Friday, November 21, 2008

Why Blogging is Dangerous (for me)

My family and friends think I'm a bit strange because of my love of blogs.  I love to read them, look at people's pictures and occasionally update my own.  My kids will walk by the computer when I'm looking at pictures of say, a baby, and they'll ask, "do you actually know these people or is that someone's blog?".  Does that make me weird?  Don't answer that.

Reading blogs is entertaining, it makes me feel connected and .....it sucks me in.  Just like Facebook. ( If you think you don't have addiction problems, just join Facebook and your family may never see you again.  But I digress.)

The blogging world, for me, can be very dangerous.  

First of all it steals my time.  You know, you sit down at 9:05 and the next think you know it's 10: 40 and you have accomplished NOTHING in your house but you do know what Dianne is cooking for Sunday dinner, how Lind's knee is doing, what Kecia did this past weekend and what kind of coffee creamer Mer is using these days.  All fun information but it did not help me get my t0-do list done.  A Proverbs 31 woman would not waste as much time as I have reading blogs!

It also sometimes affects my contentment.  It is very easy for me to look at someone else's life and feel envy....  they live  in a place where you get to experience all 4 seasons, they get to shop at Target and Walmart and Trader Joe's (whatever the heck that is) all the time, they get to see their family during the holidays, etc. etc. etc.  I become so discontent at times that I become ungrateful for all the many blessings in my life.  

So, I say all of that to say I recognize that I need to be a better steward of my time....."to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home....." Titus 2:5.

9 comments:

Linds said...

I know what you mean, Angie, but what is really important to me is the fact that real people respond to the things I write. To me. There are real friendships which have been made (in real life) from blogging. The encouragement and the sense that you are not alone is immense. But, that said, I do have to limit the time I spend here too!

Cara Beth said...

I know exactly what you mean. I get sucked in the blogs too when I should be doing more productive things. But if it makes you feel any better, while you dreaming about being in America...sometimes I wish I were in Africa.

:) Love you, Ang. And don't worry, YOU ARE a Proverbs 31 woman EVEN if you read blogs.

Rodger and Lynne Schmidt Mozambique said...

Oh, my word, you DID NOT just say Trader Joe's!!! Now you are affecting my contentment too! It is only a fun grocery store my friend Heather introduced me to on home assignment. The best salsas and chips!

So, I'll take your little reminder as good advice, stop reading my favorite blogs and go to bed immediately because it's WAY past my bedtime. Hey wait, isn't staying up late what the Proverbs 31 woman did? "her lamp does not go out at night." Oh, I guess she was WORKING, not reading blogs! :)

Cook Family said...

You are so right, Sister! Those blogs and facebook are addictive. I have just gotten a facebook, and now my husband and children barely see me. But I love to catch up on everyone's life. Like I'm doing right now at 11pm while my husband and children are sleeping. As they went to bed, they said, "We'll see you in the morning, Mom, right there at the computer." How sad is that? I think I'm going to bed now!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

Oh, Angie. I can certainly relate to this post.

I struggle with time management. It's even harder when my kids are in school and I'm home alone. I can waste so much time on the computer. (I do much better on weekends when my family is there to keep me occupied and accountable).

And yeah, I feel discontent sometimes too. But you know what? Sometimes I feel that when I read YOUR blog because you live in a fabulous place that I would love to visit!

Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family. Do you guys have a traditional holiday meal???

Gretchen said...

Angie, Angie, Angie. sigh. I so agree wholeheartedly with every word. I think, as women, we wear so many hats that at times we feel we must "steal" our time back for ourselves. At least i feel that way at times. Really, if I scheduled my blogging time, and didn't just "take it", I'd probably feel less guilty and more productive. E.g. more like a Proverbs 31 chica, and less like a slug.

I'm sorry you get homesick. I can't even imagine the way I would handle all the cultural and geographic changes. God is teaching me through you.

Blessings on your thanksgiving.

Bonnie B. said...

Hey, you can read my blog and be jealous of bullet holes in my window! You know you want 'em! hehe

Kecia said...

Oh, I sooo relate. Mike and the girls ask me the same question all the time--Mike loves to talk about my imaginary friends.
But I'm so thankful you do blog, and got me addicted ;) so we can keep up with each other better!
Love you

Barbara said...

I so totally understand, girl! I have to be so careful about this very thing, hence, I haven't updated my blog since last March, and the picture looks like Halle was just born, oops! Anyway, thank you for this reminder to be a God-honoring woman in ALL i do! So, I'm gonna get off the computer now. :o)
love ya,
-b-