Seriously. I mean when do you find time to blog? There are thousands upon thousands of bloggers, twitterers, facebookers you name it online. Many if not the majority of those are made up by us... MOMS. When do we find the time to blog in our child rearing, housecleaning, husband pleasing, carpooling kind of days?
The next question, of course, is: Does it affect your life adversely?
I like to blog in the morning. I'd do it first thing but a) as most of you know I don't like to get up any earlier than I have to and b)there's too much to do to get myself and the kids ready for the day. So I've been finding that I do most of my online reading/blogging after I've taken E to school. O and J or sometimes just O set themselves up either to watch a show or play outside.. most of the time. Now I prefer them not to watch t.v. but hey, if it gives mommy a half hour then what's so bad about that? Right?!?! Wrong? See my dilemma?
Blogging in the evening. Well that's tough. I work 4 nights a week and the others I often do get a post in now and then but once the kids are in bed that cuts in to my time with Hubby. Yeah, I know. I actually want to spend time with my husband. Crazy, huh? Now he's fairly understanding but too much time at the computer could start to make him feel a little neglected. It helps that he has his own laptop so while we mutually spend time pursuing our own interests for a little while that helps. But what's so great about this social networking if it cuts us off from the social networking going on around us? So I try to limit my time blogging at night. I even blogged a little from work. I'm the boss, I can do that. But then I don't get any projects done and I'm not carrying my fair share of the workload.
So that leaves me during the day. The problem is when I blog or read other blogs I tend to forget about the house. I may have all sorts of wonderful ambitions to get organized, clean, bake cookies etc but then the siren call of the blog starts to call. My baby is sitting on the table behind me. I glance over my shoulder, no, I'm going to resist temptation. I am going to play with the children. Another glance over my shoulder. My baby looks so lonely. Okay.. I'm just going to check my email for ten minutes. Rats, just junk mail. Might as well check for commenter's. Oh, I haven't logged on to SITS today. Oh look at the cute photo Giveaway Addicted Mommy posted and it goes on and on. Half hour goes by, I'm due to pick E up at school and I haven't even started the laundry. All my positive ambitions are gone, I'm suddenly figuring out ways to compromise so I can get a little more blogging/reading in.
So does it affect my life adversely? Some days I'd have to say yes. Some days, I get too into it and the rest of my life gets neglected because of it. Some days I even get a little grumpy at my kids (gasp) because I just want 5 more minutes to write my astounding, thought provoking, awe inspiring post and then I'll play but they don't want to wait for 5 more minutes so mommy can finish her masterpiece. Some times, I might even yell (the horror) or shoo them away. (bad mommy) This doesn't happen every day but I still feel bad when it does.
My husband starts to get that glazed look every time I mention a post I had read on somebody else's blog. Only the most amusing or the most horrifying can spark any sort of interest. Blogging had begun to dominate my conversation with real people. Kathy B? Who's that they ask.. oh a bloggy friend. (Cause we all have to admit, Kathy's adventures give us all fodder for table conversation. If you haven't read her go, NOW and read the archives like this one "Does This Stuff Happen to Anyone Else") I have to catch myself because non bloggers have absolutely no interest or no clue how interesting (and addictive) blogging can be. I talk about bloggers as if they were friends in real life. They are all friends but again, nonbloggers don't get it. Making friends online? How odd.
On the other hand, blogging has allowed me to connect with a bunch of great people, see more things than I would never have gotten to see and expand my horizons in what can be described as a very narrow path of my life at this point. Meeting other bloggers has me striving to be more positive, less nagging, less whiny in my life.
So let's keep it in perspective, please. Right now, I'm looking for an open blogging time slot that keeps everybody happy. I may just have to get up early cause I AM not giving up my blog.*stomps foot* The children.. well.. just kidding. But as my favourite saying goes... "if mommy isn't happy, no one is happy!" so I must continue to evolve and grow and find a way to make it all work.
When do you find time to blog?