Help!!!! I’ve Fallen Into Book Blogs, And I Can’t Get Out!!

My Smiley!!

I signed on with Facebook against my better judgement. I was not going to get into a situation where everyone could “see” me!! Ok, maybe I was a little dramatic…… Although Facebook was a wonderful way I connected with long distance relatives, and friends I had lost touch with many years ago, I was not interested in playing any of the Games, building a Following of 800 Friends who I vaguely, or did not know, or signing up with many well-meaning charities. During the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – my country!! – Facebook was a fabulous tool for building cross-country enthusiasm, real team building, and national pride. But once that excitement gradually diminished, my interest in Facebook dwindled. I am still using Facebook, but primarily for family and friend contact, sharing photos, and the occasional You-Tube video clip!

Then…. I’m not sure how this happened, and to be honest, I’m not positive there was any connection to Facebook – but I ‘feel’ like there was!! I discovered the “She Writes” blog! Like most people, I’m sure I have a great writer inside my brain – just waiting for the right opportunity……!!

Content for awhile with exploring “She Writes”, (which is a great Blog!), I eventually found my way to a blog actually called: “Book Blogs”! hhmmm…… That sounded very interesting!! I started exploring and soon enough – I signed up! Just as a home base for spending hours of time reading other peoples’ blogs………!! It was AMAZING!! I was in my kind of heaven! Everywhere I looked someone was talking about books, writing about books, blogging about books, and more! PLUS…… There were so many pictures of books: in living rooms, in libraries, on shelves, on tables, in someone’s hand, on a night table, or even on the floor!! I LOVED IT ALL!!!

So, I started to become a Follower: Google Friend Connect, Networked Blogs through Facebook, (a good attribute of Facebook), RSS Feeds, and my personal favourite – via email subscription. And I tried to keep up with all the blogs I was connected to: read the emails, the home pages, the book reviews, and whatever else I could read!

Well, you may guess where this going! One day, I came out of my book daze, saw what I was attempting to do, and yelled STOP!! I could not believe it had happened! I was overwhelmed by books, and I needed air!! I was also shocked – how could this happen? I love books. I love reading. I’m a social person, I like connecting with “Blog People”!! What was my problem? My problem was that I was caught in a spider web of Book Blogs, one blog connected to two blogs, with four blogs, with 8 blogs, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on…..

So I stopped. I cancelled out of the Book Blogs’ site. Wiped out all my data. Retreated from all the Groups I had joined, (I had joined how many groups??). And finally completely cancelled out of my Book Blogs’ Blog. An innocent participant in this situation, I also cancelled out of “She Writes”.

Whew! I felt like I had lost 10 pounds! Wait! Maybe I really did lose 10 pounds!

So, a couple of weeks pass…… maybe, just maybe, I could run my own blog!! My own book blog!! Maybe it would help the old brain skills….. Use that cognitive functioning we hear so much about. Then, once I set up my own blog, I will need to get back to Book Blogs and She Writes – I certainly could not go forth alone!

So once again, there I was, totally involved in my Book Blog, in signing up for Groups, taking part in discussions, deciding I would be thrilled to do book reviews, changing my header picture again and again….. and so on and so on….

BUT! I did limit my groups, got a handle on email, and settled in to do some serious book reading.

Until I wanted to look something up on my blog………..

And while I was there, I may as well flip over to see what is happening in my Groups. Look at all the fascinating comments… must read that one…. Click. Into another’s blog: “Oh look at this!” Another Blog I have never previously noticed, better stop in for a visit… Oh, look! another dapper looking blog button! Let me just click that, and see where it leads me…. Have I been here before? No, I don’t think so, but maybe if I just read one more review. Oh, I must share some of this as a post on my blog! How is that done? If I go back two blogs ago, click on that pink square…….. and so on, and so on, and they’ll tell two people, and so on, and so on……

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22 responses to “Help!!!! I’ve Fallen Into Book Blogs, And I Can’t Get Out!!

  1. That is exactly how I felt when I first started…I even dreamt about boooks and blogging! lol Thanks for checking out my blogs!!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

    • Hi, Melissa!
      This is the first time (Dec.5/11) that I noticed your comment.
      My apologies!
      Thank you for commenting and understanding.
      I still feel this way. Is that bad??

      Patricia

  2. I agree! It can get very addicting. However, I’ve met so many Wonderful people in the different groups I belong to 🙂 Now I’m here and have subscribed to another Awesome blog and a met another new friend 🙂

    • Hi, Jill –
      As with Melissa, I apologize for not seeing your comment until now.
      I agree with you, even considering the confusion and addiction, there are some great people in these groups.
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving this comment.

      Patricia

  3. Book blogging is a lot of work–fun, but a lot of work. I love the conferences, going to BookExpo for the past 2 years was wonderful. As you know, I don’t dedicate my blog to just writing book reviews, but I review my fair share of books. I certainly admire all those 100% book bloggers out there! I don’t know how they do it!

    I try to focus on my own blog, and reading and responding to everyone’s comments, and I visit other blogs when I can. I feel way too scattered and addicted to the internet if I attempt to read everyone’s blogs every day, like I used to.

    • Conferences? Book Expos??? OH, MY!!!

      Thank you, TGFTG, for visiting my blog – I appreciate it.

      I cannot imagine doing everything you do on your blog – I think ‘they’ would come and take me away (HA HA!!). I must get myself “un-scattered”. It is too exciting right now!!

      Well, must go to get lost in a blog…..

      Patricia

  4. Hello Patricia,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog http://amarquette333.wordpress.com this morning and leaving you comment. I would love to know how you found me 🙂
    I just read this piece on your blog and I understand your feelings. Since I started blogging last September I have been reading others’ blogs and subscribing to several. However, I find it difficult to read all the new posts even though I understand that others read and comment on our blogs if we read and comment on theirs. There are just too many other things I have to do in my life including looking for a job so I can continue supporting myself.
    I feel bad when I cannot keep up with all the blogs I subscribe too 😦

    As I have had a book published and I love books I will check out the book blog, but I may just add it to my favorites on my blog and link to it when I have times available.

    • Hi, Ann!

      Thank you for reading my post. I am glad you found some familiar ground!

      As far as how I found you, that goes back a couple of weeks, when you posted your poem “Deep in the Silence”. And, to be honest, I cannot recall how I found you even then!

      We must have a common site that we follow, I know that I subscribe to your blog now!! Which, for me, means I am fortunate to be able to read posts as you share them – or a few weeks later…

      Grace and Peace,
      Patricia

  5. FHC

    oh yes, i’m anne elliot! widget on my post this week for anne’s b’day {tues 9th}
    plus the great austenesque celebration and austen week … no end to parties!

  6. FHC

    hello Patricia “)
    so fun to read your book journey ~
    would luv to have you stop by faith hope & cherrytea for tea and chat – i think you’ll find some great book posts, more buttons on the sidebar & several events currently keeping me busy – plus one reading challenge that’s for canadians or readers of canadian authors! start time whenever you discover it “) Welcome!

    • Hi, Anne!

      Thank you very much for visiting my blog, That was very nice of you.

      I visited your blog – so many wonderful posts and reviews, clearly return trips will be neededill

      I saw the button for Canadian Book Challenge – something else to explore!

      Thanks for visiting!

      Patricia

  7. Hi Patricia! I heard about your blog from the Creative Reviews thread on Goodreads (welcome, by the way). Book blogging IS addictive but it’s a worthy addiction, I believe. I took the Austen test and I’m Elinor Dashwood as well! *off to post the code on my blog* Happy reading.

    • Hi, Jennifer!

      Welcome to my blog! Always a treat to have a visiter to one’s posts.

      I did the same thing with the Austen quiz – over and over – but always the same answer!!

      Thank you for the Goodreads Welcome. O will look for you there!

      Patricia
      Choose Joy!

  8. 100 Blog checks every day!! I cannot image that!

    I visited your Bookish Hobbit blog, Bookish Hobbit. Wonderful! I left you a comment on your “About Me” page. I felt like it was about me……

    Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment. I do appreciate your thoughts.

    Patricia

  9. I’m reading so many blogs I forget to work, eat, live it has got to stop. But I must just read yours and in case you would like one more to add to add to your list I’m Barbara from http://marchhousebookscom.blogspot.com/ !!!

    • You are so correct, Barbara!! Where does the time go? I miss lunch and snacking so much, I should be skinny!!

      Your Blog and Website are so unique! And so wonderful!! I think I will be adding you into my Blog Time!!

      Thank you for visiting my blog, I do appreciate your interest!

      Patricia

  10. Bahaha. This is so amazingly relatable. I love it!!! Well done.

  11. Bookish Hobbit

    I’ve been there, minus the Facebook angle (because I don’t do Facebook). I have decided to be kind of selective about the book blogs that I follow though. I don’t have time to read over 100 blogs every day. One of my friends does that and I don’t see how she manages…

    • Hello Bookish Hobbit! I have realized that a comment meant for you, is under someone else’s comment – instead of being under yours! You may have already read this, but I want to repeat it in its proper place!!:
      ———————————————————————————————–
      100 Blog checks every day!! I cannot image that!

      I visited your Bookish Hobbit blog, Bookish Hobbit. Wonderful! I left you a comment on your “About Me” page. I felt like it was about me……

      Thank you for visiting my blog, and leaving a comment. I do appreciate your thoughts.

      Patricia
      ———————————————————————————————–

      Comments still meant today!!

      Best of the best for you, Bookish Hobbit!

      Patricia

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