16 March 2010

Keeping Up

Sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed by the online world. Keeping up not only with my blog but also with the various blogs that I visit can be...a struggle on occasion. But I like to keep up. I want to keep up. But...when RL goes crazy (which it seems to be doing more frequently this year) I forget in the panic that rushing from A to B isn't the be all and end all. I forget that it's not about where I arrive at but how I got there that is important. Which is why an opinion piece in a recent issue of the British Medical Journal entitled 'In Praise of Cows' was perfectly timed. It reminded me that it is good to stop and smell the roses...or the silage (because well made silage does smell very good!)

So, I'm curious, does the online world every overwhelm you?

11 comments:

  1. Oh definitely! One of my favorite things to do is to read other people's blogs..but with reading, typing up my blog, and my RL hubs and kids..it gets hard :) I like to take time and read everyone's post..so I usually just go through my reader and read what I can. I don't kill myself doing it..but I do try to set aside time during the day. I am also addicted to twitter...which is a big time suck..LOL

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  2. Yup. That's why I'm not going to join Twitter or Facebook. I feel as if I'm at the upper limit on what I can handle in my online life and anything else would be the straw. You know the one. :)

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  3. Mandi - I like to take time to read everyone's blogs too. But ever since dance class started at the beginning of the year (and the days changed) I seem to have less time. Saying that, it's not class but me spreading myself too thin. I need to find that balance again, maybe check a few blogs over lunch... Hmmmm. That might help. I hate feeling like people think I'm not visiting. I will be by to visit you ASAP, I promise :)

    Chris - that proverbial straw? Yes, I know it well. Often times it has been the only thing between me and a long drop. Luckily it's quite strong, but I prefer not to test it. And yes, that's why I have avoided Twitter, Facebook and MySpace to date. Am thinking about Facebook, as I have quite a few friends on it who I am rather slack at keeping in touch with. Hmmmm. You'd think with a faster computer I'd have more time, not less!

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  4. I'm with Chris on this one. No Twitter, etc... for me. Although I'm on Facebook but the poor thing is just sitting there dead as a doornail because I never post, lol! Too busy with other stuff.

    RL does catch up with us once in a while and it breaks our routine, doesn't it? It has done so with me lately and I really miss visiting all my blog buddies. Hi Orannia! Long time no visit! *g* But I make up for it as soon as I can... I do try to go back and read up and catch up, even if I don't comment on the older posts. :) I try not to let it stress me out, though. I just pick up where I left off. ;P

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  5. Not really. Online time is optional, so I usually only do what I want to. I do like to visit all my blogs, but with the number of blogs I subscribe to, doing that on a reg. basis isn't going to happen.

    Google Reader is like the dishes. You're always going to have unread posts.

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  6. Yup - it does me. I love that there are so many reader bloggers now - yet at the same time, I find myself not having the time to visit all of them every day when there were fewer. A google reader is looking better and better all the time so I'll at least know when someone updates.

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  7. Not really, I get on when I can (lately it's been a lot), but if I can't then... it'll be there when I can. The wonderful thing about the internet... it's always there; either in cache or archive =P

    I do like to read my favorite blogs, and I write on my blog when I have time or I'm bored. I try not to get too stressed out about the internet stuff, my RL is stressful enough.

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  8. HI Hilcia *waves* I think that's a great idea - read previous posts but don't try to comment on them all :) I hope RL slows down for you a bit.

    Google Reader is like the dishes. You're always going to have unread posts.

    LOL heidenkind! I love it! I think I need to admit that with the number of blogs I visit, and what I do offline, I may not be able to visit every day...and try to accept that!

    Kristie(J) - I agree. I keep finding more and more good book blogs, but I don't want to sacrifice any of the blogs I read ATM. Meredith (Shayne) mentioned Google Reader, but I haven't done anything about it. I should!

    Mariana - that's a fantastic attitude - I love it! I need to learn from your example :)

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  9. You do well for yourself, I may not be the best example... I'm just intrinsically lazy and stressing myself kills the lazy ;)

    I do more reading of blogs than commenting so that may be one that that helps. The Google Reader is fantastic... it allows me to scan through and only read what seems interesting.

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  10. I'm signed up on Facebook but rarely go on there. I just don't have the time. I never signed up for Twitter because I would get addicted! lol

    I've had to cut back on my blog hopping in the past few months and that's made me very sad. I do a full blog hop only once every few weeks. I feel so out of the loop when I don't head to all those fun blogs but something has to give and that has to be it for me.

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  11. The online world doesn't necessarily overwhelm me, but I do get upset when I miss something important (usually personal good or bad) on a friend's blog because I wasn't online or I hadn't visited their blog in a couple of days or my feeds screwed up feeding me, and so on. It makes me feel like I let that friend down by not being there in the moment they chose to share something important. But I'm obviously being overly hard on myself because I would be 110% forgivable if a friend missed something I had to say.

    I've been on Twitter since July 2008, but I don't use it everyday--maybe a dozen or so times a month when I feel I have something fun, interesting, or important to say. And sometimes because it's where I know I'll "find" certain people.

    I have a Facebook account, but it is primarily there to keep tabs on my teenager and to see photos of my friends and their families who live far away. :)

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