Hi – My name is Kim and I’m a blogaholic (all together now: Hi, Kim!). Earlier this week there was a post written about blogging addiction on IFB, which I thought was kind of interesting. It made me think about my own blogging habits or online usage. Am I out of control? According to the Internet addiction test: No. (Phew) My score was 28 points, which means I’m still in the “safe zone”.
“20 – 49 points: You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage.”
Of course, I hardly think anyone wants to admit they have an actual addiction (the first step is called denial for a reason). I have to admit that when I look back at my “early” blogging days, my online usage could go a little overboard sometimes. I was so obsessed that I did neglect certain things like chores or sometimes even actual human contact. One night I was chatting with a tech support guy from my web hosting company, and I remember staying on until two in the morning or so because I was so determined to get things fixed.
Don’t want sleep. Blog more important. Must succeed.(That’s how my brain started acting after looking at the screen too long).
However, I quickly realized that there was no point acting this way, sometimes a blog just has to run its own course. It’s not because you’re sitting in front of your screen doing all kinds of things for your blog that others will visit it. I found that some days I get the most visitors when I’m not around to check on it (this is probably just a coincidence though ^^). The main reason why I was more obsessive about blogging in the beginning is probably because everything was still fresh and new. After all, you still have to build your blog, site design and everything around that. On top of that, you have to write your posts, so those hours start adding up quickly. I’m not saying that I won’t spend a decent amount of time online anymore or not work on my blog (I just bought a phone that is like a mini-computer, so now the Internet can follow me everywhere, nooo!), just saying that I’ll try to keep it under control.
Conclusion: Don’t let your “real” life slip away by spending too much time online. I’ll just have to accept the fact that I’m a little bit obsessed – but in a healthy way. If I want my blog to succeed, I HAVE to spend a quality amount of time online, right? (RIGHT?)