Saturday, September 23, 2006

On busy-ness, boundaries and blogging

Good morning!

Just a few thoughts as I head out for another whirlwind weekend of activity at the Raising Five house.

I just love my new world here in Blogland, but much as I would love to spend all day, every day on the computer, I'm having trouble making it fit into my real world of diapers, choir rehearsals, sports activities, cooking and laundry.

Can anyone relate?

So here are some things I'm going to try to do (help me out here if you've found a better way to go about this - I'm all ears!):

  • Hopefully, this will be my last weekend post. Yep, it's family time. I'm going to try to use the weekends to catch up on my reading.

  • I'm trying to read everyone's blogs as often as I can. I have most of you on my Bloglines feed, but I don't get to that every day. If you comment, I try to visit you soon, but even then, I miss great stuff sometimes. If you are discussing something I just need to know about on your blog, could you just slip me an email and let me know? I'd sure appreciate it!
If you have a method to keeping the blogging madness at bay, let me know how you do it!

19 comments:

voni said...

yep, I put the timer on for thirty min. Then I don't get lost in time:) I have a handful of blogs I visit every day and a some that I visit every few days.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Sometimes I have to make myself shut the computer completely off and hide the computer chair, and tell myself that this, this, this and this have to get done before the computer can be turned on again.

It's like cookies. At some point, you have to stop eating them and eat something else before you can have another one. ;)

Susanne said...

Oh, that old balance issue. I, too, have been struggling with this! So far, this is my way to do this blogging thing: I read a few posts with my morning coffee. Then I try to only get on at a morning coffee break, kid's nap time, afternoon coffee break and usually for 1/2 before bed. The coffee breaks are 15 minutes just like as if I was out of the house at work. I try to draft some posts during the naptime break because that's longer. Then I revise that before bed. So far it's working not too bad.

Carol @ She Lives, I know uses blog time as a reward to herself. She has to get so much done then gets to read , I think, 4 blogs, then back to work, then a reward again. She posted on it sometime in June I believe. Good luck finding your rhythm!

org junkie said...

Oh gosh I'm always getting sucked in. I like the timer idea but I think what I need to do is SHUT the computer off and then I won't be tempted cause boy am I tempted. Saturday I get more time on cause Hubby is home so here I am making my rounds...lol. Laura

Beck said...

Yep, I can relate. I have to seriously limit my computer time so I don't end up square-eyed... my solution to weekend blogging is to just write really short posts.

Heather said...

You asked. I think it would be awesome if you joined in our Shape of Your Faith. I know I would especially love to read your testimony! It will be every Friday until we finish. Please prayerfully consider it.

Anonymous said...

Ah, I hear ya, mama! I am going through the same struggle. The Lord has been speaking mightily to me about this very issue.

Setting the timer and using computer time as a reward are both tactics I am going to use.

Hope you had a great weekend and got lots of reading done!

Lauren said...

Hi Katherine,
If you figure out a good system, PLEASE send me the details. I find myself constantly having to take breaks because blogging becomes just too time consuming.

Anonymous said...

Well, I prayed on this for about 2 weeks. Here is what I have done.....I read most of my favorite blogs at 6am before anyone wakes up........then at Miller's afternoon nap..(note all housework is done) I read some more....or explore new ones....after the kids go to bed...after 10pm....I writet the next days post adding more at 6am and publish......its been hard....and on weekends...its random....because everyone is home. Do what make syou comfortable...I understand blogging is so addictive and your posts are so good.
Do what you can and remember to ask God for your answers...he is the only one who can help you out.
Blessings,
Jen

She-Ra said...

I too really need to just turn the computer off. But I don't. The computer is on so I will often go online to look something up quickly and then find myself 15 minutes later doing something else entirely, like blogs or email, and have forgotten why I was there to begin with!

Jennifer said...

I have found a system that is working for me. I write when I can, in a notebook when I'm waiting in the car, at appointments etc-it's easier to type up a post that already mostly written. I have been getting up a bit earlier, and would like to push that back even earlier.

I realized that reading was what was really sucking my time. So, I made folders (not in bloglines--I surf the old fashioned way). I check certain blogs each day. If someone posts daily, I might try to check theirs three times a week, but for the most part, I only check once or twice a week. There are less than five that I read daily. By spreading them out, the reading doesn't consume my time. I can read 5 days worth of posts fairly quickly, and even comment on some. Also, because it's not "real time," meaning a discussion might have been sparked 4 days ago, I don't always get as sucked in, which helps the addition.

Code Yellow Mom said...

I'm cutting the weekends, too, and trying to figure out when to read everyone's blog - lately that's where my bits of time go because it's so enjoyable to me, but then I realized I've not posted anything worth reading for some time...It's a definite conundrum. :) My boys and my husband have gotten most of me the last two weeks, though, so I guess that's good? :)

Barb said...

Hi Katherine,

My sister and I have been talking about this for several days and here's what we both did.

I cut the feeds in my bloglines from 92 to 18 last night. Yep. That's what I did. I cannot follow 92 people. I also made every feed private. I don't want to hurt feelings but I suddenly feel like I need a little more privacy in the way I blog.

Weekdays are when I struggle to find computer time. Weekends are when I can catch up. So I finally admitted to myself that I can't keep up with people during the week.

I don't know what ever made me think I have to post every day. I don't. And I don't have to read every single new post and comment on it either.

Weekends are a good time for me to do posts for the following week ahead of time so that all I have to do is publish them.

I just finally realized we're all in the same boat so really, who's going to not understand my new approach?

I also know that my subscription numbers may drop down to nil. But it's never been about the numbers to me. So that won't bother me. I'd rather connect more closely with the people I really relate to than stay casually connected to almost 100 people.

I have to get my real life back and this is the way I'm approaching it.

Anonymous said...

I can relate. I have two computers: main one upstairs with a laptop in our kitchen. Making an effort not to turn the laptop on helps me tackle other jobs. When it is on I jump when the *POW* comes in alerting me I have mail, etc.

Christine said...

Everyone's in the same boat! I'm pretty new to this blog thing but it has become my "me-time". I no longer watch TV so I can allow myself some time each day. I think I will try to get up a bit earlier to have a quiet time and enjoy some blogs from now on.

Jan said...

I limit the blogs I follow regularly to about 10. If I have extra time, I follow links and read others, but only those 10, and usually about 2 or 3 times a week. And I only post when I have something to say. Okay, well, only when I...
never mind. I post whenever something stays on my mind more than fleetingly.
Jan

Stacey said...

I have a hard time keeping it all straight, too! It's a fine line isn't it? I like the idea of no weekend posts though.

GiBee said...

Excellent boundaries... I do both of those already, and my sanity is pretty even keeled at this moment. One additional thing I do ... NO blogging in the evenings. This time is dedicated to my son and husband. And beading. And jewelry making. And cleaning. And laundry. And cooking. And dishes. Did I mention I work full time? GAAH!

Anonymous said...

How I hear you, Katherine...
I confess I am reading very little online anymore... just writing for me, to process, with Him... I still have my bloglines subscriptions...skim through every other week or so... the quiet is good for my head and soul... leaving me more time for living and reading books instead of blogs. This is a journey for me...one I need to go on.
Blessings to you on yours, Katherine...

Warmly,
Ann V.