Blog Addiction to Blogging

Blogs, have you got an addiction or what? 

With every wonderful new invention enivetably comes a number of issues to be dealt with.  

I started blogging a few years ago because I could see the potential of Blogs for IT students that wanted a web presence that would be a bit of a no-brainer to set up,  providing they had good instructions.  I stepped out of the blogosphere for a while. Meanwhile I have been living my life doing other virtual things which keeps me on the computer about 60 hours a week.

Stepping back into the Blog universe a few weeks back has been quite a shock; the technology has changed, numerous widgets and tools to drive traffic have appeared, lots of people using blogs as affiliate doorways…it really is a new world that is changing while we’re staring at it.

And like all areas of Info Tech, when you’re concentrating on one area, a whole new technology emerges. Or, a pre-existing one morphs into a monster.   

Now there is a whole new digital generation living their lives online, sharing their worlds with strangers, sending messages/comments to people that they pass in the digital street.  I guess it had to happen.

  • Forums were too black and white and not pretty or customizable enough. 
  • Rebuilding a web page each day was too nerdy and impracticle. 
  • Email a bit too too spammy.

So enter the blog, the land where you can add pictures and build /shape your virtual personailty, tell people your woes and break throughs, and tell others what you think about the way they view the world.

But after having a little bit of a dig around the blog lands I’m seeing the foundations of a potential issue. Over the past few years I’ve been exploring computer addictions a little. Our education systems and the business world is pushing everyone into the world of computer technology in a manner that really divides the community. This means:  you know or you don’t, like it or lump it it’s coming anyway.  And there are many people that have a lot of trouble just locating the on button…and mind you…many that can’t find the off button.

 A few of our common digital addictions that really need addressing are

  • young teenage guys at LAN parties
  • teenage girls that spend hours chatting
  • downloading endless amounts of MP3’s that there is not enough time to listen to
  • people in jobs that spend all day checking their emails

So what I’m starting to see know is the foundation of a new addiction the BLOG ADDICTION

So how do we know if we have an issue?  (Please note this is a bit tongue in cheek)

  • If you create comments on your own blogs
  • If you get upset when no-one comments
  • When you ask people to comment
  • If you get depressed when your blog stats are down
  • If you check your blog before breakfast
  • If your blog friends out number your physical friends
  • If changing your avatar is a stressful experience
  • If you post things on your blog like…”I had to go out for an hour but I’m back now”

Ok let’s watch this phenomena closely, its upside or downside.


5 comments so far

  1. GO! Smell the flowers on

    Both the male (Jim) and female (Em)flowers have an issue with blogging, we were in denial but hey – its our way ot encouraging others to go smell the flowers.

    We enjoyed this well written article and keep it up!

    Hi from Dubai….

  2. Tony Hogan on

    Thanks, I don’t see a difference between weeds and neighbours can’t stand it 🙂

  3. Fiona on

    A strange phenomenon started happening at our house – our computer kept disappearing. When I asked our teenage son what was happening he said he was LANing with friends. I thought it was pretty safe as no drugs are involved and no worries about unwanted pregnancies. So can you enlighten us on what happens at LAN parties and should I be worried about my son taking out a computer instead a girl?

  4. plantrubber on

    Well it really depends on how much coca-cola, pizza, lack of sleep that a human being can take before becoming emotionally disturbed. The big question is ‘why’ a person wants to stay up for a few days trying to conquer virtual objects. I guess if he starts talking about it in his sleep then you’ve really got an issue, or if he suddenly changes his name to ‘Thunder’, ‘the skull’ or ‘Frodo’ then I’d be looking for professional help, although i’d suggest a therapist that has children and also owns a computer with an internet connection and does not wear shorts with black shoes and business socks.. You could remind him that more than 50% of the worlds population are female and see if his eyes light up a little, this is always a great test of how far someone has gone into the virtual world.

    good luck and keep life real

  5. footiam on

    Blog addiction is better than drug addiction anytime.

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