In the days of yore during the grand period people refer to as the Golden Age of Blogging we had
amazing tools called Blog Rolls that we used to keep track of blogs we liked to read.
Sometimes I think about blog rolls and how they touched the Sneetches with stars side of people because we kept track of who was on ours and whether that other blogger reciprocated.
I remember getting emails from bloggers asking to exchange links as well as those who wrote to tell me that it wasn’t fair for them to provide me with a link unless I did the same.
Boy, I miss moments like that, good times.
Do You Read The Blogs You Follow?
Remember when I askedÂ Do You Miss Old Fashioned Blogging?
I asked because I have had this ongoing push-pull thing going on inside my head where I have been trying to figure out how to balance becoming a better writer, growing this blog and maintaining time for my offline life.
Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying I don’t like the online world any more because I still do but our time is so limited and I am in the midst of this crazy time in my life where everything is changing.
It is an evolution and I welcome it but it means I have to make more significant choices about how and where to spend my time.
I don’t use RSS to read blogs or use anÂ organizedÂ list to read blogs. It is not because am unorganized or uninterested either.
It is because when I make those lists I follow through. If I decide I am going to follow a blog I read it. I may not always comment but I show up.
A list is a commitment. That might sound silly to you, but it is how I operate.
Ask the Shmata Queen about how hard it is to pin me down and she’ll tell you that I am slow moving about some things but once I say I’ll do it I make it happen.
Until Saturday I had 47 boxes of books in my garage.
Forty-seven boxes of dictionaries, biographies, autobiographies, history books, works of fiction and all sorts of other books that I gathered throughout my life.
That doesn’t include the books inside my home either because this place is filled with them.
But that evolution I mentioned earlier has me going through all of my stuff and evaluating whether I need it or not. I have more stuff than I need, time to let go of some of it.
I spent a chunk of Saturday morning going through boxes and thinned the herd down by about 12 boxes or so.
Later today I’ll go through the boxes again and try to winnow through more because sooner or later it will be time to move again and I don’t want to drag all of it with me.
And because when I get situated I’ll want to move many of those books from boxes into the house library. Books in boxes are good for exercising the body (those boxes are heavy) but do little for the mind.
Ask me why I have so many books and I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my kids, because books are a part of how we can learn to do and become anyone and anything.
Blogging, Writing and Reading
Blogging, writing and reading are all intertwined for me.
You can’t become a better writer without doing a lot of reading and writing and part of how you find more material to write about is by getting off of your computer and living.
If you don’t spend time in the offline world you miss things. You miss moments, some important, some less so but you can’t see which is what without being there.
And that my friends is why I keep a very short list of blogs to follow. There just isn’t enough time.
I have places to go visit, people to see and books about so many different topics to read.
What about you? Do you read the blogs you follow or is there a large cyber pile of posts waiting vying for your attention?