Friday, November 11, 2011

Blog Diet Experiment

I decided to put myself on a blog diet. Not because I don't like blogs, but because I like them too much. I spend more time reading blogs than sewing, these days. And I am drowning in "must-have" fabric. (I used to not know a Moda from a Kona! Name a fabric designer? Couldn't have!)

I suspect obsessive blog-following is not a problem for most people, but I am a half-time telecommuter who is home alone a lot. So, I have more time to blog cruise than the average person.

So how many blogs are we talking about? A couple... More than a few... Ok, 177 of them. (I'm sorry, I should have told you to sit down first.) Yes, one hundred and seventy seven. 177 wonderful, rich, inspiring, helpful blogs. Basically, "too many"!

My blog diet means: for my own blog/journal, I am going to commit myself to posting about process, progress, and setbacks to keep the focus on the work, rather than the goods (e.g., purchases, stash shots - fabric porn, if I may be so vulgar). As far as other folks' blogs, I have to pare them down to a manageable number, in part to go from being a rapt but inactive observer, to an inspired, more active participant. And in part, to limit my exposure to the ubiquitous enticement to buy.

We'll see how it goes. Quilt Market recaps are brutal. But I'm down to about 40 quilty/sewing blogs and that's a good start. I culled my Facebook page, my Twitter account (which I intend to close following the end of the TwitterB in January), and my quilt shop email newsletter subscriptions and I've stopped obsessively entering giveaways.


MariQuilts said...

I so get where you are coming's all so addictive. I try to set some boundaries for myself in this whole area as well, but I actually think my quilting production is up since I started blogging almost a year ago.
Good luck.

Molly said...

I know, I know. I'm doing the same thing! I've just started an experiment that I call, "Project real life" where I am trying to actually work on projects instead of reading about them. I'm trying to cut my computer time down to just mornings with my coffee and afterwork for 20 minutes.

I've unsubscribed from all the fabric stores and online magazines and from blogs that feel the must post a few times a week ... even if it's just to say "sorry I'm not posting."

Anonymous said...

I guess it would be kinda codependent of me to ask you to share your 177 favorite blogs...