that feels real and important–at least as important, in fact, as all but my closest offline relationships.

And, for what it’s worth, reading your blog–which I’ve only been doing for the past month or so–has already had an impact on how I conduct myself environmentally in daily life. Small changes, but in the right direction.

I may blog about them at some point, or I may not. But they are there, and that is in part because your words have touched me across the many miles.

Blessed be.

14 years ago

1. Nope. I write when I feel like writing. I generally try to post only once per day just to have a nice spread. So many of my posts are pre-posted. Also I use sitemeter to check out who reads my blog, I don’t obsess over it. About 90% of traffic that I get is for people looking for pictures of candles. So when people link to me I’m usually not aware because I don’t check my logs very often.

2) When I decided to blog I made a few rules about blogging. One, I was not going try to get popular (so I generally don’t comment on the very popular blogs that I read because I don’t want the traffic). I also decided that I wasn’t going to do anything to generate traffic like participate in memes or post about something that everyone else was posting about. I’ve modified that rule a bit by participating in challenges and blogging about it. I also want to continue to remain as anonymous as I possibly can, so the fewer people that read my blog, the better it is. I also decided to preemptively warn any potential readers that a lack of posts could mean that I was dead (in my “about me” page).

3) Hmmm…I consider my computer time a learning experience. I don’t read many fluff blogs. I occasionally check out or something but its not something I subscribe to. Nearly all the blogs I read give me something to think about or teach me something I didn’t know before. I’ve become more tolerant…so I consider this a good investment. I generally spend time on a computer to de-stress. So its a fun experience for me. I usually spend time online when on a break or at home when I turn on the computer. I am not perfect about spending all my computer time usefully, but I’ve been working on it for a very long time. The first step I did was to quit obsessing about my computer uptime (how long my computer could stay over without a reboot. Ans: over 300 days.).

4) Nope. My friends think this is unromantic…but we schedule everything. I spend gobs of time with my sig. other when not at work, and my computer time is minimal compared with sig. other time.

5) I guess. I talk about blog posts and bloggers with my friends and my husband. The riot4austerity project has taught me alot that I didn’t know before. When Crunchy Chicken blogged about her husband’s cancer my husband and I talked about it alot….it really affected me especially since my biggest fear is my husband dying before me.

6) Nope. Nope. My diet has improved since I read alot of blogs that discuss food and recipes. I walk or bike everywhere.

7) Well…I occasionally blog and/or comment when I’m drinking. But I like being a little buzzed once in a while. And no it isn’t a problem for me. I like my alcohol.

8) My rule is to have every email on one page. So every once in a while, I work to get to that point. If I’ve been ignoring an email for a few months, I delete it without regrets. Also my mail quota is small (I do not use gmail for primary email stuff) so I am forced to manage email for that reason. Friend/work email gets priority first. I am on a lot of mailing lists so I get lotso email every day…sometimes I ignore it, sometimes I work on it rightaway.

9) Not really. I still get excited when people comment on my blog. I’m thrilled that people take time out of their day to say something to me about what I wrote. Its a huge ego booster. I’m also very, very shy so the blog is a perfect medium for me. Most of my blog posts are really notes to myself. I’ve started to write with the idea that I have an audience, but its still a new experience for me.

10) I’m not really sure. I don’t expect the bloggers to really perform for me. I’ll take whatever I can get. And I’m always behind on blog reading…so when someone takes a break its nice for me too.

11) I read the blogs in a feed reader. I’ve subscribed to about 65 blogs. I read the heavy blogs (like Sharon Astyk’s) about once a week, because her posts take me a while to get through and gives me a lot of info to think about. I read how many ever blogs I can. I don’t set any limit. I write when I feel like it and read when I feel like it. Sometimes I scan a post quickly to see what the content is about. And I leave it unread because I think the post’s comments will be interesting. So I usually wait a few days to catch up so I can get a good bit of reading done.

I suppose the only pressure I feel…and I think is normal is the fear of a comment or post being taken in a different and/or negative light than intended. I’m not fond of explaining myself or my actions or even apologizing so I don’t like people to read more into something than I intended. And I really despise flame wars.

14 years ago

Since we “lost” Crunchy I’m currently blog shopping. This process has made me feel guilty that I don’t blog regularly, yet I depend on other people to. I have no idea where she got all of her ideas and energy, I am in awe, and have been dependent on her for motivation/ideas.

I can respond to the email issue, since I used to get 50-100 emails daily. Read email when you have a chunk of time to do so. Take care of *every* email as soon as you read it. Its okay not to reply to everyone, or just to send a line. If you need it for later, file it (gmail makes it easy to search, otherwise make folders). If you probably will never need it again, delete. Keep one or two emails in your inbox that make you smile. Make it your goal to clear out enough so that you can see those when you finish. It will be painful to cut down from 500, but after you do it once, its done! Good luck to you.

heather t
14 years ago

Well, I think you’re doing a great job keeping us all informed. You’ve really taken off since you started (or since I started reading you) – you used to just post about your weekly plastic and now you include so many other plastic-related info. Love it! But if you cut back a bit, I for one would understand. And I am subbed, so I’d read you no matter how often or how little you posted.

You have questions, I have opinions (as usual):

1. Yes – and it’s nowhere as much as you post here. I want to post at least 2x/wk on Tinky McFrog and at least weekly on Make A Bag. But I rarely accomplish either, and right now I rarely post at all on either one.

2. The pressure comes from myself. I want to be a “good” blogger, someone that people read regularly and don’t get fed up because I don’t post enough. Lately I realized that I have too much going on, so I eased off myself somewhat.

3. I can easily get sucked in, so I try to jump on when I’ve only got a couple minutes and there is a timer set to go off!

4. My kids get annoyed sometimes if I am on too much. My husband never said but I wonder…

5. Yes! Thinking about what I want to post and realizing that I probably won’t.

6. I’d say no. I’m not on that much. I mean, it hasn’t HELPED, but I don’t think it’s made things worse.

7. Not unless you count yarn fumes! :) Seriously tho? If your blog pressure is such that you are resorting to chemical relief, that might be too much.

8. I don’t have enough readers to worry about the amount of email I get.

9. No. I like reading the few comments I get. When I don’t get comments, then I feel a bit lonely. Like the kid with no friends.

10. I think a forum would just add to the pressure, but inviting guest bloggers or doing interviews might take some of the pressure off.

11. Oh yeah – I am subbed on Bloglines to 63 feeds! I have over 215 posts marked “keep as new” – over 50 on Geekdad alone, which was a total surprise. I check Bloglines at least once a day and usually read all new posts each day. I find this actually takes less time than checking blogs individually for new posts. I have considered blogging about the blogs I read! No guilt/pressure, but I absolutely spend more time reading blogs than blogging myself.

14 years ago

We are in information heaven and hell at the same time, eh?

My nephew has a blog and is also trying to make it acting on Broadway and carry on a career as a financial analyst (not your usual day job for an actor!) Just recently he has been signed on to a multiple blogsite that will pay him. I am worn out just thinking of him.

When I had the inclination to put something online representing my views, I decided right off it would be a fixed site with few if any changes. To make it a blog would be putting a ball and chain around my leg, so it’s a philosophy that I present there. Anyone who thinks well of it can practice the precepts in their own way without prompting from me.

You plant the seed in the minds of your readers and regardless of the frequency of updates, they know where you are coming from and being the intelligent folks they are will do what they can to support the effort.

Some things I/we practice…

> Get out and walk each day for a few miles. DON’T take a pedometer to measure your speed. DON’T buy special clothes or shoes to so this. DO walk slower than you inclined to do. DO stop frequently to just enjoy a view, pat a dog, look at a flower. Be aware of all five senses. DO take a camera to share your simple delights of the day with your partner, which also provides relaxed talking time. If you read a paper, take it with you and stop a long way from home to read it so that it is something isolated from the rest of the incoming rush of information of the day. DO think of pleasant/humorous things to say to strangers you see so that as you break your own stress you help others to break theirs.

> Have only one computer to share with your partner so that you must yield to that person frequently and have an strong incentive (being thoughful to a loved one) to interrupt sessions at the screen.

> Limit blog reading to only one or two per favorite topic

> Be sure to cultivate an offline interest (I love to read) that has a pull on you away from the screen. When yielding to your huggybear (see above) this will be an extra reason to leave the PC…oh boy, I can get back to that novel, or to teaching the cats Portuguese, for example.

> Do believe that the world will get on fine without you, that you aren’t Atlas holding up the globe (or saving the globe).

I enjoy your writing, because you are entirely forthcoming and technically you write so well, Showing obvious care for the craft of writing, something increasingly rare now that quantity is racing ahead of quality. But, as I said recently, you don’t owe us a thing.

So put on your oldest most comfortable denims, step out the front door and ease on down the road. If it is an hour, a day or a week before you get back, we will all be around, ’cause, after all it isn’t as if we have nothing to do awaiting your return!

14 years ago

The community thing is a big deal; I used to be pushed to stretch myself because I knew a lot of people who were more active/more green than I am.

As we get older, and my family/work stuff takes up more of my time, I lost a lot of those connections or the other people slacked off like I did. So the blog challenges/ideas really help me push myself, hold up an ideal for me to compare myself against (because if I compare myself to my car driving, bleach wipe cleaning, fly-to-a-cruise-ship coworkers/family, I’ll just slide towards that instead.)

I can see if someone lives in a place where they are the farthest “out there” really, really, really need the community.

Green Bean
14 years ago

First, and this doesn’t necessary relate to your post but it popped into my head when I read it: I feel that blogging helps us define who we are, more for ourselves even than the public. Since I started blogging, I have a much clearer picture of who I am, what I am all abou, what I want to accomplish and what matters to me. I assume that it is that way for you and, frankly, almost all of us who blog about the environment and such.

Do I feel pressure to post? Yes, I do. It is silly in a way, isn’t it? I started blogging because I had something I wanted to share, thoughts I needed to get out there. Then, people started reading and commenting and we created a mini community on my blog and a much bigger community within the blogosphere. I visit some blogs to be neighborly and others because they’ve become my friends, in a way, even though I’ve never met them or may not even know their first names. The blogosphere is not a substitute for a physical community but it is one that we’ve built based on common interests that we might not easily find in our physical communities, one that unites us across the globe, where we can find support and vent and develop new dreams.

Because I am now part of this community, I do feel some pressure to post regularly, to participate. We need to let go of that, though, and find a balance because I think the blogosphere, like any community, is stronger when we take care of ourselves. “An empty cup quenches no one’s thirst.” And many of us are here because we want to give, to make a difference. Further, I have many friends that I only see monthly or yearly or even every few years. It does not matter if I have not seen these people in a long time. When I do see them, though, we pick up where we let off and are happy to see each other. I feel that way about many of you out here in blogland. Sure, I may not have commented on your blog in a while. Heck, I may not have even read it for a few weeks or you may not have posted for a few weeks but when we connect, we start right back up where we left off.

As you stated in your comments on Crunchy’s off the air post, it is great that she informed her readers that she won’t be posting for a while and why. We are a community here and I sometimes feel bewildered and sad when suddenly a blog disappears or posts stop. A while back, Burbanmom wrote that she won’t be posting on weekends. From time to time, she pops in on a weekday and says “oh, you were expecting a new post, well sorry.” I think we can find the balance we need by reconciling it with ourselves that we don’t need to post every day or four times a week. We also need to put it out there on our blogs, too, though so that people know to come back, know to offer help if needed, know to give space if desired, don’t worry unnecessarily.

Is my head sometimes stuck in the blogosphere? Yes, it is. And that’s not a bad thing because a lot of great stuff happens in the blogosphere that we can then translate into reality. If not for the blogosphere, us greenies would probably be really really lonely because, I don’t know about you, but I don’t encounter people as committed to the environment and a simpler life in my real life with any where near the frequency that I do in blogland.

As to how we can work together and give each other a break, just posting this, Beth, gets thoughts going. Let’s embrace the natural ebb and flow of who we are as humans and take care of ourselves before we take care of the blogosphere. Let’s all give each other the permission to take care of ourselves and the support when we need it.

And now I’m going to have to find some way to go to BlogHer because I’m done talking! I’m done writing! It’s time to build community in the real world as well. I’ll see you there, Beth. I just need to figure out the day.

14 years ago

OK, let’s take this question-by-question.

1) Yes — barely. I like to post once per week per blog.

2) Well, any less and I might as well give up, right?

3) Oh, I get soooo sucked in. It helps using Firefox: I sometimes have 50 tabs open, and I rotate between email, google reader, televisionwithoutpity, blogger, etc…

4) Just the opposite, actually: My fiance is always on me to get back to work! He’s studying for the bar at the moment, so I think he feels guilty if I’m just sitting there while he’s working.

5) Very rarely. My primary blog is reviews, so occasionally some clever bit of commentarty will hit me, but that’s about it. I wish it happened more often, though: I could use the inspiration!

6) Nope. I’m sure it’s not *good*, but I’d be reading a book or watching DVDs anyway, so it’s no worse. Actually, I do the majority of my drafts at work, on breaks or between calls (it’s a phone position).

7) Nope.

8) Heh. Email? I’d need a significant readership to get email Most of my readers are personal friends who just IM me and say “Hey, that’s awesome! Read this/see this/go here!”

9) The low readership is more lonesome than the blogging itself. I’m doing this to connect, after all.

10) Guest posts, I suppose, and also befriending the up-and-comers. It’s hard to justify, much less arrange, a guest post when most of your readers already know you’re on vacation (possibly because they’re with you).

11) Google reader is a godsend. I’m subscribed to 183 blogs, but I think only about half of which update with any regularity, and many of which I only read about a quarter to a third of the posts. I definitely feel the pressure to keep up, but as long as I’m not more than a day or two behind, I don’t worry about it (I’m dreading my post-vacation inbox, though).

14 years ago

Those are a lot of questions and this probably deserves it’s own post, but because I don’t want you to have another blog post to read (tee hee) I’ll try to answer concisely here.

1) Yes. I feel like I need to write 4-5 days a week.
2) Well, most of the blogs I read post about that much and I appreciate it. I like having something to read every day. So I feel like I need to do the same.
3) I don’t manage it well. Though I am trying to limit my computer time at home & mostly do my blog posts on my lunch hour and such. It’s sort of working.
4) Sig O far far away. So no issues there.
6) Actually, thanks to the the public transit challenge I’m way more fit. Sometimes I want to give up and drive, but then I think, my readers think I’m a PT heroine! I can’t give up on public transit. So I keep walkin.
7) No, but that’s a great idea! I really need to start drinking a glass of wine every night to unwind. :)
8) Um, I manage my email by not being as popular as you are.
9) My previous forays into writing were novel writing. I have one finished unpublished novel and one unfinished unpublished novel. That’s much more lonely because there’s no feedback. Also novels are freaking long.
10) Not sure what we could do beyond positive comments.
11) The reading of blogs is the bigger time suck than the writing of my blog. I just go through my blogroll and read the ones that have been updated. Then there are other blogs that aren’t yet in my blogroll that I try to check in on. I don’t subscribe to a reader, though I’m thinking about it. But I always read the comments too, so I’m not sure it would help much.

I think “dare to be mediocre” is a good strategy and it is mostly the attitude I have. I know that not every post can be blog gold, but I trust that the more I write, the more gold will turn up here and there.

Plus sometimes I write a distinctly average post, and a bunch of people will write in talking about how much they loved it, so really, you can’t judge your writing.

14 years ago

I have a livejournal and nobody but my friends read it, so it’s no pressure.

I spend *way* too much time on the computer, mostly as a form of procrastination when I’m on anyway – I read/write when I should be working or doing school (I do online courses). When I’m not on for some other reason, I just don’t turn on the computer.

I find that computer time, video game time, and reading time all compete with my family/work/homework time. I haven’t solved it, except by sleeping less. I do find that online discussions are in my brain when I’m offline…but so are considerations of fictional characters and past face to face discussions. I have a chatty brain.

Yes, my back/hip get hurt from being online so much. Especially if I work overtime and then get online at home.

I manage email by a combination of mass deletions and file folders. I use my inbox as a to-do list and handle email like paper mail – touch it once if possible, file or delete without reading if it’s not immediate/relevant. At work, I handle several hundred emails some days.

I’ve never done lonely writing; when I wrote poetry I went to slams, when I wrote fiction I went to workshops; I write a little diary and people I know read & comment. I like the discussion parts as much/more than the posts bloggers do.

Would you think about doing a group blog, inviting guest bloggers, or doing a link roundup type post every week to take the pressure off you?

I read blogs individually, except my LJ friends feed. I like the Carnivals – I know if I want to read some good blogs I can google Carnival of Whatever (history, feminists, green are what I usually check) and find some good stuff. I think I treat blogs like magazines, not news services, if that makes sense. And then I check linked blogs if I like what I’m reading – i found you, Sharon, & Crunchy via NoImpactMan, after a friend talked about him.

p.s. my lj is usually things like “the potato plants have leaves!” but yesterday I linked to you, if you want to see it-

14 years ago

I’m not sure I’ve posted before but I’ve been reading since April (and of course gone through the archives!) I feel pressure to blog daily because it is my link to our extended family, who lives all around the country but not anywhere near us. We have 3 kiddos and they want to know what’s going on with them. My mom has called me on occasion to see if everything is OK when I haven’t blogged. But you are in a different category. Rather than just a little “here’s what I’m doing” blog, you are an educating blog. I come here and am always led to new articles, new ideas and new challenges to change my lifestyle. I can see how the ‘bigness’, the ‘responsibility’ could overwhelm you. I like a previous poster’s suggestion of just blogging once a week or so. We’ll be sad, but we’d rather have you in short doses than burned out and not at all!
As for your questions, here are my answers:
1. I feel pressured to write at least 4 posts per week. See above.
2. see above.
3. I get on the computer after the kids are in bed, or like today, when they are at school and I’ve done the dishes, hung out the laundry, planned dinner, etc. It’s my reward. I love reading blogs and blogging about some sweet thing my kids have done.
4. I think my youngest resents the time I sometimes spend online if I’m on when she’s supposedly “playing by herself.” I try hard to get off and play with her then. My husband likes his computer too so if we are both game, we’ll both be online at night.
5. Sometimes I’m out and am thinking about an upcoming post. That’s weird.
6. My body is better because of all the wonderful vegan blogs I read!
7. No. We do watch Star Trek. That could well be a drug! crazy show.
8. I don’t get NEARLY that amount of email. I like the reader’s suggestion of taking a day off to plow through them. And 15 minutes at a time, with something fun as a reward in between.
9.I don’t feel lonely because through blogging I’m connecting with family and friends.
10. Fellow bloggers, if they’re on the same “subject” could perhaps take one day a week to post. I have 59 blogs that I read and 15 are labeled “ECO.” I would be ok with the 15 of you taking one day a week to post. But you’d have to coordinate it somehow, but it might work.
11. 59. I only feel pressured to read my ECO and VEGAN blogs. The rest are just fun and I’ll get to them when I can.

Hang in there. take a mini vacation. I’ve discovered cherry limeade (homemade) and it’s my new “‘puter drink” of choice!

14 years ago

I don’t blog; I read online (don’t subscribe) about four-six blogs regularly, usually to start my day or as a break at work when I sit in front of a computer all day. I try not to invest too much time in front of computer at other times of the day, especially in the spring/summer (we have four seasons) when there is plenty of gardening and other outdoor stuff to do. When I’m busy, I may not check blogs for a week at a time. I definitely don’t combine my computer time with any recreational stimulants,other than caffiene.
I really like your blog, Beth, for your committment in your daily life, your perspective, and the really high quality links and research you provide. I personally don’t understand the economics of blogging — at the quality of material you are producing and a post every weekday, it seems rather like a job with no pay, especially as you don’t seem to have a book deal on the side or something else monetary to promote. Now monetary isn’t everything, and changing the world is a great motivation, and there’s the fun factor too (as long as it is fun), but for me blogging like this, would really be taking mental and psychological energies away from my real world life, activities and professional tasks.
So I fully understand CC exit; it’s amazed me that she’s kept on as long as she has with everything on her plate. I would keep reading you if you took a break (but please come back), if you published less frequently (once a week, once a month), if you didn’t respond to comments, or whatever you decided to do. It would drive me crazy to have 500 real (as opposed as spam to delete) emails a day to read. You are doing good and I expect will keep doing it whether you blog or not. And I’ll acknowledge that my perspective on this is colored by my profession where I bill my time at a very high rate but on a contingent basis.

14 years ago

If you want to curtail your computer time you can do for yourself what I do for my kids…I set the timer for their allotted time and when it goes off- you’re done, either post it as is or finish the next day.

You can tackle your email this way, too. Set your timer for 15 minutes while working on email, then go take a break for 15 minutes, then come back to the computer for 15, etc. It helps break up the eye and back strain and keeps you from getting too sucked into the computer.

Hope that helps!

p.s. yes- I spend too much time on the computer…here I am typing when I should be making breakfast. I need to take my own advice :)

14 years ago

1) kinda. but for me it’s easy – i just simply post what i ate for dinner and the recipe on how to make it. and work is slow, so i can blog at work, too!

2) the pressure comes from wanting people to have lots of yummy vegan food! and i feel bad when i don’t post.

3) it’s pretty easy for me to take about 30-60 minutes a day to blog. i can blog at work, and at home late in the evenings, too! recipes are pretty straight forward and don’t been much researching. :)

4) not really. dan spends as much time online as i do. we’re “interweb junkies”. gotta love have’n 2 computers!

5) i always think about yummy foods and what i can make up or find that’s tasty to cook!

6) naw. i’m pretty good when blogging – i can’t eat while typing so i don’t snack too much!

7) not yet! tee hee! but i do love some vegan wine!

8) ahahahaha! that’s kinda cool though. no one e-mails me from the blog, but that’s okay – because i would pull my hair out if i had 500 messages! eek!

9) i feel like there’s a community of happy bloggers out there who love us all and shower us with support – so i don’t feel too lonely!

10) we could make care packages for each other and swap with someone each month! i like cookies! :)

11) i just read all the blogs i love every day! i love reading them so much that i don’t want to miss a thing! i probably read about 50 feeds a day! it’s so much fun!

not too sure if this was very helpful – but it was really fun to answer questions about blogging! so thank you, Beth! and i super love your blog! it’s one of my favs! :)

Di Hickman
14 years ago

Everything you wrote rang true for me, like you’d crawled inside my head and seen my inner thoughts. I am struggling right now. Mine is a creative blog and currently I am sapped. So much so I’ve decided that a blog-vacation is in order so I’ll be taking a break soon.
I think the problem comes when you do anything for so long, you get bored of it. Whilst we blog about things we love, after a while it becomes a job, a chore, and the enjoyment gets sapped out of it.
Take a week off, see how you feel then
(and can I just say I enjoy reading your blog, and subscribe through bloglines)



Fr. Peter Doodes
14 years ago

Yup, I have all, well most, of the problems you mention so reading the list the question must be why do I blog?

It boils down to the fact that while big business has zillions of $s to spend on making us consume and pollute, the environment only has us to stand up for it.

Yes, I will miss Crunchie as well, but don’t you all forget, the environment isn’t the only thing that needs you, I do as well.

PS. I wondered where you had got to Mrs. Green…

14 years ago

I love reading your blog, it makes me feel like I’m not alone in my lines of thinking.

My hubby is the opposite of green (red?), and makes fun of me for wanting to live a more sustainable life. Some days I wonder if my meager attempts at sustainability even come close to offsetting half of the damage my other half does to the environment. Seriously, we have 10,000 music cd’s in our house! Each in it’s own little plastic case. I barely need to mention the debt that was incurred supporting that kind of environmental damage. So yes, Red pretty much describes my husband.

We are truly a case of opposites attract.

I am, however, winning some small environmental battles. He is willing to put his coffee ground and veggie/fruit matter into the compost pail. We don’t poison the lawn, although he does gaze fondly at the neighbor’s bluish-green, chemically addicted yard.

I read about a dozen or so blogs a day, mostly eco friendly. I’m contemplating writing my own blog and have been inspired by the likes of you, crunchy, sharon, greenpa, etc.


Brigid Alverson
14 years ago

I usually write my blog posts first thing in the morning. My secret: My husband brings me breakfast in bed, and I write while he reads the papers.

I do try to post every morning, but if something happens and I don’t make it, I don’t sweat it too much. I don’t post regularly on weekends, but occasionally I do.

Most of what I do is link blogging with a bit of commentary, so it goes pretty quick. Writing book reviews is a lot harder, and like you, I tend to slow down and agonize. When I was a newspaper reporter, my editor’s philosophy was “It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece. It does have to make deadline. Dare to be mediocre, just get the damn thing done.” There’s a lot to be said for this attitude. Also, I often write a piece and set it aside for a week or two. When I come back to it, the flaws usually jump out at me.

I subscribe to over 130 RSS feeds (including yours!), plus e-mail alerts, and I get regular PR from publishers. I usually deal with these in the evening, when I’m too tired to write much. Once I deal with something I immediately delete or file it. On the RSS feeds, I sometimes read the whole blog post on the RSS reader, but I go to the page if I want to read the comments.

Once in a while, when I’m stuck waiting for something, I sort my e-mails by the sender and file or delete the old ones. That makes it easier to deal with big blocks of them at once.

As for loneliness: I have made a whole new set of friends via blogging. Because I write about comics, I go to the East Coast comics conventions, so I have met a lot of people in the field, and we keep in touch via e-mail. I also get together regularly with a couple of Boston-area bloggers – we hit the comics store and go out to lunch. So blogging has really enhanced my social life.

By the way, I love your blog and it’s a great source of inspiration to me.

Anarres Natural Health
14 years ago

You are my only blog.

I joined because you weren’t just talking; you had made a commitment. And you inspired me to firm up my own commitment and start The End of The World of Plastics campaign.

I admire the fact that you come at this from so many angles, ranging from the practical to the spiritual. Subscribing to FBF makes me feel like I am striving alongside others, instead of just being a freak pain-in-the-ass refusing products packaged in plastic everywhere I go.

Your entry on me and Anarres Natural Health lent me so much legitimacy in my stubborn refusal to sell in plastics. I am proud to this day, and have shown other practitioners the article, and how to package alternatively.

Whatever you need to do to keep going for us all, I support you.

Love & RRRevolution, Tracey

14 years ago

Sometimes I feel pressure to post daily, mostly not. I started my blog to please myself and to make my life easier by keeping track of the changes we were making to our diet … so if I start to get stressed about blogging, I remind myself of those beginnings, which, in the end, are more important than a lot of the other good things that have happened since I began blogging three years ago – and definitely more important than blog stats.

I have a lot of feedss in my reader, but I categorise them – three levels for each major type of blog (cooking, gardening), others – smaller – grouped by type (blogging blogs, IT, photography, travel etc). Magazine blogs have their own section, and that’s the first to be ignored if I’m busy. I also have a “blogs I read daily section” of about 7-8 blogs which I love, and which are the only ones I read when I’m really pushed for time. I move them about fairly frequently, and delete blogs ruthlessly if I get bored … this keeps it manageable, only I wish I could transfer all this directly to my blogroll, because it would save a lot of trouble.

Good luck with the 500 messages. I have no idea how I would deal with that, and hope I never have to ;)


14 years ago

Dear Beth,

I love your blog, and appreciate the time you put in to make your posts just right. I enjoy checking for updates every day, but I would feel guilty as a reader if I thought you felt guilty about reducing the frequency of your posts.

How is that for a convoluted sentence?

I read 14 blogs (13 if you don’t count Crunchy).

Thank you :0)
kt from Canada

Mrs Green
14 years ago

Oh hello, Did you, like, just download my thought processes while I was asleep and write out all the information for me?

I can SO recognise myself in your questions and thoughts and yes, I have a neck problem which is exacerbated by sitting at the computer, fritterin’ away my time.

It’s scary; I have no answers, but I can fully ‘get’ what you are saying. I currently have 41 blogs in my RSS feeder (some of which have multiple posts a day) and I’m champing at the bit because I haven’t had time to write my own blog since SUNDAY. I feel so *guilty* – WTF????

Maybe we need therapy?

mrs G x

Mr. Wonderful
14 years ago

___How do you manage your e-mail? Seriously. I need to know. Because remember when I wrote about having over 500 messages in my inbox? I still have over 500 messages in my inbox!___

When the IN messages exceed 150, I take a day and take care of them.

Just post on your blog, “This is message answering day. Go read this (link to another blog) this one today!”

14 years ago

Hey! Don’t drink alone in front of your computer, let’s go to the Trappist and they use nice glasses (no plastic). :)

Seriously – have gone through phases where I spent a lot of time on the computer and off again…

I don’t feel compelled to make a minimum number of posts either on my public blog or my private personal blog. Esp not tonight after a small accident related to my distributed gardening project (note to self: do not mix dry soil and water by hand in #7 plastic greenhouse pots as they have hidden fins that like to separate fingernails from nailbeds – ouch).

It’s ok to cut back to a lower frequency of posts – you can even say “hey – this month/quarter, I’ll only post once/week unless something special comes up”

Really. It is.

Btw – tomorrow I am WFH so can bring you arugula seeds. They grow really fast. :)

ouch. finger hurty.

PS: Chocolate

14 years ago

That was an excellent and thought-provoking entry.

I deliberately subscribe to only one blog, FPF, because of the amount of time I spend reading it and getting lost in cyberspace following its leads. I’ve started turning off my computer completely, so that it’s a hassle to turn it back on, by 9 PM. Since it’s not immediately available when I get up, I actually start my life before I get around to turning it on again. I was once married to someone who was tied to his computer. It was a lonely time for me.

14 years ago

I never feel pressured to write a minimum. Of course I have been blogging a short while, and luckily not that many folks read what I have to say so no pressure. I just blog on what interests me and damn those who don’t find me interesting! LOL I am one of my biggest fans! And I too will miss the CHicky babe. I feel like she is like a big sister who always had a smart @ss remark ready for me!