Sunday, August 2, 2015

Is Blogging An Addiction?


Is blogging a form of addiction?

That's ridiculous. How could blogging possibly be an addiction?

I know this sounds like silly sensationalism, but the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced it's worth exploring.

Before beginning, I'm not trying to trivialize the seriousness of addiction. I have seen firsthand what addiction to drugs, alcohol, even gambling can do. Families are ruined and lives are needlessly lost.

It might sound silly, but I also recognize the power of forming positive "habits" which appear like addictions. It would seem to me that most uber successful, workaholic type people are just as caught in the vices of addiction as the someone with a serious drug problem. The difference: The former have managed to harness their addictions into something beneficial and positive.

But blogging? An addiction? Maybe not for everyone, but the more I look at my own behaviour, the more I'm starting to see some signs.

Strong compulsion to use regularly: The more I write, the more ideas I have and the more I have to write them down. The more blogs I read and bloggers I meet, the stronger the urge to interact more and more....Check

Preoccupation with the drug or activity: I must admit, in recent weeks I have found myself thinking about blogging an improbably large amount of the time. Perhaps it's the newness of it for me and perhaps my preoccupation will fade in time, but when I see my fellow more seasoned blogger colleagues, I'm not so sure....Check

Feelings of anxiousness or stress when unable to participate: I was away, mostly offline, for a short period of time recently and couldn't help feeling a bit out of sorts. I kept thinking I should have pre-written several posts and scheduled their release. That way, I could have participated, even if it was from afar.....Check

Inordinate amount of time spent on the activity: When my wife says, "You can't just come home, go straight on the computer and sit there all night," I'm starting to think there's a problem....Check

Frequently engaging in the behavior when you should be engaged in occupational or domestic behaviors: Not yet, but see above. I can certainly see myself wanting to ensure that I put enough time aside for blogging....Not quite yet.

Persistent attempts and failure to quit: I've only just started and have no intentions of quitting but even after a short time, I could see how it would be difficult to give it up....Not quite yet

Admittedly, there are definitely some unsettling signs that there are some addictive-like qualities to my blogging behaviors.

However, if I look at those uber successful workaholic people with their "habits," I think I can also see all of the above in a positive light. Over the short time I've been involved, I can how blogging can harness the creative juices for fledgling writers. Blogging acts as a healing tool for many and can create a safe haven for the shy or lonely to express their feelings and even find companionship.

I can also see how blogging provides an opportunity for those who may otherwise not have a voice to spread their message or even use it as a means to provide for themselves. 

In the end, could blogging actually become an addition? Possibly, but in my opinion, for the vast majority, blogging has become more a powerful, self-enriching "habit" than addiction.









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46 comments:

  1. I can definitely see how blogging is an addiction! I do believe it's a positive addiction though, but still an addiction. I find myself getting twitchy if my internet goes down - either that or draft posts on Word lol! Great post :)
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm definitely trying to see it as a positive habit that lets me get out my creative side but do wonder sometimes. Thanks Debbie and I pop back over to read some of the other posts tonight.

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  2. Bill Gates: computer 'addiction'
    Warren Buffet: stock 'addiction'
    DaVinci: art 'addiction'

    Sometimes dedication appears crazy to some. Just make sure it leads to positive dividends.

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    1. It's so true Christian and I think that's the same conclusion I ended up with. For those with drive and as long as it isn't hurting those around, there are just so many positive things related to blogging. Thanks for reading.

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  3. I don't think blogging itself is addictive, but I can see how someone could become obsessive about checking their stats and page views to the point of becoming a problem. It could become an anxiety trigger

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    1. It's true Jeremy. The more I thought about it when I was writing the more it was the behavior connected to blogging that had me thinking. I must admit, I can get a bit obsessive about checking the stats. The writing itself, assuming it doesn't negatively affect the other parts of your life, is likely the reason we all got into this. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Yeah, writing and scheduling 15 posts before I went on a two week holiday may suggest I'm addicted. Its under control though as I almost didn't do anything blog related during those two weeks :-)

    #anythinggoes

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    1. Lol! We were away last weekend and I kept thinking, "I wonder if I could set it up to post something while I'm out of town and off the computer," so I'm right there with you. It's good that you were able to unplug though. Thanks for reading and your blog makes me laugh.

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  5. I definitely see where you are coming from - my blog is something I am so proud of it and when I have had writers block or not been able to do anything to it I've felt a bit anxious. I think it is because I have worked so incredibly hard to build it up and use it to carve out a new career path, it's become my 'baby'!

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    1. I think once you've made the decision to take your blogging to the next level, then in my books, you're on your way to becoming one of the uber successful people. It true though, you put all kinds of time, effort and soul into your messages and want people to have an opportunity to read and enjoy too. Thanks for reading.

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  6. Interesting! It's only recently I've really started to get serious about my blog, too. I try to limit it mostly to one day a week but it's spilling out into the rest of the week more and more, which is fine until I suddenly realise one of the boys has been trying to get my attention for a minutes or so and I've been staring at the screen!

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    1. It's so true. I've definitely found myself doing the same and it's so tough to pull yourself away from it when your in the "blog groove." Like most things, finding balance seems to be the key. Thanks for reading.

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  7. I think you're right that there is something addictive to it. I have difficulty sticking to my schedule and find my self preoccupied with everything I want to add to my blog. I love it, though! #anythinggoes

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    1. I really should pick a schedule for blogging. I think it might help with the randomness of my posting but it's tough because everywhere I turn, there seems to be another avenue or aspect to blogging that I didn't know about. Thanks for reading.

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  8. I can absolutely see how it can become an addiction... I can get carried away in it to the complete detriment to my family time - so I switch off at weekends to make sure I have that special time with my family. How on earth I'll be able to do this when back at work though I'm not sure... #anythinggoes

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    1. It's true. I can totally see how easy it would be to get carried away with blogging but am glad to hear you've got a time off plan in place. Thanks for reading.

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  9. Anything can be n addiction if it is not balanced and done in wisdom and order. For me I spent a lot of time doing this but...I have to as its my full time job- the fact i enjoy it a well...I see that as a bonus!

    Angela from daysinbed.com

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    1. Very good advice and certainly for those doing this for a living I think a different standard needs to apply. Thanks for reading.

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  10. Anything can be n addiction if it is not balanced and done in wisdom and order. For me I spent a lot of time doing this but...I have to as its my full time job- the fact i enjoy it a well...I see that as a bonus!

    Angela from daysinbed.com

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  11. Definitely I'd argue it's a good habit rather than an addiction... although I guess as the saying goes, creativity begets creativity! Good thoughts #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thanks Luke and for sure I'd like to think for most it's a good habit but I can see how there might some danger for some. It's all about balance. Thanks for reading.

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  12. I don't think I have a blogging addiction (yet!) but I definitely think I'm a bit obsessed. I'm already planning posts for when I'm on holiday and hoping we have wifi. Maybe a sign I need to be without wifi for a while! #AnythingGoes

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    1. I think obsessed is a great choice of words. I keep telling my wife that I find blogging really "interesting" and I do but perhaps obsessed is a better word. Thanks for reading.

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  13. I can also say Check! Check! Check! When I began blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I love it, but I truly do think I'm addicted! It bothers me when I don't get my "blogging time" in for the day. Actually.. it drives me INSANE! So, yes, I do believe that there's something to having an addiction to blogging! #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thanks Katie. I keep telling myself that it's a hobby but I certainly seem to spend a lot of time blogging. I prefer to think of it as building up a following. Thanks for reading.

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  14. I agree 100%!!! I am still pretty new to this whole thing but I think it is pretty addicting if you don't manage yourself correctly. #AnythingGoes
    Kristen
    http://mustachesandprincessmom.blogspot.com

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    1. So true, I write at 10:30pm when I should be in bed. Thanks for reading.

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  15. I can definitely empathise with this. I am certainly feeling addicted. #anythinggoes

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    1. Call it dedication to your craft. :)

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  16. I totally agree. Blogging is absolutely an addition. I find myself burning the midnight oil, red eyed and sleepy the next day at work, I use the baby and sleep deprivation as my excuse. I need to set some boundaries. No screen time after 10pm. Bath and then bed, but then 10 becomes 10.30 and then I discover a new blog and then its 11:15 and I get a notification that I have received a new comment and want to respond, and then I just check twitter before I log off and before I know it it is 1am....

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    1. I know exactly how you feel since I told myself I would stop at 10:00pm tonight and here it is 10:30pm. I like your blog BTW. It has so much emotion.

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  17. YES! It's an addition - no doubt about it. Today, I forgot my phone at home & was totally lost without my quick tweets & Instagram posts for the blog. I was secretly delighted to get home and start commenting. Has to be an addition. Great post #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thanks. I appreciate the comments and it is tough to walk away once you've gotten into the groove.

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  18. Blogging (or micro blogging on Twitter) can definitely be addictive! When I find myself going through my day thinking "how can I condense that experience into a humorous blog post?" I know I have a problem >.<

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. When you start thinking, I need to take picture of this or that because it would make a great post. Thanks for reading.

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  19. I think it is definatly something that could become addictive. The positive feelings you get when you get a like, a new comment or follower are great and I do find myself wanting more.

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    1. It's true. I didn't get to replying to all the great comments on this post until tonight and as I read and respond, I find myself wanting to write a new post even though it's late.

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  20. I find it a bit addictive but I have to try and balance out not spending too much time on my laptop and neglecting my mum duties!! I tend to blog when the little one has gone to bed :) #twinklytuesday

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    1. I try and keep it to after the little ones are in bed but often find myself drifting towards the computer. I am definitely going to have to put limits on. Sooner or later.

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  21. I think I have an addiction problem, is there a support group for that? LOL
    #anythinggoes

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    1. I wouldn't be surprised. Thanks for reading.

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  22. I suppose the test for around addiction is how much of affects my family life. Sometimes I get twitchy because I want to be at the computer and the kids need me and I feel torn. That for me was a sign that I needed to cool my heels a little and simmer down a little. It is a battle but I think you hit the nail on the head. I'm addicted! Mel xx

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    1. #anythinggoes forgot that bit! Thinking about my next blog post!

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    2. Thanks for reading. It's so easy to find yourself going way overboard with all the different blogging things you can do.

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  23. I think that it definitely can become addictive. I think there is a very fine line between working hard and letting it take over your life. It's great to read these posts and be reminded to keep it all in perspective and make sure that family life comes first. Thanks for sharing #bigfatlinky

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  24. I'm definitely verging on the side of blogging addiction! I panic when my internet goes down, or when I'm on holiday, or when I actually have to do some real work!! I definitely find it hard to reign it in sometimes! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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