Monday, February 12, 2007

My name is Linda and I'm a blogaholic*

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(Hi Linda!)

I first started blogging in August of 2003 on LiveJournal.com. My blog there is titled "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times". Most of the times it seemed that the only person I was writing to was myself or a couple of faithful friends that would stop by on occasion and my writing was, at best, sporadic for awhile there. I missed almost an entire year in 2005 which could certainly be considered pathetic by anyone's standards!

In July of 2006 I was offered the chance to write a blog that was linked to via a Blogs page at
NorwichBulletin.com, the online version of our local newspaper here in Norwich. I was ecstatic as I saw this as my chance to finally have an audience for my writing; I might actually get some interaction with readers! Woohoo!

I blogged happily away for some time getting decent numbers for page hits but only the occasional comments from friends and co-workers. I was a bit confused as it seemed to me that if people were reading my blog then they might actually want to comment once in awhile but I was lucky if I could get ten comments on a post. Perhaps I was doing something wrong?

Then one night while hitting the "next blog" button and cruising through other people's blogs I came across
The Bestest Blog of All Time by Bobby Griffin. This blog was touted as "the bestest place to find great blogs" and had a link on how to add your own blog to the directory. This seemed like just what the doctor had ordered so I wasted no time in signing up and becoming part of the directory. And - wow - look at that, if you're listed, they will come! Before I knew it I had people visiting my page and leaving actual honest-to-God comments! So of course I had to go read their pages and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since joining "Bestest Blog" I have become addicted to some really good blogs: if I need a good laugh I can go to Bobbarama, The Dating Profile of the Day, or the WTIT Tape Radio Blog. The Curmudgeon and Gem-osophy provide me with some thought-provoking posts that are oftentimes sprinkled with humor; if I'm in need of a meme or two I can stop by and visit the Queen of Memes at Mimi Writes while Duward's Discussion is perfect for my history fix. Sgt Dub blogs from where he proudly serves our country in Afghanistan and Sarge Charlie, an honored veteran, never fails to get my patriotic blood flowing with his blog. For great moments in motherhood I need to look no further than CrAzY Working Mom and Ephiphany Alone; while Callie Ann, Dixie, Becci, Empress Bee, and Skittles also help to feed my daily addiction to all things blog. God save the Queen and thank goodness that I have Claire in England to offer counseling help!

These blogs are just the tip of the iceberg, a very small part of the very big Blogosphere that I never knew existed on the Internet until recently.
Wikipedia reports that Technorati was tracking over 60 million blogs as of November 2006 and I've no doubt that number grows by leaps and bounds each day. If I don't get myself under control, I'm afraid that I may feel the need to visit them all!

But with all those great blogs out there, is it any wonder that I've become a blogaholic and spend way too many hours each day reading them? Despite my best intentions to step away from the blogs, I just can't seem to help myself and since becoming a two-computer family it's gotten worse as I no longer have to share the computer with Amanda and can indulge my addiction for hours on end taking breaks only long enough to eat, sleep, or go to work (well, with a few other things thrown in there also!).

What's a girl to do? I admit it, I'm weak ... I need help ... but maybe later ... there are some really good posts over at Dayngrous Discourse I just gotta go read ...

*(one who likes blogs to excess and compulsively feels the need to read them)

17 comments:

  1. I am 100% addicted.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier!

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  2. Thanks for the plug, Linda! :)

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  3. Thanks for the reference. You should go see Dr. Anonymous for your blogging addiction. See my Sidebar for the link.

    And you'll be on the Sidebar tomorrow.

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  4. Thanks for the comment. I totally enjoy your blog it is awesome. I love the developing friendship we are all achieving thru this. I guess you could say I am right in the addiction league. I love this Blog and a lot of other ones also. So. Cheers to us enjoying something. Callie

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  5. My name is SargeCharlie and I am a blogaholic............. Thanks for the mention and now lets all stand and say the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

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  6. btw, my link did not work

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  7. Ok, Linda.. you blogaholic you! It's great blogs like YOURS that keep ME addicted. So there lol!

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  8. Dear, dear Linda

    There is no cure aside from having your hands duct-taped to your side and your eyes blindfolded. But, then, that would put a crimp in just about everything else as well.

    So my advice: Adopt the Swahilian philosophical phrase made popular in The Lion King ... Hakuna Matata

    Your fellow addict,

    bobbarama

    PS: Nice blog. I like my visits. Oh, hey ... thanks for the plug!

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  9. I loved this post. I am a fellow blogaholic.Now if I can just get off my butt and get my own going. It's so scary! :-)

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  10. fyi, miss bee's link did not work

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  11. I have gone through the post and corrected the "missing links" ... seems kind of funny that the two that I messed up are the two folks that are married! Things that make you go hmmmmmmm ....

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  12. It's because of people like you that blogging is fun and addicting. It's a place to find friends. Nice post. Bestest Blog is too good to be true, isn't it? Thanks to Bobby's site, more people actually read my blog--beside my best friend from my old place of employment.

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  13. Awe shucks ma'am. Thanks. Love'n your site too.

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  14. I'm getting there - Blogaholic, lol. It is fun and I love reading all the other blogs out there. Great post.
    Betty :)

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  15. My name is Claire and God Save the Queen! I have my internet back! Thanks for including me, i am glad your a blog addict otherwise i wouldn't of met you!

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  16. You're too kind & too funny!

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  17. I'm with ya, girl! I'm way addicted. But, meeting wonderful people like you makes it hard for me to tear myself away!

    By the way, thanks for the shout out. that was sweet of ya.

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