Am I Addicted to Blogging?

Blogging bloggers everywhere. Maybe I should just drink?

My Mom just looked over her shoulder, frown on her face, “I thought you were stopping 20 minutes ago?” I looked up from my laptop blinking sluggishly.

Did I say I was going to stop? I guess I did.

“Well Mom, I thought I’d write a blog about being addicting to blogging,” I replied as though I had thought about it all night, but seriously it just popped into my head.

I was at the library for four hours today. My brother, who was picking me up, texted me and asked me if I was alright. Granted my family doesn’t really understand my deep affinity for libraries. There was so much writing to do! I went home and continued. Until now…which is 1:20 a.m.  This could be a problem.

I try to comment on as many blogs as possible. I don’t want to give a number, because I have a feeling that it may be a ridiculously high number, so I don’t want to know. I try to respond as immediately as possible to social media inquiries. Trying to develop new relationships with new-to-me-bloggers, finding new places to write. Trying to get the courage to send queries to the big boys A List blogs (haven’t gotten those cojones yet, but I’ll keep you posted.)

I plan to wake up tomorrow and spend another five hours at the library, blogging, outlining future articles, writing ideas for a future book, RT, sending messages, liking things, applying for freelance positions, trying to figure out how to do this sponsorship thing, thinking about tinkering with this blog and how to start the new one. And then I’ll come back to my Mom’s and do the same thing. Again. Rinse and repeat. This is not unlike my life on the island.

I take my laptop everywhere, and when I’m spending the night at a friend’s house, I’m doing all of the above. Sometimes I feel like the writing is secondary to the rest.

A writer, who spends more time talking to people and networking than writing? Is this the what the author world is supposed to look like?

When my girl Starr Bryson the head chick in charge at The Insomniac’s Dream tells me she’s writing thirty posts, raising kids, slaying dragons and whatnot, I felt slightly unimpressive. So, I needed to slay some dragons too. Or at least lay some dragons. (what?!) We’re venturing into the land of smut, or erotica if you will. The site: Sinful Dreams. Check it out. I have a feeling it won’t be what you think.

Remember when I wrote that blog post about what is erotica? I guess I figured it out and here’s my first dalliance into it: Just One Night. If you don’t like that sort of thing, please don’t read it, get angry and send me hate mail. If you curious, check it out and tell me what you think. We’re also looking for submissions.

Then there’s the Creative Buzz Hop, which I’m doing with Michelle Liew from Muses from the Deep. This at least will get me writing once a week, and reading a bunch of posts about interesting topics. We try to tap into something that’s kind of creating a buzz around the internets/pop culture etc. Oh! This week’s topic infidelity. (Oooh…what?! smut and infidelity?!) We’ll still have a video (nothing dirty people, no worries) or quote. Maybe some questions to get you thinking about it, and our own take on the topic. I’d love for you guys to join. This Thursday…though the early birds will get to see it on Wednesday. I’ve even registered a hashtag for it on Twitter #creativebuzz.

Hello. My name is Tamara Woods. and I’m a blogging addict. I can’t help it. What about you guys? Do you find your blogging habit is getting bigger? Have you had to cut back? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say in the comments.

Aloha ya’ll!



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20 Responses to Am I Addicted to Blogging?

  1. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!

  2. I definitely am not doing as much as you guys are, but as it is, I feel like I’m doing too much! :/ Best of luck on the erotica thing! 😉

  3. Sounds like a great way to spend your day! 🙂
    Paula – Buenos Aires recently posted..Week 24 2013My Profile

  4. Very well said…blogging can be addicting whether you’re a writer or not. Sometimes I think others don’t realize what is all entailed when we write on a typical day, how we use our time, work late etc.

    RE: blogging more or less time? I do have to remind myself to use my time wisely and to take a break or not blog as much without falling behind or dealing with tech issues…I do sometimes blog outside of my home office.
    Liz Who Motivates recently posted..June#15 Affects of Writing on the BrainMy Profile

    • Part 2…I don’t know if we need a 12-Step program yet…this is the life I have chosen and can’t think of doing anything else (besides my coaching and other related work).

      Libraries etc are great if one is focused and not distracted easily as well as getting out of the house/home office.
      Liz Who Motivates recently posted..June#15 Affects of Writing on the BrainMy Profile

      • Tamara Woods

        I’m also a library-addict. That is definitely my place of solitude for writing. The thing that gets me caught up is afterward, I still go home for more blogging, writing, social media etc. Liz, it sounds to me like you’ve learned to blog responsibility. I’m working on finding that balance. Probably tomorrow.

  5. “Hi Tamara” <– as if we're in a BA (Bloggin Addiction) meeting! I am addicted too, when we watch a show together (rare, but Game of Thrones is one of the shows my hub & I watch together) he's always telling me "Close the laptop, just enjoy the show." Which for the rare shows we watch now? Is good advice. Usually I hate most things on TV and if I don't have my laptop open and read blogs? I can NOT sit through modern American TV!
    I just started my blog in January and it seems like you have to spend as much time PROMOTING your blog these days as writing it! Maybe because I'm new, but if I don't do the blog hops, I don't get many views 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love libraries, too!

    p.s. "Hillybilly in Honolulu" cracks me up!

    • Tamara Woods

      Hi fellow blogging addict! I think the blog hops are important. I think there’s other ways too, but bloghops are such a good way to meet new people. And I’ve glad to have met you.

  6. I’m an addict, too. When I tell my husband at night, “I’m almost done,” it usually means “I’ll be done in like two hours.” 😉
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  7. I’m such a blogging addict too. I just can’t stop. There’s always something else to read and comment on. There’s always another post to write.
    Lovelyn recently posted..Humor MeMy Profile

    • Tamara Woods

      It’s a neverending story, isn’t it? Always something new to do, learn, write, comment, etc…

  8. Yea, you just might be addicted. Stopping by from Honest Mom. 🙂
    Cheryl at Busy Since Birth recently posted..Why Not Just Do What Makes You Happy?My Profile

  9. Totally addicted to writing blogs, reading blogs, commenting on blogs, Facebook, Google+ ,emails…
    Have to remind myself I actually love writing other things! Like the novel I’m working on. At least I sometimes write short stories or poems for my blog.
    But totally know what you’re saying.
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  10. I slay dragons AND write! You make me sound like a boss. 🙂

    I’ve written so many pieces about how much I write lose touch with reality. Laptop and journals and even scrap paper go with me EVERYWHERE. Fuck the real world, I got the lands I create.

    I just said on FB last night, that I feel I spend more time doing everything else that isn’t writing than actual writing.

    I swear you and I think with the same brain.
    The Insomniac’s Dream recently posted..My Daddy is Only a PictureMy Profile

    • Tamara Woods

      I have notepads. There’s a notepad in every bag of mine. And then I have the laptop, and the smart phone. What I don’t have are pens. So many pads with paper, but no pens. I’m a shame to my name.

      This may be an affliction of the blogger. We may see this in subsequent DSMs. I think this year’s has Internet addiction…

  11. I think when I can’t sit at a restaurant table and have my Ipad on, it’s saying something! Thanks for sharing, Tamara!

    • Tamara Woods

      Thanks for reading Michelle. The Mathemagician reprimanded me once for tweeting, texting, ect while we were out at a restaurant. I felt so silly. I couldn’t even have a meal without responding to a fb message? Sad, sad, sad.

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