Sometime I wonder why I do this. By “this,” I mean blogging. It takes up a lot of time. Figuring out what to say in each post I write. And, as important, how to say it. Finding the perfect image to include with each post.
And there’s the reading part. Reading what other bloggers have posted. Deciding whether or not to like their posts and to comment on them. And, if so, to compose the actual comments.
And prompts. There are word prompts, photo prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, prompts about song lyrics, daily prompts, weekly prompts, and random prompts. Reading the prompts, looking at the rules, deciding which ones to participate in and which ones to pass up. It takes a lot of time.
I have a life outside of blogging, you know. I live in the real world populated by flesh and blood human beings (and dogs and cats). I can’t spend all of my time blogging.
My wife knows me well enough to know that I could, if left to my own devices — hey, that’s funny; get it? My own devices, like my iPhone or my laptop? — become totally consumed by blogging. I do tend to have an addictive personality.
That’s why, last May, when I told her I wanted to start a new blog, she had a lot of trepidation. She knew how easy it would be for me to lose my real world connection and to be almost wholly consumed by the blogosphere.
So we negotiated a deal. She would not object to my starting a new blog if I promised to not spend more than two hours a day on blogging activities.
I agreed to that deal, figuring that I’m awake for maybe 12 hours a day. During those 12 hours, I am eating meals for maybe two hours a day, walking the dog four times a day for a couple of hours in total, watching TV, using the bathroom, doing other internet related stuff, reading the items that show up on my iPhone’s newsfeed way too often, and playing solitaire on my iPhone.
With all that, I probably couldn’t devote more than two hours a day to blogging anyway. But now I wonder if two hours is enough. I wonder if it’s time to renegotiate.
“Honey, can we talk?”
Written for today’s one-word prompt, “wonder.”