Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blogging?

Is anyone still blogging (who doesn't make money doing it)? I wouldn't know because I've been out of the blogging world for quite some time now. Sometimes, like today, I miss it and think I should get back into it, but I'm not sure how. What I miss the most is the writing, and having my kids excited to read my posts everyday, and finding new and amazing people to read about, and gawking at amazing crafts that get me all obsessed and cause me to spend way too much money at craft and fabric stores. Well I know my husband doesn't miss that part. What do I not miss about it? Not much really except for the time it takes to keep it all going. And the fact that I feel a good blog post needs a picture or two and I can't for the life of me find my camera. I think it's in my office. Have you ever seen the inside of my office? Not many people have. It's where I hide all my filthy little secrets of sloth and pack rattiness. My husband has a desk in there somewhere that he has been able to sit at maybe 5 times... which is the exact number of times I've been able to vacuum its floor.

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Why don't I just clean the office so I can find my camera? I'll tell you why. It's because the black hole of my life is in that room. The swirling vortex of addiction that robs me of all will power, caused me to gain much weight, and daily makes me ashamed of myself, is in that very room. The internet, curse it's conveniently entertaining soul, is in that room. If I turn it off and lock the door from the inside and send the key to work with my husband then I'm ok, but then I can't blog or clean in that room. If I leave it open so I can clean and blog... well, I end up watching much dumbness online.
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Curse that evil Hulu and Netflix!!!!!
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Do any of you know of a good internet timer. Something that will limit the amount of time I can spend online? Seriously.

7 comments:

Joyful Noise said...

Hi! I am a friend of Michal's and started following your blog last year. I just like how you write. I have you on my google reader, so I see when you update.

Anyway, I got an email message about something that might be of use to you. I have not checked out the site, but this is what my email message said, "That is the idea behind x.minutes.at. Just enter your time limit and the Web site. The requested site will open with a timer at the top. The timer can be set to any length of time. When it runs down, a warning pops up.
Of course, visiting the x.minutes.at Web site every time might get tiresome. Fortunately, you can create timer bookmarks. x.minutes.at has a Bookmarklet section on the front page. Click and drag "Start new timer for current page" to your bookmarks.
When you visit a Web site, click the timer bookmark. It will ask you to set the length of the timer. Put in a number and click OK. The Web page will now have a timer at the top." I was thinking about possibly using it this summer on some of the games that my grandchildren play. Maybe I can make sure they read for one hour for every 1/2 hr they play a game. Debbie Nowland

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I've been thinking about doing the same thing you mentioned because I'm pretty good at monitoring my children's screen time, but when I get online, it's kind of a chain reaction of "tasks" and before I know it, I'm not proud of how must time I spent. Anyway, I found this link, and it reviews the top ten internet controls software:
http://parental-time-control-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

And here's a link for some free downloads for simple timers and filters.
http://www.sofotex.com/download/Security/Parental_Control/

I think I'm going to blog about this because I think we all struggle with this more than we'd like to admit.

My Cranium said...

I still read your blog and I still enjoy it. You are a fun writer.

Aunt LoLo said...

You know, now that I think about it...a lot of bloggers are doing it for $$ now. (Not that I'm saying that's bad! Especially now, I think EVERYONE is trying to figure out how to get a few extra dollars every month.) Craft blogs, for the most part, are still sponsor free. :-)

And I hear you with the Evil Sucking Vortex of Evil. I let myself sit down and just FLOAT on the waves, as long as SJ is asleep. When he gets up...it's just one long train wreck until bedtime. ;-)

Lara said...

I wouldn't want to suggest that you spend more time on the computer but if you're going to be on the computer anyway, stop reading useless craft blogs and start writing your own. You are so funny that I'm always waiting for you to post and you make me wait WAY too long sometimes. Most of the time. Except today. Thank you!

Maybe some day you'll write a book but in the mean time stop watching internet TV and just keep making me laugh.

Gwen said...

I heart your blog :)

Lords of the Manor said...

I'm still blogging, but I've changed my style a bit. I'm not interested in "driving traffic" to my family blog. My writing stuff has its own home now and my family blog isn't in my profile. I still read the blogs of people whose writing I enjoy, and who don't seem fake...but I don't have the time to get around the blogosphere as much anymore. I get tired of reading the opinions of paid bloggers these days--constantly trying to find something unique and exciting to blog about. Meh. I'd rather see how other mothers are living their real lives.