Surfing, Rather Than Writing

Writing.
What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it?

I probably hear this at least once a day from Angry Husband.  “If you didn’t spend so much time lurking on the Internet, you might actually get something done.”  He has always called me a lurker.  I am a “reader”.  I read a ton of stuff, whether it be a book, magazine, newspaper, blogs, or even Twitter.  This is part of my personality, and always has been.  BUT, it causes quite a problem for my focus.

If I am motivated enough, I can write a decent blog post within the hour.  But a few things need to be in place; a focused topic, somewhat of an outline, and a photo.  I could spend hours working to find or photograph the perfect image.  I try to have at least one photo in every one of my blog posts.  I have “perfectionist” issues, and I realize that.

BUT, I tend to get distracted.  I think the main problem when writing on for/on the Internet, is the actual Internet.  It can be very distracting and it sucks you in.  I open my dashboard to start a post, and then a message pops up from Skype.  I start chatting, and there goes an hour.  Or, I pull up The Twitter, or The Facebook.  Talk about time suck.  But many of my posts have external links in them, so that is why I need to be online when writing.

A few years ago, I actually told Angry Husband to unplug or disable the router when he went to work.  He knows about my “addiction” and “need” to be on the Internet.  A couple of times he actually disabled it, but then he told me that I was an adult and that I need to use self control.  But I am attracted to shiny things like a magnet, and just get sucked back in.

I hope that someday, I can find a balance and be able to schedule myself better.  I had a period, earlier this year, where I actually wrote some blog posts in advance.  I think that I need to work on things in advance more, so that I actually have time to write, rather than stay up late at night, and write misspelled posts with bad grammar.

My 2nd biggest factor in not focusing on writing is my great ideas that never get written.  I think of blog posts in my head all the time.  It is almost like a little thought bubble above my head, and then poof, it is gone.  I need to write down these ideas, or at least speak them into the voice recorder on my iPhone.  I always have a good idea.

P.S. I have no photo on this post, on purpose.  No distractions with this one.

 

27 comments
liz
liz

If Craig gave me Hell about blogging or the internet in general, there'd be a serious smackdown. I don't know what I'd do with myself if I wasn't blogging. I sound insane, right?

Sue
Sue

Yes! Absolutely! My post was about how chopped up my days are right now. So when I only have 20 minutes, do I do something productive? Of course not! I surf for 20 minutes.

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

As you can see you are definitely not alone, this blogging thing makes us all 'graveyard' writers somehow.... As for getting distracted by shiny things, you and men are not the only ones! LOL :-)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Graveyard writers is the best phrase ever!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

I've been using that term for awhile. It's the phrase I coined because it sounds so much better than insomniac, LOL :-)

Renee Malove
Renee Malove

Is there anyone (seriously) that hasn't run into this at some point or another? It's hard when there are so many interesting things out there you could be seeing...or watching...and so many interesting people to talk to. For me, it's social media. I'm a social person! And when I'm working from home I miss the easy chatting you get in the office, so I wander out onto those sites and *poof*! There goes my day. Oddly enough, do you know what I've found works best when I'm having a "shiny" sort of day? Grabbing a pen and pencil and shutting the computer off. I draft by hand, do my editing on paper, THEN type it up and insert my links. Without the Internet within easy reach I actually get something done :-)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think that I need to start writing things down and doing rough drafts. Sometimes, I tend to get wordy, and think, really does anyone read all of this...

Kristen
Kristen

EXACTLY. I hear ya.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Stop surfing that net. That should be my new motto. But what else am I going to do? Read a book, or clean? What's that. And you have four kids, I think you need that extra time to chill and read nonsense.

Jess
Jess

Of course, because I'm super similar to your type-A/something shiny personality, I thought the post was about surfing...like in the ocean and stuffs...and then I started reading. And about halfway through reading the post, I realized you were referring to surfing the web. I face/palmed myself but came back to the visual of you surfing your little heart out with a laptop and a hula skirt. You're welcome.

Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity
Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity

Ahh, you have shiny object syndrome, too! I do all of the same things you do. That is cracking me up. Except, if I wanted to disable my router, I could do it myself since I set it up. LOL And I also do the same searching for hours for the perfect image for a post. I have been working on a new blog design for MONTHS because I haven't found the perfect header image. A logo for my design biz? Yeah, can't seem to make that look right. I bought a new theme in MARCH. Don't have it up yet because I don't have all the parts of the design yet. Same thing with my design site. I can't seem to blog ahead for anything, even though I know I should. And I get great ideas for blog posts and then POOF! they're gone. And no, I don't have ADD or anything like that. I'm just a lost cause. :D :P

Casey
Casey

Blake will fuss at me every now and then for being online too much and my constant response is, "No one online nags me like you do." Booyah, baby! How you like dem apples?

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, my husband has his own issues. We won't talk about the video games.

Megan
Megan

hahahahaa- are we married to the same guy? its entirely possible. I have heard those words more than once in my own house. and (as if you didnt know) i happen to have the same issues with the internet. *sigh* life is rough. ;) AND- since I forget EVERYTHING (note to self- find the damn elf) i started, earlier this year, carrying a small notebook in my purse. I write EVERYTHING in it. grocery lists, play dates, ideas, ALL of it. it has made a definite difference in my constant mommy-brain state!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I have an iPhone with tons of apps. You would think I would actually type it in or something.

Natalie
Natalie

So glad I'm not the only one in this boat! I finally cut waayyy down on how many blogs I'm following, I use Google Reader and don't comment nearly as much as I used to (except here...now I'm commenting more!), and try to spend more time on Twitter talking to people instead of reading blogs. Since I burned out, I have even been able to start reading actual books again...it's been wonderful :)

T
T

how dare you invade my personal thoughts like that?? aside from Skype (which I know better than to start) I could have penned these same words - I have far too many "squirrel" moments in life -(insert picture of Doug the Dog here)- which keep me from actually accomplishing what I set out to do when the sun came up. ManOfTheHouse also tells me to learn to manage my time better - but I'm beginning to think I need to institute Blog Free Fridays around my house. (ack, I didn't just say that did I? not sure I could actually DO it)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

LOL, I actually have a squirrel ADD shirt that I got last year. A blogger friend recommended it to me. I tried to institute Blog Free Tuesdays awhile ago, but well The Twitter is my BFF.

Cheryl M
Cheryl M

I Hope ....that the I Hope paragraph was meant to be funny & not an opps because you stayed up too late. I also get sucked in & I'm not even a blogger (I hope to one day get my writing confidence back)> It's especially hard b/c we are from the stone age & still only have one lone desktop that sits in the back room/office so I routinely hear the kids killing each other or smell dinner burning (joking) but I have come close.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Oh I'm sure it was a grammar error. I make grammar mistakes all the time, because I'm usually half asleep when I'm writing. I usually have to go back, and read my posts several times, and then fix my errors.

Cheryl
Cheryl

I can relate. I think it's a problem when I follow over 300 blogs and have to check in on them every day. I'm trying to limit the amount of time I spend....but it's so hard! PS...no pictures for my comment. :)

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Wow, 300 blogs is a ton. I have about 150 in my reader. I try and play catch up on my iPhone. I have so many to comment on, and then I just forget.