Saturday, July 24, 2004

Too Darn Hot to Blog - Helps one be Less Blog-Obsessed!

Since I returned home I have been trying to catch up on my blog reading. This is not working well. I have tagged a bunch of things to read/review/blog but I'm not getting through to the point of blogging. Now I'm heading out again tomorrow for a client gig through Friday. Catch up? Nope. Ain't gonna happen.

As I've done before over the past few months, I find it helpful to stop and reflect on my blogging. What is it acomplishing for me? For others? How does it fit into my life? One of my current personal persuits has been to try and work less (work=loosely defined as me sitting at my computer either doing paid client work, blogging, reading, etc.) I totally let go during vacation, and I'm VERY happy about that. So I want to keep paying attention to balance.

Here are a few observations from the now-slightly-less-obsessed-blogging-woman:

  • I think "catching up" is not productive in blog reading unless I have a ton of free time. I am going to mark all my subscriptions "read" and go from there. Let go. Ahhh...
  • I need to examine how much I want to blog others' good stuff. Other people do a good job of that. If I just blog it, without some throughful reflection or review, I'm not sure it adds value. But I'm not sure about that. Thoughts?
  • When it is 96 degrees in Seattle (VERY unusual) one should head to the basement with a cool drink and turn off the computer.

So... I'm going to save all the stuff I have blogged as a draft. If it gets up next week, fine. If not, I'll share my cool drink with you.


Blogger Bill Anderson said...

Nancy, your observations re blogging resonate with mine as a new blogger.

1. It's not just catching up, but keeping up that can require more time than is available. "Let it go" is a great attitude. The ideas that have real legs will reappear. Some well written posts and insights are missed. C'est la vie.

2. Blogging others: for me I sometimes just make references for myself (index cards, but better?). But I appreciate seeing references, with or without commentary, because it makes things available to me I wouldn't see. This, of course, adds to the blog reading load.

Can't help you w/ the weather; have a drink for me.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I agree that catching up is not what blogging should be about, unless you want to tie yourself to a rapidly expanding noosphere that will scale well out of your reach in no time.

As for adding value, I often will publish entries on my weblog that star as comments left on others' blogs. If I go over a hundred words and seem to be developing an idea, it'll migrate to Parking Lot. That's my litmus test for blogging about blogging.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other advantage of not spending too much energy on "keeping up" is that it allows the space for your own ideas to come through - I find that creativity is a very deleicate bloom that is easily squashed by the analysis of others' writing - leaving space is important.

Julian (

1:55 AM  

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