Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Like life isn't stressful enough

Geez...

It seems like it's getting harder and harder lately to stay on top of this whole blog thing. I think it's the cycle that gets created after having been a blogger for period of time.

In a few weeks I'll be celebrating my 2 years from this little perch up on the cloud, and during this time I've accumulated dozens of friends and commenters as well as a healthy blogroll of amazing bloggers to read for myself.

In general, this should be considered a good thing. No, a GREAT thing for sure. But sometimes the time involved in cycling through all these wonderful sites is more than a guy can keep up with. So suddenly you look and your feedreader says you have 97 unread posts and you kind of gasp and think, "Oh crap - I can't even imagine all the cool stories I'm missing out on!"

And then you start to imagine that all these people think you're an a-hole for not showing up for several days and that you're one of those selfish bloggers who wants everyone to come to your site, but don't feel the need to have to visit their site in return.

And then you start to feel a ridiculous kind of imaginary stress about the whole thing and begin to imagine that if you don't visit some of these blogs in the next 5 minutes, NO ONE will ever come back to your blog again and even if you were to write the most inspiring or hysterical post in the history of all blogs ever written, you would not even receive ONE comment - because everyone hates you and has abandoned you.

And then you calm down and look at the whole thing realistically and realize that you're overreacting, because come on, it's just a blog and fun hobby - not your career. And besides, everyone else who does this is probably experiencing the exact same kind of "backlog" and no one is really thinking any of these things at all.

You hope.

16 comments:

bon bon said...

we're a rather sad lot when you think about it. so you shouldn't.
;o)

Ba Doozer said...

it sounds like at the high point of your hysteria about blog stress, you would need to take a xanax and chill. There should be a new medical diagnosis for blog stress of this nature...hm.....Blogodysphagia?
Blogoritis? blogoneurosis? anyone else have one?

VE said...

Or you could go the other way. I just read every single blog on the humor-blogs list...all 287 or whatever that number is now. How's that for insane? (it was for an upcoming post by-the-way)

Heather said...

It is overwhelming sometimes isn't it? At least you have a solid commenter "following." Heck, I get excited if my comments get over 5!

Sometimes this blogging thing is a lot of work.

Carla said...

I miss writing in my blog, I'm down to maybe 2 posts a week. The busy is only going to continue. Oh well! It's something I do,not who I am.

Whit said...

I read feeds all day for work. I let it mix blogs in as well so I get little breaks.

I didn't check my reader all weekend. This morning I had nearly 3,000 new items.

That's a lot.

Dan said...

Hey Jeff, I notice from my statcounter that you haven't been to my site for at least 12 hours.

I hate you, you a-hole.

deborah said...

Yep - pathetic we are! Oh, please refer to your classic "Nothing" blog list of comments, should you continue to worry today.

deborah said...

ba doozer, I've got one!

psycoBlogoneurotica. Pert to a funtional disorder of mental origin

Gale said...

As I was clicking onto your site, I was reviewing a pet peeve of mine (one of many). It makes me want to pull my hair out when one of my favorite bloggers starts talking about quitting or they are tired of the whole thing. Stop right where your are mister!!! You are here to entertain me with the use of different soaps, politicians, and skate parks. Nope...you best behave now. Don't make me stop this car!!! Sorry little over reaction, its the only way I get my exercise anymore. Love your blog and really I am not a stalker

Jenny said...

Your comments are always brilliantly posed and cutting in their snarkiness so I imagine that it would be overwhelming for you. You should try out some of my tried and true favorites, like "Cool" or ":(" or "Me too"!

PS. :(

Diesel said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one.

JD said...

Amen brother!

andi said...

Only 97? I've sometimes had over 200 and deleted them all. How's that for being a giant a-hole?

And the whole stress thing really is quite silly, isn't it? But I think it happens to everyone once in awhile.

The Holmes said...

Oh the blog stress! I know what you're talking about. How did something fun end up being a "job?"

wayabetty said...

Oh man Jeff! You hit the nail right on the head! Having the 4 kids really put a damper on my blog and blog reading, I tell ya! I'm running late driving my son to his after school activities right now b/c I'm...catching up on reading blogs. Oh only about 200 or so.

So, got to go! BTW, thanks for always being the first to comment on my posts! You're da man and I feel so loved!