In which our heroine returns from an absence forced on her by the demands of Real Life and is reunited with her beloved blog on the Internet.

(No, this is not one of those posts where the blogger apologizes for a long gap between posts, and makes lame excuses about whatever was keeping her from posting.)

Have you read those stories in the newspapers about how the Internet and social media Web sites are making us dumber? And how we need to engage more with people in real life to be happier and saner people? (Is saner even a word?)


If people have an Internet addiction, they probably have other addictions too. Alcohol and drug addiction. Love and sex addiction. Food addiction. Or gambling addiction.

(I don’t get gambling. Do you need to win the first time to get hooked? I just can’t get addicted to losing money.)

I know about this because I am an expert on the Internet. Get help, people addicted to the Internet.

Have a little self-control. Put down your laptop. Put down your iPhone. Read a book. Watch a movie. Cook. Play with your child. Clean your house.

I want to stop reading dumb stories about the Internet in the newspapers. (You know who you are, cough, The New York Times.)

Yes, arrange play dates for the child and do loads of solo parenting.

Notice Five has contagious infection. Sanitize all objects and surfaces. Wait on Five, hand and foot, for days on end, while he languishes with (and possibly milks) infection, likely obtained at school. (Aka, the toxic source of plague.)

Obsess over Gulf oil spill and feel powerless.

This post is like the roundabout scene in "National Lampoon's European Vacation". Hey look, kids! There's Big Ben!

Also, I don't get roundabouts. Not that there are huge roundabouts in NZ. (And I'm still confused by NZ's dumb give-way rule. So dumb.)

Recently, I read an interview with Woody Allen. (Is it OK to like Woody Allen again?) In the interview, Mr Allen said that he has a folder full of ideas. Whenever the demands of real life get in the way of his creative process, he goes to his ideas folder, and he finds something to write about.

And, you guys? Maybe I’m not a genius like Mr Allen, but I have a folder full of blog fodder. I sooo have not run out of blog fodder. It's exciting, how Woody Allen and I are alike, right? I KNOW!

I used to believe that posting often was a key to being a successful blogger. I know some of you bloggers post every day. That is fantastic, and why you are successful bloggers.

Some of you may have noticed that I'm not posting as often as I once did here at Wellington Road. It's really a favour to you. You are busy people. I understand. Those unread posts in your RSS readers are overwhelming. Maybe you not able to pull yourselves away from the seductive glow of your screens. And I don’t want to waste your time with filler posts.

As such, I only post on important topics. Like this one.

Hey look, kids! There's the Internet!


CiCi said...

Glad you have plenty of ideas to fall back on for blog posts. You could sell them online to other bloggers. So how often are you going to post??

Unknown said...

First of all, you mentioned feeling helpless about the oil spill. An author whom I respect wrote a blog entry about things that people can do. I know that several things are not options for you, volunteering is of course completely out. But maybe you can see if you can either donate to certain causes or spread the word about them if you do not have the funds to help.

When I lived in NM, there was a roundabout in a town close to me. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I did, I thought it was fun! Admittedly, it was nowhere near as busy as on in London. I suppose that makes all the difference.

Yes, it is OK to like Woody Allen. You are always allowed to like whomever you want to like. Even when they commit questionable acts. I like some of his movies. I think he is a smart guy and a great director. I pretty much leave it at that. :)

Now, if I can just figure out a way to link my livejournal with my blogger account, I will start posting a lot more often!

Happy Frog and I said...

Lovely to see you not apologising for popping briefly away, you don't need to!

Caffeinated Weka said...

Whew! BTW, if weather presenters can say that the weather in your area is even gooder than yesterday, then saner can definitely be a word! ;-)

betty-NZ said...

I hear ya! Real life is much more important than the bloggy world and I don't blog as much as I used to. I just do it when I feel I have something to say.

Yesterday on Dr Phil (delayed broadcasts in NZ from US) a grown woman addicted to Farmville had to be told to just 'STOP'. Duh.

jamie said...

Good on you for having an ideas folder! But more importantly, good on you for not doing the ridiculously annoying "sorry I haven't posted in a while... here's why."

I was thinking about this very topic yesterday and decided that the number one rule for blogging is to avoid that statement. I enjoyed your creative alternative. And yes, your readers will still follow you if you update less than daily. I know I will.

Suzy said...

I never got how people were addicted to losing money either. And as to blogging, is it over yet? I just don't have time to read or write anymore.

And I'm addicted to that!

Aliceson said...

I love the Internet and I love blogs and blogging but you're right, it can become too much of a distraction. I too have been cutting back on my blogging and don't get around to commenting as much as I would like but hey life is full enough.