Addictions can be physical or mental, serious or dismissive, conspicuous or hidden. But when does your hobby or habit become an addiction? For Some, The Blogging Never Stops by Katie Hafner exposes the details behind one of the newest 21st century addictions: blogging.
Katie gives anecdotes throughout her article of bloggers who are addicted to their blogging. Blogging addictions can be scary, being serious, mental, somewhat hidden addiction. They are serious because real needs can be neglected, and hidden meaning no one can pick you out in crowd as the addicted blogger. The addicted bloggers feel the usual symptoms of an addiction: the feeling of uneasiness and anxiety when not posting, and then the rush of enjoyment or relief upon releasing a new post. But how bad can an addiction to blogging get, really?
A man by the name of Mr. Wiggins took his laptop with him on an anniversary trip with his wife, only to be caught in the bathroom with his laptop on his knees. He also began neglecting his work – editing magazine articles – to post on his own blog. As his boss said, “Here he is working all night on something read by five second cousins and a dog, and I’m willing to pay him.” Another man, Tony Pierce, admitted that his blogging “began to feel like an addiction when he noticed that he would rather be with his computer than with his girlfriend.”
Katie says that usually blogging does not become an addiction, where the blogger stops blogging because either “the novelty wears off” or “the realization that no one is reading sets in.” However, if the number of readers increases there is a higher chance that the blogger will become addicted. Thinking about it, I do think I’d spend more time on my blog if I had a lot of people reading it.
There were definitely similarities between those who were addicted to blogging. Each one, of course, made me try to evaluate if I was becoming addicted to blogging. I realize that I do sometimes spend more time than I should on a blog post, using it as a form of procrastination. This is the same as some students from the article, claiming it was very effective for procrastination because it still felt like they were “doing something important.”
That being said, if you have any of the following symptoms, please consider the possibility that blogging may be becoming an addiction:
- You find yourself scribbling notes down about blogging everywhere you go
- You begin neglecting your job
- If you haven’t posted on your blog in a while, you feel:
- You find yourself spending way too much time creating the perfect blog post
- When you are in the company of friends, you think “I would rather be blogging.”
- You blog as a form of procrastination, to the point of doing poorly in classes
- You find yourself actually telling people in conversation, “That would make a great blog post.”
Unfortunately, there were not many success stories in Katie’s article who overcame their addiction to blogging. One did so by changing jobs to something he enjoyed more, and another had no choice but to go cold turkey – no more blogging, period. The best advice I have gathered from the article is to do your best to find the reasons why you blog so much, and try to alleviate those with other things.