(Okay, I hope you've all noticed the shameless effort to maintain the title pattern over the week. I didn't start the week planning to do that, but after day two, a pattern seemed to be emerging, and I'm a slave to patterns. So, there it goes. I hope at least some of you were vaguely amused.)
So, some of you might have noticed that I semi-dropped out of the blogosphere lately. I haven't been reading and commenting on blogs this week. I've just been popping on once a day to respond to blog comments and create my next post. And I feel really bad about that, and I'll totally be hitting all you're sites and commenting, I promise. **crosses area in general proximity to heart**
This was not a planned event. However, due to forces entirely inside my control (read: my inability to read and comprehend a schedule and thereby understand a deadline) things came up that I hadn't properly foreseen, and I had to make time to meet those responsibilities. Something had to give, and, since I didn't want that something to be sleeping or eating, that something turned out to be blogging.
I'm very sorry you guys fell to the lower end of the priority spectrum. I promise you all beat out TV. And, don't worry, next time sleep will hit the bottom, okay?
Anyway, now that I've some time to think, I got to thinking about what how we decide to manage our time. And, since I've been talking about blogging lately, and since this is a blog (you know, in case you hadn't noticed that already), I'm going to keep this on the issue of time and blogging.
In the average week, I probably spend about 14 hours in the blogosphere, between reading, commenting, and writing. Of those hours, probably 10-11 go to the reading and commenting portion. And, I like this time. I get to read a lot of interesting things, learn a lot of useful things, hear about really fascinating things, not to mention hang out with all of you fine people.
Still, no matter how you spin it, 14 hours is a pretty large chunk of time. And, when something's gotta give, it's tempting to shave some hours from that particular chunk. Sorry about that, guys, but you do happen to be one of the few time requirements in my life that aren't associated with marks, contractual obligations/things to which I've given my word, and the keeping of body and soul in something resembling proximity. (Said with love, I promise.)
But enough about me. Wouldn't want this to become an ego-kick. Let's talk about you.
How do you prioritize your blogging time in the scheme of things? How much time do you spend in the blogosphere? How does that time break down? Do you wish you spent more/less time here or more/less time on certain aspects of your blog experience?