The Horrendous Cycle of a Blog Addict  

rm_gerson42 52M
1752 posts
7/31/2006 9:23 pm

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The Horrendous Cycle of a Blog Addict



Well, I have now been on the blogs here for a little over 3 months. I have written more in this time than the entirety of the balance of my existence, even including when I was 6 and using crayons. Now that I am such a veteran of the blogs, please allow me to personally provide you all with my observations of the life cycle of a blogger.

1. Start Reading Blogs
You start out as a lurker, reading posts here and there. Sooner or later you run across an intriguing or challenging post from someone else's blog and start mulling about in your head for a response, challenge or agreement. You always start by leaving comments on other people's blogs first but start to have an urge or increased desire for your own blog. You simply want to belong.

2. You Start A Blog
You start easy. Simple topics that are easily grasped while placing as much personal content as possible. Perhaps post about a few of your previous mischievous exploits to prove that you belong in this new environment. These written exploits are extremely satisfying. You begin to put together a look and feel to your blog and are amazed and pleased that people are viewing and commenting on what you have to say. Creating your on line personality becomes an important part of your day.

3. You start looking at and referring to stats, aka "Stats Whore". You redo your profile, take and upload a new profile pic to improve your "look". You voraciously groom your "Watched Blog List" commenting as much as possible and start building your posse. You start "Stupid Blog Games" and other such trivial posts to create additional traffic.

4. Your become really personal on your site as the on line and real life worlds start confusing you. You sometimes voice your real opinion on topics and occasionally get flamed and you occasionally flame back. At some point, hopefully, you recognize that some of these comments are intentionally gregarious and not worth your time.

5. You fake "retire" from blogging. Temporarily exhausting the emotional reservoir from which your personal blog has sprung from, you post about retiring or possibly a short vacation from blogging. A hiatus or sabbatical you might say. It could be permanent, a month or a week.

6. You cave in after less than 72 hours. Blogging appears to have similar addictive traits akin to crack or heroin.

7. You decide to get serious about blogging. You seek out the top bloggers, reading and commenting on their posts. You attempt to solidify and extend your posse.

8. You have flirty IM's with bloggers and establish pseudo relationships with bloggers whom you have never met. Perhaps you even have a RL relationship with one. This will likely end badly. Very badly.

9. You decide that you must meet other bloggers. A vacation involving stops at fellow bloggers homes or perhaps a meet and greet. Meeting these other celebrity bloggers is akin to going to Fisherman's Wharf. Your blog views and comments by this time are up 300%.

10. You now start blogging about blogging and what blogging has done to your blogging. You possibly become annoying. Your audience eats this stuff up.

11. Refer to step 5.

12. You decide that as a result of step 10 and having repeated step 5 at least 3 times that you need to reinvent you blog. You purge or hide previous posts, remove unsuccessful posts and go back to writing about how to make the perfect fondue. Albeit, your blog now validates such drither.

13. You either lose your job because of blogging (if you had one in the first place), are afraid of losing your job for blogging or seek employment from a company in which you can hide and continue your addiction during working hours. Either way, your blog either dies a horrible painful death or becomes significantly less personal only posting trite and uninteresting subject matter.

14. Nevertheless, you continue the pattern, utilizing number 5 many times until you decide that blogging as a full time job is simply not paying the bills and that you really do need more that a couple of 2 hour naps during the night.



gerson42 - but My friends can call me ger




bipolybabe 54F

7/31/2006 9:35 pm

Who you talkin' 'bout? I don't have a problem. My blogging is not a problem, interfering in my ability to carry on relationships. I could give it up at any time.

However...I noticed that my blog is not among the "People who like this blog also like..." list, so I'm not sure I can visit your blog any longer.

I've noticed that my blog isn't on anyone's fucking list. What's up with that? It's just like high school. No one likes me, everybody hates me. Think I'll suck some diiiiick.

Isn't that the way it goes?

BPB

BPB

Check out my blog Bi-Poly-Babe for more sensual, sexual pleasure!


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 9:30 pm:
Somebody bring BPB a dick. lol
ger

Mermaidslut 49F

7/31/2006 9:36 pm

...obviously you have never chatted online before this, huh? That cycle applies to pretty much all forms of online life, not just blogs.


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 9:32 pm:
That will have to be a separate post base on specific nuances between the two. I also suffer from the IM disease.
ger

frangipanigal 44F
10406 posts
7/31/2006 9:49 pm

You pretty much nailed blogging on the head (although I have never had a blog game on my blog in the 11 months and 27 days it's been going).

Didn't you miss one bit out though? Think about it...

Frangi x


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 9:32 pm:
Now why did you have to go and bring that up? lol You want to borrow a game?
ger

sexymamma662003 31F

7/31/2006 10:21 pm

i dont have a problem. i can quit at any time!really i can.

~sexy~


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:09 pm:
Yes, we all can... but we don't. lol
ger

hornylilgirl78 105F

7/31/2006 10:22 pm

LMAO - think you hit it dead on!

~Horny~

"Anybody who believes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach flunked geography. " Robert Byrne


~HLG78~

"As kinky as a cheap garden hose!"


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:10 pm:
Humour with truth. Gotta love it.
ger

DIVISION77 39M  
8321 posts
7/31/2006 10:43 pm

Interesting...

I've never taken blogging serious enough to get past Step 2.

In a way, blogging is just my way of reaching like minds for intellectual conversation.

That alone means I won't be a popular blogger.

My favorite bloggers are obscure and my "watched list" is small.

When I've gone a week or so without posting, people say "welcome back".

It's not that I've gone anywhere so to speak, just that I only post when I have something to say.

I'm not a blog addict, evidently.

DIV

"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:11 pm:
Yet you are popular nevertheless. I've had a few week or more absences. Get emails from people checking to see if I'm ok. Not a blog addict, but probably could be if you really wanted to. Thanks DIV.
ger

ArtisticTwist75 41F
2505 posts
7/31/2006 10:51 pm

I can go weeks without looking at any blog but mine. Other times I comment on everything. But I still don't talk about my relationships on the blogs. That's private and not for blogville commentary. Addictive personalities can be addicted to anything though... It's just not my drug of choice... though it might be healthier.

Artistic


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:12 pm:
I do the same thing. Kinda of go in spurts. I totally agree about not talking about realationships here. Never seen it do any good.
ger

TheRealThing655 48F
9558 posts
7/31/2006 11:04 pm

ok, that was funny and scary and true all at the same time.
One of the things I do worry about, is when I eventually go back to work full time, how I can fit in blogging.
I will just have to work out of the home, that's the only way.
Now I gotta think me up a blog game....


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:13 pm:
I can send you a blog game if you want. Got a bunch on the to post list. lol
ger

rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
7/31/2006 11:39 pm

"Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!"

Told ya you were hooked.


Welcome to our parlor...

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:14 pm:
But... but... I've had periods of abstinence, doesnt that count?
ger

caressmewell 53F

7/31/2006 11:41 pm

Hmmmm, I guess I've hit the "uninteresting" step on my blog. Oh well.


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:14 pm:
It's almost time for step 5 then. lol
ger

SacredStarDance

8/1/2006 3:25 am

can I have the key back to my Diary now

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/1/2006 11:15 pm:
Yes, but god that was a good read. lol
ger

MoutnainGirl 37F

8/1/2006 3:39 am

LOL.. This is amusing.. however.. there is one issue with my part. I visit other blogs because I am curious to see the difference of opinions and value what others (some anyway) are saying.. not for a status quo..

other than that.. this is dead on..


Moutnain Girl

Visit my blog: MoutnainGirl


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:00 am:
Had to go visit your blog before answering. Like your blog. I agree with the comment regarding difference of opinions. We all have our take on things.
ger

Seriously_Real 48M

8/1/2006 3:52 am

I been that guy.

Somewhere along the way I managed to get the real world infecting me just as much as the blog life. Balance is good.

--Seriously


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:01 am:
Cie, balance is definately good. See you in a couple days.
ger

angelofmercy5 58F
17881 posts
8/1/2006 5:40 am

ROFLMAO!!! You sure hit the nail on the head. This was funny and frightening at the same time. But all these poor folks are so addicted. But not me.......I can quit anytime. I don't even think about blogging in my real life. And if you believe that, I'll give you the name of my therapist! lol


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:02 am:
I'm feelin you . Wasn't meant for me or you. Those other guys tho, gotta feel sorry for them.
ger

EroticaXTC 49F

8/1/2006 2:53 pm

I saw my blogLIfe pass before my eyes...again


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:18 am:
Thats like a dog life x 7 - 4, right?
ger

rm_cru1972 44M
4407 posts
8/1/2006 3:20 pm

I resemble that remark!!!! all but the retirement.


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:18 am:
Ok, no retirements. Just rests.
ger

rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
8/1/2006 3:39 pm

    Quoting Seriously_Real:
    I been that guy.

    Somewhere along the way I managed to get the real world infecting me just as much as the blog life. Balance is good.

    --Seriously
Cru, could you hand this:

've

up the line to Seriously_Real? Thanks, he dropped it out of his comment.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:19 am:
Die English Major, Die.
ger

rm_mmmgoodnova 105M/105F
1259 posts
8/1/2006 5:13 pm

OH, God, I'm in-between steps 9 and 10 right now.


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:21 am:
You and me both. Looking forward to it.
ger

rm_kelli4u2dew 41F
5220 posts
8/1/2006 8:23 pm

Of course, I didn't recognize any of the characteristics you mention, either in my personality or those of the 63,000 friends I have on this site, I just dropped by to say that I saw your birthdate on someone else's blog, and to say that makes 3 of us that I know of. Wanna form a clique?

LMAO!!!!


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:22 am:
Let me think about it... Ok yes. Clique it is. Are you positive you don't recognize any of those traits. lol
ger

rm_mangomami2 40F
364 posts
8/1/2006 9:40 pm

LMAO


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:22 am:
Love it when people laugh.
ger

LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
8/2/2006 1:14 am

...

I liked this, and you did it well ger...I can sya I have not "fake retired"...haven't even considered it, and I haven't blogged at work yet either...I just leave to blog and then go back...


rm_gerson42 replies on 8/2/2006 1:24 am:
You gotta be one of the few not to invoke number 5. Maybe that's your secret. Slow and steady. lol
ger

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
8/2/2006 1:50 am

Somehow I think we are all guilty of at least a few.
ger


curious082385 31F
4925 posts
8/2/2006 2:15 am

Trying to figure out how many times I've repeated steps 5 and 6....


TabithaElectra 37F

8/2/2006 10:01 am



This is the funniest most accurate post I have read all day!!


DiscreetFunCMH 50M

8/3/2006 8:43 am

All I can say is I'm in step 2 of this 14 step program. Damn I have along way to go.


free2chose2 66F

8/4/2006 3:20 am

I am not addicted to blogging
I am not addicted to blogging
I am not addicted to blogging

I feel a blog coming on

Don't worry, be Happy


__Huntress__ 55M/57F

8/18/2006 4:31 am

I can't relate to any of that ... really !

{=}


rm_kittiekat155 44F

10/2/2006 8:34 pm

I still don't understand the purpose of blogging.


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