So by becoming a blogger, exactly what relationship have I begun?
I keep seeing people apologize for not having time to read other bloggers’ entries. And I often feel bad, too, that I can’t keep up with everyone. But it crossed my mind tonight (as I sit here in the wee hours babysitting a huge print job) that really I have no obligation to read every blog I have subscribed to. And I can’t read them all, at least not all the time. I tend to subscribe to a blog any time that I find a couple thought-provoking, heartrending, immensely funny or just plain fun posts. And I have discovered that there are a LOT of really witty, inspiring, and otherwise talented writers out here in cyberspace. (If you don’t believe me, just browse my subscription list!)
But I am a person who prefers low-maintenance friendships, and I am discovering xanga to be rather high-maintenance! Even if I spend an hour every day, I don’t think I could keep up with all my subs, and since my real life keeps demanding me to participate , spending an hour here every day really isn’t an option. Not to mention that xanga is not my only online indulgence. There are a couple other places that I like to keep up on as well. I often pop on to check my subs and write a post, and by the time I’m finished catching up, there’s no time to write something myself!
I’ve seen people quit blogging for a time or even close their sites completely because they just don’t have time to keep up with it. I know I have sometimes spent way too many hours here, and felt guilty and frustrated about it. It’s easy, in the context of blogging, to forge a lot of friendships in a little time. And then trying to keep up with them all becomes overwhelming! But I begin to care about all of you, and I really don’t want to miss anything, so . . . what’s a blogger to do? Does anyone feel as torn by this as I do? And if so, what’s your solution?