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Monday, May 23, 2005

Blogging - How much is too much?

Amshinover asked for help with his blogging addiction so here's my take on situation:

Blogging is addictive it's true.
It's dynamic nature is what makes it so attractive, you don't want to miss anything good, and there is always something going on.
The question is; how much is too much?

Blogging is a funny thing, it can be enriching, educational, social, mind warping, or heresy breeding.
It can make you laugh, cry, puke, think and forget.

The problem is when it starts encroaching on your "real life."
A friend of mine who blogs once told me that he thinks all bloggers are lonely in some way.
That may be true. Blogging does give a person a lot more personal interaction than he might get in the real world.

So take this little test to see where you fall out on the blogometer:
Choose as many as fit your situation.

When I spend time blogging it's because:

a) I'm interested in the blog's subject matter
b) I'm bored
c) I'm avoiding other things I need to do
d) I'm avoiding other people

I spend __________ blogging.

a) less than an hour per day
b) 1-5 hours per day
c) 5-10 hours per day
d) nearly all my waking hours

My blogging habit is cutting into:

a) no part of my life
b) my social life
c) my work ethic
d) my family life

When I can't blog:

a) I'm fine
b) I worry I'm missing something
c) I count the minutes till I blog again
d) I shake convulsively until I get my hands back onto that keyboard.

Scoring:
Give yourself 1 pt for every a)
2 points for every b) and so on....

Results:

25 or more-DANGEROUSLY ADDITICTED- You may need to make a clean break for a bit to detox, remember there is nothing going on on ANY blog more important that what is going on in your own life.

16-20- yep, you are an ADDICTED BLOGGER- you may want to cut back just a little...

12-16- SERIOUS BLOGGER- you blog and you like it, no major problems yet.

5-10 - HEALTHY BLOGGER- A little casual blogging is good for the mind.

0-4- UNDER A ROCK BLOGGER- Do you even have internet access?

16 Comments:

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The math doesn't work.. highets possible score is 16, not 25

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Reread the instructions, you can check off as many as apply.
:)

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

this sucks if you add my score to me BMI the number is a 3rd of my IQ.

 
At 12:54 PM, Anonymous shanna said...

12-16- SERIOUS BLOGGER- you blog and you like it, no major problems yet.

I beg to differ...I'm just riddled with probelms!

 
At 12:56 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

I'm only addressing blogging related problems in this post, we can tackle your other issues as we go :)

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

yeah shannananananan "CAN'T YOU JUST LISTEN FOR ONCE YOU PEICE OF...!!!"

 
At 1:06 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

whoa! just over the edge into addicted blogger from serious blogger. so that's what they mean when they say, "it's not serious, is it?" Shifra, coming next - a survey of the sociability of bloggers or are bloggers social beings? ps, Congratulations on stepping over the edge, may you be blessed with a fine career as our next Dear Shifra, successor to Dear Abby.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

Amshi, you might want to consider eating a little more, you must be on the thin side. ps, get a real homepage and be famous as the only 104 year old afgan jewish blogger.

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Amshin, play nice.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger DovBear said...

Oh such nachus, I am shepping.

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

You should be!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

Ouch. I'm right on the cusp of dangerously addicted. It won't take much to push me over...

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Call me an addict.

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger BrooklynJewishGuy said...

I'm so addicted that I even came to respond weeks after you posted!! HELP!!!

 
At 5:07 PM, Blogger BrooklynJewishGuy said...

WEEEKS??? It's the end of July already. Geeessshhh.

 
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