I have a blogging problem…it might not show with the scare updates on this blog, (minus this week) but I do. With 3 different word press accounts that I have to log into daily, my blogging organization was forced to get a little better.
I’ve always been a big fan of google, and all of their add ons (I am in a full-blown love affair with Gmail and google docs…don’t you dare try to talk me down from my high.) So when I discovered google reader, because having all of the blogs I read bookmarked wasn’t cutting it, I kind of jizzed in my pants.
For those of you still living in the stone age and using Internet Explorer, Google reader is an amazing tool that allows you to read all of the blogs you follow in one place. ONE PLACE. You don’t even have to click between tabs if you aren’t into that sort of thing, you can read all of the new updates in one stream. I love it so much I just might marry it.
So, with that. I read a lot of blogs. Reading takes up a lot of my time. Lately my time has been like this : 25% school, 50% blogging, 20%reading other blogs (on google reader), 5% hanging out with friends. I spend more time reading blogs than I do with my friends…I can sense of worry in your eyes.
But do not fret! that 5% of my time is pure quality time, although sometimes I do end up going on my computer just to see if anyone else has updated their blog. I do not have a problem! Well maybe, a little.
It’s only because google reader has become my friend that tells me all of the information I need to know, without me having to wait or go anywhere to hear it. AND it never tells me in a brag-ey way that makes me feel like an idiot. It just tells me, and provides pretty pictures.
It even gives me tabs up top that let me visit my other friends Gmail and Google Docs. It knows that even though it is my favorite I need to spend time with my other friends too.
Because of this craze with instant technology, people have become impatient not to mention unable to focus (please note I not only have iTunes open, a chat on Aim, 3 chats on Facebook and a tab for twitter open while writing this). Things, such a google reader, make checking your email/twitter/anything on the computer a longer process because you get sucked into reading the rest of the blog updates from that day. And, because most blogs update at least 20 times a day (probably way more) you have a lot of catching up to do.
So I spend a lot of quality time with my google reader (and Sara Bareilles of course.) Throughout this year we have come to terms with each other, and although I was a little wary at first I have come to love my new friend. And to be thankful for the organization it has given to my writing infused mess of a life.