Are you a blogoholic? And the awards.

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How many of you have been engaged in a conversation, or taking a photograph, or doing something totally mundane and thought to yourself ‘I must blog about that?’

Bee posted a question on the British Mummy Bloggers website asking ‘Is your blogging habit threatening to swamp your life?’ and comments ranged from ‘my husband got particularly narked when the ironing pile was almost as big as the four-year-old’ to this from Mothership which actually made me laugh out loud: ‘Husband told me I loved the internet more than him the other day. There was a very awkward silence when I didn’t deny it immediately!’

Hells bells, I thought, are we really all that bad? Has it really taken control of our lives?
Everyone knows how addictive blogging can become. You get sucked into that community and it’s hard to find time to put your head above water to breath.

I have seen a few bloggers make the decision to step back and give family life more attention and put their blogging on the backburner for a while.
But you absolutely know they want to come back. They feel drawn to step back in to that big ole circle of ‘friends’ and say ‘hi’ once again.

It can become a rather negative thing when partners feel neglected, children only see the back of mummy or daddy’s head as they tippy tap away on the keyboard and you’re more interested in writing a new post than sitting with a bag of Maltesers and a cup of tea while watching Heroes. Ok, that NEVER happens in this house, but you get the picture.

But there are positive things about blogging and being part of this writing community.
In the year that I have been posting I have come across many people for whom blogging is a help. Comments actually brighten their day. Writing is somehow cathartic.
They need comfort or help and their blogging buddies give it to them.

Some struggle with ill health, some are coming to terms with grief, some have lost their job, and some just struggle with life itself.
Some just need the connection. Some need support. Some just want someone to listen.
How wonderful that we can offer that with a visit or a simple comment or a follow. We can bring a ray of sunshine to people all over the world from the comfort of our office chair/sofa/bed.

And so, it is in that vein that I would like to hand out this award to a bunch of folk who, for one reason or another, would I think appreciate a visit.
If you want to pass it on, great, if not just enjoy and put it in pride of place next to your 50m swimming badge.

More Than Just A Mother negotiates life with a triple buggy and is really funny. I mean really funny. She’s also revealed things that have had me tearing up while reading the computer screen and that’s some mean feat.
Wahm-Bam has just revealed to all that she is pregnant with baby 2 and needs a big ole cyber hug.
Clark Kent’s Lunchbox is training to become a teacher! He’s such a lovely chap (plus he’s got 5 children so he’s got to have picked up a few lessons there) but I know he’s slightly nervous about it. Superman as a teacher? What child isn’t going to just love him?
Turf Dad lost his job and I’m sat here in England WILLING him to get another because he’s such a lovely chap and he doesn’t mind when I go over to his place and tell him the movies he recommends every week are pants.
Blogger Dad is another really talented person who lost his job and is such a hard worker and such a nice person and never ever comments when I make his life difficult over at Blog To Fit where we collaborate/call each other names.
The absolutely lovely A Confused Take That Fan who has had me wishing I lived close by so I can race round a dole out plentiful hugs when she is low.
Potty Mummy for her valiant battle with potty training. I don’t mean to laugh, but ye gods come on that boy!
Reasons to be Cheerful 1, 2, 3 has moved to the Midlands from her beloved Yorkshire and is finding it hard.
Kirsty at My Life for the World to See because her little girl has recently had surgery and if you could see the photo of her in her hospital bed you would want to rush over there and hug hug hug.
And fianlly to Home Office Mum who needs all support she can get as she is leaving on the most amazing adventure to sail 5,200 nautical miles to Brazil as part of a Round the World Clipper Race – while leaving her hubby and two young sons behind. Give her your support, give her your money (£2 is all she’s angling for. £2. That’s like 3 chocolate bars. She could actually be helping you if you donate . . . ). Go visit her at More to Life Than Laundry.

And of course, the question remains: are you a blogoholic?

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56 Responses to Are you a blogoholic? And the awards.

  1. Vered - MomGrind says:

    I'm not a blogoholic. I was for a while, but then I cut back on my posting schedule (started with 5/ week and now down to twice a week) and started closing comments to some of my posts. While this resulted in losing readers and less traffic, I am very happy with my decision. My life balance is now back where it should be: family and "me" time first, then paid work, and only then blogging.

  2. Vered - MomGrind says:

    I'm not a blogoholic. I was for a while, but then I cut back on my posting schedule (started with 5/ week and now down to twice a week) and started closing comments to some of my posts. While this resulted in losing readers and less traffic, I am very happy with my decision. My life balance is now back where it should be: family and "me" time first, then paid work, and only then blogging.

  3. More than Just a Mot says:

    Am I a blogaholic? Hmmm…. It's 6am, I have to leave for work in half an hour, and I'm still in my PJs, having a cup of tea, furtively logging on and going through my blog roll. You decide.But I'm so glad I did – how lovely to start the day with an award! Thanks Tara 🙂 I love writing so much, and it genuinely feels wonderful when people enjoy reading my posts.

  4. More than Just a Mot says:

    Am I a blogaholic? Hmmm…. It's 6am, I have to leave for work in half an hour, and I'm still in my PJs, having a cup of tea, furtively logging on and going through my blog roll. You decide.But I'm so glad I did – how lovely to start the day with an award! Thanks Tara 🙂 I love writing so much, and it genuinely feels wonderful when people enjoy reading my posts.

  5. Metropolitan Mum says:

    I guess I am hoping to become one – in its best sense. Being a foreigner with only a handful of childless former work colleagues, becoming a new mum in London was a daunting prospect. Blogging makes being tired/grumpy/irritated/clueless/overweight just a bit more fun. Because I am not alone. And others actually care.

  6. Metropolitan Mum says:

    I guess I am hoping to become one – in its best sense. Being a foreigner with only a handful of childless former work colleagues, becoming a new mum in London was a daunting prospect. Blogging makes being tired/grumpy/irritated/clueless/overweight just a bit more fun. Because I am not alone. And others actually care.

  7. Coding Mamma (Tasha) says:

    Aw, thank you Tara. And, yes, I think I am a blogaholic. As my poor daughter will testify to, having been neglected for the last three hours while I caught up on my blogroll. I comfort myself in the knowledge that I would not have spent so much time on it, if it wasn't a Tuesday morning, when we get to spend the whole morning together. And I have got a bit behind over the last half a week. Thank you, again. Lovely award!

  8. Coding Mamma (Tasha) says:

    Aw, thank you Tara. And, yes, I think I am a blogaholic. As my poor daughter will testify to, having been neglected for the last three hours while I caught up on my blogroll. I comfort myself in the knowledge that I would not have spent so much time on it, if it wasn't a Tuesday morning, when we get to spend the whole morning together. And I have got a bit behind over the last half a week. Thank you, again. Lovely award!

  9. Tara says:

    @Vered: You are such an inspiration to us all. You have managed to find that 'happy' place and yet you still have a kick-ass blog. Way to go!@MTJAM: I think it is such a wonderful thing that these days someone who loves to write has this outlet and, let's face it, it could lead to so many other things whereas just a few short years ago you would have been just another frustrated writer with no outlet. I love that you love writing!@Metropolitan Mum: I guess blogging is like having your very own agony aunts/diary all rolled into one. I wish I had discovered it when I was pregnant. Instead I relied on every book I could lay my hands on and even then there were none telling you what it's really like. Just some sanitised version. I wanted to hear about being a mum warts and all!@Tasha: You are very welcome and hopefully you will find a happy medium soon! x

  10. Tara says:

    @Vered: You are such an inspiration to us all. You have managed to find that 'happy' place and yet you still have a kick-ass blog. Way to go!@MTJAM: I think it is such a wonderful thing that these days someone who loves to write has this outlet and, let's face it, it could lead to so many other things whereas just a few short years ago you would have been just another frustrated writer with no outlet. I love that you love writing!@Metropolitan Mum: I guess blogging is like having your very own agony aunts/diary all rolled into one. I wish I had discovered it when I was pregnant. Instead I relied on every book I could lay my hands on and even then there were none telling you what it's really like. Just some sanitised version. I wanted to hear about being a mum warts and all!@Tasha: You are very welcome and hopefully you will find a happy medium soon! x

  11. I go through phases of being a blogaholic.This week I am on top of general life. The ironing pile is only as big as the three year old now and I am in plus points with blog material waiting to be posted.Give me another week and I'll be sucked back in. Pretending to husband that I need to do an online Tesco order … in reality I'll be blog hopping.

  12. I go through phases of being a blogaholic.This week I am on top of general life. The ironing pile is only as big as the three year old now and I am in plus points with blog material waiting to be posted.Give me another week and I'll be sucked back in. Pretending to husband that I need to do an online Tesco order … in reality I'll be blog hopping.

  13. Marcia Francois says:

    Definitely not, I've worked very hard to keep the blogging balanced. I want to have a life to blog about because the real people are my life 🙂

  14. Marcia Francois says:

    Definitely not, I've worked very hard to keep the blogging balanced. I want to have a life to blog about because the real people are my life 🙂

  15. Turf Dad says:

    "Tough Cookies Don't Crumble"…I like it! "You Have The Prettiest Blog" would have been too girly. Thanks Tara.

  16. Turf Dad says:

    "Tough Cookies Don't Crumble"…I like it! "You Have The Prettiest Blog" would have been too girly. Thanks Tara.

  17. Home Office Mum says:

    Ooh – thanks for my award and the link. I'd like to be a blogaholic except I don't have the time. However, I do have a fabulous idea for my next blog post on this very subject. So I guess, yes I am one. And thanks for the other suggested blogs – some I've not visited yet so will do. When I get a mo of course. Not right now. Not when I should actually be working. And oh shit, fetching the kids from school. Bye

  18. Home Office Mum says:

    Ooh – thanks for my award and the link. I'd like to be a blogaholic except I don't have the time. However, I do have a fabulous idea for my next blog post on this very subject. So I guess, yes I am one. And thanks for the other suggested blogs – some I've not visited yet so will do. When I get a mo of course. Not right now. Not when I should actually be working. And oh shit, fetching the kids from school. Bye

  19. Tara says:

    @Laura: "Pretending to husband that I need to do an online Tesco order" – that's just brilliant. I wonder how many others use the 'I'm must ordering your razors online' as an excuse?@ Marcia: Good for you. You just serve to prove that it can be done if we try.@ Turf Dad: You're very welcome my friend.@ Home Office Mum: You have two blogs HOM. Yes, you are one! Not as 'bad' as Modern Mother yet (she needs to come on over and defend herself!). Just how many blogs does she have now?!

  20. Tara says:

    @Laura: "Pretending to husband that I need to do an online Tesco order" – that's just brilliant. I wonder how many others use the 'I'm must ordering your razors online' as an excuse?@ Marcia: Good for you. You just serve to prove that it can be done if we try.@ Turf Dad: You're very welcome my friend.@ Home Office Mum: You have two blogs HOM. Yes, you are one! Not as 'bad' as Modern Mother yet (she needs to come on over and defend herself!). Just how many blogs does she have now?!

  21. Reasons to be Cheerf says:

    Thank you Sticky Fingers, i have no idea how to take awards but thanks anyway. I know what you mean, my kids are moaning about how much time I'm spending on the computer, but I am getting attached to my bloggy pals and they/you enrich my life – more than ironing x

  22. Reasons to be Cheerf says:

    Thank you Sticky Fingers, i have no idea how to take awards but thanks anyway. I know what you mean, my kids are moaning about how much time I'm spending on the computer, but I am getting attached to my bloggy pals and they/you enrich my life – more than ironing x

  23. notSupermum says:

    My name is notSupermum and I am a blogaholic. I'm actually wondering if there is a BA already set up? (Bloggers Anonymous).

  24. notSupermum says:

    My name is notSupermum and I am a blogaholic. I'm actually wondering if there is a BA already set up? (Bloggers Anonymous).

  25. Great post Tara! I've just returned to blogging after a year away and I'm more addicted now than ever. I love the community spirit and finding out about people's lives and what they are up too. Right now my daughter is saying "Mummy, will you play with me?" so I will have to work hard not to end up neglecting everything else whilst tapping away constantly on my keyboard.

  26. Great post Tara! I've just returned to blogging after a year away and I'm more addicted now than ever. I love the community spirit and finding out about people's lives and what they are up too. Right now my daughter is saying "Mummy, will you play with me?" so I will have to work hard not to end up neglecting everything else whilst tapping away constantly on my keyboard.

  27. Working mum says:

    My name is working mum and I'm a blogoholic. Does sneaking onto the laptop before going to work to post my PSF count. And after having conversations with daughter where I laugh out loud saying "I'm so going to blog that". Or daughter joining in by typing in the word verification for me when I leave a comment. Ooops, think I've said too much!

  28. Working mum says:

    My name is working mum and I'm a blogoholic. Does sneaking onto the laptop before going to work to post my PSF count. And after having conversations with daughter where I laugh out loud saying "I'm so going to blog that". Or daughter joining in by typing in the word verification for me when I leave a comment. Ooops, think I've said too much!

  29. Tara says:

    @ Reasons to be Cheeful: Blogging or ironing? Blogging or ironing? Hmmm, who the hell is going to pick the ironing?@ notSupermum: You say that like it's a bad thing! If you're going to be addicted to something, better it's writing online and not say loads of sugary things which I am VERY MUCH MISSING RIGHT NOW. And yes, I did shout that bit. @Rosiescribble: Well it's great to have you back. Everything in moderation as they say.@ Working Mum: Another one signing up for notSupermum's BA group!

  30. Tara says:

    @ Reasons to be Cheeful: Blogging or ironing? Blogging or ironing? Hmmm, who the hell is going to pick the ironing?@ notSupermum: You say that like it's a bad thing! If you're going to be addicted to something, better it's writing online and not say loads of sugary things which I am VERY MUCH MISSING RIGHT NOW. And yes, I did shout that bit. @Rosiescribble: Well it's great to have you back. Everything in moderation as they say.@ Working Mum: Another one signing up for notSupermum's BA group!

  31. CK Lunchbox says:

    You are waaaay to kind in your esteem for me Tara. Thank you for this. …and teacher training is hard stuff, even for Superman. I am so nervous.

  32. CK Lunchbox says:

    You are waaaay to kind in your esteem for me Tara. Thank you for this. …and teacher training is hard stuff, even for Superman. I am so nervous.

  33. Expat mum says:

    I started just as one of my best mates Drunk Mummy bowed out (and moved on to other projects). I decided when I began that I would limit my postings to about twice a week. I also sit down for NO MORE than an hour at a time, because you really can sit there all day and read great blogs – and then suddenly there's no dinner, clean clothes, new chapters, etc. I may sound like I'm boasting, but – well, I am rather pleased with myself. (Oof- there's the fall!)

  34. Expat mum says:

    I started just as one of my best mates Drunk Mummy bowed out (and moved on to other projects). I decided when I began that I would limit my postings to about twice a week. I also sit down for NO MORE than an hour at a time, because you really can sit there all day and read great blogs – and then suddenly there's no dinner, clean clothes, new chapters, etc. I may sound like I'm boasting, but – well, I am rather pleased with myself. (Oof- there's the fall!)

  35. Sparx says:

    Tara – great blog… yes all the time I rack up things I think would make a good blog… the trouble is that I always forget what they were the instant I sit down to write a post… never mind!

  36. Sparx says:

    Tara – great blog… yes all the time I rack up things I think would make a good blog… the trouble is that I always forget what they were the instant I sit down to write a post… never mind!

  37. Mon says:

    Totally addicted. life happens, and often my first thought is… first line of a post.lol

  38. Mon says:

    Totally addicted. life happens, and often my first thought is… first line of a post.lol

  39. Tara says:

    @CK: Don't pretend like you don't deserve it. And nerves are good. Nerves will give you the edge.@ Expat Mum: Drunk Mummy? What the? But good for you for devising yourself and plan and sticking to it. You are right to boast!@Sparx: You need one of those notepads you can wear around your kneck . . . @Mon: Your addiction is to our benefit, you should look at it that way!

  40. Tara says:

    @CK: Don't pretend like you don't deserve it. And nerves are good. Nerves will give you the edge.@ Expat Mum: Drunk Mummy? What the? But good for you for devising yourself and plan and sticking to it. You are right to boast!@Sparx: You need one of those notepads you can wear around your kneck . . . @Mon: Your addiction is to our benefit, you should look at it that way!

  41. kirsty815 says:

    Thanks for thinking about me you brought a little ray of sunshine to my life with this award. :o) I will tell you if an activity included Maltesers I'd be there in a flash cause I'm a chocoholic..lolThanks AgainKirst

  42. kirsty815 says:

    Thanks for thinking about me you brought a little ray of sunshine to my life with this award. :o) I will tell you if an activity included Maltesers I'd be there in a flash cause I'm a chocoholic..lolThanks AgainKirst

  43. I am a blogoholic. I admit it. Yes, I spend at least ten minutes each day composing the opening of a post when something funny/interesting/strange/weird/downright annoying happens to me. And it's great, a little bit of "me time" where I get to read great blogs, fantastic comments and make some of my own!

  44. I am a blogoholic. I admit it. Yes, I spend at least ten minutes each day composing the opening of a post when something funny/interesting/strange/weird/downright annoying happens to me. And it's great, a little bit of "me time" where I get to read great blogs, fantastic comments and make some of my own!

  45. Patricia says:

    I am not a blogoholic but I am addicted to writing….and blogging let's me know that someone is reading what I write, which is reassuring and supportive. I write two blogs but my life is really full. I belong to a worldwide healing prayer group, a voluntary simplicity group, a book group, and run two children's book groups, I do online listening for a number of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I take care of my family in between – you will notice no mention of house cleaning as I have given that up for Lent!..I was addicted to the news but I gave that up for Lent also…I sure wish I had had a blog when my children were little…making up for lost time now 🙂

  46. Patricia says:

    I am not a blogoholic but I am addicted to writing….and blogging let's me know that someone is reading what I write, which is reassuring and supportive. I write two blogs but my life is really full. I belong to a worldwide healing prayer group, a voluntary simplicity group, a book group, and run two children's book groups, I do online listening for a number of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I take care of my family in between – you will notice no mention of house cleaning as I have given that up for Lent!..I was addicted to the news but I gave that up for Lent also…I sure wish I had had a blog when my children were little…making up for lost time now 🙂

  47. amy says:

    i'm a new blogoholic and i love reading other peoples blogs so i've been thinking of starting a blog and now i've took the plunge so it will be nice to see people reading what i've got 2say if you fancy a look (great post by the way!) x

  48. amy says:

    i'm a new blogoholic and i love reading other peoples blogs so i've been thinking of starting a blog and now i've took the plunge so it will be nice to see people reading what i've got 2say if you fancy a look (great post by the way!) x

  49. Tara says:

    @ Kirsty: Your happiness makes the trouble I had making that award all worthwhile!@ Nunhead Mum: Good for you. Stand up, shout it out and be proud!@ Patricia: Ye gods woman, where do you find the time to breathe! You did make me chuckle at "you will notice no mention of house cleaning as I have given that up for Lent". Darn it, why didn't I think of that instead of giving up sugar.@Amy: Welcome welcome, it's great to have you here. And if you think you're a blogoholic now, just wait til you've been doing it for a few weeks and your eyes go weak with reading the screen and your fingers are sore from leaving comments! This is only the beginning my dear. x

  50. Tara says:

    @ Kirsty: Your happiness makes the trouble I had making that award all worthwhile!@ Nunhead Mum: Good for you. Stand up, shout it out and be proud!@ Patricia: Ye gods woman, where do you find the time to breathe! You did make me chuckle at "you will notice no mention of house cleaning as I have given that up for Lent". Darn it, why didn't I think of that instead of giving up sugar.@Amy: Welcome welcome, it's great to have you here. And if you think you're a blogoholic now, just wait til you've been doing it for a few weeks and your eyes go weak with reading the screen and your fingers are sore from leaving comments! This is only the beginning my dear. x

  51. aconfusedtakethatfan says:

    I am still here! Thanks so much for your kind words. Despite the fact I have been oh so quiet on my own blog. I still surf around reading everyone elses.PS – your boy is just scrumptious…

  52. aconfusedtakethatfan says:

    I am still here! Thanks so much for your kind words. Despite the fact I have been oh so quiet on my own blog. I still surf around reading everyone elses.PS – your boy is just scrumptious…

  53. dongdong says:

    yep… I think I'm becoming one. There are just so many fascinating blogs out there. Can't you tell I really like yours? This is my second comment. Come visit me:http://chanadventurewj.blogspot.com/

  54. dongdong says:

    yep… I think I'm becoming one. There are just so many fascinating blogs out there. Can't you tell I really like yours? This is my second comment. Come visit me:http://chanadventurewj.blogspot.com/

  55. Potty Mummy says:

    Thankyou Tara – at last, recognition of how blxxdy long this all taking!!!!!!!! (Can't believe I left it so long to come and pick this up; a thousand apologies. I am normally much better behaved than that…)

  56. Potty Mummy says:

    Thankyou Tara – at last, recognition of how blxxdy long this all taking!!!!!!!! (Can't believe I left it so long to come and pick this up; a thousand apologies. I am normally much better behaved than that…)

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