It started innocently enough. A friend told me I should get on Facebook (perhaps the gateway “drug” to hard-core blogging). It was fun … I loved writing about myself in the profile. Then I discovered the Notes section and started putting stuff in it. Then a friend saw my notes and said “Hey, check out my blog with my reading list.” And I did. And I thought: “Hmmmm. This is like your own personal website. Let’s see…Google says I can just sign in a create my OWN blog. Let’s try that.” So I did — not thinking through the blog name very well. It was just a lark you know. So I played with some templates. Then I wrote some stuff. Then I posted the info on my Facebook profile about my new blog and e-mailed people I knew about it. And it was fun.
Then, one day, a person I didn’t even know made a comment on my blog. It was a rush. I needed to get that rush again. So I went to their blog and left them a comment. And I found another blog from that blog’s blogroll. And then it started to snowball and I was commenting all over the place — leaving little tracks all over the blogosphere.
And then someone I didn’t know added themselves as a Follower. It was like I was some kind of religious leader of something…I had Followers. One grew to 2. Then 2 to 3. And there were more comments. I was hooked. I needed more, more, more.
My blogroll grew and grew. I spent more and more time writing for my own blog, commenting on others. I knew I had a problem but I tried to keep it hidden.
Then one night I stayed up blogging until 1:30 a.m. And I got caught by my husband. He sat me down for an intervention and gave me the rules.
- No staying up blogging past 11:00 p.m.
- Housework must still be done when the Little One is at school.
- No photos of the Little One on the blog.
I agreed. I had to. I had to have my blogging, my comments, my creative outlet, the connection with my new bloggy friends. Something I hadn’t even heard about two months ago now consumed my life. Everything my family did became potential blog material. I couldn’t walk by the computer without checking for a new comment. I dug out old journals looking for material. I got shaky if I couldn’t come up with a post to write. I discovered more fun things to do like Mission Monday, MamaKat’s Writer’s Workshop, Wordful Wednesday, PhotoStory Friday. I became a SITSa — a support group for comment junkies like myself.
Then I started a second blog. One wasn’t enough. I had to have more. I recruited the friend who had the blog that got me started to work on it with me…and then posted 20 posts to her 2. I was a maniac.
I bought a book about blogging to help me out. I started tracking statistics, added a counter. Broke out of the basic Blogger templates. Began long-term planning for posts. Developed a schedule and system to make my limited blogging time more efficient. And I know it will get worse before it gets better. I don’t know if I want to get better.
My name is Jenners … and I have a blogging problem. And I love it.
As a public service for the holiday season, I will be ending all my posts for this week with recommendations of toys that I’ve found to be worthwhile in case you need any ideas for the child in your life. Today’s recommendation:
Magnetic Mosaics by Orb Factory
Product Description From Amazon: Kids love the surprise of watching a colorful sea-horse or parrot mysteriously emerge from the black and white numbered templates. Use any of the 20 fun designs or create your own mosaic masterpieces. The 1/2″ magnetic foam cubes are easy to handle, and the large easel can be flipped into either portrait or landscape orientations. Contents: 600 Magnetic Foam Cubes 20 Reusable Templates 12 x 17 inch Easel Convenient Easel Stand
What I Say: I bought this for my son’s birthday after I had gotten a smaller “Sticky Mosaic” kit at a zoo gift shop. He loved the sticky one so much that it was a no brainer to get this reusable magnetic version. The mosaics look really good when you get done (one we did is shown to the left), and there are a wide variety of these kits — mermaids, princesses, animals, classic art. You can also download templates for free from the Orb Factory web site. Of course, you can break free of the templates and create your own pictures. It is incredibly easy and simple to do — and quite relaxing as well. It is a great activity for kids to do together or for a parent and child to share. I also love that is helps reinforce numbers and colors and helps improve fine motor skills. For about $20 or so, these kits have great replay value and are a really different gift for any child about 4 years or older.