Saturday, December 13, 2008

Metablogging (blogging about blogs)

Do you ever feel that blogging has taken over your life?

If you said no, good, me neither (you may now move on to the next blog).

If you said yes, scroll down…


Fwhew! Me too! I am so glad I am not alone.

Three months ago, I had rarely even seen a blog, much less written a blog post on my very own blog.

I really have no idea how it started. Well I do really… it started during a moment of boredom (isn’t that how everything bad (and by bad I mean good) starts.

I was looking at my msn homepage and clicked on a video story about a young couple who had been in an airplane accident and had sustained massive burns. (I am sure you all knew about that story long before I did.) Because of this woman’s well-loved blog, their story had been made famous all over the world. So I thought to my wee self: “Let’s see what all the fuss is about her blog.” And I did. I read it ALL, all 3+ years of it in a few sittings. Then I moved on to her sister’s blog… and then I started looking at the blogs of bloggers who left comments on her blog… and then looking at the blogs on the “blog roll” of some of these bloggers…

… and then I had a minor breakdown, after reading so many posts about bloggers with perfectly decorated homes, time and energy for gourmet cooking and homeschooling, perfect husbands, their absolute delight at staying home with their perfect kids… I couldn’t take it any longer…

… I had to find my way out of mormonmommyblogdom.

Now, I have nothing against mormonmommybloggers, I actually have some of their blogs in my favorites, but I used to be Mormon and I left it… happily, so it is kind of like looking back in time, at a me, in a totally different life.

Anyway, it was time to move on… so I finally found a blogsite about a city slicker-turned cowgirl rancher. I LOVE her! I read her true-love-romance-saga in one sitting and I drooled over her whisky-glazed carrots. If you haven’t read her, you MUST. (Of course you have read her, why would you have seen my blog and not know this legendary blogger?)

Through her page I linked on to lots of other blogs and through their blogs onto other blogs. I found mommybloggers who drink and cuss and occasionally yell at their kids and perhaps more than occasionally at their husbands.

And I thought: “Now THAT is what I’m talking about!”

I now have a long list of blogs that I look at on a regular basis and I feel like I have just barely scratched the surface of the blogging netherworld. It took ALL of my willpower today to make a few changes to my dissertation proposal without taking just the quickest of peeks at my beloved blog list.

It has totally, I mean, like, TOTALLY taken over my life.

Just last night I found some of the most hilarious blogs yet, and by funny I mean LOL, ROTFLMAO funny (and if there is one thing you should know about me, it's that I have an impeccable sense of humor). I stayed up way too late stifling my laughter so as to not wakey-wakey my sleeping husband.

I can’t wait to read the blogs that they read…

(all referenced blogs available upon request... until I finally decide how I feel about linking on to other blogs)


Aly @ Lip Zip said...

I'm hooked too. I was in the car for 2 1/2 hours yesterday and instead of enjoying the nice drive, all I could think about were all the blog topics I want to post about next. Your post describes me to a T!

Jenners said...

Hi! I'm assuming you get your comments e-mailed to you or compulsively check for new comments...just like me!

You just checked my blog out and so I thought I would check yours out. I particularly liked this post as I am pretty new to blogging and wrote about my own obsession with it (Bloggers Anonomyous, I called it) so I totally relate. It is a great addictive habit that is a godsend for a bored and stagnant stay-at-home mom like myself.

I also liked your post about not being a "regular" girl. I relate to much of that -- no makeup, no heels, no fashion sense, no jewelry, never dreamed of being married or even being a mother.

I think I may have commented on a comment that you left somewhere now that I think about it. Your little photo looks familiar. Anyway, even though I vowed to not add any more blogs to my blogroll, I think we have a little too much in common not to!

I've made a pact with myself to delete someone's blog if I add a new one ... there are just only so many hours in the day, you know! Is it weird that I feel guilty about that?

Anyway, before I sound like a psycho/stalker, I shall bid you good night. (My blogging time is up at 11:00 pm per my husband.)

moseyalong said...

hey, I'm glad you checked back in...

This post made me howl - mormonmommyblogdom indeed. I couldn't quite figure out how to address that issue (is it an issue?) but you've done it for me just perfectly.

Yes, I am also obsessed, and did wonder for a time whether anyone other than Mormons blogged. Dooce helped (although she's a former Mormon too!). So did momversation - I've found lots of irreverent, funny blogs to obsess over through that site.

redqueencjb said...

We must have a couple of things in common because I knew exactly which blogs you were talking about. I am curious about the ones that made you laugh though... :)